I've found "The Long Earth" a mildly entertaning book. It's been to me like reading an essay on a fantastic biology, quite interesting but quite dry at the same time.
The characters are a bit soulless, and their progress through the adventure is quite mechanic, without struggles of sort.
Reaching the end of the book, i was very unsatisfied to realize that it's only the first half of the story. I feel like this first book function is to lure me to the second one, and not much effort has been made to make the first book a worthwhile read of its own.
Ma 3 start are due mainly to the sci-fi setting, which I liked.
It's a nice and mostly well written sci-fi novel. And that's all it is. Interesting and entertaining enough, but not exactly a page-turner. And, if not for the name on the cover, I would NEVER have guessed Terry Pratchett could ever have had any part in this....Continua
The idea is simple and marvelous , instead of a Space colonization a Multiverse Colonization with all the implications of the "Long Earth". I like the idea of the AI claiming to be a Reincarnated Tibetan in order to be acknowledged as a human being....
To be honest the only small fleck is the end......Continua
Interesting, and quite good. The idea of the Long Earth was fascinating, and I think it was handled well. I was a bit disappointed by the ending, and I would love to read more about this.
While the idea of infinite parallel worlds is not a new one, Pratchett and Baxter manage to give it a new spin, touching not only on the adventurous explorations and dangers that these new world represent, but also on the very real social, economical and political effects that such a discovery would have on our own world. The exploration thread follows mostly Joshua and Lobsang, a man with the ability to step naturally between worlds and a very peculiar AI, as they travel the Long Earth Jules Verne-style, while the social side is presented as vignettes and slices of life of several different characters, whose stories will all come together in the finale of the book.
The ending is maybe the weakest part. It reads very subdued and a bit rushed compared to what actually happens, a bit like the pilot of a TV series where the tables are set for future instalments. This is maybe the part that worries me more, as we don't know how many years of writing Pterry has left in him and I'm not sure I'd like to read other books written only by Baxter.