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The Long Earth (The Long Earth #1)

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The Silence was very faint here. Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world. Did people in this polished building understand how noisy it was? The roar of air conditioners and computer fans, the susurration of many voices heard but not decipherable.... This was the office of
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by HarperCollins Harper (first published 2012)
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Mark Lawrence
Jan 26, 2016 Mark Lawrence rated it it was ok
Everyone loves Sir Terry. I love Sir Terry. I love the books & have great respect for the man. This review is simply my opinion of the success of this particular collaboration. I'll be 1st in line for the next T.P book and I'd even give T.P + S.B another go.

From the slew of 4 & 5* reviews already on show I may be out on a limb on this one - so don't listen to me - give it a try.


Collaboration. It’s a word with an unfortunate aftertaste. Collaborators get a bad rap. Sir Terry
Jan 27, 2016 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science-Fiction Fans
"The next world is the thickness of a thought away."

This co-authored book (Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter) is a wonderful idea, lovingly executed. The Long Earth refers to the discovery of infinite dimensions all next door to one another.

When a scientist publishes the blueprint for a "stepper" - a device that can allow you to step from Earth to the next dimension (Earth 1) and from there onto the next Earth (Earth 2) and the next - online free for all to use, in order to thwart a greedy corp
Will M.
Apr 12, 2015 Will M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main thing that made me interested in reading this would be the promising premise. It offered a million possibilities, and I was not disappointed. While the novel was not perfect, it was still an amazing novel that promises even more exciting things to come in the next novels in the series.

Embarrassingly I haven't read any of the Discworld novels of Pratchett, and none of Baxter's novels too. While anything space related has caught my interest ever since i was young, I haven't invested mysel
Melissa McShane
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Aug 01, 2012 Andrea marked it as flipped-to-the-end  ·  review of another edition
A did not finish read.

I think, in its way, this could be regarded as a form of apocalyptica. A device allowing easy jumping to countless alternate worlds (conveniently free of human populations) is invented. Many people embrace this passionately, and rush off to stake their claim in a 'land rush' with no visible end game. A small percentage can't go and others don't want to, but the effect of this mass dispersal is economies collapsing, new religions, fighting among old religions. It's a book ab
Brendon Schrodinger
I did not expect that much going into this book, I was just hoping for a fun fluffy read. I borrowed it from the library, so the worst case scenario was returning it unfinished. But I was surprised and delighted by this novel and I'm jumping right into the next book.

In a plot that you may feel has been done to death, a mad scientist disappears and leaves instructions to build a stepping device on the internet. Kids throughout the world make a copy and end up travelling into a parallel world. It
Sep 11, 2012 Juan rated it really liked it
Shelves: scif-fi
I finished The Long Earth yesterday, and came to see what others thought, and in many respects I agree; The Long Earth has an incredibly novel premise, but a storyline that in the end, doesn't really go anywhere (no pun intended).

The book essentially offers a thought exercise of what would happen if relatively unlimited inter-planetary (or more correctly, inter-dimensional) travel were available to the masses on Earth. What would people do? Would there be a mass exodus? Would people try to explo
Jan 27, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
You know how famous authors will occasionally complain about how readers will come up to them at cons and tell them that they have this amazing idea for a book; the author should write the reader's idea, and then they can split the money. The moral to this kind of story is always that this is a ridiculously ignorant concept--ideas are easy, it's execution that's hard.

This is a novel in which two extremely prolific authors forgot this.

Well, to be honest, calling this a "novel" strikes me as gene
Those poor French. You lose to Spain at the Euro and Terry Pratchett takes an accurate pot shot at you in this book.

C'est la vie.

I'm unsure to give this three or four stars. I really am. I didn't quite really like it, but I didn't just like it. I went with four because it is my default when I read such a book and it makes me think.

The idea behind this book will be slightly familiar to those who watched Sliders or who have read comic books. The twist is that most people can step to the words eith
May 18, 2013 Tfitoby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite the infuriating book to end up enjoying. A strange blend of young adult and science fiction written for the novice and almost as many pop culture references as Ernest Cline. If I'd only been informed in advance to expect a young adult novel I would have been less annoyed, Pratchett has written some of the very best YA there is, but as it stands this is apparently a book for adults. Stephen Baxter has written some of the most complex science fiction I've ever picked up let alone re ...more
Simple concept, brilliantly executed. This was my first non-discworld Pratchett and my first Baxter and between the two of them they put together an excellent novel.

The premise behind The Long Earth is a fairly simple one at first glance - there are multiple universes parallel to our own and with the aid of a stepper you can move from one to the next in a "linear" fashion. Easy concept, but as with most things, the devil is in the details.

On each Earth, evolution has taken a slightly different
One day, humanity discovers they can "step" from our world into parallel worlds. Each of these other Earths is slightly different from the next--but humans exist on no other world but our own. Humans immediately start stepping into other worlds to explore and create new homes. Resources and space are no longer scarce; old hierarchies start breaking down.

Joshua Valiente is a natural Stepper, someone who can jump from one world to the next without any ill effects. And so the first AI to be declare
Aug 16, 2012 Tari_Roo rated it it was ok
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Arielle Walker
Feb 13, 2014 Arielle Walker rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-unusual

Though this book feels in many parts like an awkward blend of The Hitch-hiker's Guide and The Time Machine, but lacking in Adams' trademark humour and oddities (and Pratchett's, come to think of it) The Long Earth is still an interesting read. Focusing on ideas rather than plot has been pretty unusual in recent releases so it's quite refreshing to be allowed to explore all these worlds - different earth versions - without having to keep up with multiple relationships and character development
Jun 22, 2012 Brad rated it really liked it
The basic conceit behind The Long Earth is simple: There are parallel universes and one day human beings discover they can "step" from one to the next quite easily.

But while most parallel universe stories would use this as a stepping stone to tell about the conflict between our world and one where the Axis powers won World War II, or where the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs never struck the earth, The Long Earth takes a different approach: humans don't seem to have evolved on most of the ot
Bob Milne
May 14, 2012 Bob Milne rated it it was ok
The Long Earth is a concept Terry Pratchett first developed back in the mid-80s, around the same time that he was finishing up the third Discworld book, Equal Rights. The novel was a victim of Pratchett's own success, getting left behind when the Discworld series proved to be so successful. Sadly, as much as I wanted to like it, and as promising as the first few chapters were, it really does feel like a book that was written 25 years ago, handed off to somebody else, and then rushed into print. ...more
Apr 02, 2014 David rated it it was ok
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Jan 26, 2015 Dianna rated it it was ok
Shelves: disowned-books
I finished 'The Long Earth' and it was dreadful. I can barely deal with how dreadful it was. There's a smug AI that claims to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan motor cycle repairer. The hero becomes his Doctor Who companion ("Doctor, I am dumb. Please explain stuff.") as they fly over landscapes. "Look, there's a big ocean, there's a crocodile, there's an animal that's half elephant half rhino." Whenever the authors need to do some exposition that the AI and the companion aren't around to see, t ...more
May 23, 2015 Ivan rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
1.5 stars, I really struggled to finish it, I even skipped passages.

This is by far worst Terry Pratchett's book I read.Sure I given 2 stars to some Discworld books but that is because they where relatively weak compared to other Discworld books, I still had some fun with them.Story is uninteresting and most of the characters are just totally dull.Only reason I didn't give it 1 star because Joshua's PoV parts are not that bad and there are occasionally flashes of Pratchett's witty writing but tha
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 28, 2016 11811 (Eleven) rated it it was ok
My first Pratchett novel and I didn't care for it. Slow moving and uneventful. It picked up a little near the end but not enough to suck me into a seven book series. Too bad. The premise had potential for some dark and crazy stuff but apparently this isn't that type of story.
Oct 09, 2012 Britain rated it really liked it
GREAT fun! I love Pratchett, and this did not disappoint. Really interesting idea--humans suddenly realize we can travel through endless stacks of parallel universes, each created by a different branch on the probability tree. Hugely entertaining descriptions of how this discovery impacts politics, property ownership, police, industry, and of what these worlds look like--why humanity is unique to our own. A great 'what if' story, with the narrative built around a thread of the main character inv ...more
Dec 27, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
4 Stars

This is a case where I actually would give it full marks because it is right up my alley. I loved this story. The concept and themes are very thought provoking. The book really suffers as it broaches so many heavy themes that it does none of them any real justice.
Stepping the beginning:

“‘Well, maybe. At least he gave people a new option. Although he said people were going to have to learn to think, out there in the Long Earth. He said once, “I am giving mankind the key to endless worlds.
Mar 21, 2013 Mike rated it it was ok
I suspect that there's much more Baxter than Pratchett in this book. I stopped reading Stephen Baxter (and in fact hard SF in general) years ago, because of exactly the hard SF flaws that infest this book: characters that exist almost solely so they can give you idiot lectures, other characters that exist largely to be mobile cameras for the tourist documentary about the setting, and hardly a protagonist in sight.

There are some characters with great potential. The leftist nuns, who we mostly see
Oct 02, 2012 Sandi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good example of a great idea that's poorly executed. It really needed more of a plot, better continuity, drama, character development, or something. Just choosing one of those elements would have elevated The Long Earth to something special. As it was, it just kept reminding me of Ozzie's journey on the Silfen roads in Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga. At times, it seemed like I was re-reading those books but not enjoying it as much.

I gave this book two stars based on the
2 stars - Meh. Just ok.

Another book that started at its apex and subsequently went downhill. I loved the unique world idea, but towards the end, it became a bit silly and the plot seemed to melt into a big pile of randomness. It also wrapped up with an extremely abrupt "ending" (if you want to call it that). I'm not referring to a cliffhanger, just something that felt more like a chapter ending, or even a paragraph ending. I dislike when authors of trilogies/series do not give each book its own
A friend had been nagging me to pick this up for ages because she loves this series. I finally decided it was a crime that I hadn't read any Terry Pratchett yet, and since she loves this series so much I decided to make this my first experience of him. This book has a very interesting premise, an alternative Earth that runs parallel to our world and how it can become so changeable with how far away to travel, this of course being The Long Earth.

I decided to pick this up on audiobook, and in hind
Apr 04, 2015 Nico rated it liked it
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I have to agree with the opinions of many people on my friendlist. This book is very mediocre and doesn't showcase the skills of both authors. When I read the names on the cover my expectations were very high, especially because I loved Pratchetts last cooperation with a renowned writer ( Good Omens with Neil Gaiman).
But it's hard to find parts where Pratchetts talent shines through, there is hardly a part where you can laugh about witty or funny dialogs/plot strand
Jun 03, 2014 Scott rated it liked it
"And in a sky on the other side of the world a gaudy airship hovered in the dawn light, listening to such whispered stories, before it vanished into deeper stepwise realities". So, The Long Earth is the first in a series by two stellar authors within the Sf/Fantasy genres (Baxter for his Science Fiction work/Pratchett more so for his Fantasy series) that here combine their talents to bring about a novel of "what ifs?". What if you discovered that you could "step" into new Earths that exist just ...more
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

It is said that the population of the whole world, if packed together into a city of the same density as New York City, would fit into the current boundaries of Texas. This Texan mega-city wouldn't be a pleasant place to live, and there's the challenge of infrastructure and living space and waste management, but the point is clear: there's a lot more space on Earth than we think there is.

True, a lot of it is unfriendly to us - ocean, desert, ic
John Xero
Jul 24, 2012 John Xero rated it really liked it
I'm torn. This is one of those moments where I wish I could give a book 3 1/2 stars. I've rounded up to four because it is very readable, very interesting and very well-written. There's an undeniably Pratchett-esque vein of humour running through it, though nothing like as thickly as through a Discworld novel.

The problem with the book, for me, is that it lacks any real tension for the most part. One of the characters has a sense of impending doom and in a parallel storyline (ha) another characte
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Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel,
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