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The Long Earth, written by Terry Pratchett and Stephen baxter, is startlingly new. It's unlike anything Pratchett's done before, filled with wild concepts and (gasp) set on our Earth (Well, sort of. In the beginning, at least.).
    And it's a very good book. The Long Earth is filled with endless possibilities and wonders. As you read, you fell a strange curiosity. You want to know what's at the end of the worlds. You want to see all the other Earths for yourself, to feel their emptiness. You want Lobsang and Joshua to see what's at the end.
    You certainly don't want them to turn around because of a giant whale.
    I will admit, First Person Singular (who's technically not a whale) is a huge threat to Earth. She'll destroy everyone in her path (albeit unintentionally). But sending Lobsang down to talk to her and turninig around isn't exactly a satisfying ending. It leaves the reader wanting too much more.
    Maybe, in reflection, that's what the authors wanted; to ensnare the reader and bring them back for the next book. It would certainly bring Pratchett and Baxter much more monetary profit, which I can't say they don't deserve.
    Even so, I think that the story itself would have profited from a more satisfactory ending.
    What do you think? Comment and tell me your opinion!
                                            -Max

shirley peters
3/6/2013 12:40:07 am

I found this to be a most boring book. Never actually 'going anywhere'. also there did not seem to be much of Terry Pratchett in it. I feel that it was more 'Stephen Baxter' and that he was cashing in on Terry Pratchett fantasy name. Strangely my husband found the opposite. He likened it to bible stories and god. !!!

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