The Long Mars

This is the third novel in the Long Earth series by Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter. I think it was an improvement on the last one, but it still didn’t blow me away. I somewhat enjoyed it, and I was interested in the general ideas. But, it just doesn’t quite capture me, and it doesn’t develop the ideas quite enough. It’s still a little stale. I just wanted a little bit more. Still I’ll read the next one, The Long Utopia, when it comes out this year.

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The Long War

The Long War by Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter, published by Random House Australia
The Long War by Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter, published by Random House Australia

This is the second novel in the The Long Earth series by Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter, the fictional multiverse where you can step into a new world uninhabited by humans using a Stepper, with new worlds extending for (perhaps) infinity in two directions. Each world is different from the last, and there are other humanoid creatures out there. The last book finished with an atomic bomb going off in the Datum (original) earth in Madison, just as our protagonist Joshua returned from a journey in the Long Earth with an artificial intelligence, Lobsang. Overall the book was decent, there were some interesting themes, and I like the idea of the world. It’s not perfect, but I’m more than happy to continue reading the series.

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The Long Earth by Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, published by Random House Australia
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, published by Random House Australia

I saw this book a number of times over the last few years, and I knew that it won the 2012 Goodreads Best Science-Fiction novel, which is a fairly high claim. Though when you look on its review page, a number of negative reviews feature greatly, they thought it was too idea focused, or that it wasn’t up to Prachett’s standards (which makes me excited to try to read some Prachett). I however, disagree with their reviews, and loved this book, though I can see where they are coming from. Perhaps it’s my fondness for the idea of multi-verses and science (even if it’s science fiction), but I really enjoyed the book.

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