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The Long Earth [Kindle Edition]

Terry Pratchett , Stephen Baxter
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An unmissable milestone for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett: the first SF novel in over three decades in which the visionary inventor of Discworld has created a new universe of tantalizing possibilities—a series of parallel “Earths” with doorways leading to adventure, intrigue, excitement, and an escape into the furthest reaches of the imagination.

The Long Earth, written with award-winning novelist Stephen Baxter, author of Stone Spring, Ark, and Floodwill, captivate science fiction fans of all stripes, readers of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen, and anyone who enjoyed the Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration Good Omens.

The Long Earth is an adventure of the highest order—and an unforgettable read.



Editorial Reviews

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"By turns thrillingly expansive, joyously inventive and utterly engrossing *****." SFX magazine "An absorbing collaborative effort from two SF giants...a marriage made in fan heaven - Pratchett's warmth and humanity allied to Baxter's extraordinarily fertile science-fictional imagination...there's much to enjoy...a charming, absorbing and somehow spacious piece of imagineering" -- Adam Roberts GUARDIAN "The idea of parallel Earths is one of the most enduring that science fiction has given us, but rarely has it been explored with quite so much gusto as in this new novel by two of the giants of British speculative fiction...a triumph...accessible, fun and thoughtful" -- David Barnett INDEPENDENT "***** Literary alchemy...In the hands of Pratchett and Baxter, the possibilites are almost infinite...a story that revels in big ideas...you can sense the excitement of the authors as they toy with the labyrinthine possibilities of their premise, and it's infectious...thrillingly expansive, joyously inventive and utterly engrossing" SFX "[Pratchett] succeeds in working seamlessly with Baxter...adding a welcome shot of fun to the world of science fiction" -- Alison Flood SUNDAY TIMES

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“Stay tuned for the next episode of a very old-fashioned sf quest yarn (think Jules Verne and 2001) that, since Pratchett is involved, is crammed with scientifically informed amusement.” (Booklist )

Product Details

  • File Size: 689 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O41HTO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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352 of 373 people found the following review helpful
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Take Terry Pratchett, known for the Discworld stories which are unformly good to superb, full of dry, satirical wit and almost always with a point to make. Take Stephen Baxter, known for his thoughtful, in depth hard SF. Put them together and you get....

Eh.

In truth there is very little Pratchett in this book. There is none of his humor or insight. The hard SciFi was equally disappointing. There are many MANY exciting and fascinating concepts that would have made this pure awesomeness. Believable machine intelligence. Multiple Earths which diverge in physical and biological evolution the further you get from home Earth (Datum Earth in the story). Multiple sapient intelligences springing from differing roots. None of which are explored. There are interactions between humans and non-humans. None of THAT is explored either. There are conflicts between the humans that can visit the parallel Earths and those who cannot. Not explored. There is a world-ending threat. Not explored. There is endless potential here for further stories based on the universe, but this one does nothing except showcase the place. Even the explosion of a pocket nuke in a major urban center is a so-what event.

There is a mish-mash of fantasy/occult and hard scifi - both of which I like, but neither of which dominates the story and neither of which, again, is explored. I know there were a lot of good concepts in this book and you can't explore them all, but for goodness sake explore SOMETHING. Just when you think this might get good, it wanders off onto another tangent or back to a character that is so utterly colorless you couldn't care less about them. Tell me how human society is affected by the "trolls" (one of the species encountered, and the most interesting).
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More about the ideas than about the characters July 5, 2012
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It wasn't a *bad* book. Nor was it an *awesome* book.

Lets start with the good. It was an intriguing story concept which was handled well and thoroughly (the concept mind you). The overarching theme and its impact on society got my attention and held it, and I enjoyed the descriptions of all the various worlds.

But it felt much more like Baxter than Pratchett. There were a few spots where I felt Pratchett's wit and exploration of what it means to be human shone through, but too few. It really should have listed Baxter as the first author in this respect.

Also, it was more of a 'showcase of a reality' than a story. There was too much ground covered (literally and idea-wise) to explore any one concept or thread fully. Too many things had to be glossed over. Overall I would have preferred more depth and split into two books I think. It seemed they set it up for a sequel (the end was abrupt and not satisfying to me).

I feel, had they cut the main story arc at about the halfway mark, they could have spent some time developing further to explore the socio-economic impacts of the changes and how that impacted the characters directly. As it was, as a reader I felt VERY insulated from the society and the characters. I had a hard time becoming invested in the characters much less the societal upheaval. And there were a few characters that I just never understood their motivations. Leaving your child behind and never looking back? Never suffering self-doubt or angst over it? Really? Ridiculously unbelievable.
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164 of 192 people found the following review helpful
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Here's the thing... I'm wary of science fiction. It's not my favorite genre. But this book is absolutely the real deal science fiction, and in a nutshell, I LOVED IT. Of course, it didn't hurt having Terry Pratchett as one of the co-authors, making everything just a bit less intimidating. Discworld and Good Omens fans may gravitate towards this book expecting broad humor, but I'll tell you right now that while there's plenty of humor, it is nowhere near that overt. No, this is totally legit science fiction. I detect the presence of Stephen Baxter. Who knew these two would collaborate so beautifully?

The story of The Long Earth is a bit of a challenge to summarize. Oddly, I have read a "product description" of this book in several places that bears ABSOLUTELY no relation to the plot or characters of this book. (And I find myself wondering if that is the description of book 2 in what will apparently be a series?) In this book, the citizens of Earth have just learned a new trick. A possibly mad, and definitely mysterious, scientist has invented a device called a "stepper." It's simple enough to be constructed by a schoolchild, and inexpensive enough to be powered by a potato. The scientist puts the plans for the stepper on the Web, and then essentially disappears. Starting in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, and rapidly spreading across the planet, young people are the earliest adopters of this technology. They are the first to discover the multiverse.

"Most of those first-day steppers had come quickly back. Some had not. The poor tended to be more likely to stay away; rich people had more to give up back in Datum.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Interesting Book
It is a fascinating concept and kept me turning the pages with high expectations!
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent exploration/scifi book, with just enough technical information to bind the story together realistically.
Published 8 days ago by Brian
2.0 out of 5 stars I got pretty bored with this story
I got pretty bored with this story.
I didn't much care about any of the characters, they were irritating.
I read it hoping it would turn around and get better. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sarah A
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very very good book
Published 15 days ago by Ron Bosch
3.0 out of 5 stars Just not that compelling sad to say
I like both Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's work and have books by both. Individually they are unique, powerful writers. Read more
Published 17 days ago by R. Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An Excellent Read!
Published 20 days ago by Helen E. Bovick
4.0 out of 5 stars mostly wonderful
Mostly wonderful and an incredible storyline. A little too much of the nicey-nice and preaching. Illustrations of the trolls and other animals would be great.
Published 21 days ago by RubyRenee
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your money or your time!!
This was extremely disappointing . A great premise , launched on a good start worthy of the best sci fi the next 10 hours stretched into a repetive boring pointless tale centred... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Gil
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not Pratchett's best, but pretty good. Don't be expecting diskworld.
Published 28 days ago by Jon Kramer
5.0 out of 5 stars As always Pratchett is Entertaining!
Another zany Pratchett perfection! Although I so enjoy Stephen Briggs and what his voice lends to so many of Pratchett's audio books I have to say Michael Fenton Stevens does a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth C. Top
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Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was fifteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 36 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these children's books, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). Terry's latest book, Nation, a non-Discworld standalone YA novel was published in October of 2008 and was an instant New York Times and London Times bestseller. Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire "for services to literature" in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 55 million copies (give or take a few million) and have been translated into 36 languages. Terry Pratchett lives in England with his family, and spends too much time at his word processor.  Some of Terry's accolades include: The Carnegie Medal, Locus Awards, the Mythopoetic Award, ALA Notable Books for Children, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Book Sense 76 Pick, Prometheus Award and the British Fantasy Award.

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Long Earth kindle price is too friggin high!
Must admit, I baulked at the price, especially as it is co-authored. I'm a bit wary of the practice as, sometimes, it muddies the better author's work. That said, he is ill and probably the process made things a little easier for him. I will wait a bit and read some reviews before I decide if I'm... Read More
Jun 7, 2012 by HJM |  See all 6 posts
Terry Pratchett meets Baroness Orczy?
Watch Blackadder, dear. Sir Terry has a lovey habit of weaving in our real history with our TV and does it in his inimitable style. I can only presume you are American.
Jun 7, 2012 by HJM |  See all 2 posts
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