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The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett
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May 24, 2012

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Read from November 03, 2012 to January 06, 2013

As the setup for a larger universe, I think this is a completely reasonable endeavor, fascinating at times, although too often the most intriguing elements are skipped past as quickly as the main characters can step into another world. This is frustrating, because when the clever contingencies and evolutionary off-shoots are left behind, what remains is a maddeningly distant protagonist and a sense of rising action that is manifestly not fulfilled. The whole piece seems to wrap up too quickly (although oddly, to take a great deal of time in so doing), with what begins as a multitude of perspectives quickly focusing down to one, and then, having reached the climax, widening back out so abruptly as to seem an like an apology for story-lines left hanging, nothing having been accomplished, for so long. I will read everything Sir Terry writes--although the tone is generally different here than in other works--but it's hard not to read this and wonder if he and Mr. Baxter bit off more than they could comfortably chew; having created such a grand and expansive concept, they seem unable to create a story of equal expanse or heft.

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