The Long Earth

The Long Earth From the back jacket NORMALLY WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO HE LISTENED TO THE SILENCE The Silence was very faint here Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world Did people in this polishe

From the back jacket NORMALLY, WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO, HE LISTENED TO THE SILENCE.The Silence was very faint here Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world Did people in this polished building understand how noisy it was The roar of air conditioners and computer fans, the susurration of many voices heard but not decipherable This was the office ofFrom the back jacket NORMALLY, WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO, HE LISTENED TO THE SILENCE.The Silence was very faint here Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world Did people in this polished building understand how noisy it was The roar of air conditioners and computer fans, the susurration of many voices heard but not decipherable This was the office of the transEarth Institute, an arm of the Black Corporation The faceless office, all plasterboard and chrome, was dominated by a huge logo, a chesspiece knight This wasn t Joshua s world None of it was his world In fact, when you got right down to it, he didn t have a world he had all of themL OF THE LONG EARTH.From the inside jacket The possibilites 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 has 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 said mad, others allege dangerous scientist who seems to have vanished Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three way switch, anda potato It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.The first novel

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The Long Earth

  1. Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, 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 There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, 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 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 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 honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

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  1. Everyone loves Sir Terry I love Sir Terry I love the books have great respect for the man This review is simply my opinion of the success of this particular collaboration I ll be 1st in line for the next T.P book and I d even give T.P S.B another go From the slew of 4 5 reviews already on show I may be out on a limb on this one so don t listen to me give it a try Collaboration It s a word with an unfortunate aftertaste Collaborators get a bad rap Sir Terry Pratchett s collaborations with other n [...]

  2. Science fiction is full of stories that go backwards and forwards they swing through the spectrum of time and explore the popular trope in all its possibilities Pratchett and Baxter, on the other hand, step sideways.The Long Earth is a seemingly endless series of alternate realities with Earth being the focal point By using a Stepper, a piece of technology that is powered by a potato Pratchett at work no doubt , the user can travel along the spectrum of Earths and step foot on thousands of diffe [...]

  3. The next world is the thickness of a thought away This co authored book Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is a wonderful idea, lovingly executed The Long Earth refers to the discovery of infinite dimensions all next door to one another.When a scientist publishes the blueprint for a stepper a device that can allow you to step from Earth to the next dimension Earth 1 and from there onto the next Earth Earth 2 and the next online free for all to use, in order to thwart a greedy corporation s attem [...]

  4. The main thing that made me interested in reading this would be the promising premise It offered a million possibilities, and I was not disappointed While the novel was not perfect, it was still an amazing novel that promises even exciting things to come in the next novels in the series.Embarrassingly I haven t read any of the Discworld novels of Pratchett, and none of Baxter s novels too While anything space related has caught my interest ever since i was young, I haven t invested myself in re [...]

  5. I really wanted to like this book Turns out I liked parts of it The idea of millions of Earths branching out from ours a variation on different choices creating different realities is pretty cool, as is the mechanism by which people reach them Pratchett and Baxter gave a lot of thought to how the Earth might have developed differently under different circumstances, such as the lack of a moon altering tides and climate or even failing to deflect large asteroids from the planet I also liked the vi [...]

  6. It is hard for scientists even to talk about the Long Earth without babbling about m brane manifolds and quantum multiverses It would be hard for Stephen Baxter to resist waxing lyrical about quantum whatsits I suppose I read his Xeelee omnibus and only understood half of the science expositions and that is an optimistic estimate However, with The Long Earth Baxter has the late great Terry Pratchett to help make the science part palatable and also infuse the novel with the magic of his wit, cha [...]

  7. In 2015 humanity discovers a potato powered device that enables it to travel to parallel worlds While most people need these devices, there are some natural steppers who don t need them, and also some that can t step at all, having to be carried over by others.Fast forward a few years Natural stepper Joshua Valiente, along with Lobsang the super computer, decide to test the limits of these parallel worlds and go on the journey of their ugh lives In the meantime, the rest of humanity decides it s [...]

  8. A did not finish read.I think, in its way, this could be regarded as a form of apocalyptica A device allowing easy jumping to countless alternate worlds conveniently free of human populations is invented Many people embrace this passionately, and rush off to stake their claim in a land rush with no visible end game A small percentage can t go and others don t want to, but the effect of this mass dispersal is economies collapsing, new religions, fighting among old religions It s a book about glob [...]

  9. I did not expect that much going into this book, I was just hoping for a fun fluffy read I borrowed it from the library, so the worst case scenario was returning it unfinished But I was surprised and delighted by this novel and I m jumping right into the next book.In a plot that you may feel has been done to death, a mad scientist disappears and leaves instructions to build a stepping device on the internet Kids throughout the world make a copy and end up travelling into a parallel world It seem [...]

  10. You know how famous authors will occasionally complain about how readers will come up to them at cons and tell them that they have this amazing idea for a book the author should write the reader s idea, and then they can split the money The moral to this kind of story is always that this is a ridiculously ignorant concept ideas are easy, it s execution that s hard.This is a novel in which two extremely prolific authors forgot this Well, to be honest, calling this a novel strikes me as generous T [...]

  11. I finished The Long Earth yesterday, and came to see what others thought, and in many respects I agree The Long Earth has an incredibly novel premise, but a storyline that in the end, doesn t really go anywhere no pun intended.The book essentially offers a thought exercise of what would happen if relatively unlimited inter planetary or correctly, inter dimensional travel were available to the masses on Earth What would people do Would there be a mass exodus Would people try to exploit this trav [...]

  12. Those poor French You lose to Spain at the Euro and Terry Pratchett takes an accurate pot shot at you in this book.C est la vie.I m unsure to give this three or four stars I really am I didn t quite really like it, but I didn t just like it I went with four because it is my default when I read such a book and it makes me think.The idea behind this book will be slightly familiar to those who watched Sliders or who have read comic books The twist is that most people can step to the words either by [...]

  13. This was quite the infuriating book to end up enjoying A strange blend of young adult and science fiction written for the novice and almost as many pop culture references as Ernest Cline If I d only been informed in advance to expect a young adult novel I would have been less annoyed, Pratchett has written some of the very best YA there is, but as it stands this is apparently a book for adults Stephen Baxter has written some of the most complex science fiction I ve ever picked up let alone read [...]

  14. Simple concept, brilliantly executed This was my first non discworld Pratchett and my first Baxter and between the two of them they put together an excellent novel.The premise behind The Long Earth is a fairly simple one at first glance there are multiple universes parallel to our own and with the aid of a stepper you can move from one to the next in a linear fashion Easy concept, but as with most things, the devil is in the details On each Earth, evolution has taken a slightly different path Th [...]

  15. One day, humanity discovers they can step from our world into parallel worlds Each of these other Earths is slightly different from the next but humans exist on no other world but our own Humans immediately start stepping into other worlds to explore and create new homes Resources and space are no longer scarce old hierarchies start breaking down.Joshua Valiente is a natural Stepper, someone who can jump from one world to the next without any ill effects And so the first AI to be declared sentie [...]

  16. An adventuresome tale of kids who follow a mysterious geek s design on the internet to employ some simple electronic gear from Radio Shack and a potato to construct a device that allows them to go stepping into parallel worldlines Some of these alternate earths are little different, but others are almost empty of people It was a lot of fun to experience the discovery process of the pioneering participants and equally so the emerging response of governments and society, faced with the disappearan [...]

  17. The idea and main concept of this book is immensly intriguing, and while certainly not a unique concept in the sci fi genre, the potential for a Terry Pratchett take on it, appealed to me.As I read this book, an overwhelming surge of familiarity swept over me It felt like I was treading very similiar waters, dealing with characters, ideas, motifs, themes that I knew, but couldn t quite put my finger on why it felt so familiar Exploring the vastness of uncharted worlds, finding almost humanoid, m [...]

  18. I finished The Long Earth and it was dreadful I can barely deal with how dreadful it was There s a smug AI that claims to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan motor cycle repairer The hero becomes his Doctor Who companion Doctor, I am dumb Please explain stuff as they fly over landscapes Look, there s a big ocean, there s a crocodile, there s an animal that s half elephant half rhino Whenever the authors need to do some exposition that the AI and the companion aren t around to see, they just bung i [...]

  19. 1.5 stars, I really struggled to finish it, I even skipped passages.This is by far worst Terry Pratchett s book I read.Sure I given 2 stars to some Discworld books but that is because they where relatively weak compared to other Discworld books, I still had some fun with them.Story is uninteresting and most of the characters are just totally dull.Only reason I didn t give it 1 star because Joshua s PoV parts are not that bad and there are occasionally flashes of Pratchett s witty writing but tha [...]

  20. 3.5Though this book feels in many parts like an awkward blend of The Hitch hiker s Guide and The Time Machine, but lacking in Adams trademark humour and oddities and Pratchett s, come to think of it The Long Earth is still an interesting read Focusing on ideas rather than plot has been pretty unusual in recent releases so it s quite refreshing to be allowed to explore all these worlds different earth versions without having to keep up with multiple relationships and character developments.

  21. Dedications For Lynn and Rhianna, as always TPFor Sandra SBOpening IN A FOREST GLADE.Private Percy woke up to birdsong It was a long time since he had heard birdsong, the guns saw to that For a while he was content to lie there in the blissful quiet.A third of the way through and am not enjoying I know, it s PTerry, but seriously this is not doing it for me.I ll have a break from it for a while maybe curosity will get the better of me.

  22. Like others, I m often a bit skeptical about collaborations between authors, be they both well known authors or not In this case, I was very worried because their styles are very different and they take an amazing jump between hard SF and character driven world building fantasyEVER, I couldn t be pleased with the combo I was thrilled by the characters and felt the wonderful sense of adventure and then suspense as things got dire And that s just it We get the best of both worlds, the hard SF pre [...]

  23. It s a Meet Cute The Hobbit Star Trek The Long Way to an Angry Planet The idea of stepping from Earth to Earth for evolutionary purposes or exploration, self preservation and new beginnings is the concept in this fantastical Sci Fi adventure It turned all my thoughts and know how upside down as it explored deep niches of my understanding of what is possible and brought forth so many questions The way I see it, my ancestors put a lot of effort into getting out of the goddamn ocean and I don t thi [...]

  24. The basic conceit behind The Long Earth is simple There are parallel universes and one day human beings discover they can step from one to the next quite easily.But while most parallel universe stories would use this as a stepping stone to tell about the conflict between our world and one where the Axis powers won World War II, or where the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs never struck the earth, The Long Earth takes a different approach humans don t seem to have evolved on most of the other [...]

  25. This is a fun, feel good science fiction novel about a world where people can step from one Earth to another The story centers on Joshua, one of the few people who can step spontaneously Most other people need a relatively simple device to aid in their stepping One can step east or west , and proceed over and over again, stepping into parallel universes.The Earth in each universe has a geology that has developed differently, and life has evolved into different forms Some Earths are very similar [...]

  26. The Long Earth is a concept Terry Pratchett first developed back in the mid 80s, around the same time that he was finishing up the third Discworld book, Equal Rights The novel was a victim of Pratchett s own success, getting left behind when the Discworld series proved to be so successful Sadly, as much as I wanted to like it, and as promising as the first few chapters were, it really does feel like a book that was written 25 years ago, handed off to somebody else, and then rushed into print Not [...]

  27. 4 StarsThis is a case where I actually would give it full marks because it is right up my alley I loved this story The concept and themes are very thought provoking The book really suffers as it broaches so many heavy themes that it does none of them any real justice.Stepping the beginning Well, maybe At least he gave people a new option Although he said people were going to have to learn to think, out there in the Long Earth He said once, I am giving mankind the key to endless worlds An end to [...]

  28. Maybe, after four failed Discworld attempts and Good Omens, I just have to admit Sir Terry isn t for me And maybe it s finally time, to let it go I adore the premise of The Long Earth and I enjoy parallel worlds but in my opinion the execution fell a bit flat The plot felt weak, the pacing was off and the characters remained two dimensional I was intrigued enough to finish the book, but I won t continue with the series.

  29. The Long Earth is a clear example of a great idea that s been poorly executed.They are both great writers, but the plot goes nowhere and many pages later you re wondering why were you reading this in the first place.

  30. My first Pratchett novel and I didn t care for it Slow moving and uneventful It picked up a little near the end but not enough to suck me into a seven book series Too bad The premise had potential for some dark and crazy stuff but apparently this isn t that type of story.

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