The Long Cosmos

The Long Cosmos Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth the new Next post human society continues to evolve For Joshua Valient now in his late sixties it is time to take one last solo jour

  • Title: The Long Cosmos
  • Author: Terry Pratchett Stephen Baxter
  • ISBN: 9781846574474
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 2070 71 Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post human society continues to evolve For Joshua Valient , now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers an adventure that turns into a disaster Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls But as Joshua confronts h2070 71 Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post human society continues to evolve For Joshua Valient , now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers an adventure that turns into a disaster Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in abstract ways by the trolls and by the Great Traversers Its message is simple but ts implications are enormous JOIN US.The super smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent a device that will alter the Long Earth s place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life affirming goal of those who sent the Message Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals who inhabit the Long Earths

    One thought on “The Long Cosmos”

    1. A man walks into a bar and the barman says “Why the long face?” So the man says “One of my favourite authors died not so long ago. He was best known for a series of wonderful fantasy novels that mixed satire and slapstick to such an intelligent degree that I'd find myself admiring how clever he was even while slapping my knee and having a good chortle.“He was no one-trick pony, though. He wrote other books in other genres. Some by himself and some with other authors. Most recently he set [...]

    2. **EDITED NOW I'VE ACTUALLY READ IT**Thoughts before reading:Thank goodness for thating The Long Utopia left me feeling bereft and unsatisfied as I thought it was the final book. Looking forward to a conclusion.Thoughts After (SPOILER FREE!!) I actually really loved this final part of the series. It's been an odd series and I can see why it has been so divisive and had poor reviewsThe books are difficult to get in to at times and follow so many different characters doing different things with ver [...]

    3. 2.5 Stars The Long Cosmos (The Long Earth #5) by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is a slow and overall uneventful read. I have enjoyed the previous books quite a bit even though I had problems with the last several books. I love the premise and plot of the series as well as most of the characters, but that is not enough. I guess my feelings on this one were pretty inevitable. It is a testament to what a huge fan I am of both authors that I continued on with the series at all. It is their writ [...]

    4. I finished this one on holidays too. And my feelings are pretty much the same as the previous - interesting ideas, kinda cool characters, low-key plot. They are a great holiday read. The last volume is much more of the same, following Joshua and the gang as they age even more. This time there is a message from space across the Long Earth. An invitation. Much like Carl Sagans 'Contact'. And the authors acknowledge this all the way through the book. A little too much if you ask me, which was a bit [...]

    5. So bittersweet to finish this fantastic, bewitching series, full of characters (some human, some troll, some something else) that I care so deeply for, set on a succession of worlds where anything can and does happen, and it will all be wondrous. And sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, often extraordinary. This final novel did not disappoint, bringing everything together from across the long earths.

    6. A decent ending to the series but once again very episodic and a bit disjointed. The fact that Pratchett died during the writing doesn't do much to endear me to it either. (Sigh)

    7. 30-June-16: Got it a day early (29th), finished it this morning! Gotta love irish bookshops that don't give a shite about release dates!The final installment of the 5 part Long Earth series isn't quite as 'final' as one would think. The Long Cosmos follows some of the older and known characters (Joshua, Lobsang, Maggie, Nelson) and introduces a few new characters for us to follow as the entire Long Earth recieves a messages from the centre of the galaxy: JOIN US. This message arrives in the form [...]

    8. I'm sad - Although this final book in The Long Earth series was supposedly co-written by both authors, Prachett's touch is very definitely missing. It feels laboured and disjointed, and my overall feeling is one of being distinctly underwhelmed. Did anything happen? Nothing intrinsic to the long term plot. Many ideas were set up, but not delivered, plot devices proposed but then fizzled out, several concepts borrowed from and referenced to other great sci-fi works, but of no consequence. I was s [...]

    9. No Man's Sky The Book SeriesDescribes this series, and this book especially, in a nut shell. World after world of nearly identical procedurally generated nothing. Slightly randomized animals that are really just bits of other animals put together, and a plot to get to the center of the galaxy. The book is very empty and comes across as a little depressing. Look Stephen, just because you reference Contact over and over, doesn't mean you and just rip off it's plot whole sale. Well, not whole sale [...]

    10. Dieses Buch ist wohl der Abschluss des Zyklus um die "Lange Erde", einer unendlichen Kette von Parallelwelten der Erde, wobei die Datums-Erde (unsere reale Welt) in der Mitte dieser unendlichen Kette liegt. Die Menschen können mit Hilfe einer Wechselbox in einem Schritt in die nächste Parallelwelt wechseln, sie können aber nur wenige Gegenstände (keine Metalle) mitnehmen. Eine Reise in die hohen Megas (Parallelwelten die mehrere Millionen Schritte von der Datum entfernt sind) ist daher zeita [...]

    11. Too many ideas, disconnected from the people in the story. Too many characters spouting technobabble in the face of the infinite. The few touches that felt like Terry Pratchett were few and far between. The professor always berating his assistant Jocasta was my favorite character, which is a little sad.

    12. Disappointing. Missing the humor and charm of the previous books in the series. I kept waiting for something to happen, like being cast away on a megger-earth.

    13. I put off reading this one for a year or so. I'm not really sure why. I enjoy the series, despite it's apparent lack of anything resembling an actual plot. This series is more about exploring ideas, infinite possibilities, and what it means to be human, than it is about telling a story. If you've enjoyed the first four books, this one is pretty much more of the same sort of stuff. I have a very great appreciation for the creativity that goes into these books, and all of the what-ifs and maybes t [...]

    14. The multiple alternate earths (The Long Earth) moves out into the universe.The story is ok, more Joshua Valiente (sp - I've only listened to audio, so may have spelling wrong), more trolls, more Next, more Lobsang. It's another vehicle for speculation about other worlds and their flora and fauna. Our heroes are getting old, but still continuing.And it's fine. I love it for the hints of Pratchett that still show up, though again, I think it's mostly Baxter. I love Pratchett enough to be happy wit [...]

    15. The Long Cosmos brings the tale of Joshua and Lobsang to another roller coaster ride of exploration and discovery with the discovery of a message that is being sent to every being on The Long Earth from the Sagittarius region of space! :D This set the tone of the book with humans, The Next and Trolls and everyone else on the planet but this of course division in ideas and so the complexity of the situation. which would appear initially to be very simple, turns out to very complicated and this se [...]

    16. The Long Earth sage - and Terry Pratchett's prolific output - come to an end with this fifth volume of the series.From the intelligent beginning I found the series to gradually slip downhill to the extent that The Long Utopia garnered a mere two star review from me. So it was with mixed feelings that I started to read this. However this was very much a suitable and capable ending of the series, providing some answers but allowing enough freedom at the end for the characters to keep living on in [...]

    17. Maybe 2.5. I don't know. What I do know is that this photo sums it up perfectly.pussreboots/blog/2017/comm

    18. Fittingly enough, the spirit of Sir Terry Pratchett seems most present in this final instalment. Here I am thinking of such gems as a Shakespeare replicator that devours a planet to make copies of the Bard's work, and an inspired riff on Sancho the troll as a Librarian At last, the Long Earth is brought to an elegiac close. Well, more of a pit-stop than outright closure, for the story still has legs Again, a series of setpieces in lieu of a single narrtive. But strong characters, and a good dose [...]

    19. This is the final book in the series. While I felt that book 4 (The Long Utopia) lacked some oomph (for lack of a more scientific term) this book brought back the wonder and feel of the first three books. This is a satisfying conclusion to a series that started out strong. For anybody who felt that the 4th book had lost its mojo, rest assured that it is back in the Long Cosmos.

    20. I honestly cannot fathom why I kept reading this series. The first book was terrific and I love the concept, but too often the books are disappointing. The Long Cosmos is a perfect example. All set up, meandering plot, and a finale that barely answers any questions and isn't terribly imaginative or inspiring. I've no idea if there will be a sixth book, but I do know I won't be reading it.

    21. Bittersweet end to 'The Long Earth' series. With the way they wrote the ending of 'The Long Cosmos', Pratchett & Baxter could've had some fun with future stories in their expanded universe, but sadly we'll never know

    22. Imaginative. There are multiple references that science fiction fans will understand and appreciate, but the wit, wordplay, and charming characters Pratchett is known and loved for are sadly absent.

    23. I liked this book, as a series conclusion is good not fantastic but it does give us that conclusion feeling, as a book well let just say that it could have better with fewer chapters about a broken leg. I felt the emotion of the first book but just for a little while they give us a perhaps unnecessary quantum explanation about stepping. The big plot is quickly dissolved in some smaller and sometimes uninteresting plot lines, we get, of course, our class reunion; it went faster than the holidays [...]

    24. From start to finish this 5 book series of the Long Earth has been a fun, adventurous world to explore with Joshua Valiente, Lobsang, Sally Linsay and many other characters. Parallel Earths just a step away, like a long strand of pearls millions of worlds long with no end, provide the backdrop for these stories. The audiobook narrator Michael Fenton Stevens brings the people to life, making them each distinct and recognizable. I'm very glad Terry Pratchett took this story idea that might not hav [...]

    25. I said when I read TSC that it would be the last Pratchett book I would read, and I realise that wasn't quite true, as I still had this sitting waiting on the shelf. A satisfying and pleasingly optimistic ending to a series which has always tried to find the good in (most) people

    26. Última novela con «Pratchett» en la portada. Me pondría triste, pero no tiene nada suyo, una vez más. Debo decir, eso sí, que la sección de los árboles-montaña es interesante en cuanto a la exploración/imaginación.

    27. Pratchett's last novel, and thus one where extratextual factors confer a certain power beyond that intrinsic to the story. There are scattered nods to his other, better-known work in here, and a foreword which informs us which section he worked on last - fittingly and movingly, one about the grand cycle of life and death. One character makes peace with their end and dies even though they really don't need to, which is something that would normally infuriate me (hiya, BSG!), but under the circums [...]

    28. I must admit I felt a bit sad finishing this book. Not only because this was the last book in the series, but also because it was the final book (co)authored by Terry Pratchett. I was glad that the final book in the series was finished by Stephen Baxter (apparently they both had done a lot of work on it before Pratchetts untimely demise), as the series would have felt a little aimless if it had ended on the last book. Here, as I suggested in my review for that one, the story is taken in a more c [...]

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *