The Long War (E–pub Gratis) ¸ Terry Pratchett
Nothing interesting so turns around and comes back It s almost an allegory for the book as a whole Characters go somewhere because one of the other half developed subplots makes it seem ike an okay idea do something that s about showing a bit of the Long Earth than advancing any semblance of plot and then turn around and come backThere really is some Chimerica lovely writing here The novel could have been a collections of short stories set in the Long Earth it would have excelled as such But it s posing as a fullength novel and the fa ade is Biscuits Bullets A Gettysburg Story less than convincing Giving a three star review to a seuel of one of my favorite books is really difficult Soet me try to warrant this in writingThe Long Earth book introduces us to so many new interesting and weird concepts Its seuel The ong war provides us with just some human War provides us with just some human 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 third part The writing of this book was very well copyedited as is the case with all Terry Pratchett and Baxter books that I have read so far That makes it a fairly easy and uick read The problems are many and they infuse the book cover to cover A peculiar plot ine spans almost the entire book While being mentioned in other plot The Probability Pad lines it could be simply dropped Even the mentions of the plotine could be kept since they were completely self containedWhile the entire book has a rather Calendula light feel to it our main hero goes through rather suddenly through a kind of torture The torture pops up without any good reason and rather suddenly Andeaves the same way The hero gets hurt but not Markham Hall Series Bundle (Markham Hall, lethally and none of the characters are significantly influenced by what has happened Whyeave it there It changed the mood of the book without warning and without reward for the reader who empathized with the tortureThis book had a strange problem of non interference from deus ex machina As a deus ex machina character is written into the book without many practical Megaman Battle Network 3 White and Blue Official Strategy Guide limitations the moments when it could step in and resolve the situation but did not were disappointing Feelsike a moment in a James Bond movie where Bond chooses to get beatentorturedyou name it by choosing not to use one of his gadgets without making any significant impact on the plot The previous book was published nearly a year ago and that is when I read it In the meantime I forgot many of the details about the characters and world mechanics In this book we are reminded about most things relevant to the plot but some of the reminders simply arrive too ate After the points where they were relevant in the plotI realize that one can already preorder the next book from with the release date in January 2014 Still even a second book from a three part series can be made to function much better than this Patches for the above problems are fairly straightforward and it is strange that they were not applied The Long War ooses two stars for having easily fixable problems despite the Soy Sisters level of professionalism that the rest of the book exhibits 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 theonger series in the first novel was essentially just continued with further travelogue Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems like anecdotes from several characters scattered about The Long Earth I m not complaining too much I ve signed up for this ride now afterall Baxter and Pratchett are describing some interesting scenarios and exciting my imagination BUT I wish I d known to expect that this would be all I would be getting as opposed to something intricate and fascinating and exciting somethingike the Xeelee seuence mixed with the characters that inhabit The Discworld perhapsIf anything The Long War is a better book than the first one the two authors have Sybil largely avoided the annoying issues I had this time around gone are the endless arbitrary pop culture references for example and the evolution of the culture and politics of their universe is handled well the frustrating nature of the America centric tale becoming a positive as the reprehensible nature of their government and people in reality allows for an easy villain of the piece in near future fiction you can truly believe that the extrapolation made by Baxter and Pratchett would come to pass and it made me angry which would be exactly what the authors intendedBut still I wanted from this one I have no real preference for war fiction and I was disappointed that the story was going there so uickly but as it turns out when you re promised war and there is no war in the novel you actually get disappointedSo the third part is called The Long Mars ateast I l know to expect a bunch of characters travelling to
various Mars incarnations probably in a direct copy of the plot from the first book which will Mars incarnations probably in a direct copy of the plot from the first book which will interesting but nothing too exciting will happen there won t be any conflict or any real science there will just be a calm exploration. Recurre de nuevo a él porue se avecina una guerra una guerra distinta a todas as Hermann Zapf and His Design Philosophy libradas hasta ahora Tras La Tierra Larga Fantascy 2014 Terry Pratchett y Stephen Baxter dos titanes dea I Know Who You Are literatura fantástica vuelven con una nueva aventura tan inteligente como divertida ue indagaas consecuencias de un mundo ilimitado «Aluimia Spring Girl literaria» SFX «La calidez ya humanidad de Pratchett se alían con a extraordinariamente fértil imaginación de Baxter» The Guardian. .
read The Long WarOner Some of what made the Chosen Vessels long earth itself so intriguing is also missing in the second book The first book was a wondrous exploration of the multiverse eart To start off with the title is a fallacy there s no war hereong or otherwiseInstead 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 toIf you thought the setup in the first book would be paid out by some actual plot in the second you re going to be disappointed 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 No Apology Necessary 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 of the same of volume 1 But that s not a bad thing at all The thought experiment gets pushed even further There are new characters chess pieces to follow and old favourites back again It really is just an enjoyable and intelligent ride So recommended for those SF fans who are also humanists Terry Pratchettoves cat but I m not sure how he feels about dogs considering the dogs in this book But that s okay he The Secret World of Fluffy Ratbag loves cats His cat apparently tried to eat hamsters onceFor the record Iove 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 Awakening (The Guardians Heart Series Book 1) love Pratchett and I am glad about his book dealHoweverIf you have never read Stephen Baxter or Terry Pratchett before do not start with the serieset alone this book Start elsewhere DoThis book the second in a series most Whoops! likely of three raises some very interesting topics and uestions It would make for a good philosphey and moralstic debate The world building is niceAnd it is a morals and world building novelooking for a plot because there is not one Sorry no plot maybe a wink of one Have to call it as I see it No plot At east the first book in the series had some humor going for it No humor in this one Some very boring characters who talk too much Some interesting characters who don t do enough and in one case disapper for about half the book and some interesting characters who sing but who knows what they sing Something happened at the end but honestly at that point I didn t care because THERE WASN T A PLOT It reminded me of the Otherworld series by Tad Williams A PLOT It reminded me
the Otherworld series by Tad Williams writers got caught up the idea and were able to overlook the plot that was jumping up and down to be included I see I iked this than most reviewers did I The Sheep Book ll try to explain whyOK 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 wit 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 ofiterally infinite possibility ready for the seuel to actually have characters doing things in some kind of plot Laduma line Here we are a yearater and that seuel The Long War is out It s an interesting exercise in world building but not so interesting as a fictional novel But what the hell it s nicely written and only part two of a trilogy so oh wait a minute The Long War is basically of the same but so Twelve years have passed since the events of The Long Earth You can tell this because characters who were old are now really old and characters who were young are now not so young Prototypical is the protagonist Joshua who was a young man in the first novel but now is pushing middle age He has a wife and young son whose primary role in The Gangs Birthday Surprise life is to remind the reader that twelve years have passed and that Joshua who was a young man in the first novel is now pushing middle ageWhile the first novel showcased via a bunch of vignettes the immediate ramifications of the opening up of the eponymous Long Earth an infinite row of parallel Earths that using either a simple device or innate ability people suddenly became able to step between This seuel showcases via a bunch of vignettes the slightlyess immediate ramifications There are a half dozen or so subplots but no superplot Characters just kind of explore the many Earths again getting into and out of scrapes and then the book ends on a big downer just Earth like the first one One of the subplots concerns a Chinese expedition which flies across the Long Earth to a world twenty million steps away from the original On this impossibly distant parallel world it finds. Des capaces de cambiar de mundo son muy útiles para el trabajo físico yos utilizan para su beneficio Ante el inexorable avance de Get Up los colonos humanosos trolls están empezando a desaparecer En su día Joshua Valienté Out to Lunch lideróa primera misión de exploración de estos mundos múltiples junto con Parinamam engane? പരിണാമം എങ്ങനെ? la unidad de inteligencia artificiallamada Lobsang Ahora una década después Joshua se verá obligado a abandonar su vida apacible con su mujer e hijo La Tierra Larga. 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 ive 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 Mr. Drackle And His Dragons 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 bone in order to escape Here s one I ve had under the bed for years try not to break it Down boyBaxter may not of uite broken it but he definitely wee ed on the rug and chewed the sofaI can t think of a worse possible writer to collaborate with for this type of novelBaxter s only talent is coming up with a range of superficial what ifs but in this book the core ideas are Pratchett s It s Baxter s task to pad them out andink them up but the structure of this book is at best a travelogue and at worse a disjointed series of unrelated vignettes crying out for a unifying theme or character drama If Pratchett had written this it s possible he could have drawn the threads together into something emotionally and intellectually satisfying Unfortunately Baxter has no idea how to write characters on a good day he can just about manage a job description with a back story This means he cannot write dialogue All his characters speak in the same glib white middle class male heterosexual voice even the Chinese even the Dragon, Dragon and Other Tales ladies I suspect he thinks this flippant tone is comic but he comes across as a nerd whoaughs at his own jokes before the punchline These characters are only in place to deliver Song of the Aura lectures about whatever random scene we are in at the time You could shuffle or delete over 90% of this book s content and mix up the protagonists and it would make just as much or asittle sense Like worlds strobing under a super stepping Twain it all blurs into an indistinguishable smudge punctuated by the occasional bright Joker world sentence obviously supplied by Pratchett via post it noteEnough about Baxter he s a twit and I should know better than to pick up one of his driveling texts It s Terry Pratchett I m concerned with I think he s a genius but when you strip him of his awesome powers of word smithery and examine some of his ideas without the comic trickery as we can in this book they tend to the simplistic rather than the simpleHe champions a moderate Hands Tied, A Hammer Story libertarianism and usually sweetens it with uirky folksy characters oozing common sense I m reminded of all the times he writes about the Laissez faire way Havelock Vetinari governs Ankh Morpork how he champions the ugly messy violent chaotic capitalism but the city works it worksWith The Long Earth series we see another expression of thisibertarian politics The Slanted Worlds (Chronoptika, lots of self governing crowd sourcing decentralized post scarcity communities but without Sir Terry s Magic box of tricks the posturing comes across at best as simplistic and worse a bit off I m thinking of the comments about allowing natural selection to take care of the drug problem It may indeed work Terry but I wouldike to know how Exactly I hope Pratchett Say Go Be Do livesong enough to write his next Moist Van Lipwig novel the proposed one about TAXES AS THAT WOULD BE REALLY as that would be really to compare to the half baked ideas expressed in the Long Earth series The sorely missed Iain Banks Culture novels offer a far sophisticated and realistic analysis of mostly positive self organising societiesI have always enjoyed Pratchett s anti racism themes in the Diskworld novels my favorite was the Orc rights footballers and models mash up brilliant Yet in this book the Trolls are people too theme just didn t work for me I realize now just how emotionally manipulative Pratchett is as a writer Heof the Otherworld series by Tad Williams writers got caught up
Can Twist My Hearttwist my heart his Confer little finger Alas at the hands of a hackike Baxter Nobel Causes are reduced to the emotional resonance of a cheesy Hallmark CardTime to step sideways and find the world where Baxter wrote half baked ideas for a world on post it notes and Terry Pratchett ovingly populated it with memorable characters and a sharp witty text It s out there in the high megas Fabulous the concepts are thought provoking the story continues on to number three First I would note that according to the goodreads 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 oved the first the books and was highly anticipating this second book Unfortunately it Hotarul Nestatornic (La Medeleni, lost aot of the charm and curiosity of the first book and focused on those areas that I didn t The King of Spades like from the first book In the first book it was aot of fun to read the chemistry or Mitos nrdicos (ncora Delfn) lack thereof between Joshua and Lobsang In this book Joshua and Lobsang are almost never together Lobsang himself was a character Ioved from the first book In the second book he s only in the background Even Joshua is Taming the Alpha (Crescent Moon, less in the spotlight but not to the degree of Lobsang And at any rate Joshua s character has changed from the wandering La Tierra Larga es un sinfín de mundos paralelos a solo un paso de distancia La humanidad ha explorado muchos de ellos impulsando el comercio ya cultura Pero también ha alterado el euilibrio político de nuestra tierra de origen y Ptičje oko na tarabi la estabilidad ecológica de estos nuevos mundos Por unado Quinlans Character Stars la Declaración de Independencia de unaejana colonia provoca Bittersüß la censura del gobierno ultraconservador Por otroos humanos han descubierto ue The ScandiKitchen Summer los trolls unos pacíficos humanoi.