The Long War (Long Earth Series #2)

The Long War (Long Earth Series #2)

by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter

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Overview

War has come to the Long Earth....

Humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by stepping, which Joshua and Lobsang explored a mere decade ago. Now "civilization" flourishes, and fleets of airships link the multiple Earths through exploration, trade, and culture.

Humankind is shaping the Long Earth, but in turn the Long Earth is shaping humankind. A new America that has christened itself "Valhalla" has emerged more than a million steps from the original Datum Earth. And like the American revolutionaries of old, the Valhallans resent being controlled from afar by the Datum government.

In the intervening years, the song of the trolls—graceful, hive-mind humanoids—has suffused the Long Earth. But in the face of humankind's inexorable advance, they are beginning to fall silent . . . and gradually disappear.

Joshua, now married and a father, is summoned by Lobsang. It seems that he alone can confront the perfect storm of crises that threatens to plunge all of the Long Earth into war.

A war unlike any that has been waged before...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062067784
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Series: Long Earth Series , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 76,479
File size: 753 KB

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels are bestsellers in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have sold more than 85 million copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Pratchett a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.

Stephen Baxter is an acclaimed, multiple-award-winning author whose many books include the Xeelee sequence, the Time Odyssey novels (written with Arthur C. Clarke), The Time Ships, a sequel to H. G. Wells's The Time Machine, and The Wheel of Ice, a Doctor Who novel. He lives in Northumberland.

Hometown:

Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England

Education:

Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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The Long War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it would let me leave 3 1/2 stars I would.  To be honest, I was severely disappointed in this sequel to The Long Earth.  I remember after finishing the first one that it was all I could think about for weeks. All the possibilities of the idea of there being a long earth was so exciting that the plot flaws of the first book didn't matter. I think that's the problem with this one, though some of the wonder of the Long Earth is still there, this book really is supposed to stand on the plot.  The best parts of this book are those few moments where you get to experience (for more than a paragraph) a new aspect of the the long earth.  I will say I was surprisingly satisfied with the actual long war concept in the book, though I have spoken to many people who were not. Anyway, if you loved the Long Earth, then I would suggest reading the next installment, just know that it is not as grand as the first. Also be aware that this book has significantly less influence of Pratchett and veers more into the drier no-nonsense tone of Baxter. However, I won't hesitate to pick up the next book in this series (if there is one) because I feel like these are two amazing authors who have to have some amazing plan to finish this series. That may be putting too much hope in them, but perhaps we’ll find out next year. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not ashamed to admit that the book's cover caught my eye first, followed by my fond recollections of Terry Pratchett's work with Neil Gaiman (sp) in Good Omens. I learned after several hours of reading that the cover artwork was better than the story that had been told. I had high expectations for this novel, as I have enjoyed other work by Terry Pratchett. I was disappointed by the lack of depth or personality,sympathy or growth among most of the cast of characters. In addition, the plot seemed to "step" in many interesting directions without a solid beginning and without weaving the various narrative threads together into a cohesive story line. This book was intended to be a part of a continuing series (or should have been much longer). However, this should never become an excuse to skimp on plot and character development or to present a hasty and unsatisfying stopping point at the end of the novel. If the story merits more words then make the time and effort to finish the job - consider the works of Tad Williams as an example. This was not the best of SF collaborations. It had an interesting take on the theory of parallel development Earths, and defined a convenient mechanism to travel between worlds and a few good operational constraints. However, I finished The Long War irritated that my time had been wasted by an underdeveloped and unfinished work and saddened by the fact that a good technical SF premise by two established SF authors could result in such mediocre results.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend to sci-fi fans
RCBMO More than 1 year ago
Not sure if I will purchase any more books in this series. It was entertaining but I am not sure why I feel so ambivalient about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with previous reviewers. Baxter clearly added some hard science, but it felt like Pratchett's characters got cut. Sorely lacking in the humor present in Long Earth. However, the concept of war in this context was interesting. If only today's wars were so mostly bloodless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Long Earth had me hooked so I had to read this one. Not as well written or imaginative as the first but still an ending to how it all began.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives several different perspectives other than joshuas if you are okay with that. Then this book will be as good as the first one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like either author, this is more than a pleasant read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The continuing story has me hooked. Amazing characters. Great imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Detailed follow up to the original book. The series keeps growing in this detailed multiverse.
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Boston8b More than 1 year ago
Not very exciting. Of interest only because of the new ideas presented but not really any story here.
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Tanstaafl More than 1 year ago
The seoond story of the Long Earth has some interesting points (the Gap) but other than those few points it doesn't expand on the concept of stepping that much. The militarization of exploring the Long Earth seems almost trite, hello Cortez! And certainly the physics, the science of how the Long Earths came to be is ignored and, I suppose, to be taken with the same simple belief of the Discworld topology, riding on the back of a turtle.
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danthebookman71 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Pratchett & Baxter's new take on the idea of parallel Earths. They've done a bang up job with this second tour through the Long Earth as humanity tries to make its way in this new age of seemingly (actually?) infinite copies of our planet just a "step" away. Joshua is back, as is Lobsang, and Sally, Detective Jansson, and even Helen Green, who is now Helen Valiente. That's right she and Joshua are married and this story takes place ten years later and human emigration from Datum Earth continues and mankind continues to eff things up especially our relations with the other sapient beings is the stepwise worlds. Its up to our heroes to try and put things right, but as they try to accomplish this huge task, a huge natural disaster looms back on our home world, the Datum Earth.
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Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
Solid follow up to The Long Earth. Characters are genuine and the plot follows several threads throughout. There is no concluding resolution, as there will be more book(s) to follow, but it remains interesting to see how the authors extrapolate the science of multiverses into a dramatic, fun read.
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