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The Long Mars: Long Earth 3 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

3.6 out of 5 stars 200 customer reviews
Book 3 of 5 in the Long Earth Series

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The Long Earth is under tremendous strain due to the eruption of the Yellowstone volcano on Datum Earth; Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in the rescue work to some degree or another. Sally’s father contacts her out of the blue and invites her to join him on an expedition to the Long Mars. Of course, he has an ulterior motive—and the consequences of his obsession are going to be far-reaching. Navy Commander Maggie Kaufman, along with her crew and a select crew from China, is on an expedition to the farthest reaches of the Long Earth, on which they’ll make quite a few earth-shattering discoveries. Joshua’s focus is on the children of Happy Landings, the “Next.” They’re essentially post-human, and that makes normal humans fear them. The confrontation seems inevitable, especially after some of what Kaufman and her expedition discover. This is a solid piece of old-school science fiction, with a modern political bent; the exploration of both the Long Earth and Long Mars is well played. Long Mars in particular is an excellent piece of world building. High Demand Backstory: Two big names in the SF world will bring readers into the library asking for reserve slips. --Regina Schroeder --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Here they come again, Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, skipping along their quantum string of planets like giddy schoolboys - and what a joy it is to have them back ... it's a thrilling and ceaselessly entertaining ride." SFX magazine "Imaginative, sense-of-wonder SF at its best ... thrilling stuff from the masters." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
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Product Details

  • Series: Long Earth (Book 3)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (July 22, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846573939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846573934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,173,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I saw the next 'Long' series was titled The Long Mars, I immediately credited Baxter and Pratchett for at the very least taking the series places unexpected. Since the mildly disappointing Long War, I was somewhat geared for not so much low expectations, but an assumption that Long Mars would follow a similar pattern of the majority of the book being a sort of sociological exploration with a very intense world(s) changing event at the end.

Even with differing expectations this book unfortunately still did not stir much for me. While intriguing the Mars plot simply served as a watered down repeat of the first book (i.e. a lengthy exploration of the many Long Mars) The simultaneous plot-line on the long Earth(s) seemed in fact a direct replica of Long Earth and until the character Paul appeared I was actually struggling to understand what the book was actually about this time.

SPOILERS AHEAD (hard to review without them)

The major plot-line of 'the next' a super-intelligent variation on humans, was quite intriguing. However, there was relatively little page-time devoted to these guys, and most of the time we just heard repeats of their origins explained to different characters in different situations. I got pretty sick of hearing explanations for 'low' and 'high' bulbs

The ultimate climax - a nuclear warhead threatening 'Happy Landings' was almost tense. Once again (you'll notice a theme here) the beat fell flat, when the situation was bizarrely resolved by the main characters having a debate about whether to set it off (I don't think many personalities are such that they would advocate for a nuclear bomb being used to wipe out an entire subspecies, even in fiction)

Which brings me to my ultimate complaint - the characters.
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I love Terry Pratchett so you can imagine how excited I was when I saw he'd written a new science fiction novel. In fact three of them! And what an intriguing title! What could it mean? Ididn't know this Stephen Baxter guy but I figured he was bound to be okay if Terry Pratchett liked him.

Oh, how my hopes were dashed!

I'm writing only one review and putting it on all three books: The Long Earth, The Long War, and The Long Mars. That's because the books are basically indistinguishable. Yes, I read all three because in my excitement, I bought all three. Without reading the reviews. Okay, I'm dumb.

The problem with these books is that they seem to mistake an interesting setting for an interesting story. I agree, the concept of an infinite series of Earths that can be reached, sequentially, by single steps, is new, at least to me. What would happen if such an infinite resource suddenly became available? There's lots of room to explore there, lots of possibilities. But the "characters" in these books don't really interact with these worlds or with each other. In fact, I put characters in quotes because they are simply devices for the authors to move through their imagined universe. They have no depth, no emotion, no lives, no pains, no loves, no fears, no joys. They are viewpoints, sometimes with a little bit of attitude but generally very bland.

And where is the story? There isn't one. At least I can't think of a story other than a dispersed set of people, aliens, and artificial intelligences "explore" an infinite universe which feels basically like one of those old time movie reels where the film is going slowly enough for you to see the images flicker.
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One more part in the imaginative saga of the Long Earth, this one is (somewhat unfortunately) following the same path as the prior books.

We get ideas and imaginative leaps that are truly magnificent, but that are left by the side without much explanation. Tidbits of mysteries are thrown in, only to be left unresolved. And to top it all off, the ending is, well, bereft of emotional impact (and surprise). The book seems static, which is accentuated by the characters which didn't change any since we last saw them (and this book picks up 4 years after the last one). There is some development (or rather exposition of her past) with Sally, but that's about it.

Once again the book seems like it's setting up something, but what, and how and when we will get to it... A good guess. It was an enjoyable read, but a somewhat frustrating experience.

If you liked the first two books, this one will appeal to you, but do not read this one first. It is very much a Volume 3.
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After the first book in the series, I so wanted to like the rest of them. Having been a Terry Pratchett fan for as long as I can remember, it's really sad to me that the second and third books of the Long Earth series were so god-awful boring. Each chapter was a chore; finishing the book was more of a relief than anything.
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Perhaps it's Terry Pratchett's condition that's suffusing The Long Mars with melancholia or perhaps Steven Baxter has just taken over more of the writing -- his books tend toward depressing, unsatisfactory endings. Whatever! This sequel to The Long Earth and The Long War seems to be a bit of a tribute tour with references, both implicit and explicit, to Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark and even some of Terry's earlier work. Too little humor and too much stumbling around on Mars, which just doesn't seem to be worth the trouble. And the introduction of Sally's father as curmudgeon of the year hardly enhances the appeal. Nor do the "Next" who reminded me unfavorable of my grandson's smart alack geek buddies when they were in high school.
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