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The Long War (The Long Earth #2) by Terry…

The Long War (The Long Earth #2) (edition 2013)

by Terry Pratchett

Series: The Long Earth (2)

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A new America called Valhalla grows restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government, while all of the Long Earth is infused by the song of the trolls who are starting to react to humanity's thoughtless exploitation, bringing humankind to the brink of war.
Title:The Long War (The Long Earth #2)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Harper, Kindle Edition, 432 pages
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There wasn't much of a war really - a lot of jumping between worlds and exploration individually and on twains - airships designed to jump between worlds. Explores what people do when they find new lands and how humans treat other species they encounter, like the gentle "trolls", the not so gentle "elves", "kobolds", and "Beagles". The immortal and omniscient Lobsang acts behind the scenes to pull people into the "war" to ensure humans do not destroy themselves and the new worlds. It was OK, the story was a bit slow and sparse though being set in this vast universe of endless possibilities. The concepts are interesting and I liked the idea that the inhabitants of other Earths stepping in must have been the basis for so many of our folk legends and fairy tales, and perhaps the source of some technology. ( )
  LindaLiu | Dec 24, 2021 |
Its been a while since i read the first of these but i apparently liked it enough to co-pay for the set ,which i kinda committed to getting through this year. A decision i might come to regret.

This is a bit like the Long-Earth itself, when people explore this infinity of alternate earths they only get to stop in each place for a short period. The story follows that formula presenting a lot of interesting ideas which rarely expand beyond simply being an interesting idea.

Of the 4 or 5 main story arcs most go nowhere. One is a sortof allegorical american war of independence/civil war but has little payoff and its allegorical and sci-fi elements tend to undercut rather than enhance each other.

The main plot or at least the most recognisable (since it features the main protagonists from the last book) is a lot of nothing followed by an abupt ending which is tonally at odds with the rest of the novel.
It also suffers from veering to close to Discworld territory and even reproduces a chunk of The Fifth Elephant but its a poor mirror.

The book is by no means terrible but its charms are always momentary, stepping away in the twinkling of an eye.
After dropping to 2 stars it picked up again right at the end but since that ending is entirely setup for the next book i refused to take it into consideration for my score of this one.

Heres hoping the next one is better. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
This is a good follow up to the Long Earth, but this just isn't my favorite of his series. It ended with possibility of another one, but I don't know that I'll care to read it. Then, again, I have a hard time saying "no" to anything he writes. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Even better! ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
nice to read SciFi/fantasy which isn't just a series of events happening one after another. There is some of this, but also plenty of people just being people and exploration thereof. Quite a nice book to read. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
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On an alternate world, two million steps from Earth:
The troll female was called Mary by her handlers, Monica Jansson read on the rolling caption on the video clip.
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A new America called Valhalla grows restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government, while all of the Long Earth is infused by the song of the trolls who are starting to react to humanity's thoughtless exploitation, bringing humankind to the brink of war.

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The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter follows the adventures and travails of heroes Joshua Valiente and Lobsang in an exciting continuation of the extraordinary science-fiction journey begun in their New York Times best seller The Long Earth.

A generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by "stepping". A new "America" - Valhalla - is emerging more than a million steps from Datum - our Earth. Thanks to a bountiful environment, the Valhallan society mirrors the core values and behaviors of colonial America. And Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government.

Soon Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a building crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any humankind has waged before.

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Earths strung together
Like pearls on a string. Troubles
Brew for trolls and men.

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