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Too many wasted opportunities,
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This review is from: The Long War: (Long Earth 2) (The Long Earth) (Kindle Edition)
It's a great concept but all too frequently a really interesting thread of an idea is not pursued leaving - as others have said - far too many loose ends.
I also felt that the last chapter before Yellowstone was just silly. The storyline was so preposterous that even with two authors working at it, they had to drop it in the bin and bail out. It did occur to me that they were not seeing eye to eye on the thread's development and were deliberately leaving the other in a deeper and deeper pit of silliness. In my opinion, the whole dog planet scenario was a really bad idea, poorly carried out and not well written. And the dud ray guns, an ancient tomb that opens with a dinosaur's magic ring that flies off on its own and returns to the sender? For Hog's sake, Granny Weatherwax would have been far better in the role, at least one could believe in a witch on a broomstick!
Running through the whole book is an off and on distrust of The Black Corporation for no reason that I could see. The described actions of that organisation were philanthropic and kindly in the extreme, yet the main characters had no trust in the organisation which left the reader unsettled as though you'd missed something.
It is fashionable to distrust the Establishment especially in the form of the military. This is maintained in The Long War which had the unfortunate result of making the characters seem paranoid when taken together with their dislike of all things Black. The title is completely misleading, no war is fought nor even Police actions, in fact now I think of it, I cannot recall a single shot being fired!
I like Terry Pratchett. Read all his stuff for years. I was happy to give Stephen Dexter a go on his say so but really, I think 'the Long Earth' was a standalone book and it should have been left at that. 'The Long War' is a sad mish-mash of a good outline poorly carried out.
'Way Station' writ large is is most definitely not!
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Initial post: 19 Apr 2015 09:38:53 BDT
Count Arthur says:
Mr Skippants it's Baxter NOT Dexter!
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