The Long Earth Hardcover – Jul 9 2012
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"An absorbing collaborative effort from two SF giants...a marriage made in fan heaven - Pratchett's warmth and humanity allied to Baxter's extraordinarily fertile science-fictional imagination...I, for one, found it extremely refreshing...There's much to enjoy...it's a charming, absorbing and somehow spacious piece of imagineering." -- Adam Roberts Guardian "The idea of parallel Earths is one of the most enduring that science fiction has given us, but rarely has it been explored with quite so much gusto as in this new novel by two of the giants of British speculative fiction... a triumph... This is an accessible, fun and thoughtful SF novel that offers the potential for a multitude of stories as great as the myriad of Earths." -- David Barnett Independent "***** Literary alchemy...In the hands of Pratchett and Baxter, the possibilites are almost infinite...It's a story that revels in big ideas...You can sense the excitement of the authors as they toy with the labyrinthine possibilities of their premise, and it's infectious...The canvas of the Long Earth is so vast, so full of storytelling potential, that it would be a crime not to explore further...thrillingly expansive, joyously inventive and utterly engrossing." SFX "[Pratchett] succeeds in working seamlessly with Baxter, with his ever-present whimsy...adding a welcome shot of fun to the world of science fiction." -- Alison Flood Sunday Times "a wonderfully rich fantasy, full of ingenuity, humour and some rather deep thoughts" Reader's Digest
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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. . . .See all Product Description
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I'm a huge Terry Pratchett fan. I adore his Discworld series. This, however, is nothing like Discworld. It's just... amazing. It's a good way to combine Baxter's ability to devise interesting universes and science, but without using the same cut and paste plot that every other book of his I've read has. If you like your science fiction to be heavy on exploration and exposition, READ THIS BOOK!
If you're a Terry Pratchet/Discworld fan then you'll probably miss Pratchet's humour, dialogue, quirky characters, and narrative style.
The story line is thin, the characters could have been developed more, though it's well-written. So what's the problem? It's a short story disguised as a 350 page novel - and it's setting me up for more episodes of this padded nonsense?
I was really looking forward to this. It was sold at a special rate on Amazon to promote the series. Will I buy the remaining episodes? I'm sure I won't. Will I get the follow-ups at the library - I'm on the fence about this one.
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Loved it. Awesome concept. I'm a fan of both authors, especially Baxter, and was happily surprised to see a collaboration.Published 20 days ago by Doug Miller
Loved this...so much detail and intrigue...too bad there won't be more. RIP Terry.Published 6 months ago by Ken Barker
Loved it, have read all three books by now and is waiting for the fourth one to come out. Terry Pratchett is one of my favorite writers and the Long series hasn't disappointed me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Maria
loved it. Baxter thinks so differently, and Pratchett adds quirkiness. Off to read the next one! Glad I found this seriesPublished 13 months ago by D. Bailey
neat premise for a series - good read for both Long earth and Long War - waiting for the third book!Published 19 months ago by richard simmons