“I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett, but I'm also suspicious of collaboration novels. The most recent collaboration novel I read was The Mongoliad, and I wasn't impressed. I also haven't read anything by Stephen Baxter so I didn't know what he was bringing to the table.
Given Terry Pratchett's diagnosis of early onset alzheimer's, I guess it was only a matter of time until he started relying on other authors to help him get books written, but since he's still publishing books on his own I was surprised that he chose to do a collaboration at this stage.
The parts of the book set in England are accurate enough to have been written by an Englishman and the parts set in America are accurate enough to have been written by an American, so maybe that was the division of labour.
The blurb pretty much tells you what the book's about, so off the bat you're aware of the possibilities - an infinite number of worlds is a lot of space for writing stories in. One of the problems I had with the book was that having opened up those possibilities, it sort of shies away from the scale of it. The book skims over thousands - tens of thousands - of worlds, which makes it end up feeling like all of that potential is wasted.
I found the pacing of the book to be pretty slow, with not much of a plot arc - there wasn't much of a buildup of tension, you just sort of find things out about the book's universe and then it sets up the next book in the series.”
“Not really sure what to say about this book. Premise is people having the ability to "Step" or teleport to other earths one after another. All these world are uninhabited or so most people think. Has a little too much talk about evolution in reference to creatures that are found. Starts out with several plot threads and takes a long time to weave them together. Also ends kinda abruptly, there is a sequel but I'm not too anxious to read it. ”Penguin wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really, really enjoyed this book. It's not something I would typically pick up, but I had just gotten my Kindle Paperwhite and it's one of the books on sale in their monthly deals, so I decided to try the sample. Needless to say, I quickly bought the full book, and it's sequel as well, which I'll be starting shortly.
This is the first Terry Pratchet book I've had the pleasure of reading, and the first time I've even heard of Stephen Baxter honestly. The story is well written and moves swiftly along, and the characters are all intersting and engaging. I'm not one for Sci-fi, so I can't say how this really compares with other Sci-fi novels- I did enjoy the lack of extreme and somewhat pointless technical jargon I've encountered in other sci-fi novels. Every question the book caused me to think up was duly answered, but that's not to say the book was predictable. It was more that it was thoughtful and well researched with plausible occurrences. Around the time it occurred to me to wonder what would happen to the economy of an earth that's quickly emptying of people, it was answered.
I've seen people complain about the ending, but I didn't find anything wrong with it personally. It's clearly intended to lead into the second book. It's a little disappointing that there isn't a clear end, but it's a fairly common issue with stories that run across multiple books. Not really something to complain about.
All in all I found this to be an enjoyable. Nothing ground breaking, nothing jaw dropping. Just good old fashioned fun and interesting story! Would recommend”
“Awesome imagination at work. Immensely readable, but at a decent pace. Interesting characters as always. Not as much one-liners as I would have liked.”ryanreader wrote this review Sunday, October 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow.”rOckY wrote this review Friday, September 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Everything changed on Step Day. That is the day when a number of mid-west children began to disappear. It was related to this odd device whose plans had been circulating on the internet. Powered only by a potato, this "Stepper" allows the user to hop from this world to the next.
At the center of this phenomenon is Joshua, a young boy who shortly discovers that he doesn't need the device to travel between worlds. The exploration into the Long Earth soon reveals that the chain of parallel worlds might well be infinite.
It's not long before the Black Company, led by a sentient computer claiming to be the reincarnated soul of a Tibetan motorcycle mechanic name Lobsang, puts together an exploratory expedition to discover the ends of the Long Earth. Lobsang recruits Joshua, now a grown man and famous Stepper, to accompany him. What will they discover beyond West 100,000 and beyond?
This book is shockingly imaginative and executed brilliantly. The two authors work beautifully in tandem. A glorious work. Can't wait to read more!!”
“Way too much world-building and not quite enough actual story in there.
The characters, the settings, the idea, are all interesting, but I felt it wasn't enough to sustain the story. Central characters Joshua Valiente and Lobsang start up nicely. But both fail to develop into really believable personalities. Side characters all fail to play a clearly important role in the main story. There's a lot of quirkiness and some humour, while the interesting premise helped to get me through, but I am not really convinced to continue onwards with the sequel.”
“A 200 page story told in 400 pages. It starts out promising... But the pace is excruciatingly slow, and the characters aren't as fleshed out as you'd like. There are so many things that could have happened here, but all we did was... cruise. Was there even an ending? Was there even a middle?
I unknowingly bought the sequel before this one, so I'll probably end up reading it eventually, although I wouldn't consider it otherwise.”
“I liked the concept of the multiple earths, but became bored with the constant exporation and changes of characters.”Elaine M wrote this review Saturday, August 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A really interesting idea with moments of great humor, THE LONG EARTH, however, didn't grab my attention early on. I'm glad I pushed through it because it definitely became much more interesting, but I didn't find myself getting lost in the story.”Justin J wrote this review Thursday, August 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No