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Mits of the far Long EarthFor Joshua the crisis he faces is much closer to home He becomes embroiled in the plight of the Next the super bright post humans who are beginning to emerge from their “long childhood” in the community called Happy Landings located deep in the Long Earth Ignorance and fear have caused “normal” human society to turn against the Next A dramatic showdown seems inevitabl. Not starting out well at all At p40 I m already boredHow could two of the best SF F authors of the modern era make a story of two epic journeys across billions of worlds so boring asks Otherwyrld yourself a favor and read some of the 2 and 1 star reviews before you take this one onLong Earth 1 was very good Long War 2 was pretty good this one looks like it s headed back to the library soon I m closing it out as as DNF after 40 pages a new record I think I did leave a bookmark in in case I change my mind

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The Long Mars

The third novel in Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter’s “Long Earth” series which Io9 calls “a brilliant science fiction collaboration”2040 2045 In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds Sally Joshua and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when out of the blue Sal. I feel this series is a classic marmite series in that you will either love it or you will hate it As this is the third book I expect everyone to have decided what they think by this point but I am one of the former I adore the light plot style of these books with them focusing on a journey through amazing worlds with a limited plot point that ties the characters together I thought this one was the best of the series so farThe Long Mars is probably an inappropriate title as it is one of the narrative threads which is least important here Sally Lindsay joins her father who invented the stepper and caused lots of trouble and astronaut Frank on an expedition across the Long Mars the endless line of parallel Marses Like Earth most are similar to the original but some are very different And just what is Sally s father looking forWe also get another twain trip as we see the continuing adventures of Maggie Kauffman as she captans a twain further across the Long Earth than has ever been seen before Here are some of the best worlds of the series so far including a fantastic crab world We also learn a little bit about the Beagles as Snowy joins the expedition And then the main arc of the book although given less time until the end is Joshua Valiente investigating the Next a group of evolved humans from Happy Landings They are essentially the improved version of Homo Sapiens the ultra intelligent and a really good Midwich Cuckoos feeling is created Stephen Baxter has used the idea before but it it developed better than ever as humanity has to decide what to do with the Next destroy them detain them or no nothing at all There are no easy answers This book gives us endless worlds uite literally to satisfy the imagination For the first time we have endless Marses as well as endless Earths It is perhaps a little slow most of the way through as we travel with the characters but the ending is dramatic with a tense debate about the fate of the Next More than ever this book is about ideas rather than plot but it has enough of a storyline to make it worthwhile whilst packed full of some fantastic ideas I wonder where the series will go next

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Ly is contacted by her long vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device Willis Linsay He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his reuest Meanwhile U S Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman has embarked on an incredible journey of her own leading an expedition to the outer li. When I saw the next Long series was titled The Long Mars I immediately credited Baxter and Pratchett for at the very least taking the series places unexpected Since the mildly disappointing Long War I was somewhat geared for not so much low expectations but an assumption that Long Mars would follow a similar pattern of the majority of the book being a sort of sociological exploration with a very intense worlds changing event at the endEven with differing expectations this book unfortunately still did not stir much for me While intriguing the Mars plot simply served as a watered down repeat of the first book ie a lengthy exploration of the many Long Mars The simultaneous plot line on the long Earths seemed in fact a direct replica of Long Earth and until the character Paul appeared I was actually struggling to understand what the book was actually about this timeSPOILERS AHEAD hard to review without themThe major plot line of the next a super intelligent variation on humans was uite intriguing However there was relatively little page time devoted to these guys and most of the time we just heard repeats of their origins explained to different characters in different situations I got pretty sick of hearing explanations for low and high bulbsThe ultimate climax a nuclear warhead threatening Happy Landings was almost tense Once again you ll notice a theme here the beat fell flat when the situation was bizarrely resolved by the main characters having a debate about whether to set it off I don t think many personalities are such that they would advocate for a nuclear bomb being used to wipe out an entire subspecies even in fictionWhich brings me to my ultimate complaint the characters Only the barest development of interest occurred briefly for Lobsang our other well known folk Joshua and Agnes who surely should have had something to think about undergoing the whole transition thing seemed to just bungle along the storyline with barely a reaction to the plot let alone experiencing anything too compelling Some stuff happening for Sally but honestly who cares about herLong Earth rates as one of my most frustrating to read series I so desperately want there to be a continuation of the themes explored in book one such as the giant transparent thing or at least exploration of Joshua V or even Lobsang I suspect that I am going to be unhappy though its hard to see what the authors are hoping to achieve with the series but it doesn t seem to be working


10 thoughts on “The Long Mars

  1. says:

    EM Forster once wrote that when it comes to fiction story is the thing that makes you ask “what happens next?” while p

  2. says:

    I feel this series is a classic marmite series in that you will either love it or you will hate it As this is the third book I expect everyone to have decided what they think by this point but I am one of the former I adore the light plot sty

  3. says:

    The series continues its arc down for my enjoyment The writing remains constantly good but the plotting meandersThere's a really strange lack of knowledge of evolution that drives most of this book Like seriously bad science going onAnd the whole Mars part of the book which is supposed to be important? but really isn't is

  4. says:

    This book had three parallel stories and I enjoyed two of them Unfortunately the third one was the source of the title so it was kind of impo

  5. says:

    When I saw the next 'Long' series was titled The Long Mars I immediately credited Baxter and Pratchett for at the very least taking the series places unexpected Since the mildly disappointing Long War I was somewh

  6. says:

    I have nearly all of Terry Pratchett's solo books and I've enjoyed some of Baxter's work Long Earth wasn't bad Long War wa

  7. says:

    How could two of the best SF F authors of the modern era make a story of two epic journeys across billions of wor

  8. says:

    Not starting out well at all At p40 I'm already boredHow could two of the best SF F authors of the modern era make a story of two epic

  9. says:

    I enjoyed the last two volumes in this series because the characters were interesting and the ideas presented were fascinating They are strange

  10. says:

    It is now 2040 and on datum Earth the Yellowstone Caldera has finally blown Most of the population is fleeing to other Long Earth worlds and it is causing huge disruption Sally Joshua and Lobsang are helping those that cannot step easily and getting them to safe havens Out of nowhere Sally is contacted by her