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The Long War: Long Earth 2 (The Long Earth) Hardcover – International Edition, July 1, 2013

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From the Back Cover

War has come to the Long Earth. . . .

Humankind has spread across the new worlds opened by explorers Joshua and Lobsang a mere decade ago. Now "civilization" flourishes, and airships link the multiple Earths. A new America christening itself "Valhalla" has emerged more than a million steps from the original Datum Earth. Like the American revolutionaries of old, the Valhallans resent being controlled from afar. And in the wake of humankind's advance, the trolls—graceful, hive-mind humanoids whose song has suffused the Long Earth—are beginning to fall silent . . . and disappear.

Joshua, now married and a father, is summoned by Lobsang. It seems he alone can confront the perfect storm of crises that could plunge all of the Long Earth into war—a war unlike any that has come before.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Author of the bestselling Discworld series, TERRY PRATCHETT is one of the UK’s most popular -- and bestselling -- writers. His books have sold over 65 million copies worldwide and been translated in to nearly 40 languages. He was awarded an OBE in 1998 and knighted in 2009 for his services to literature. He lives in Wiltshire.

STEPHEN BAXTER is one of the UK’s most acclaimed writers of science fiction and a multi-award winner. His many books include the classic Xeelee sequence, the A Time Odyssey novels (written with Arthur C. Clarke) and The Time Ships, a sequel to H G Wells’ The Time Machine. He lives in Northumberland.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Long Earth (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday UK (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857520113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857520111
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,308,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Mark Folashade on June 20, 2013
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Look, I really really liked the Long Earth because it introduced a new concept that I'd never encountered before when reading science fiction. Sure there have been other stories with parallel worlds but I haven't come across anything that approaches the scale introduced by the first book. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that a sequel was coming out and I didn't let the 3 star rating deter me. I should have.

There's nothing new in the Long Earth, no exploration of new concepts to captivate the imagination. You catch a glimpse of it when there's a wild tale told about distant earths beyond the "meggers" with no moon, different colored suns, when you're told a story by one of the characters in the book of a pioneer who steps "wrong", maybe another direction other than east or west, and ends up in a place where the stars are inverted or whatever. Hell there's even a tingle of excitement when you see the ray guns for the first time and maybe think the characters will run into another equivalent or beyond tech level civilization. Even the few none ape like sentient like races were interesting but the most disappointing part of the book is that they never go anywhere with these ideas. It's like they spend most of the bloody book moralizing about how awful we're treating the singing apes or how the notion of old america is obsolete.

This book, for me at least, had so much potential and I really wanted to like it but if you treasure the Long Earth and don't want to stain your memory of the series I'd advice you to save your money with this book. I'd give it a 2.5 star rating if I could but I'll make do with a 2.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Karl A. Schmidt on July 5, 2013
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If you've read The Long Earth, you might expect this book to carry on the plot thread about the major existential threat that is introduced near the end of that book. You will discover quickly in The Long War that that idea has been all but forgotten.

The Long War expands the cast of The Long Earth, bringing back nearly all the supporting characters and introducing a few new ones. Like its predecessor, The Long War doesn't really do anything with most of them. There are some subplots that have been carried over from TLE, for example the Nelson Azikiwe plot, that persist in not really having anything happen in them. Other, new subplots (like the China mission) suffer from the same malady.

The glacial pace of these subplots, and, by extension, the overarching plot of the series, would be more understandable and excusable if the books were longer, or were developing a more nuanced arrangement of elements. However, with the characters mostly being explicitly variations on the same basic worthy archetypes (socially enlightened loner/pioneer, socially enlightened maverick captain, socially enlightened female loner/pioneer, socially enlightened AI, etc.) there's not much opportunity for any real conflict between them. The "conflict" that does develop is mainly between individual humans and some circumstance of whatever alternate Earth or group thereof those humans find themselves; there's always a feeling of arbitrariness about the way these encounters play out. Later on in the story, it was hard for me to shake the feeling that certain events were the authors' way of writing themselves back out of a corner.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By carl on June 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
i'll start by saying the only thing I've ever read by Stephen Baxter was "The Long Earth" while I've read just about everything Terry Pratchett's ever written. So it's possible I just prefer a complete Pratchett book to this collaborative style. This had all the elements of a great book - solid premise, sprawling plot, and several vignettes that all intertwine. However, the writing is clumsy. I've heard before that an author should show you how a person feels - not just tell you. Well there is way too much dumbed down explanation of every feeling each character has instead of describing how they show said feelings. The characters are also cartoonish - "hardened cop with heart of gold", "hardened captain with heart of gold", "hardened adventurer with heart of gold", "evil republican with heart of turds". Also, to be fair, the title is misleading. Also some vignettes seem to add little... well nothing actually... to the story.

This feels like a jumbled, quickly written, poorly fleshed out book that is to serve as a bridge to whatever the next chapter in this series is. I see no reason to buy this new and in hardback.
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59 of 74 people found the following review helpful By James D. DeWitt VINE VOICE on June 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a long, boring sequel to the moderately interesting The Long Earth. If Terry Pratchett had anything to do with this snoozer, he didn't leave any of his trademark humor, skilled writing or tension between the covers.

It's ten years after the events of the first book. There are few new characters and those who are new aren't very interesting. If they do show signs of being interesting, they disappear before anything exciting happens to them. There are a few new ideas, but they aren't very compelling. Some events, like the the new China's expedition, are abandoned. The one moderately interesting character, the preternaturally intelligent teenager, Roberta Golding, disappears as a character in the last third of the book. And, once again, creating tension and suspense seems to happen only as an afterthought.

If I were Sir Terry, I'd be embarrassed to have my name associated with this novel. Far, far too much Stephen Baxter; precious little, if any, Terry Pratchett.
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