The Long War

The Long War A generation after the events of The Long Earth mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americ

  • Title: The Long War
  • Author: Terry Pratchett Stephen Baxter
  • ISBN: 9780857520111
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture Mankind is shaping the Long Earth but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind A new America , called Valhalla, is emerging than a milA generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture Mankind is shaping the Long Earth but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind A new America , called Valhalla, is emerging than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive mind humanoids But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity s thoughtless exploitation Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.

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    1. To start off with, the title is a fallacy: there's no war here, long or otherwise.Instead, the book has the exact same problem as the original: It's a dozen or so characters in search of a plot. Baxter and Pratchett do a marvelous job of continuing to explore the ramifications of the Long Earth, but that's about all the book is. Beyond that we get some disconnected stories of various individuals that we're not really that attached to.If you thought the setup in the first book would be paid out b [...]

    2. There is a place in the multiverse for even the most improbable of worlds, even a flat one on the back of a giant turtle. Unfortunately we live on the ONE world where the forces of nature did NOT prevent this book from being written. In this unlucky universe Stephen Baxter must have cornered Terry Pratchett at a Sci Fi convention, pouncing on him like an over excited puppy. "Ooooh please Sir Terry, Let me play with one of your nice shiny worlds!" And sir Terry threw him a short story world as a [...]

    3. When The Long Earth came out about a year ago, I considered it an interesting exercise in world building, but not so interesting as a fictional novel. But what the hell, it was nicely written and only part one of a two part series, so I was happy enough to be introduced to this fascinating world of literally infinite possibility, ready for the sequel to actually have characters doing things in some kind of “plot line”.Here we are a year later and that sequel, The Long War, is out. It's an in [...]

    4. 'The Long Earth' was the story of the human race after it discovered a way to access infinite parallel Earths. It really was a thought experiment really - there is a small amount of plot, but a lot is just exploring the implications of this discovery. And it is done intelligently, with humanity and with wit. But not the Discworld in-your-face type of wit. Subtle wit. The second volume of the Long series is essentially more of the same of volume 1. But that's not a bad thing at all. The thought e [...]

    5. Giving a three star review to a sequel of one of my favorite books is really difficult. So let me try to warrant this in writing.The Long Earth book introduces us to so many new, interesting, and weird concepts. Its sequel, The Long War, provides us with just some human centered stories that run in parallel and, as usual, foreshadow the existence of a third part. The writing of this book was very well copyedited, as is the case with all Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter books that I have read s [...]

    6. First I would note that according to the rating system, 2 stars indicates that the book was okay. In other words, the book isn't bad. I just thought it was okay. I loved the first the books and was highly anticipating this second book. Unfortunately it lost a lot of the charm and curiosity of the first book and focused more on those areas that I didn't like from the first book. In the first book it was a lot of fun to read the chemistry (or lack thereof) between Joshua and Lobsang. In this book [...]

    7. I hate reading books from a series that isn't finished yet, I don't know how all of those fantasy geeks do it. This being the second entry in The Long series I found it somewhat of a disappointment after the world building that was done, presumably as a set up for the longer series, in the first novel was essentially just continued with further travelogue-like anecdotes from several characters scattered about The Long Earth. I'm not complaining too much, I've signed up for this ride now, afteral [...]

    8. Terry Pratchett loves cat but I'm not sure how he feels about dogs considering the dogs in this book. But that's okay, he loves cats. His cat apparently tried to eat hamsters once.For the record, I love Pratchett's work, and the three books I read by Stephen Baxter I enjoyed. I was thrilled they were working together. It should be noted, however, that I am a reader, not a fan as Pratchett would say. I still love Pratchett, and I am glad about his book deal.However,If you have never read Stephen [...]

    9. El concepto de multiverso es quizá uno de los temas que se abordan con mayor frecuencia dentro de la literatura de género, y como tal, ha ido quedando enraizado con el paso de los años en la conciencia colectiva de todos aquellos lectores asiduos (y no tanto) al siempre retorcido campo de la ciencia ficción. Por eso, es muy de agradecer que en la actualidad sigan apareciendo propuestas frescas e innovadoras sobre un planteamiento que a veces peca de trillado; propuestas desde luego tan origi [...]

    10. I see I liked this more than most reviewers did. I'll try to explain why.OK, the other reviewers are correct: the characters are pretty much cliches, and mostly do not directly have any conflict with each other (though they missed a GREAT opportunity with the Sally/Helen subplot!). Mostly, though, everyone is railroaded by the book's version of fate or destiny, which is an AI. (I doubt that this is a spoiler for anyone who's read #1).The overall plots are diffuse, though some of the individual, [...]

    11. One of the greatest problems humanity faces as it heads into the twenty-first century is resource management. As humanity's population grows, so does its appetite for a hundred different resources: some as basic as food and water, and others more esoteric, such as rare-earth metals. The problem is, there is only one Earth, one planet upon which to live, and as it gets ever more crowded, and humanity grows ever more hungry and thirsty, there will come a time when our species hits the breaking poi [...]

    12. Maybe I’ve reached the “tolerance” stage of book addiction. I loved Pratchett novels for years, but he’s just not doing it for me anymore. Far from making a dent in my cravings, The Long War is like being handed a warm near-bear when you asked for a double rum and coke. The Long Earth was at least an interesting. Parallel-universal travel is discovered, not everyone can do it, and, in an Earth far, far away, a mysterious being slowly makes its way to human civilization in order to absorb [...]

    13. The sequel to THE LONG EARTH! This book continued and expanded on all the numerous plotlines and characters we met in Book 1. Now that humans are colonizing all the alternate versions of Earth that were opened on Step Day, of course the government is trying to reach their hands into the pie. Trade and military expeditions are accomplished across the alternate earths via "twains," fleets of blimps that can travel across earths high in the air. In THE LONG WAR we meet a sensible military captain w [...]

    14. Book 2 of this series is set some 20 years later than book 1, but generally follows many of the characters we first met there. Joshua Valiente is now settled, married and with a child, but still takes little persuading when it comes to another journey through the Long Earth. Other people are making journeys of their own, including the trolls, strange almost human creatures that can step naturally from one Earth to the next. And stepping out of the way of humans who are exploiting them seems to b [...]

    15. I highly recommend that all humans of datum earth go forth and read the long earth and then its sequel, the long war. I think the long war lives up to the long earth very nicely and I once more can't wait for the next book. While there were a few inconsistancies (such as the ship named the Benjamin franklin having metal fatigue when it was earlier stated that metal couldn't be brought from one reality to another) over all it was very interesting. Some of the twists and turns took me by surprise [...]

    16. The long earth is a very long read and I felt like like a kid in a car on an interminable journey - "are we there yet?"The ideas were brilliant, what a wasted opportunity to explore the implications of the sapient inhabitants of other earths.The wooden characters often behaving in juvenile and naive fashion - reminded me of Isaac Asimov at his worst.Sigh.

    17. Me ha gustado mucho este segundo libro. El concepto en sí de la Tierra Larga (una sucesión infinita de tierras paralelas a la nuestra, inexploradas) da mucho juego por la cantidad de cuestiones que suponen para la humanidad el no tener problemas de espacio, de alimento, de recursos, nunca más.En este segundo libro se trata en profundidad asuntos tan importantes como: ¿cómo ha evolucionado la vida inteligente en todos estos mundos, iguales pero probabilisticamente distintos a la Tierra Datum [...]

    18. I adored The Long Earth and if anything this is even better. Some years on from the first book, this one continues in a universe where humans have learnt to "step" across to other version of the Earth, a series of parallel worlds if you will, all different and yet all the same. This book has a much stronger plot than the first book. I say "plot" but actually there is lots going on at the same time which interlink but are not connected much. The first main strand is the US government trying to ke [...]

    19. Okay, mostly it's just a mind-tour through infinite possible worlds. And that's fine. There's also a bit of Star Trek: The Next Generation-like advising in a supremely wise manner. And I like that, too. There isn't a war, which I probably prefer to skip, although it does make the title misleading. There is also stuff that was just plain wrong, specifically about drug abuse. (Drug use and abuse isn't more common among poor people, it's just more visible, and more frequently and harshly punished; [...]

    20. Liked this one better than the first in the series, The Long Earth, which mostly feels like setup and exposition for the series to come. There's very little plot to the first book, and only a scattershot of plots to this one, which introduces even more characters and worlds while still focusing on the previously established ones. It's a compelling plot hook: Humanity discovers the ability to "step" into parallel Earths, which are each slightly different, each having developed along a slightly di [...]

    21. Bók tvö í Long Earth bálkinum er mögnuð. Sögusviðið er gríðarlega stórt, endalaus röð af hliðar heimum og höfundarnir fá útrás fyrir sköpunargáfuna. Alternate history, heimspekilegar pælingar, furðudýralíf, vísindi og fantasía eru brædd saman og útkoman er frábær.Athugið samt. Ef maður les yfir gagnrýnina hér á þá sýnist mér margir hafi vonast eftir einhverju í anda við önnur skrif Pratchetts. Long Earth serían er ekki skrifuð í sömu leiftrandi fr [...]

    22. 2.5 StarsThe Long War was a disappointment to me. I rather enjoyed the first book The Long Earth and was looking forward to going on straight into this one. The two books are not all alike. This book lacks the adventure, the character building, and the excitement of book one. It also suffers from having so many deep plot themes that are poorly resolved.This book and this series could be so much more. There are so many deep directions that could be taken. This "Long War" turned out to be quite la [...]

    23. Well that was rather enjoyable although I do have to say the 'Long' War wasn't all that long and was resolved rather quickly. But, look on the bright side, at least we'll get another book in the future as it ends on a rather ominous note in a certain park back on the Datum Earth

    24. Seguimos con una idea buena, una realización regulera y un final malo, marca de la casa Baxter, seguiré la serie en el futuro por cariño a Pratchett más que otra cosa.

    25. Die Lange Erde: eine unendliche Abfolge von Welten, der unseren ähnlich und von Menschen unbewohnt. Bis eine geniale Erfindung es der Menschheit ermöglichte, sie zu betreten. Wo einst der erste Pionier Joshua eine unbekannte Welt nach der anderen erforschte, sind nun zahlreiche neue Siedlungen entstanden. Verbunden werden sie durch eine gewaltige Flotte von Luftschiffen, die Handel und Kultur befördern, sowie eine politische Struktur. Doch Unruhen deuten sich an: Millionen »Schritte« von de [...]

    26. After reading The Long Earth, I was eager to jump back into the strange parallel universe that Terry Pratchett and Steven Baxter have created. After reading The Long War I wish I could say I am as eager for the next book. I think the problem I have begun to realise with this series of novels is that while the concept is intriguing, and novel, the books don’t have a coherent narrative to support all the cool ideas and themes presented to the reader. The “hook” of these novels is an idea tha [...]

    27. Sequel to "The Long Earth" I really wanted to like this, and I still love the setting, but I'm just not feeling this one. I think my main problem was that there were too many plot threads, which made it all a bit confusing to keep track of; in particular, I'm not sure what the point of any of Nelson's subplot was, and while the Chinese expedition subplot was interesting, it didn't really add anything. Similarly, I thought a lot of the Franklin crew's subplot was interesting but irrelevant, and i [...]

    28. Good points: • had 69 chapters, which is the funny number• Ends with (view spoiler)[a massive cataclysm on normal Earth which means that, in this universe, we were presumably spared any more books in the series, making it a far better world than ours (hide spoiler)]Bad points: • Every character has been distilled to the worst kind of robotic sci-fi exposition machine with the text occasionally telling us they have X character trait but never showing it• Writing has generally taken a huge [...]

    29. I had to go back and look up what I wrote about the first book in this series befor I could sit down and write up my comments about this second one.What a contrast in the way that I felt at the end of this story! The biggest contrast to this second book from the first one is that there is almost too much going on. So many new characters and so many new worlds, millions and millions of "steps". A lot of back and forth from situation to situation. I did not mind it too much as it all seemed to be [...]

    30. Grabbed this off the best-sellers shelf at the library and was 40 pages in before a friend informed me it was a sequel. In deference to his horror that I might continue to read out of order, I stopped around page 100, obtained "The Long Earth," and then came back to this one. It actually reads very well as an introduction to the "Long" universe. However, as it progressed it became more and more a series of only loosely connected vignettes, none more than half developed. Really, one could not hel [...]

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