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The Long Cosmos

(The Long Earth #5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  6,251 ratings  ·  499 reviews
2070-71. Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post-human society continues to evolve.
For Joshua Valienté, now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers: an adventure that turns into a disaster. Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls. But as Joshua confronts
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published June 30th 2016 by Harper
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Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A man walks into a bar and the barman says Why the long face? So the man says One of my favourite authors died not so long ago. He was best known for a series of wonderful fantasy novels that mixed satire and slapstick to such an intelligent degree that I'd find myself admiring how clever he was even while slapping my knee and having a good chortle.

He was no one-trick pony, though. He wrote other books in other genres. Some by himself and some with other authors. Most recently he set out upon a
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts before reading:
Thank goodness for that...finishing The Long Utopia left me feeling bereft and unsatisfied as I thought it was the final book. Looking forward to a conclusion.

Thoughts After (SPOILER FREE!!)
I actually really loved this final part of the series. It's been an odd series and I can see why it has been so divisive and had poor reviews...The books are difficult to get in to at times and follow so many different characters doing different
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2016
2.5 Stars

The Long Cosmos (The Long Earth #5) by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is a slow and overall uneventful read. I have enjoyed the previous books quite a bit even though I had problems with the last several books. I love the premise and plot of the series as well as most of the characters, but that is not enough. I guess my feelings on this one were pretty inevitable. It is a testament to what a huge fan I am of both authors that I continued on with the series at all. It is their
B Schrodinger
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I finished this one on holidays too. And my feelings are pretty much the same as the previous - interesting ideas, kinda cool characters, low-key plot. They are a great holiday read.

The last volume is much more of the same, following Joshua and the gang as they age even more. This time there is a message from space across the Long Earth. An invitation. Much like Carl Sagans 'Contact'. And the authors acknowledge this all the way through the book. A little too much if you ask me, which was a bit
So bittersweet to finish this fantastic, bewitching series, full of characters (some human, some troll, some something else) that I care so deeply for, set on a succession of worlds where anything can and does happen, and it will all be wondrous. And sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, often extraordinary. This final novel did not disappoint, bringing everything together from across the long earths.

Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, kindle
A decent ending to the series but once again very episodic and a bit disjointed. The fact that Pratchett died during the writing doesn't do much to endear me to it either.

Paul Walsh
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
30-June-16: Got it a day early (29th), finished it this morning! Gotta love irish bookshops that don't give a shite about release dates!

The final installment of the 5 part Long Earth series isn't quite as 'final' as one would think. The Long Cosmos follows some of the older and known characters (Joshua, Lobsang, Maggie, Nelson) and introduces a few new characters for us to follow as the entire Long Earth recieves a messages from the centre of the galaxy: JOIN US. This message arrives in the form
Chris Evans
Jun 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
No Man's Sky The Book Series

Describes this series, and this book especially, in a nut shell. World after world of nearly identical procedurally generated nothing. Slightly randomized animals that are really just bits of other animals put together, and a plot to get to the center of the galaxy. The book is very empty and comes across as a little depressing.

Look Stephen, just because you reference Contact over and over, doesn't mean you and just rip off it's plot whole sale. Well, not whole
Jul 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm sad - Although this final book in The Long Earth series was supposedly co-written by both authors, Prachett's touch is very definitely missing. It feels laboured and disjointed, and my overall feeling is one of being distinctly underwhelmed. Did anything happen? Nothing intrinsic to the long term plot. Many ideas were set up, but not delivered, plot devices proposed but then fizzled out, several concepts borrowed from and referenced to other great sci-fi works, but of no consequence.
I was
Tobias Voß
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gekauft-2017
Goodbye Josua, Lobsang, Sally, Sancho, Maggie and all the others. it was a fine ride. :-)
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, sf-and-fantasy
Fittingly enough, the spirit of Sir Terry Pratchett seems most present in this final instalment. Here I am thinking of such gems as a Shakespeare replicator that devours a planet to make copies of the Bard's work, and an inspired riff on Sancho the troll as a Librarian... At last, the Long Earth is brought to an elegiac close. Well, more of a pit-stop than outright closure, for the story still has legs... Again, a series of setpieces in lieu of a single narrtive. But strong characters, and a ...more
Eric Allen
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I put off reading this one for a year or so. I'm not really sure why. I enjoy the series, despite it's apparent lack of anything resembling an actual plot. This series is more about exploring ideas, infinite possibilities, and what it means to be human, than it is about telling a story. If you've enjoyed the first four books, this one is pretty much more of the same sort of stuff. I have a very great appreciation for the creativity that goes into these books, and all of the what-ifs and maybes ...more
Michael Jensen
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I honestly cannot fathom why I kept reading this series. The first book was terrific and I love the concept, but too often the books are disappointing. The Long Cosmos is a perfect example. All set up, meandering plot, and a finale that barely answers any questions and isn't terribly imaginative or inspiring. I've no idea if there will be a sixth book, but I do know I won't be reading it.
Too many ideas, disconnected from the people in the story. Too many characters spouting technobabble in the face of the infinite. The few touches that felt like Terry Pratchett were few and far between. The professor always berating his assistant Jocasta was my favorite character, which is a little sad.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Missing the humor and charm of the previous books in the series. I kept waiting for something to happen, like being cast away on a megger-earth.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital, space, ai, sf, audio
I am a bit conflicted with the series, on the one hand it did had an idea to enable showing big ideas and concepts, but I would have expected a bit of a sharper execution of things. It is hard to judge given that each book had different revelations and plot lines among its common characters, which made me fit each of them into a previously familiar mold. In this the {last?} fifth book it could be summarized as the equivalent of Contact but on the long earth. In theory it should have aligned ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, audible, 2017
The multiple alternate earths (The Long Earth) moves out into the universe.

The story is ok, more Joshua Valiente (sp - I've only listened to audio, so may have spelling wrong), more trolls, more Next, more Lobsang. It's another vehicle for speculation about other worlds and their flora and fauna. Our heroes are getting old, but still continuing.

And it's fine. I love it for the hints of Pratchett that still show up, though again, I think it's mostly Baxter. I love Pratchett enough to be happy
Steph Hayward-bailey
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this book as the last 2books of this series struggled to maintain my interest. However this book was on par with the first novel and made me enjoy exploring the long earth again. I think I enjoyed this novel more due to the heavy presence of the trolls and how Joshua is the main narrator as in the 1st novel, with fewer chapters being narrated by others.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Dane Cobain
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay, I feel like this series has jumped the shark by this point, and I think I know why. Pratchett passed away before the book was finished and so Baxter edited it on his own, and he also explains how the series itself came about in an introduction to it. They basically had the idea for the first book, which ended up being so big that it was split into two. Then The Long Mars came about because they felt like they couldnt leave it unexplored, and then they added two more books on to the end ...more
Phil Leader
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, amazon
The Long Earth saga - and Terry Pratchett's prolific output - come to an end with this fifth volume of the series.

From the intelligent beginning I found the series to gradually slip downhill to the extent that The Long Utopia garnered a mere two star review from me. So it was with mixed feelings that I started to read this. However this was very much a suitable and capable ending of the series, providing some answers but allowing enough freedom at the end for the characters to keep living on in
Sarah Sammis
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe 2.5. I don't know. What I do know is that this photo sums it up perfectly.

Laura Ruetz
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the final book in the series. While I felt that book 4 (The Long Utopia) lacked some oomph (for lack of a more scientific term) this book brought back the wonder and feel of the first three books. This is a satisfying conclusion to a series that started out strong. For anybody who felt that the 4th book had lost its mojo, rest assured that it is back in the Long Cosmos.
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bittersweet end to 'The Long Earth' series. With the way they wrote the ending of 'The Long Cosmos', Pratchett & Baxter could've had some fun with future stories in their expanded universe, but sadly we'll never know...
D.L. Morrese
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Imaginative. There are multiple references that science fiction fans will understand and appreciate, but the wit, wordplay, and charming characters Pratchett is known and loved for are sadly absent.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have problems with this book. Objectively speaking it was good, it ended the only way I could see it ending, and it was great, and fantastic, it literally opened up the door to the whole galaxy. Yes, that's all good. However, I don't know, I feel like something is missing here. 'The Long Earth' was absolutely brilliant, and all through the first three books there was this sense of adventure and of the unknown. Even in the fourth book, there were still surprises with the beetles.
But here... I
Jorge Rosas
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, as a series conclusion is good not fantastic but it does give us that conclusion feeling, as a book well let just say that it could have better with fewer chapters about a broken leg. I felt the emotion of the first book but just for a little while they give us a perhaps unnecessary quantum explanation about stepping. The big plot is quickly dissolved in some smaller and sometimes uninteresting plot lines, we get, of course, our class reunion; it went faster than the holidays ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
From start to finish this 5 book series of the Long Earth has been a fun, adventurous world to explore with Joshua Valiente, Lobsang, Sally Linsay and many other characters. Parallel Earths just a step away, like a long strand of pearls millions of worlds long with no end, provide the backdrop for these stories. The audiobook narrator Michael Fenton Stevens brings the people to life, making them each distinct and recognizable. I'm very glad Terry Pratchett took this story idea that might not ...more
Taylor Ellwood
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Long cosmos wraps up a lot of loose ends, but also leaves a few untied up. It's a good ending to the series, but there's enough left hanging that it doesn't answer that it doesn't really feel conclusive, so much as wrapped up as best it can be. That said, good story and enjoyable for the vision of the multiple Earths and the characters.
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Born Terence David John Pratchett, 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,

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