The Long Earth

The Long Earth From the back jacket NORMALLY WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO HE LISTENED TO THE SILENCE The Silence was very faint here Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world Did people in this polishe

  • Title: The Long Earth
  • Author: Terry Pratchett Stephen Baxter
  • ISBN: 9780062067753
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the back jacket NORMALLY, WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO, HE LISTENED TO THE SILENCE.The Silence was very faint here Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world Did people in this polished building understand how noisy it was The roar of air conditioners and computer fans, the susurration of many voices heard but not decipherable This was the office ofFrom the back jacket NORMALLY, WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO, HE LISTENED TO THE SILENCE.The Silence was very faint here Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world Did people in this polished building understand how noisy it was The roar of air conditioners and computer fans, the susurration of many voices heard but not decipherable This was the office of the transEarth Institute, an arm of the Black Corporation The faceless office, all plasterboard and chrome, was dominated by a huge logo, a chesspiece knight This wasn t Joshua s world None of it was his world In fact, when you got right down to it, he didn t have a world he had all of themL OF THE LONG EARTH.From the inside jacket The possibilites are endless Just be careful what you wish for 1916 The Western Front Private Percy Blakeney wakes up He is lying on fresh spring grass He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of no man s land gone For that matter, where has Percy gone 2015 Madison, Wisconsin Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned out home of a reclusive some said mad, others allege dangerous scientist who seems to have vanished Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three way switch, anda potato It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.The first novel in an exciting new collaboration between Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and the acclaimed SF writer Stephen Baxter, The Long Earth transports readers to the ends of the earth and far beyond All it takes is a single step.

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    1. Everyone loves Sir Terry. I love Sir Terry. I love the books & have great respect for the man. This review is simply my opinion of the success of this particular collaboration. I'll be 1st in line for the next T.P book and I'd even give T.P + S.B another go. From the slew of 4 & 5* reviews already on show I may be out on a limb on this one - so don't listen to me - give it a try.-------------Collaboration. It’s a word with an unfortunate aftertaste. Collaborators get a bad rap. Sir Ter [...]

    2. Science fiction is full of stories that go backwards and forwards; they swing through the spectrum of time and explore the popular trope in all its possibilities. Pratchett and Baxter, on the other hand, step sideways.The Long Earth is a seemingly endless series of alternate realities with Earth being the focal point. By using a Stepper, a piece of technology that is powered by a potato (Pratchett at work no doubt), the user can travel along the spectrum of Earths and step foot on thousands of d [...]

    3. "The next world is the thickness of a thought away."This co-authored book (Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter) is a wonderful idea, lovingly executed. The Long Earth refers to the discovery of infinite dimensions all next door to one another.When a scientist publishes the blueprint for a "stepper" - a device that can allow you to step from Earth to the next dimension (Earth 1) and from there onto the next Earth (Earth 2) and the next - online free for all to use, in order to thwart a greedy corp [...]

    4. The main thing that made me interested in reading this would be the promising premise. It offered a million possibilities, and I was not disappointed. While the novel was not perfect, it was still an amazing novel that promises even more exciting things to come in the next novels in the series.Embarrassingly I haven't read any of the Discworld novels of Pratchett, and none of Baxter's novels too. While anything space related has caught my interest ever since i was young, I haven't invested mysel [...]

    5. I really wanted to like this book. Turns out I liked parts of it. The idea of millions of Earths branching out from ours--a variation on different choices creating different realities--is pretty cool, as is the mechanism by which people reach them. Pratchett and Baxter gave a lot of thought to how the Earth might have developed differently under different circumstances, such as the lack of a moon altering tides and climate or even failing to deflect large asteroids from the planet. I also liked [...]

    6. “It is hard for scientists even to talk about the Long Earth without babbling about m-brane manifolds and quantum multiverses.”It would be hard for Stephen Baxter to resist waxing lyrical about quantum whatsits I suppose. I read his Xeelee omnibus and only understood half of the science expositions (and that is an optimistic estimate). However, with The Long Earth Baxter has the late great Terry Pratchett to help make the science part more palatable and also infuse the novel with the magic o [...]

    7. In 2015 humanity discovers a (potato-powered) device that enables it to travel to parallel worlds. While most people need these devices, there are some natural steppers who don't need them, and also some that can't step at all, having to be "carried" over by others.Fast forward a few years. Natural stepper Joshua Valiente, along with Lobsang the super computer, decide to test the limits of these parallel worlds and go on the journey of their ugh lives (?). In the meantime, the rest of humanity d [...]

    8. A did not finish read.I think, in its way, this could be regarded as a form of apocalyptica. A device allowing easy jumping to countless alternate worlds (conveniently free of human populations) is invented. Many people embrace this passionately, and rush off to stake their claim in a 'land rush' with no visible end game. A small percentage can't go and others don't want to, but the effect of this mass dispersal is economies collapsing, new religions, fighting among old religions. It's a book ab [...]

    9. I did not expect that much going into this book, I was just hoping for a fun fluffy read. I borrowed it from the library, so the worst case scenario was returning it unfinished. But I was surprised and delighted by this novel and I'm jumping right into the next book.In a plot that you may feel has been done to death, a mad scientist disappears and leaves instructions to build a stepping device on the internet. Kids throughout the world make a copy and end up travelling into a parallel world. It [...]

    10. You know how famous authors will occasionally complain about how readers will come up to them at cons and tell them that they have this amazing idea for a book; the author should write the reader's idea, and then they can split the money. The moral to this kind of story is always that this is a ridiculously ignorant concept--ideas are easy, it's execution that's hard.This is a novel in which two extremely prolific authors forgot this. Well, to be honest, calling this a "novel" strikes me as gene [...]

    11. I finished The Long Earth yesterday, and came to see what others thought, and in many respects I agree; The Long Earth has an incredibly novel premise, but a storyline that in the end, doesn't really go anywhere (no pun intended).The book essentially offers a thought exercise of what would happen if relatively unlimited inter-planetary (or more correctly, inter-dimensional) travel were available to the masses on Earth. What would people do? Would there be a mass exodus? Would people try to explo [...]

    12. Those poor French. You lose to Spain at the Euro and Terry Pratchett takes an accurate pot shot at you in this book.C'est la vie.I'm unsure to give this three or four stars. I really am. I didn't quite really like it, but I didn't just like it. I went with four because it is my default when I read such a book and it makes me think.The idea behind this book will be slightly familiar to those who watched Sliders or who have read comic books. The twist is that most people can step to the words eith [...]

    13. This was quite the infuriating book to end up enjoying. A strange blend of young adult and science fiction written for the novice and almost as many pop culture references as Ernest Cline. If I'd only been informed in advance to expect a young adult novel I would have been less annoyed, Pratchett has written some of the very best YA there is, but as it stands this is apparently a book for adults. Stephen Baxter has written some of the most complex science fiction I've ever picked up let alone re [...]

    14. Simple concept, brilliantly executed. This was my first non-discworld Pratchett and my first Baxter and between the two of them they put together an excellent novel.The premise behind The Long Earth is a fairly simple one at first glance - there are multiple universes parallel to our own and with the aid of a stepper you can move from one to the next in a "linear" fashion. Easy concept, but as with most things, the devil is in the details. On each Earth, evolution has taken a slightly different [...]

    15. One day, humanity discovers they can "step" from our world into parallel worlds. Each of these other Earths is slightly different from the next--but humans exist on no other world but our own. Humans immediately start stepping into other worlds to explore and create new homes. Resources and space are no longer scarce; old hierarchies start breaking down.Joshua Valiente is a natural Stepper, someone who can jump from one world to the next without any ill effects. And so the first AI to be declare [...]

    16. An adventuresome tale of kids who follow a mysterious geek’s design on the internet to employ some simple electronic gear from Radio Shack (and a potato) to construct a device that allows them to go stepping into parallel worldlines. Some of these alternate earths are little different, but others are almost empty of people. It was a lot of fun to experience the discovery process of the pioneering participants and equally so the emerging response of governments and society, faced with the disap [...]

    17. The idea and main concept of this book is immensly intriguing, and while certainly not a unique concept in the sci fi genre, the potential for a 'Terry Pratchett' take on it, appealed to me.As I read this book, an overwhelming surge of familiarity swept over me. It felt like I was treading very similiar waters, dealing with characters, ideas, motifs, themes that I knew, but couldn't quite put my finger on 'why'? it felt so familiar. Exploring the vastness of uncharted worlds, finding almost huma [...]

    18. I finished 'The Long Earth' and it was dreadful. I can barely deal with how dreadful it was. There's a smug AI that claims to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan motor cycle repairer. The hero becomes his Doctor Who companion ("Doctor, I am dumb. Please explain stuff.") as they fly over landscapes. "Look, there's a big ocean, there's a crocodile, there's an animal that's half elephant half rhino." Whenever the authors need to do some exposition that the AI and the companion aren't around to see, t [...]

    19. 1.5 stars, I really struggled to finish it, I even skipped passages.This is by far worst Terry Pratchett's book I read.Sure I given 2 stars to some Discworld books but that is because they where relatively weak compared to other Discworld books, I still had some fun with them.Story is uninteresting and most of the characters are just totally dull.Only reason I didn't give it 1 star because Joshua's PoV parts are not that bad and there are occasionally flashes of Pratchett's witty writing but tha [...]

    20. 3.5Though this book feels in many parts like an awkward blend of The Hitch-hiker's Guide and The Time Machine, but lacking in Adams' trademark humour and oddities (and Pratchett's, come to think of it) The Long Earth is still an interesting read. Focusing on ideas rather than plot has been pretty unusual in recent releases so it's quite refreshing to be allowed to explore all these worlds - different earth versions - without having to keep up with multiple relationships and character development [...]

    21. Dedications:For Lynn and Rhianna, as always - TPFor Sandra - SBOpening: IN A FOREST GLADE.Private Percy woke up to birdsong. It was a long time since he had heard birdsong, the guns saw to that. For a while he was content to lie there in the blissful quiet.A third of the way through and am not enjoying. I know, it's PTerry, but seriously this is not doing it for me.I'll have a break from it for a while - maybe curosity will get the better of me.

    22. Like others, I'm often a bit skeptical about collaborations between authors, be they both well-known authors or not. In this case, I was very worried because their styles are very different and they take an amazing jump between hard-SF and character-driven world-building fantasyEVER, I couldn't be more pleased with the combo. I was thrilled by the characters and felt the wonderful sense of adventure and then suspense as things got dire. And that's just it. We get the best of both worlds, the har [...]

    23. It’s a Meet Cute!“The Hobbit” +“Star Trek” +“The Long Way to an Angry Planet”The idea of stepping from Earth to Earth for evolutionary purposes or exploration, self-preservation and new beginnings is the concept in this fantastical Sci-Fi adventure. It turned all my thoughts and know how upside-down as it explored deep niches of my understanding of what is possible and brought forth so many questions!“The way I see it, my ancestors put a lot of effort into getting out of the godd [...]

    24. The basic conceit behind The Long Earth is simple: There are parallel universes and one day human beings discover they can "step" from one to the next quite easily.But while most parallel universe stories would use this as a stepping stone to tell about the conflict between our world and one where the Axis powers won World War II, or where the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs never struck the earth, The Long Earth takes a different approach: humans don't seem to have evolved on most of the ot [...]

    25. This is a fun, "feel-good" science fiction novel about a world where people can "step" from one Earth to another. The story centers on Joshua, one of the few people who can step spontaneously. Most other people need a relatively simple device to aid in their stepping. One can step "east" or "west", and proceed over and over again, stepping into parallel universes.The Earth in each universe has a geology that has developed differently, and life has evolved into different forms. Some Earths are ve [...]

    26. The Long Earth is a concept Terry Pratchett first developed back in the mid-80s, around the same time that he was finishing up the third Discworld book, Equal Rights. The novel was a victim of Pratchett's own success, getting left behind when the Discworld series proved to be so successful. Sadly, as much as I wanted to like it, and as promising as the first few chapters were, it really does feel like a book that was written 25 years ago, handed off to somebody else, and then rushed into print. [...]

    27. 4 StarsThis is a case where I actually would give it full marks because it is right up my alley. I loved this story. The concept and themes are very thought provoking. The book really suffers as it broaches so many heavy themes that it does none of them any real justice.Stepping the beginning:“‘Well, maybe. At least he gave people a new option. Although he said people were going to have to learn to think, out there in the Long Earth. He said once, “I am giving mankind the key to endless wo [...]

    28. Maybe, after four failed Discworld attempts and Good Omens, I just have to admit Sir Terry isn't for me? And maybe it's finally time, to let it go? I adore the premise of The Long Earth and I enjoy parallel worlds but in my opinion the execution fell a bit flat. The plot felt weak, the pacing was off and the characters remained two-dimensional. I was intrigued enough to finish the book, but I won't continue with the series.

    29. The Long Earth is a clear example of a great idea that's been poorly executed.They are both great writers, but the plot goes nowhere and many pages later you're wondering why were you reading this in the first place.

    30. My first Pratchett novel and I didn't care for it. Slow moving and uneventful. It picked up a little near the end but not enough to suck me into a seven book series. Too bad. The premise had potential for some dark and crazy stuff but apparently this isn't that type of story.

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