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message 1: by Ben (new)

Ben Babcock Thanks for the heads up. I wasn’t rushing out to get this, despite generally enjoying Pratchett. I have yet to find a Stephen Baxter story that impresses me the way so many other hard science fiction authors have. And this particular book perplexes me simply because these two seem to have polar opposite styles; I’m having trouble fathoming how such a collaboration could work. Now I know it doesn’t!


message 2: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Ben wrote: "Thanks for the heads up. I wasn’t rushing out to get this, despite generally enjoying Pratchett. I have yet to find a Stephen Baxter story that impresses me the way so many other hard science ficti..."

Pretty much, unfortunately. I was looking through other people's reviews, trying to figure out what they saw that I didn't, and a lot of folks are praising the creativity of the fundamental world-walking concept. All I can think is that they haven't read any of the other dozens of world-walking books out there.

It's a real pity--I feel like any chapter could have been taken and developed into an actual story, but no chapter was. It's just a list of undeveloped ideas.


message 3: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Yes to your review. World walking books - I prefer Diana Wynne Jones's ones.
I haven't finished the book - too bored by it.


message 4: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Belinda wrote: "Yes to your review. World walking books - I prefer Diana Wynne Jones's ones.
I haven't finished the book - too bored by it."


There are so many good world walking books out there! Pity this isn't one of them.


message 5: by Liz (new)

Liz I completely agree, I found the book deeply unsatisfying. But my partner loved it - he really liked Lobsang and he loved the breadth of imagination, he has in fact managed to convince me that the book does have some redeeming features.


message 6: by Bill (new)

Bill Tiberius Green Agree, agree, agree. It's a short story disguised as a novel. A shame really, because it's the first book of a series of more fluff.


message 7: by Nente (new)

Nente Agree with your review, but didn't you know that this actually had started life as a short story: The High Meggas by Pratchett? It feels a bit dashed-off in a hurry, but still is better than this.


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