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The Long Earth

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"Five Stars" - by David Smith
All 5 books for only £12.00 Stupendous value for money. Individual price of all 5 is £45.00. No brainer!!

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"Lots of Imagination" - by jacw2000
There is a parallel universe to this one. And another one, just a teensy bit further on. You can get to the next universe by stepping there - most people can do it with a special gadget, some can step simply by willing it to happen. And the universe next door is almost exactly the same as this one - except there is nobody there - not at first anyway.

So people start stepping - one, two, 100 steps, a million - hence the Long Earth of the title. The further they go, the more things change.

I'm not familiar with Stephen Baxter, but I think I will go and have a look at his books sometime. Terry Pratchett I know and love, and I dare say a lot of the quirkiness in this book belongs to TP. This is the first of three, and perhaps ... full review

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"An explanation of USA domestic policy" - by Hugo Minney (Durham, England)
In typical Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter style, this book explores in some detail the national character of US Domestic policy. It also touches on the English and Chinese national characters, but the main focus (as with the Long Earth) is still on USA.
Lobsang is still here, as are most of the characters we know from The Long Earth. Colonisation of the Long Earths (physical earths in parallel to our own that you can step to) is beginning to settle down. USA Centrum (ie on the original first earth) which had previously ignored these pioneers, and certainly offered them no help, now sees them as a possible source of tax revenues, meanwhile some humans have treated trolls so badly (as they did with slaves) that the trolls have simply decided to step away out of reach of humans.
A whole lot of things are happening in parallel. ... full review

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"Unusual format makes it unpleasant to read," - by Stephen Baynes
A satisfactory finish to the series.
This edition is an unusual tall narrow format and the text is too far into the fold of the book. Makes for unpleasant reading.

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"Good, but very much about the ideas" - by Jim J-R (Hertfordshire, UK)
The third entry in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's 'Long' series is pretty similar to the first two - the narrative is split into quite distinct chapters leaping around between a group of main characters each on an unrelated adventure.

I felt though that the story didn't really live up to my expectations. There was a significant conclusion to the previous book that I had felt would become the focus this time, but although it sticks in the background, it felt like the repercussions had mostly been brushed aside in favour of a more 'sci-fi' plot that felt less engaging to me, and a little more like an ethical manifesto. There are two other areas of the story that felt a lot like repetition of a theme that's used throughout the first two books.

Having said that, once I had got through the first few chapters, I was surprised by how ... full review

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"Best Yet" - by John Meyer
First read the previous books. #1 was great, #2 and #3 were somewhat tedious but were still building up the cast and the scenery. #4 was far the best, though minus any obvious trace of Mr Pratchett (#1 was heavy with that and gave it a needed touch of humour). A good classic almost familiar Baxter story line (very Dysonian/van Neumann/Tipler and disagreeing with Sagan's Response i.e good hard modern times SF but understandable) tacked onto the Long Earth, a tidy up of a number of loose ends, a reduction in cast and clearly there is a sequel to this on its way. I look forward to it. The cast have become more fleshed out (a shame to lose some of them at this point but they saved the Universe - a nice Captain Kirk reference popped in here) and it is less bleak than #s 2 & 3. ... full review

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"great condition, unbelievable price!" - by abby simmons
Cannot believe how good condition this book was for the price, looked brand new!! Thank You.

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"It also shows dramatically that wealth or good breeding was no guarantee whatsoever of sober behaviour" - by Amazon Customer
Certainly not much meekness about these Inheritors! This is a really fascinating and deeply researched account of the fortunes of an English county family over more than 500 years, but it is far more than that. It reveals much about the social structure of England over the time and in particular the woollen industry in the West of England; it makes it plain that society was much more fluid than generally supposed with the very rich and sometimes aristocratic, surprisingly closely connected with much more humble people. It also shows dramatically that wealth or good breeding was no guarantee whatsoever of sober behaviour!
The book is well illustrated with pictures both of relevant people and places. It is a really excellent read.

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""Does What it Says on the Tin!"" - by Yvette Heyward-Chaplin (Middlesbrough, Cleveland United Kingdom)
Provides the info I need. "Does what it says on the tin!" I'm a fan of this series and have others in the series for the required authors. Repeat business is the best recommendation as this is putting my money where my mouth is!

"EPHMERAL ETCHINGS" - by B. G. Strand (England)
A superb,comprehensive retrospective ,of perhaps, England's most original 'landscape' artist'.In addition to the excellent photographs this book helps to explain Richard' approach to art with an introductory essay by Nicholas Serota,an essay by the editor,Clarrie Wallis,informative artist statements,helpful convesational insights,which together with the extensive bibliography and exhibition time-line make this a valuable addition to any serious art-lover's bookcase.

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"Death and Curry" - by T. Alexander (East Anglia, UK)
The forth Discworld novel, `Mort' is the first to centre on the character of Death and is probably my favourite of the early Discworld books. The story sees Death take on an apprentice called Mort who begins to learn the trade and get to know the eccentric members of Death's household. Things get more complicated though when, on his first solo mission, Mort makes a decision that could derail the course of history but with Death becoming more human and Mort becoming less so things only go from bad to worse.

The series of Discworld books that focus on Death and his family are my favourite of the Discworld series and while this book is probably the weakest of that series it is still one of the better books from the early novels. The plot is good and the characters are all as interesting as you would expect ... full review

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"Introducing Carrot into the Discworld diet..." - by Kat Man Do (Yorkshire, United Kingdom)
Guards! Guards! is essentially the introduction of the characters of the watch into the Discworld canon. Carrott - technically a dwarf; along with his book of the 'Laws & Ordanances of Ankh Morpork', a magical sword and Mr Vareshi's protective, arrives in Ankh Morpork to join the Night Watch. From that fairly simple idea an extremely and increasingly hilarious series of events then unfolds that makes this and subsequent novels that include the 'Night Watch' some of the funniest novels (and at times thoughtful novels) in the sub series that make up the Discworld stories. The humour is at times juvenile and almost goon-like in it's delivery but really funny. In my opinion Pratchett is at his best writing about the 'Night Watch' and some of the best novels in the series revolve around their antics. It's one of those books that when I want cheering up I reread, so ... full review

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"Flowers: Myths and Uses." - by Dr Barry Clayton
This book is very colourful, literally. It is a great pleasure to read. Stafford quotes poets and writers like John Clare and Mary Oliver in order to demonstrate the beauty of flowers. They have been on Earth far longer than we have. They can survive in places we can't. She examines many of the myths surrounding flowers. 15 flowers are selected, ranging from the daisy to the rare ghost orchid. Stafford discusses why we use flowers at funerals, weddings, and so on, to express what is very hard to put into words.

The author spent part of her youth in Lincolnshire in the 1930s. She pressed flowers such as primroses, and like many of us, got an infected finger from pruning roses without gloves. Fiona is an academic with a very wide knowledge of flowers and trees. She reveals, for example, that Elizabethan ruffs ... full review

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"Short but fun" - by mat
New idea in the clovenhoof world. Normally in not a fan of these short serial books as I just see them as authors trying to cash in. In this case though I enjoyed every page and can't wait for the next month's episode. If you like Jeremy and co you will love this. If you have never heard of them then give it a try

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"This is an amazing book and as a Christian it further concrete my ..." - by Mrs Shirley Rapson
This is an amazing book and as a Christian it further concrete my faith in how our God works in the lives of those who love him :-)