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The Long Earth

Pratchett, Terry (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The stepper enables a person using it to step sideways into another America, another wherever that person happened to be, another Earth. And if the person using it keeps on stepping, they keep on entering even more Earths. This is the Long Earth. And the further away a stepper travels, the stranger -- and sometimes more dangerous -- the Earths become.
Authors: Pratchett, Terry
Title: The long Earth
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Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2012.
Characteristics: 400 p. ;,24 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: The stepper enables a person using it to step sideways into another America, another wherever that person happened to be, another Earth. And if the person using it keeps on stepping, they keep on entering even more Earths. This is the Long Earth. And the further away a stepper travels, the stranger -- and sometimes more dangerous -- the Earths become.
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Additional Contributors: Baxter, Stephen
ISBN: 0062067753
9780062067753
Statement of Responsibility: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Subject Headings: Space and time Fiction.
Genre/Form: Science fiction.
Topical Term: Space and time
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Apr 21, 2014
  • Ender7520 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This has to be ranked among Sir Terry Pratchett's books. To be fair, I am rating this book after only reading a little over half of the novel, but this is really boring stuff to be coming from the mind of Terry Pratchett. So far, the entire book has been dedicated to world-building with very little plot to speak of. As the main character, Joshua, becomes bored with the spectacle of tens of thousands of earths passing by as he "steps" from one to the next, so, too, is this reader. I seem to recall the "world-building" that went into Discworld pretty much consisted of: "The world really is flat, and it's carried through space on the back of a giant turtle. Now let's dive in and have fun!" No faulting the book for its premise - I think the premise is fascinating, just as the premise for the first Star Trek movie was. I just hope there is some payoff soon before I get to the final chapter!

Sep 15, 2013
  • Evilida rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Creates an interesting setting - a long perhaps endless string of parallel earths with gifted people "stepping" from one earth to another. However, this novel is all about setting up the background for a series of novels. Considered by itself, as a stand-alone, it doesn't have a strong or compelling ending so doesn't quite satisfy and the lead character is one of the least interesting persons in the novel.

Terry Pratchett's work is wonderful. This book is no exception. Wonders await, peppered with trademark Pratchett humor.

Jul 27, 2013
  • siharris rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Terry Pratchett writes clever, funny but silly fantasy novels, and Stephen Baxter writes hard sci-fi with lots of complicated physics and eon spanning timescales. As such I struggled to imagine what a collaboration between the two would produce and went into it with low expectations. I was actually pleasantly surprised. It's an enjoyable, if mellow, exploration of the "many worlds theory". A topic many sci-fi authors have approached but often seem to lose coherency in explaining. There are flashes of TP humour, usually associated with Lobsang, and I think I detected Baxter's hand in the various comments on evolutionary potential. The novel also touches on philosophy and economics. It's a decent enough read, just don't expect a thriller, discworld type novel or epic sci-fi, as it's none of these.

Jul 04, 2013
  • saragoodman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

the invention of a device allows people to step into alternate realities on other earths.

Jun 21, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quite a departure for Pratchett. Not funny, but a good read. The point of the book is not clear, though.

Jun 05, 2013
  • brianwheeler rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

There is a story in here somewhere. Perhaps they could have narrowed the plot line, or lack thereof, and made a series of stories that had some sort of cohesion and resolution.

Apr 02, 2013
  • rhys33 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book looked more interesting on the shelf than it turned out to be. The plot seems to go nowhere and the writing is disjointed. I'm pretty sure they're setting up for a book two, but I'll give it a miss.

Feb 26, 2013
  • TheIronPaw rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Judging by reviews on Goodreads, the reactions to this novel are greatly polarized: love it or hate it. I felt much the same - polarized (hence a middle of the road rating). This novel is essentially a quest across multiple earths; it is a book about "what if's" with plot being secondary. In many ways it reminded me as to why I was cool to the original "Ringworld" novel. It wasn't until the second half of the novel that it became apparent that there was indeed a plot. But the "what if's" and the nascent plot did, at the end hold my interest. Terry Pratchet fans should note, however, that this is not a typical Sir Terry work. I hesitate recommending either to read it or to avoid it - liking it or not will be totally idiosyncratic

Dec 24, 2012
  • wiltonsugiyama rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Overall, I enjoyed it, intrigued as i was at the notion of multiple earths. In that respect, i found a similarity to the Dark Materials books. However, i found that the book seemed to have trouble finding a tone, which may have been due in part to the shared authorship & their differing styles.

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