A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping.
Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth - but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind...
A new 'America', called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth - and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government...
Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity's thoughtless exploitation...
Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.
©2013 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
After reading and enjoying The Long Earth very much, I was keen to get to grips with The Long War. Sadly the plot leaves much to be desired and most of the characters seem to have mud for brains and little to no sense of empathy for the most part. For the last third of the book I was gritting my teeth determined to simply get to the end, however the last third is the worst; Joshua seems utterly determined to kill himself with stupidity, Sally and Lobsang appear happy hang him out to dry if it were not for the trolls and meanwhile the rest of the cast limp along like overly cooked spinach. Roberta appears to fulfill absolutely no purpose whatsoever! I cannot begin to imagine how two otherwise excellent authors could manage to turn out a story so poorly written. I imagine they have a third book in mind (this can be the only reason for the inclusion of the otherwise pointless Roberta); one can but hope they improve ... well, everything, when they work on it. After the poor experience of listening to The Long War, I won't be purchasing it however; I'm sure it'll turn up in a second hand bookstore at some point and I won't feel bad about abandoning it if I've paid second hand prices for it.
The first book was a fascinating stream of ideas, the second book was a damp squib. There were lots of initial story lines that went nowhere, deviations from the plot which appeared out of character and to be honest I found the last third to be pretty tedious. For instance, one of the characters had an old Sony Walkman, but we had been assured time and time again that no iron could be stepped, had someone spent a lot of time re-engineering an old walkman just to trade it for the equivalent of beads? Lots of socio-political ideas were raised, then discarded with an attitude ' it's all ok now'. I suspect this book was rushed out and not really thought through or developed. There was lots of potential, but the authors seem to have got bored with it, as indeed did I. Bu the way, there is no long war.
Meandered along without the drive and excitement of the original. An Ok book, certainly not bad. Excellent narration however.
Enjoyed it, but found the first book more interesting and I missed the relationship between Joshua and Lobsang.
Like the first book, there is a big problem in the Long Earth that is built the whole way through the book that ends up being resolved very quickly in the end, without very much fuss, which let's the story down a bit.
Michael Fenton Stephens reads well although I found his Oirish accent to be a wee bit fiddledy-dee. But then again he was given a stereotypical Irish character to portray so he can't be held accountable I guess.
Thanks for the listen though.
If you enjoyed 'the long earth' then you'll enjoy this. The only problem is that it seems to have been written either for serialisation, or for the hard of thinking: numerous recaps, flashbacks, and summaries whenever a character re-enters a scene (or, more specifically, a world) spoil the flow of the narrative.
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Good concept extracted from the theoretical possibilities of physics , first book got me interested but it just started to drag, meandering along without any real sense of direction or urgency. if I could I would step into a universe where this series was compressed into one book 😉
It was a good second book, however there was an Irish character that spoiled it by swearing, Using the F word!
Other than that I enjoyed it I would not recommend it for children.
A compelling listen, Nonetheless I felt it sits as an "Empire Strikes Back" bridge in the saga of the "Long" series and hope the next book fulfills it's obvious potential and perhaps delivers a bit more of the classic Sci fi mind blowing ideas rather than this books' focus on character and plot establishment.
"I may be biased in these ratings"
These are two of my favorite authors and the team up works really well. I rarely have time for audible books due to the number of podcasts I listen to but this was one that I couldn't put down.
Have already picked up the rest of these.
Like one of those long winded jokes with a huge build up, then a disappointing pun for a punchline. Clearly written by committee.
I won't be reading any more of this series.
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