The Long Earth

The Long Earth

Book - 2012
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The UK's bestselling fantasy writer and a giant of British SF combine forces to write an astonishing, mind-bending new series... The Long Earth .
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Junior cop Sally Jansson is called out to the house of Willis Lynsey, a reclusive scientist, for an animal-cruelty complaint: the man was seen forcing a horse in through the door of his home. Inside there is no horse. But Sally finds a kind of home-made utility belt. She straps this on -- and 'steps' sideways into an America covered with virgin forest. Willis came here with equipment and animals, meaning to explore and colonise. And when Sally gets back, she finds Willis has put the secret of the belt on the internet. The great migration has begun...
The Long Earth : our Earth is but one of a chain of parallel worlds, lying side by side in a higher space of possibilities, each differing from its neighbours by a little (or a lot): an infinite landscape of infinite possibilities. And the further away you travel, the stranger the worlds get. The sun and moon always shine, the basic laws of physics are the same. However, the chance events which have shaped our particular version of Earth, such as the dinosaur-killer asteroid impact, might not have happened and things may well have turned out rather differently. But only our Earth hosts mankind.
Publisher: London ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2012.
ISBN: 9780857520098
Characteristics: 344 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Baxter, Stephen


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Feb 12, 2018

Slow going at first; had to start it two times, but once I got into the authors' writing style, I finished it in one day. I guess it was slow going because of the background and character establishment. Interesting new "universe(s)" to explore.

Mar 09, 2017

Don't step, don't step to me. I like coffee and water, don't step to me.

Dec 22, 2016

Very enjoyable read, little hints of humor and existential questions...
an interesting change from Discworld looking forward to reading the rest of this series...

Mar 02, 2016

What a fantastic book! It was an epic story with very interesting and lovable characters. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Jan 12, 2016

The idea was interesting and the characters weren't bad, but the profanity and lewd remarks put me right off. I didn't finish it.

Jul 23, 2015

I loved this book. I LOVED it! It doesn't happen often that I literally can't put a book down. I loved the detail that was put into describing all these new and worlds, some of which are not so different from our own, and increasingly more varied as the story progresses. I also love the idea of possibly infinite worlds to explore and expand through. Which is why the fact that the plot didn't really make itself known until well over half way into the book, didn't bother me so much. It's also very believable. I could practically see something like this happening, and people reacting just the way they did.

Jun 25, 2015

This book is not what I'd expected from either of these authors, and that made it jarring at first. By the end, however, I found my expectations shattered in the best possible way. The very structure of the book made this easier, as its actual PLOT doesn't get rolling until about halfway through. The extended "set up" time allowed me to get comfortable with the world(s) and characters, and now I'm excited to read the next book!

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

Terry Pratchett created one of the most unusually populated fantasy worlds with his Discworld series, and this first entry in a series co-written with Stephen Baxter is grounded more in the science-fiction genre. It still has plenty of Pratchett's whimsical flights of fantasy, and a mind-bending premise that opens up a huge terrain of literary possibilities.

Apr 21, 2014

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

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.

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