The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

46%

17 Critic Reviews

...The Long Earth suffers slightly from its own overpacked potential: It promises a satisfying meal, and delivers a tasty appetizer.
-AV Club

Synopsis

An unmissable milestone for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett: the first SF novel in over three decades in which the visionary inventor of Discworld has created a new universe of tantalizing possibilities—a series of parallel “Earths” with doorways leading to adventure, intrigue, excitement, and an escape into the furthest reaches of the imagination.

The Long Earth, written with award-winning novelist Stephen Baxter, author of Stone Spring, Ark, and Floodwill, captivate science fiction fans of all stripes, readers of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Carl Hiaasen, and anyone who enjoyed the Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman collaboration Good Omens.

The Long Earth is an adventure of the highest order—and an unforgettable read.

 

About Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

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Terry Pratchett is one of the world's most popular authors. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 75 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..
 
Published June 19, 2012 by Harper. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Long Earth
All: 17 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 11

Kirkus

Below average
May 15 2012

This often intriguing development of a science fiction trope takes a scattershot approach and could have used more of Pratchett's trademark satire and Puckish humor

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Adam Roberts on Jun 20 2012

The Long Earth is a short read: the pages riffle past and there's much to enjoy.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
May 26 2012

...the authors seem to have more fun developing backstory and concepts than any real tension. An abrupt conclusion comes as an unwelcome end to this tale of exploration.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Colin Corlett on Jul 03 2012

The story really does draw you in. Not just with the detailed physical descriptions which are very realistic but it also starts you thinking about the scarcity of things and how that drives our world economies

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Rowan Kaiser on Jul 09 2012

...The Long Earth suffers slightly from its own overpacked potential: It promises a satisfying meal, and delivers a tasty appetizer.

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The Independent

Excellent
Reviewed by David Barnett on Jul 01 2012

This is an accessible, fun and thoughtful SF novel that offers the potential for a multitude of stories as great as the myriad of Earths.

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Express

Below average
Reviewed by Mark Lawrence on Jun 24 2012

The book ends with a bang but it’s a rather ineffectual one that is, like the bulk of the book, hard to care about.

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Tor

Below average
Reviewed by Karin Kross on Jun 18 2012

The conclusion feels slightly rushed and not entirely satisfying... the questions raised about the nature of sentience and human intelligence talked through a little too quickly.

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SFX

Excellent
Reviewed by Rob Power on Jun 15 2012

It’s a good job, as The Long Earth is by turns thrillingly expansive, joyously inventive and utterly engrossing.

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Escape Pod

Below average
Reviewed by Josh Roseman on Sep 10 2012

Unfortunately, even though I liked most of the book, I wasn’t terribly pleased with the way that it ended

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Dawn.com

Below average
Reviewed by Mohsin Siddiqui on Sep 02 2012

I wish there were more to say about this book, but unfortunately, it’s just not very exciting. Neither is it terribly funny, nor particularly dark

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Fantasy Faction

Below average
Reviewed by Marc Aplin on Jul 11 2012

It certainly isn’t the worst book ever written, but it is a huge disappointment when you consider the authors’ names who appear on the cover

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My Shelf Confessions

Below average
Reviewed by Tabitha on Jul 19 2012

The Long Earth had a lot of interesting scenarios and things that made you think, “is that how humanity would really react?” moments – but ultimately I felt like it was incomplete

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Buzzy Mag

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Jack

A very good, interesting sci-fi adventure desperately in need of its sequel.

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The Newtown Review of Books

Good
Aug 13 2012

One of the pleasures for a reader is to try to work out what aspects of the novel have been created by each author.

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Writing Bar

Below average
Reviewed by Andrew Gillman on Aug 01 2012

There is a distinct sense of “something wicked this way comes” in the book, but in the end it fizzles out a little, becoming more an intriguing possibility of what lies out there than a palpable, possibly terrifying threat.

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Whodunit? Mystery Bookstore

Below average
Reviewed by Michael on Jul 30 2012

I find myself missing Pratchett’s voice as the dominant story-telling element of the book.

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