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Publisher Description

'An absorbing collaborative effort from the two giants of SF' Guardian

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, and it is growing restless . . .

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 . . .

And a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.

The Long War is the second in The Long Earth series.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
20 June

Customer Reviews

tj15297 ,

The return of real sci-fi

A wonderful read for someone raised on Clarke, Asimov others of the era.

Cpt Thrustmaster ,

The long war

It's got everything! Epic journeyed across alien worlds, action, romance, the dry wit of a literary god and a talking cat!

auraboy ,

Good ideas terrible writing

Much like the first part, this is light on characters and plot and heavy on world building ideas. It's almost like an alternative encyclopaedia of these alternate earths. Which I quite like the sound of as the central ideas here are still brilliant.

Sadly the writing is even worse than the long earth - it's one bad cliche after another and repetitive phrases. The dialogue is truly awful. I mean super humanly awful. Pratchett can write dialogue so either he avoided all speech in this novel or he had a terrible fade. Every single character talks in long prepared speeches or lectures or gets a b movie line if they can't explain the history of dinosaurs or rockets or sociology in a flowery 3 page outburst.

I'm all in favour of books avoiding a traditional plot and meandering around a world in exploration - perfect for harder sci fi I would have thought but sub teenage writing that even the most casual reader might laugh at is not good.

I'll still read the next part as I like the whole premise. I just wish these two would bring their skills back to the literary side which they are both capable of and stop making every character a bad avatar for a science presenter.

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