"A brilliant collaboration by two fantastic writers"
4 1/2 stars.
The Long Earth is the first of a planned trilogy by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. If you were looking for two of the most unlikely authors to collaborate, you'd be hard pressed to choose better candidates than these.
Pratchett, as pretty much the entire world knows, predominantly writes humorous fantasy, and while it's true that his work has evolved from its beginnings as pure humor to take a much deeper, more profound look at the world through the medium of fantasy, his major appeal is still the humor.
Baxter, on the other hand, is the hardest of hard science fiction authors. His books are meticulously researched, and his speculation is firmly rooted in bleeding edge science. Like Pratchett, Baxter has evolved, in his case to include more believable, rounded characters with real stories. But when you approach a Baxter book you do so ... full review
This is the fourth (and presumably final) book in the Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter. Don't even attempt to read this book without having read the first three, you would be hopelessly lost. I absolutely loved the Long Earth when it first came out & also when I read it again prior to reading The Long War. However, I was bitterly disappointed with The Long War and even more so with The Long Mars. I found neither book lived up to the ideas or writing of the first book. Although the Long Utopia isn't as brilliant as The Long Earth it is far superior to the middle two books and the flair of the authors shone through.
All the old friends are back in this book - Sally, Agnes, Lobsangs (no, that is not a typo), the Next, Joshua.......they are all there as is the ... full review
"Good but could have been better"
Mr. I. Wilson
I read a lot of very disappointed reviews before I read the book so I expected to be disappointed and ended up enjoying it! Having said I enjoyed it I do accept much of what the negative reviews said. There is something missing, there are one or two brief excursions into complete bloody sillyness (ray guns, beagles etc) there's some lack of direction and yes, a number of subplots which don't come together at all tidily. Despite the shortcomings of the book though, I did enjoy it. Most of the ideas, the characters, the travels through the long earth and the episodic adventures were entertaining, thought provoking and did keep my interest to the end. Looking at it as an optimist - I enjoyed it. Looking at it as a pessimist - I'm left with a sense the book could have been much, much better so a slight sense of ... full review
"complete to a happy fuzzy ending"
Mr/Ms Stanbrook - this was the finale, complete to a happy fuzzy ending. This latter item not always a feature of Baxter. It left room for a future series though . I enjoyed it more than the last two. Better paced. Still too too vague on how it all worked and who was calling . Baxter usually more precise.
"Another exploration of the multiple Earth concept"
The third book in the Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter very much carries on with 'more of the same' as the previous books. Therefore if you haven't liked the series up until now, you probably won't like this installment.
The usual characters are here. Lobsang is less in evidence than previously, despite driving what is the core of the book. Joshua is also a little sidelined as his story is tied closely to that of Lobsang. The bulk of the actual pages are concerned with Sally Lindsay and Maggie Kaufmann as they set off on their own voyages of discovery on the seemingly infinite copies of Earth and - not too much of a spoiler since it's in the title - Mars.
Whereas the previous books have essentially had one thread of a story around which the characters revolve towards some sort of end. ... full review