'A charming, absorbing and somehow spacious piece of imagineering' Guardian
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 in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone?
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive (some said mad, others dangerous) scientist when she finds a curious gadget - a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a...potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever.
And that is an understatement if ever there was one...
This is the first novel in The Long Earth series.
In this thought-provoking collaboration, Pratchett (the Discworld series) and Baxter (Stone Spring) create an infinity of worlds to explore. A revolutionary process known as Stepping has allowed humanity access to an unlimited number of parallel Earths, all devoid of human life. The further one travels, the stranger the variant worlds become. Joshua Valiente, one of a rare breed who can Step without external help, is hired by the transEarth Institute to travel by airship across the Long Earth, exploring as far as possible. Accompanied by Lobsang, a Tibetan reincarnated as an artificial intelligence, he journeys across millions of Earths, discovering just what sort of bizarre secrets lurk in the farthest reaches. The slow-burning plot plays second fiddle to the fascinating premise, and 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.
.....sort of fizzles out with no real explanation as to what has been going on
The Long Earth
Really really enjoyed this book, great idea and originally executed, fans of Pratchett will love the humour, fans of Baxter will love the story. Hope they continue the story together!
The Long Earth
This is nothing like Iain Banks, oh somebody mentioned parallel universe.....oh it must be the same book then!!!
If the Mr & Mrs negatives of this world, looked up from their constant complaining, they might actually see things from a new exciting & different angle, if I know Banks, his work is very dark, yes compelling & ground breaking, but also much more violent & hard core. On the other hand T. Pratchett is a totally different writer, any well read, literate person would see that. I for one actually like the sound of T.Ps slant more so than Banks, & will definitely look to purchase this book when it comes out.
Just one more dig at the critics......the book isn't out yet so, let's not jump to conclusions yet, unless of course you are judging a book by its cover!!