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The Long Utopia: (The Long Earth 4) (edition 2015)

by Terry Pratchett (Author)

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Title:The Long Utopia: (The Long Earth 4)
Authors:Terry Pratchett (Author)
Info:Transworld Digital (2015), 453 pages
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I continue to enjoy this series though I finally put my finger on what 'clangs' for me. The belief that people would happily go to a more primitive state with very small social groupings strikes me as unlikely. The assumption that this is true is where I struggle with this series. ( )
  kale.dyer | Nov 16, 2016 |
These books are different, fascinatingly so. With the setting and characters now well established, a more traditional science-fiction plot than those of the first three books emerges—contact with inscrutable aliens. But this story is equally thought provoking...and seems to leave the door open for further exploration.

As an aside, Terry Pratchett has long been my favorite author. The Long Earth series that he created in collaboration with Stephen Baxter only goes to exemplify how much potential has been lost when Sir Terry died. These are not like his Discworld stories. They are far darker, less satirical. You won't find many laughs in them. They are, in the immortal words of Monty Python, something completely different. But they show the great diversity Sir Terry had and hint at all the wonderful stories that might have been written in a alternate trouser-leg of time, one in which Death had decided that he could, maybe just this once, make an exception and turn over the glass. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
This is the best of the Long Earth books in the series despite it being the fourth in the series and with Terry Pratchett failing in health. The book focuses down on a fairly small cast of characters and, the main reason it is so much better that it's compatriots, there is a threat that the various characters can't talk away; they have to act.

Lobsang and Sister Agnes have had enough of being well known and treated as near-godlike (Lobsang in that case!) and have decided to become steppers out in the High Meggas. They made the 'mistake' of asking Sally Linsay for advice on a good place to homestead with their adopted son but, at least at first, they think little of her choice as they ease their way into the local society. As time passes though, Agnes feels there's something wrong with their idyll and when she does some basic calculations, she finds its rotation is increasing... and there are those pendants that all the children seem to be sporting. When she investigates she finds out about the silvery beetles that had their own version of stepping, only they'd come North or South rather than West or East. When the USN investigated, they found the beetles had built a series of metallic bridges round the planet that were being used to make the Earth a dynamo, speeding it up and destroying it. Lobsang realises that they'd need the help of The Next to seal off this Long Earth so the beetles couldn't infest the rest of the Long Earths.

There were several sections on the creation of the Stepper gene lines that didn't really feed into the rest of the story and was very reminiscent of the Howard Families from Robert Howard. ( )
  JohnFair | Oct 9, 2016 |
This fourth instalment is a return to form after the disappointment that was book 3. The world continues to be expanded but here the focus returns to where it belongs: on the plot.

This easy-reading adventure is good fun, yet it still suffers from some serious flaws: too many different plotlines going on at once, yet more new information about the world(s) and in the end a hurried rush towards a conclusion.

I enjoyed reading this but the lack of depth, the odd pacing and the disjointed plotlines leave me somewhat dissatisfied. ( )
  igorken | Oct 5, 2016 |
Book 4 in the Long Earth series brings further development of the characters, plot, and the multiverse they inhabit. Once again we consider what it means to be human, indeed what it means to be alive. This instalment was better than the last one I thought. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Sep 4, 2016 |
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On another world, under a different sky – in another universe, whose distance from the Datum, the Earth of mankind, was nevertheless counted in the mundanity of human steps – Joshua Valienté lay beside his own fire.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062297333, Hardcover)

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

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 fifties, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown family history. And the super-intelligent post-humans 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.

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