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The Long Mars: (Long Earth 3) (The Long Earth) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
The Long Earth is in chaos. . . .
The cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption is shutting down civilization. Whole populations flee to the relative safety of myriad stepwise Earths. Sally Linsay, Joshua Valiente, and Lobsang have all been involved in the perilous post-eruption clean-up.
But Joshua faces a crisis close to home. From a long childhood hidden deep in the Long Earth, a new breed of young, super-bright post-humans is emerging--but normal human society is turning against them, driven by ignorance and fear. For Joshua, caught up in the conflict, a dramatic showdown seems inevitable.
Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Commander Maggie Kauffman embarks on an incredible journey, leading an expedition to the unexplored limits of the far Long Earth.
And Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father, Willis Linsay, inventor of the original Stepper device. Ever the maverick, he is planning a fantastic voyage of his own--across the Long Mars. But what is his true motivation?
For Joshua, for humankind, for the Long Earth itself--everything is different now.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00IJZZGP2
- Publisher : Transworld Digital (19 June 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 1726 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 547 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 73,721 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Change the setting to Mars.
Add one potentially incredible secondary narrative thread that could be so exciting, riveting and thought provoking.
Instead, squander every meaningful possibility that this excellent idea could create and focus on some really banal sub plots.
Try as much repetition as you can.
Flick through millions of worlds and care about none of them.
Read a collection of half baked ultra-short stories about the inhabitants of The Long Mars.
Wonder if they were ideas that they had thrown out of other books, because they just didn't have the mileage to be developed into novels or short stories in their own right.
Take a huge rag-bag of half-baked stories and stuff them into this unfortunate tome.
An epic tale of limitless potential smashed to pieces through poor execution, thoughtless plotting and a mire of inconsequential one off alien cultures. I'd rather they'd picked one thing and made it good. Dire.
It's the exploration of these worlds that is the real strength of the series for me. There are some vivid and strange worlds on offer here and to be honest I would happily have read more about the oddities and explorations here. There's also a glimpse of alien civilisations and approached in a novel fashion.
The story follows two main threads, that of the Long Mars and the Next. The Long Mars might be the title of the story, but it is the lesser thread in terms of content, but again the exploration of what might have, or could have been lends it extra weight.
The Next provide the more traditional story and plot and it doesn't excel in the same way as the exploration aspect. The basics are fine and examine the ramifications of a new human species coming into being. However it isn't developed too deeply and at times almost feels like a cursory examination of the subject.
The characters are reasonably well drawn, but do pale in comparison to the setting. Part of the issue here is that page time is spread thinly as there is quite a lot going on. In this regard the Next are perhaps the most weakly drawn.
Overall though it's a decent read and an easy one. It might not be up there with the greatest sci-fi, but it's an interesting enough read.
I felt though that the story didn't really live up to my expectations. There was a significant conclusion to the previous book that I had felt would become the focus this time, but although it sticks in the background, it felt like the repercussions had mostly been brushed aside in favour of a more 'sci-fi' plot that felt less engaging to me, and a little more like an ethical manifesto. There are two other areas of the story that felt a lot like repetition of a theme that's used throughout the first two books.
Having said that, once I had got through the first few chapters, I was surprised by how easily readable I found the book and was disappointed each day when the end of my commute meant I had to put the book away. Having glanced back now at my reviews of the previous books in the series I realise that I may have been misremembering as I seem to have felt similarly then.
Ultimately though it's a book about the plot, exploring scientific concepts of parallel worlds and some moral and ethical questions, and it felt it suffered from not making the characters more engaging. I also felt that the wittiness had dropped off in this book, making it a more serious read despite the continuation of classic movie references.
So overall, it's worth reading if you enjoyed the first two books, but I don't think it serves as a particularly enticing entry point to the series. It feels like it might be the final book, and if not I'd probably think twice a about whether I want to continue.