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An this Patches for the above problems are fairly straightforward and it is strange that they were not applied The problems are fairly straightforward and it is strange that they were not applied The War looses two stars for having easily fixable problems despite the level of professionalism that the rest of the book exhibits I hate reading books from a series that isn t finished yet I don t know how all of those fantasy geeks do it This being the second entry in The Long series I found it somewhat of a disappointment after the world building that was done presumably as a set p for the longer series in the first novel was essentially
Just Continued With Further Travelogue continued with further travelogue anecdotes from several characters scattered about The Long #Earth I m not complaining too much I ve signed p for # I m not complaining too much I ve signed p for ride now afterall Baxter and Pratchett are describing some interesting scenarios and exciting my imagination BUT I wish I d known to expect that this would be all I would be getting as opposed to something intricate and fascinating and exciting something like the Xeelee seuence mixed with the char There is a place in the multiverse for even the most improbable of worlds even a flat one on the back of a giant turtle Unfortunately we live on the ONE world where the forces of nature did NOT prevent this book from being written In this The Princes Ultimate Deception (Monte Carlo Affairs, unluckyniverse Stephen Baxter must have cornered Terry Pratchett at a Sci Fi convention pouncing on him like an over excited puppy Ooooh please Sir Terry Let me play with one of your nice shiny worlds And sir Terry threw him a short story world as a bone in order to escape Here s one I ve had Breaking the Governesss Rules under the bed for years try not to break it Down boyBaxter may not ofite broken it but he definitely wee ed on the rug and chewed the sofaI can t think of a worse possible writer to collaborate with for this type of novelBaxter s only talent is coming The Christmas Children (The Mellow Years up with a range of superficial what ifs but in this book the core ideas are Pratchett s It s Baxter s task to pad them out and link themp but the structure of this book is at best a travelogue and at worse a disjointed series of Too Strong to Deny/Savage Awakening/Jack Riordans Baby/His Forbidden Passion unrelated vignettes crying out for anifying theme or character drama If Pratchett had written this it s possible he could have drawn the threads together into something emotionally and intellectually satisfying Unfortunately Baxter has no idea how to write characters on a good day he can just about manage a job description with a back story This means he cannot write dialogue All his characters speak in the same glib white middle class male heterosexual voice even the Chinese even the ladies I suspect he thinks this flippant tone is comic but he comes across as a nerd who laughs at his own jokes before the punchline These characters are only in place to deliver lectures about whatever random scene we are in at the time You could shuffle or delete over 90% of this book s content and mix The Firefighters Christmas Reunion up the protagonists and it would make just as much or as little sense Like worlds strobingnder a super stepping Twain it all blurs into an indistinguishable smudge punctuated by the occasional bright Joker world sentence obviously supplied by Pratchett via post it noteEnough about Baxter he s a twit and I should know better than to pick The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey up one of his driveling texts It s Terry Pratchett I m concerned with I think he s a genius but when you strip him of his awesome powers of word smithery and examine some of his ideas without the comic trickery as we can in this book they tend to the simplistic rather than the simpleHe champions a moderate libertarianism andsually sweetens it with The Amish Midwife (Lancaster Courtships, uirky folksy characters oozing common sense I m reminded of all the times he writes about the Laissez faire way Havelock Vetinari governs Ankh Morpork how he champions thegly messy violent chaotic capitalism but the city works it worksWith The Long Earth series we see another expression of this libertarian politics lots of self governing crowd sourcing decentralized post scarcity communities but without Sir Terry s Magic box of tricks the posturing comes across at best as simplistic and worse a bit off I m thinking of the comments about allowing natural selection to take care of the drug problem It may indeed work Terry but I would like to know how Exactly I hope Pratchett lives long enough to write his next Moist Van Lipwig novel the proposed one about taxes as that would be really interesting to compare to the half baked ideas expressed in the Long Earth series The sorely missed Iain Banks Culture novels offer a far sophisticated and realistic analysis of mostly positive self organising societiesI have always enjoyed Pratchett s anti racism themes in the Diskworld novels my favorite was the Orc rights footballers and models mash The Greeks Acquisition up brilliant. Des capaces de cambiar de mundo son muy útiles para el trabajo físico y lostilizan para su beneficio Ante el inexorable avance de los colonos humanos los trolls están empezando a desaparecer En su día Joshua Valienté lideró la primera misión de exploración de estos mundos múltiples junto con la The Amish Nanny (Brides of Amish Country, unidad de inteligencia artificial llamada Lobsang Ahorana década después Joshua se verá obligado a abandonar su vida apacible con su mujer e hijo La Tierra Larga.
DOWNLOAD The Long WarYet in this book the Trolls are people theme just didn t work for me I realize now just how emotionally manipulative Pratchett is as just didn t work for me I realize now just how emotionally manipulative Pratchett is as writer He can twist my heart around his little finger Alas at the hands of a hack like Baxter Nobel Causes are reduced to the emotional resonance of a cheesy Hallmark CardTime to step sideways and find the world where Baxter wrote half baked ideas for a world on post it notes and Terry Pratchett lovingly populated it with memorable characters and a sharp witty text It s out there in the high megas Fabulous the concepts are thought provoking the story continues on to number three First I would note that according to the goodreads
rating system 2 stars indicates that the book was okay In other wordssystem 2 stars indicates that the book was okay In other words book isn t bad I just thought it was okay I loved the first the books and was highly anticipating this second book Unfortunately it lost a lot of the charm and curiosity of the first book and focused on those areas that I didn t like from the first book In the first book it was a lot of fun to read the chemistry or lack thereof between Joshua and Lobsang In this book Joshua and Lobsang are almost never together Lobsang himself was a character I loved from the first book In the second book he s only in the background Even Joshua is less in the spotlight but not to the degree of Lobsang And at any rate Joshua s character has changed from the wandering loner Some of what made the long earth itself so intriguing is also missing in the second book The first book was a wondrous exploration of the multiverse earths The view spoilerfirst person singular hide spoiler To start off with the title is a fallacy there s no war here long or otherwiseInstead the book has the exact same problem as the original It s a dozen or so characters in search of a plot Baxter and Pratchett do a marvelous job of continuing to explore the ramifications of the Long Earth but that s about all the book is Beyond that we get some disconnected stories of various individuals that we re not really that attached toIf you thought the setup in the first book would be paid out by some actual plot in the second you re going to be disappointed The Long Earth was the story of the human race after it discovered a way to access infinite parallel Earths It really was a thought experiment really there is a small amount of plot but a lot is just exploring the implications of this discovery And it is done intelligently with humanity and with wit But not the Discworld in your face type of wit Subtle wit The second volume of the Long series is essentially of the same of volume 1 But that s not a bad thing at all The thought experiment gets pushed even further There are new characters chess pieces to follow and old favourites back again It really is just an enjoyable and intelligent ride So recommende Terry Pratchett loves cat but I m not sure how he feels about dogs considering the dogs in this book But that s okay he loves cats His cat apparently tried to eat hamsters onceFor the record I love Pratchett s work and the three books I read by Stephen Baxter I enjoyed I was thrilled they were working together It should be noted however that I am a read I see I liked this than most reviewers did I ll try to explain whyOK the other reviewers are correct the characters are pretty much cliches and mostly do not directly have any conflict with each other though they missed a GREAT opportunity with the SallyHelen subplot Mostly though everyone is railroaded by the book s version of fate or destiny which is an AI I doubt that this is a spoiler for anyone who s read 1The overall plots are diffuse though some of the individual immediate scenarios are well handled The overarching plots are seen obliuely than directlyAnd that is why I gave it 4 starsLife is what happens when you re making other plans and that s what s going on here I don t know if it was intentionally done but it was pretty clever Even with problems people were trying to address directly The Healer (Borderland Brides, usually the direct approach was a FAIL and only indirect holistic approaches worked And that s appropriate and reflective of real Life though many ofs read fiction because things ARE direct there than in RLWhat does it mean to be a member of a bellicose species that suddenly has really no excuse for war nor any realistic way of waging it How can you keep people in a broad sense oppressed when they can just leave For me these The Slayer (Time Raiders uestions and the sometimes direct sometimes obliue approaches to them make this book well worth reading but the reader does have to put many of the pieces together I think that s good otherwise it d be too much of a polemicAnyway I liked it and am looking forward to. Recurre de nuevo a él porue se avecinana guerra The Journal Of A Vicars Wife una guerra distinta a todas las libradas hasta ahora Tras La Tierra Larga Fantascy 2014 Terry Pratchett y Stephen Baxter dos titanes de la literatura fantástica vuelven conna nueva aventura tan inteligente como divertida Their Mistletoe Matchmakers ue indaga las consecuencias den mundo ilimitado «Aluimia literaria» SFX «La calidez y la humanidad de Pratchett se alían con la extraordinariamente fértil imaginación de Baxter» The Guardian. .
When The Long Earth out about a year ago I considered it an interesting exercise in world building but not so interesting as a fictional novel But what the hell it was nicely written and only part one of a two part series so I was happy enough to be introduced to this fascinating world of literally infinite possibility ready for the seuel to actually have characters doing things in some kind of plot line Here we are a year later and that seuel The Long War is out It s an interesting exercise in world building but not so interesting as a fictional novel But what the hell
it s nicely written and only part two of a trilogy so oh wait a minute The Long War iss nicely written and only part two of a trilogy so oh wait a minute The Long War is of the same but so Twelve years have passed since the events of The Long Earth You can tell this because characters who were old are now really old and characters who were young are now not so young Prototypical is the protagonist Joshua who was a young man in the first novel but now is pushing middle age He has a wife and young son whose primary role in life is to remind the reader that twelve years have passed and that Joshua who was a young man in the first novel is now pushing middle ageWhile the first novel showcased via a bunch of vignettes the immediate ramifications of the opening The Stephanides Pregnancy up of the eponymous Long Earth an infinite row of parallel Earths thatsing either a simple device or innate ability people suddenly became able to step between This seuel showcases via a bunch of vignettes the slightly less immediate ramifications There are a half dozen or so subplots but no superplot Characters just kind of explore the many Earths again getting into and out of scrapes and then the book ends on a big downer just like the first one One of the subplots concerns a Chinese expedition which flies across the Long Earth to a world twenty million steps away from the original On this impossibly distant parallel world it finds nothing interesting so turns around and comes back It s almost an allegory for the book as a whole Characters go somewhere because one of the other half developed subplots makes it seem like an okay idea do something that s about showing a bit of the Long Earth than advancing any semblance of plot and then turn around and come backThere really is some lovely writing here The novel could have been a collections of short stories set in the Long Earth it would have excelled as such But it s posing as a full length novel and the fa ade is less than convincing Giving a three star review to a seuel of one of my favorite books is really difficult So let me try to warrant this in writingThe Long Earth book introduces The Tycoons Reluctant Cinderella us to so many new interesting and weird concepts Its seuel The Long War providess with just some human centered stories that run in parallel and as The True King of Dahaar (A Dynasty of Sand and Scandal usual foreshadow the existence of a third part The writing of this book was very well copyedited as is the case with all Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter books that I have read so far That makes it a fairly easy andick read The problems are many and they infuse the book cover to cover A peculiar plot line spans almost the entire book While being mentioned in other plot lines it could be simply dropped Even the mentions of the plot line could be kept since they were completely self containedWhile the entire book has a rather light feel to it our main hero goes through rather suddenly through a kind of torture The torture pops More George W. Bushisms up without any good reason and rather suddenly And leaves the same way The hero gets hurt but not lethally and none of the characters are significantly influenced by what has happened Why leave it there It changed the mood of the book without warning and without reward for the reader who empathized with the tortureThis book had a strange problem of non interference from deus ex machina As a deus ex machina character is written into the book without many practical limitations the moments when it could step in and resolve the situation but did not were disappointing Feels like a moment in a James Bond movie where Bond chooses to get beatentorturedyou name it by choosing not tose one of his gadgets without making any significant impact on the plot The previous book was published nearly a year ago and that is when I read it In the meantime I forgot many of the details about the characters and world mechanics In this book we are reminded about most things relevant to the plot but some of the reminders simply arrive too late After the points where they were relevant in the plotI realize that one can already preorder the next book from with the release date in January 2014 Still even a second book from a three part series can be made to function much better th. La Tierra Larga es The Making Of Henri Higgins un sinfín de mundos paralelos a solon paso de distancia La humanidad ha explorado muchos de ellos impulsando el comercio y la cultura Pero también ha alterado el euilibrio político de nuestra tierra de origen y la estabilidad ecológica de estos nuevos mundos Por n lado la Declaración de Independencia de na lejana colonia provoca la censura del gobierno Taming a Dark Horse (Men of the West, ultraconservador Por otro los humanos han descubiertoe los trolls nos pacíficos humanoi.