The Long Mars
2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her...more
That being said, I was in the same predicament…moreYou will understand it, Baxter and Pratchett are excellent authors so they recap what you need to know.
That being said, I was in the same predicament as you, buying the Long Mars at under half price. I decided once I looked inside the cover I would get the first two, they are a very easy and quick read and do give you some nice back story.(less)
For example, here's a short piece of fiction I just wrote that's full of story and devoid of plot.
Opening the garage door and what Johnny found there...more
Johnny knew he shouldn't open the garage door, he knew the rumours. Nobody who opened this door ever left here alive. But, dammit, he really liked that Spongebob Squar
The Long Mars is probably an inappropriate title as it is one ...more
There's a really strange lack of knowledge of evolution that drives most of this book. Like, seriously, bad science going on.
And the whole Mars part of the book (which is supposed to be important? but really isn't) is marked with a strange sort of logic that I really don't get. (view spoiler)[ there must be a space elevator because the character can't conceive that there wouldn't be ...more
Even with differing expectations this book unfortuna ...more
Long Earth wasn't bad. Long War was a little disappointing. This one was depressing.
It feels as if it's written for bright 12-year-olds.
And it's sloppy.
(Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?)
There are in fact some scenes where stuff actually happens. But by the time I got to them I was skimming pages, whipping over them in a way disturbingly similar to the twains' flight ...more
Virtually the whole book is taken up by these journeys - one across the multiple Earths, and another across similar multiple Mars's - and both journeys come across as "here's this world and it's got this going on, then there's this different world and it's got this different thing going on" - and it goes on like this for millions of worlds.
Along the way, the author ...more
The third book carries on this style, and introduces some new concepts to the Long series, with an expedition to Mars, and then through the Long Mars with Sally. Joshua is embroi ...more
Whilst this is happening, the US Navy is intending on going ...more
"How could two of the best SF & F authors of the modern era make a story of two epic journeys across billions of worlds so boring?", asks Otherwyrld, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Do yourself a favor, and read some of the 2 and 1-star reviews before you take this one on.
Long Earth #1 was very good, Long War (#2) was pretty good, this one looks like it's headed back to the library soon. I'm closing it out as as DNF after 40 pa ...more
I heard this series described as a 'quantum playground' for the authors, and I really can't disagree with that. Given that many sf novels take place in some kind of parallel history/future of earth th ...more
Oh, how my hopes were dashed!
I'm writing only one review and putting it on all three books: The Long Earth, The Long War, and The Long Mars. That's because the books are basically indistinguishable. Yes, I rea ...more
Pratchett/Baxter's ideology has always been tinged with left-of-center/counter-culture propaganda, and that has been okay with me [though I lean to the middle ground of a Libertarian right]. The main reason for my being okay with their propaganda is that the books have been wildly entertaining. The first book in this series was, but beginning with The Long War the books were light on the entertainment and ...more
Pratchett and Baxter are able to blend genres better than most other books I've ever read. On the one hand we have a hard sci fi feel, telling the story of the Long Earth o ...more
First let me say that I have enjoyed every minute of reading the three books in this trilogy so far. The Long Mars was a fast and fun read for me that did not suffer until the end. This is by far the weakest of the three books and it does have some major flaws. That being said, it is still a fun read set in a cool world that explores some potentially major themes.
The Long Mars is three separate story lines that unfortunately all do almost the exact same thing. By the end of this book it ...more
The problem, I think, is that there is too much going on, with not enough time spent on any one thing. I've read plenty of novels with more than one perspective, and it's doable, but each needs to be done well. So much here felt pointless. Transitions between characters were haphazard. Motivations are questionable. The general point ...more
That is how I feel right now. Thankful that two awesome authors put their heads together and came up with the consept, characters and very satisfying plot for these stories. I have absolutely NO complaints.
If you are a follower of Star Trek and Discworld and Sci-Fi, you may recognize so ...more
It's the exploration of these worlds that is the real strength of the series for me. There are some vivid and strange worlds on offer here and to be honest I would happily hav ...more
Considering the standing me ...more
I am really tired of these series of books that start by one book then two/three/four books ... I don't like ending a read on a 'oh you'll know the end ...more
Being familiar with Pratchett's work, I must now discover Baxter's work. Evidence of his hand at work in some of the sci-fi ponderings leaves me wondering what else his mind has dreamed and created.
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, ...more