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The Long Earth Hardcover – June 19, 2012
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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)
“In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore… fascinating premise…” (Publishers Weekly)
“The Long Earth is a brilliant Science Fiction collaboration with Stephen Baxter: a love letter to all Pratchett fans, readers, and lovers of wonder everywhere… This novel is a gift to be shared with anyone who loves to be amazed.” (Io9)
“The writing is elegant and witty...The worlds of the Long Earth are all richly rendered, and even the walk-on characters are deftly imagined…and the potential seems endless not just for the characters, but for Pratchett and Baxter as well.” (Tor.com)
“ The Long Earth is the solid start of a series with infinite potential.” (Shelf Awareness)
From the Back Cover
The possibilities 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 have 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 say mad, others allege dangerous—scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and . . . a 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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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). Or how troll society is affected by the humans. How the machine sees us and what the implications of it's existence are. There are economic dislocations on datum earth. Tell me about them.
Even the big ending is blah. The world ending threat turns out to be not that much of a threat after all. The book just... stops. Sad and unsatisfying.
Not recommended unless you just HAVE to have everything with either of these authors names on it.
The heart of the story - one might be tempted to say the soul - is the interaction between the android Lobsang and the hero, Joshua, a "natural" stepper. The dialogue was captivating, humorous and delved deeply into the human condition. Because the work was not "The Stand" or "Atlas Shrugged" or "War and Peace" many of the minor characters remained undeveloped, names on a page who went through the ritualistic motions. We did finally have a romance of sorts (sorely missing in science fiction) that was tender and funny and innocent.
So why four instead of five stars? Lack of imagination for the various Earths, the idea that beings in other worlds casually stepped as easily as we sit down and the rather silly huge creature met at the end. There is, of course, a fundamentalist religious component composed by those unable to "step" and there are some good guys and bad guys. All in all, a good start to a series.
Joshua Valiente was just an ordinary kid, living in an orphanage when Step Day occurred. One minute he was in Madison, WI, the next, he and several others who had built the mysterious Stepper device that showed up online were suddenly in the middle of a primeval forest. That is the beginning to an interesting life for Joshua and an intriguing, if not fully engaging story, from Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. This book sets up an intriguing world to be fleshed out further in the next books and provided an interesting story from beginning to end as we're taken along on a journey following the lives of several different characters as The Long Earth is explored to discover just how far does it go.
I'd recommend this for fans of SciFi as a good, light read, that sets the stage for a new series.
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having read all the following books in the series probally clouded my expectations