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The fourth novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's internationally best-selling Long Earth series, hailed as "a brilliant science fiction collaboration...a love letter to all Pratchett fans, readers, and lovers of wonder everywhere" (Io9).

It's 2045-2059. Human society continues to evolve on Datum Earth, its battered and weary origin planet, as the spread of humanity progresses throughout the many Earths beyond.

Lobsang, now an elderly and complex AI, suffers a breakdown and, disguised as a human, attempts to live a "normal" life on one of the millions of Long Earth worlds. His old friend, Joshua, now in his 50s, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown family history. And the superintelligent posthumans known as "the Next" continue to adapt to life among "lesser" humans.

But an alarming new challenge looms. An alien planet has somehow become "entangled" with one of the Long Earth worlds, and, as Lobsang and Joshua learn, its voracious denizens intend to capture, conquer, and colonize the new universe - the Long Earth - they have inadvertently discovered.

World building, the intersection of universes, the coexistence of diverse species, and the cosmic meaning of the Long Earth itself are among the mind-expanding themes explored in this exciting new installment of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's extraordinary Long Earth series.

©2015 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Stephen Baxter (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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The series is losing its way

I really enjoyed the earlier books in the series, but the plot (and worse, the constant exposition) is really getting pompous. The original stories looked at a million ways society would change given the sudden ability to "step." But as the series progresses, it becomes less of the interesting "what if" and more outlandish and self-important. The performance is excellent, as usual, but by halfway through, I couldn't stop rolling my eyes at the storyline.

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My favorite book in the series thus far.

Completely absorbing and a true testament to the creativity in people. The way the lives of the characters come together is fantastic. The end of this book is astounding and had me choked up a bit.

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Not enough beagles

I loved the first two books in this series... but these really started to become a slog at book 3. And this one was awful.

And then there weren't enough beagles. I came to love that species so much, and the trolls, and the kobolds, and in this they were all forgotten.

The first two books feel like they were in a whole other world, and this was just a bunch of random scifi info dumps.

I don't think I'll be continuing the series.

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Flawed, but my favorite in the series

I enjoyed this book so much I leaped to read the next one right after finishing it (mistake). The story was compelling, and I felt the plot arcs wrapped up nicely. This could've been the last in the series and it would've ended on a high note. The next book could also have built on some very interesting threads left hanging at the end of this novel, but it did not, unfortunately. All of the books in this series offered more plot threads than they ever followed up. Instead of spinning up more ideas for other stories, I would've preferred following a smaller number of threads to their logical conclusions. Even though I did like this book, I found it ultimately unsatisfying because so many tantalizing plot suggestions were dangled, and rarely ever appeared again. There are new plot arcs, like the politically correct steppers of the past. The history of stepping seemed like an unnecessary side arc, and also didn't make very much sense since the adjacent worlds should've been far more developed if steppers were regularly going there for centuries prior to Step Day. You'd think the Victorian steppers would've at least built a shed or two, but no--there was no sign of humanity when modern Steppers arrived.

Utlimately, all of these books are very un-Pratchett-like. Pratchett specialized in the small--you get to know his characters well. You know their jobs, their friends, their motivations. If you're looking for his humor and gentle humanity, you won't find it in the Long Earth, sadly.

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Entertaining and captivating listen. Loved the reader. Annoyed by the strictures of the rating system. 😜

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neatly done

enjoyed the flight of imagination by two masters of the craft.
The theory of Long Phenomena as outlined in this book might yet prove to be accurate and prescient.

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worth it for the last chapter alone

started slow for me but really picked up and by the end of the book I really enjoyed it.

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Read some less glowing reviews but I enjoyed it.

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An interesting addition to the series.

Well performed. Mostly satisfying.There are avenues that could still be explored in the world. I hope Stephen Baxter explores them.
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Comfort Food

People are strange creatures. Often we do things that defy explanation. We might ignore money or choose the wrong girl. Maybe we develop a love of Jazz. No one really gets it, but it just strikes a chord with some people.

I'm joking.

The Long Earth was a great book. I read that one in print. A really intelligent idea that was well executed. My mind wandered for days. What would I do? Where would I go? What if I couldn't step? I've read more Baxter than Pratchett over the years, but this didn't matter.

Then I was introduced to The Long War and Michael Fenton Stevens. I didn't enjoy the War nearly as much but it didn't matter. The narration just felt right.

The same goes for The Long Mars and The Long Utopia.

Not as good as the first in the series, but it doesn't matter. Great narration, check. Intelligent ideas and storytelling, check. All the great characters, check. Though I have to admit, I'm no fan of Miss Linsay. Talk about a chip fit for a Long Earth! But I digress.....

I like the Long Earth world and am quite happy to spend time there. Even though the story doesn't hold me like it used to it is still strangely satisfying.

It might not make sense in a spreadsheet. But let's be honest.

What really worthwhile thing ever does?