The Long Earth

The Long Earth

Book - 2012
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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 "stepper" enables a person using it to step sideways into another America, another wherever that person happened to be, another Earth. And if the person using it keeps on stepping, they keep on entering even more Earths. This is the Long Earth. And the further away a stepper travels, the stranger -- and sometimes more dangerous -- the Earths become.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062067753
0062067753
Characteristics: 336 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Baxter, Stephen

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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... Read More »

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gobula
Mar 09, 2017

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

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storywizard
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...

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gilmack
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!

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peterchc
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.

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kevans10
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.

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bella2016
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.

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Ender7520
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!

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Evilida
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.

TrishThompson Aug 15, 2013

Terry Pratchett's work is wonderful. This book is no exception. Wonders await, peppered with trademark Pratchett humor.

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