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The Long Earth (The Long Earth, #1)
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 read and to witness such feats of imagination and imagination stirring ideas watered down in to the fluff contained within these pages was incredibly disappointing. The constant referring to films and the references to the blogging and wikipedia and dead tree technology etc. also felt completely arbitrary, the kind of thing that will immediately date this book unlike the work Asimov and Heinlein et al that The Long Earth is seemingly trying to emulate. Don't get me started on the absurdity of two great English storytellers choosing to set their story in America which can only be seen as a crass attempt to shift units in my opinion. But still, these complaints aside, this is a decent piece of science fiction writing by two natural born storytellers, it isn't bad it is just a disappointment. If I hadn't discovered science fiction before this I just might have become a convert overnight thanks to the imagination firing that takes places during Joshua's quest. My frustration extends to the denouement which after 400+ pages felt more than a bit rushed and anticlimactic followed by a tacked on set up for a sequel. Yes I wanted another several hundred pages but an ending which justified the journey would also have been appreciated.
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