The Long Earth

The Long Earth

eBook - 2012
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1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive--some say mad, others allege dangerous--scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget: a box containing some rudimentary wiring, a three-way switch, and a potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever. The "stepper" enables a person using it to step sideways into another America, another wherever that person happened to be, another Earth. And if the person using it keeps on stepping, they keep on entering even more Earths. This is the Long Earth. And the further away a stepper travels, the stranger -- and sometimes more dangerous -- the Earths become.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781446465738
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baxter, Stephen
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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 01, 2019

A scientist discovers that there are indeed parallel Earths and there is a comparatively simple technology which allows people to skip between them. In fact, there may be people who have the ability naturally and have been jumping sideways in those alternate Earths throughout history. We follow several people as they explore the alternate Earths and we see how the culture of our own version changes as a large percentage of humanity chooses to spread out. So here we have the potential of an infinite number of plots, with millions of possible alternate evolutions of Earth, with no space travel required.

So… an interesting set-up, a fascinating opening scene set as the world discovers the ability to change realities, a couple of interesting characters… and then no plot, just a long trip meandering through the worlds, discovering some stuff. The series might become more interesting in future installments. The setup could lead to some great books. It would be a perfect shared Universe for a wide group of writers, too.

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Tdruid
Jun 04, 2018

This is a very strange book combining wierd gadgetry & increasingly bizarre creatures with multiple dimensions. Like fantasy meets steam-punk meets Wagon Train on an endless chain of other Earths. Left very open-ended for the sequel.
I was willing to continue reading the trilogy, bu the library system doesn't even have the 2nd book - The Long War. Makes this book a why-bother.

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RunningJoke
Feb 12, 2018

Slow going at first; had to start it two times, but once I got into the authors' writing style, I finished it in one day. I guess it was slow going because of the background and character establishment. Interesting new "universe(s)" to explore.

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gobula
Mar 09, 2017

Don't step, don't step to me. I like coffee and water, don't step to me.

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storywizard
Dec 22, 2016

Very enjoyable read, little hints of humor and existential questions...
an interesting change from Discworld looking forward to reading the rest of this series...

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gilmack
Mar 02, 2016

What a fantastic book! It was an epic story with very interesting and lovable characters. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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peterchc
Jan 12, 2016

The idea was interesting and the characters weren't bad, but the profanity and lewd remarks put me right off. I didn't finish it.

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kevans10
Jul 23, 2015

I loved this book. I LOVED it! It doesn't happen often that I literally can't put a book down. I loved the detail that was put into describing all these new and worlds, some of which are not so different from our own, and increasingly more varied as the story progresses. I also love the idea of possibly infinite worlds to explore and expand through. Which is why the fact that the plot didn't really make itself known until well over half way into the book, didn't bother me so much. It's also very believable. I could practically see something like this happening, and people reacting just the way they did.

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bella2016
Jun 25, 2015

This book is not what I'd expected from either of these authors, and that made it jarring at first. By the end, however, I found my expectations shattered in the best possible way. The very structure of the book made this easier, as its actual PLOT doesn't get rolling until about halfway through. The extended "set up" time allowed me to get comfortable with the world(s) and characters, and now I'm excited to read the next book!

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Dec 22, 2014

Terry Pratchett created one of the most unusually populated fantasy worlds with his Discworld series, and this first entry in a series co-written with Stephen Baxter is grounded more in the science-fiction genre. It still has plenty of Pratchett's whimsical flights of fantasy, and a mind-bending premise that opens up a huge terrain of literary possibilities.

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