The Long War

The Long 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 bestseller 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780062067777
006206777X
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 421 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Baxter, Stephen

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Telingro
Sep 25, 2017

I didn't like this book as much as the first one in the series, mainly because the plot developed with less vigor and fast-paced adventure. The protagonist now has traded a life of wild, nomadic adventures for one of a "family man". Although, that's not quite accurate -- he is soon enough whipped away by his duties to help settle socio-economic terms between the human populations and sentient creatures... in my opinion there's not so much a "war", as the title proclaims, but more of multiple conflicts building that need to be resolved, hopefully without triggering a war. There are more perspectives in this book and it has an interesting plot, but it just didn't take the turn that I would have liked it to. Maybe I'll still continue with the series and give the third book a chance...

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lorithehappycamper
Aug 20, 2016

Book Two

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rene1951
Aug 12, 2016

Both authors are obviously not American. (Spoiler alert!) The American government wishes to tax the steppers in the equivalent of the USA; an American by birth and education would have reminded the House members, who should know, of the causes of the American Revolution: "No taxation without representation" and the "Boston Tea Party" and/or request the Library of Congress for a good reading list about the American Colonies 1700-1770, both history and biography of the "Founding Fathers"

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bella2016
Jun 25, 2015

I don't want to say that this one is better than the Long Earth, but I actually do feel that way. Yes, it IS a little disjointed. Yes, there ARE a lot of characters. Yes, the story is all over the place, but it does come together at the end. Also? That end is really worth the trip. I raced through this book (a long-ish read) in one week before it was due back at the library.

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JON MANN
Apr 14, 2015

This is an excellent series due to the collabaration of two fine authors.
Fantasy readers will complain, of course, because they live in a different world and will be confused by the attention to scientific detail.

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François_Bissey
May 12, 2014

Have to somewhat agree with the AV club review. It is a bit disjointed.

I personally think "the long earth" was more coherent. There is at least another book planned and it feels like "the long war" is suffering from "book in the middle" syndrome.

All the threads are excellent in themselves. It is reviewing a small period of history through a few key people. It is development for something else.

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alehto
Feb 02, 2014

Good, brain expanding for both the social aspect and the science aspect. Entertaining and witty too.

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tessiemay
Aug 30, 2013

This is so disjointed and obviously by 2 authors ---- two authors I greatly admire and have enjoyed reading.

It's a good story but also feels muddled and that makes me sad.

There was one good pun; that was excellent.

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