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Ly is contacted by her long vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device Willis Linsay He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his reuest Meanwhile U S Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own leading an expedition to the outer li I have nearly all of Terry Pratchett s solo books and I ve enjoyed some of Baxter s work Long Earth wasn t bad Long War was a little disappointing This one was depressing It s boring It feels as if it s written for bright 12 year olds And it s sloppy Other than that Mrs Lincoln how did you like the playThere are in fact some scenes where stuff actually happens But by the time I got to them I was skimming pages whipping over them in a way disturbingly similar to the twains flight across millions and millions of timelines The authors even told us that the crew were bored as if they were apologizing to the readers for getting lost in a plot theme but the only way out was to keep writing Or this they wrote a pretty good book but it turned out to be 100 pages short so the publisher told them to just pad out the twain twip sorry couldn t wesist that I tip my hat to the exhaustive exploration of the many ways life might have turned out I suspect in some places they are playing fast and loose with science but in others they were careful so I ll let it pass But exhaustive turned into exhausting and I lost interest As others have noted the authors stretch artistic licence in many places Far too often characters conveniently spot something during their millisecond over a world The Mars guy guesses that something must be there somewhere and luckily finds it and then explains how hard it is to see Pratchett would say that narrativium made it happen Sally s dad is just too much of a jerk to have lived this long Cutler is ridiculous and after setting him up as Slim Pickens in Dr Strangelove the authors turn him into a pussycat at the crucial moment The authors seem to have decided that Lobsang is a bit of a dick too so he s relegated There is a decent story in here but it doesn t work as published This turkey needs a massive rewrite and should end up about 80 100 pages shorter Then it would have a chance to be good I won t read book 4 The Big Golden Book of Poetry reuest Meanwhile U S Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own leading an expedition to the outer li I have nearly all of Terry Pratchett s solo books and I ve enjoyed some of Baxter s work Long Earth wasn t bad Long War was a little disappointing This one was depressing It s boring It feels as if it s written for bright 12 year olds And it s sloppy Other than that Mrs Lincoln how did you like the playThere are in fact some scenes where stuff actually happens But by the time I got to them I was skimming pages whipping over them in a way disturbingly similar to the twains flight across millions and millions of timelines The authors even told us that the crew were bored as if they were apologizing to the NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW readers for getting lost in a plot theme but the only way out was to keep writing Or this they wrote a pretty good book but it turned out to be 100 pages short so the publisher told them to just pad out the twain twip sorry couldn t wesist that I tip my hat to the exhaustive exploration of the many ways life might have turned out I suspect in some places they are playing fast and loose with science but in others they were careful so I ll let it pass But exhaustive turned into exhausting and I lost interest As others have noted the authors stretch artistic licence in many places Far too often characters conveniently spot something during their millisecond over a world The Mars guy guesses that something must be there somewhere and luckily finds it and then explains how hard it is to see Pratchett would say that narrativium made it happen Sally s dad is just too much of a jerk to have lived this long Cutler is Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, ridiculous and after setting him up as Slim Pickens in Dr Strangelove the authors turn him into a pussycat at the crucial moment The authors seem to have decided that Lobsang is a bit of a dick too so he s The Non-Designer's Design Book (4th Edition) relegated There is a decent story in here but it doesn t work as published This turkey needs a massive Homewrecker rewrite and should end up about 80 100 pages shorter Then it would have a chance to be good I won t Make your own model forts & castles read book 4

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Mits of the far Long EarthFor Joshua the crisis he faces is much closer to home He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next the super bright post humans who are beginning to emerge from their “long childhood” in the community called Happy Landings located deep in the Long Earth Ignorance and fear have caused “normal” human society to turn against the Next A dramatic showdown seems inevitabl How could two of the best SF F authors of the modern era make a story of two epic journeys across billions of worlds so boringVirtually the whole book is taken up by these journeys one across the multiple Earths and another across similar multiple Mars s and both journeys come across as here s this world and it s got this going on then there s this different world and it s got this different thing going on and it goes on like this for millions of worldsAlong the way the authors seem to forget that a book needs a story to make it interesting It takes 90% of the book before they suddenly realise this and throw in some bogus stuff about pseudo Marvel mutants to make it seem like they were planning this all along There was no sparkle no life to anything in this book None of the characters were in any way interesting or relateable What little plot there was was tedious to read There s an occasional stop on a world that s a little bit different but it feels like accident rather than design They even managed to make the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano boring A barely deserved 2 stars The Book of Beginnings realise this and throw in some bogus stuff about pseudo Marvel mutants to make it seem like they were planning this all along There was no sparkle no life to anything in this book None of the characters were in any way interesting or The Homelanders (The Homelanders, relateable What little plot there was was tedious to Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. read There s an occasional stop on a world that s a little bit different but it feels like accident Burning Attraction rather than design They even managed to make the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano boring A barely deserved 2 stars

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The third novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s “Long Earth” series which Io9 calls “a brilliant science fiction collaboration”2040 2045 In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds Sally Joshua and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when out of the blue Sal The series continues its arc down for my enjoyment The writing remains constantly good but the plotting meandersThere s a really strange lack of knowledge of evolution that drives most of this book Like seriously bad science going onAnd the whole Mars part of the book which is supposed to be important but really isn t is marked with a strange sort of logic that I really don t get view spoiler there must be a space elevator because the character can t conceive that there wouldn t be a space elevator And the hunter dude who has never stepped is able to track them across multiple worlds with no problem And the crazy guy doesn t have a weapon And And and hide spoiler Tall man riding. rescue work when out of the blue Sal The series continues its arc down for my enjoyment The writing The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory remains constantly good but the plotting meandersThere s a The Big Golden Book of Poetry really strange lack of knowledge of evolution that drives most of this book Like seriously bad science going onAnd the whole Mars part of the book which is supposed to be important but NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW really isn t is marked with a strange sort of logic that I Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, really don t get view spoiler there must be a space elevator because the character can t conceive that there wouldn t be a space elevator And the hunter dude who has never stepped is able to track them across multiple worlds with no problem And the crazy guy doesn t have a weapon And And and hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Long Mars

  1. says:

    EM Forster once wrote that when it comes to fiction story is the thing that makes you ask “what happens next” while plot is the thing that makes you ask “why did that just happen”For example here's a short piece of fiction I just wrote that's full of story and devoid of plot Opening the garage door and what Johnny found the

  2. says:

    I feel this series is a classic marmite series in that you will either love it or you will hate it As this is the third book I expect everyone to have decided what they think by this point but I am one of the former I adore the light plot style of these books with them focusing on a journey through amazing worlds with a limited plot point that ties the characters together I thought this one was the best of the series s

  3. says:

    The series continues its arc down for my enjoyment The writing remains constantly good but the plotting meandersThere's a re

  4. says:

    This book had three parallel stories and I enjoyed two of them Unfortunately the third one was the source of the title so it was kind of important I enjoyed the on going adventures of Joshua Valiente but he was kind of lost by the end of the book His family totally disappeared but they were fairly unimportant in The Long War as well

  5. says:

    When I saw the next 'Long' series was titled The Long Mars I immediately credited Baxter and Pratchett for at the very least taking t

  6. says:

    I have nearly all of Terry Pratchett's solo books and I've enjoyed some of Baxter's work Long Earth wasn't bad Long War was a little disappointing This one was depressing It's boring It feels as if it's written for bright 12 year olds And it's sloppy Other than that Mrs Lincoln how did you like the playThere are in fact some scenes where stuff actually happens But by the time I got to them I was skimming pages whippin

  7. says:

    How could two of the best SF F authors of the modern era make a story of two epic journeys across billions of worlds so boringVirtually the whole book is taken up by these journeys one across the multiple Earths and another across similar multiple Mars's and both journeys come across as here's this world and it's got this going on then there's this different world and it's got this different thing going on and it goes on like this for mill

  8. says:

    Not starting out well at all At p40 I'm already boredHow could two of the best SF F authors of the modern era make a story of two epic journeys across billions of worlds so boring asks Otherwyrld yourself a favor and read

  9. says:

    I enjoyed the last two volumes in this series because the characters were interesting and the ideas presented we

  10. says:

    It is now 2040 and on datum Earth the Yellowstone Caldera has finally blown Most of the population is fleeing to other Long Earth worlds and it is causing huge disruption Sally Joshua and Lobsang are helping those that cannot step e