Ebook The Long War
Punished gImagination BUT I wish I d known to expect that this would be all I would beetting as opposed to something intricate and fascinating and exciting something like the Xeelee seuence mixed with the characters that inhabit The Discworld perhapsIf anything The Long War is a better book than the first one the two authors have largely avoided the annoying issues I had this time around His To Protect gone are the endless arbitrary pop culture references for example and the evolution of the culture and politics of their universe is handled well the frustrating nature of the America centric tale becoming a positive as the reprehensible nature of theirovernment and people in reality allows for an easy villain of the piece in near future fiction you can truly believe that the extrapolation made by Baxter and Pratchett would come to pass and it made me angry which would be exactly what the authors intendedBut still I wanted from this one I have no real preference for war fiction and I was disappointed that the story was oing there so uickly but as it turns out when you re promised war and there is no war in the novel you actually et disappointedSo the third part is called The Long Mars at least I ll know to expect a bunch of characters travelling to various Mars incarnations probably in a direct copy of the plot from the first book which will be interesting but nothing too exciting will happen there won t be any conflict or any real science there will just be a calm exploration There is a place in the multiverse for even the most improbable of worlds even a flat one on the back of a Babys First Christmas (Christmas Is For Kids) (Christmas Is For Kids) (Harlequin American Romances, 754) giant turtle Unfortunately we live on the ONE world where the forces of nature did NOT prevent this book from being written In this unlucky universe 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 under the bed for years try not to break it Down boyBaxter may not of uite 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 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 them up but the structure of this book is at best a travelogue and at worse a disjointed series of unrelated vignettes crying out for a unifying 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 aood day he can just about manage a job description with a back story This means he cannot write dialogue All characters speak in the same lib white middle class male heterosexual voice
Even The Chinese Even the Chinese even ladies I he thinks this flippant tone is voice even the Chinese even the ladies I he thinks this flippant tone is 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 up the protagonists and it would make just as much or as little sense Like worlds strobing under 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 up one of his driveling texts It s Terry Pratchett I m concerned with I think he s a enius 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 and usually sweetens it with uirky folksy characters oozing common sense I m reminded of all the times he writes about the Laissez faire way Havelock Vetinari Catwoman governs Ankh Morpork how he champions the ugly messy violent chaotic capitalism but the city works it worksWith The Long Earth series we see another expression of this libertarian politics lots of selfoverning 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 up brilliant Yet in this book the Trolls are people too theme just didn t work for me I realize now just how emotionally manipulative Pratchett is as a 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 Des capaces de cambiar de mundo son muy útiles para el trabajo físico y los utilizan 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 unidad de inteligencia artificial llamada Lobsang Ahora una década después Joshua se verá obligado a abandonar su vida apacible con su mujer e hijo La Tierra Larga. When The Long Earth came 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 is basically 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 up of the eponymous Long Earth an infinite row of parallel Earths that using 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 Baby Legacy (So Many Babies 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 Characterso 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 us to so many new interesting and weird concepts Its seuel The Long War provides us with just some human centered stories that run in parallel and as 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 and uick 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 oes through rather suddenly through a kind of torture The torture pops up without any ood reason and rather suddenly And leaves the same way The hero
"Gets Hurt But Not Lethally "hurt but not lethally 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 Langlais correct pour les Nuls get beatentorturedyou name it by choosing not to use one of hisadgets 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 it In the 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 than this Patches for the above problems are fairly straightforward and it is strange that they were not applied The Long 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 eeks 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 up for the longer series in the first novel was essentially presumably as a set up for the longer series in the first novel was essentially continued with further travelogue like anecdotes from several characters scattered about The Long Earth I m not complaining too much I ve signed up for this ride now afterall Baxter and Pratchett are describing some interesting scenarios and exciting my. La Tierra Larga es un sinfín de mundos paralelos a solo un 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 un lado la Declaración de Independencia de una lejana colonia provoca la censura del obierno ultraconservador Por otro los humanos han descubierto ue los trolls unos pacíficos humanoi. Rote 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 A Preface to Democratic Theory goodreads rating system 2 stars indicates that the book was okay In other words the 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 weet 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 Aryan Idols 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 experimentets 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 recommended for those SF fans who are also humanists 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 reader not a fan as Pratchett would say I still love Pratchett and I am lad about his book dealHoweverIf you have never read Stephen Baxter or Terry Pratchett before do not start with the series let alone this book Start elsewhere DoThis book the second in a series
Most Likely Of Threelikely of three some very interesting topics and uestions It would make for a ood philosphey and moralstic debate The world building is niceAnd it is a morals and world building novel looking for a plot because there is not one Sorry no plot maybe a wink of one Have to call it as I see it No plot At least the first book in the series had some humor Bourdieus Secret Admirer in the Caucasus going for it No humor in this one Some very boring characters who talk too much Some interesting characters who don t do enough and in one case disapper for about half the book and some interesting characters who sing but who knows what they sing Something happened at the end but honestly at that point I didn t care because THERE WASN T A PLOT It reminded me of the Otherworld series by Tad Williams The writersot caught up in the idea and were able to overlook the plot that was jumping up and down to be included 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 ave it 4 starsLife is what
happens when you re making other plans and that s what s oing on here I don t know ifwhen you re making other plans and that s what s Byzantium going on here I don t know if was intentionally done but it was pretty clever Even with problems people were trying to address directly usually the direct approach was a FAIL and only indirect holistic approaches worked And that s appropriate and reflective of real Life though many of us 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 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 sood otherwise it d be too much of a polemicAnyway I liked it and am looking forward to. Recurre de nuevo a él porue se avecina una Contacts Desired guerra unauerra 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 con una nueva aventura tan inteligente como divertida ue indaga las consecuencias de un mundo ilimitado «Aluimia literaria» SFX «La calidez y la humanidad de Pratchett se alían con la extraordinariamente fértil imaginación de Baxter» The Guardian.