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The Long Mars: Long Earth 3 Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't get past the sentient crab--from tiny to mega jumbo. Would it be morally wrong to consume them with melted dipping butter? I think not. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kevin Kelly
I want to love The Long Mars. I want to love it so much. It's full of ideas, of characters, of wizbang... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Daniel B.
The Long Earth, like all of Terry Prachett's works, is deeply engaging. The distinction from the Discworld series is the missing punch line. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Achaessa
As most books these days, it is a excessively long-winded with a lot of padding unnecessary to the story. Interesting ideas, well thought out and well written,.Published 22 days ago by RC
Great sci fi series... A nice twist from the usual.. Nice development of the characters and you really get engrossed in their world(s). Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. jung
I really liked the Long Earth. This book? A complete let down. One star is too generous. Repetitive explanations and constant rehashing of information, settings, and characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike
Not the most inspiring writing. The ideas are interesting, but they never feel fleshed out. Problems are solved too quickly and too easily.Published 2 months ago by Jared
Not as enjoyable as books 1 and 3. From the title I thought more the story would take place on the Long Mars, but that wasn't the case. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul Richard