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Der Lange Kosmos PDF, ePub eBook 2070-71: Fast sechs Jahrzehnte nach der Entdeckung des Wechslers, der erstmals das Pendeln zwischen Parallelwelten ermöglichte, floriert auf der Langen Erde eine neue posthumane Gesellschaft. Doch gerät diese in Aufruhr, als eine geheimnisvolle Botschaft aus der Mitte der Galaxie eingeht: JOIN US. Die superintelligenten Next entdecken darin die Baupläne für eine künstliche 2070-71: Fast sechs Jahrzehnte nach der Entdeckung des Wechslers, der erstmals das Pendeln zwischen Parallelwelten ermöglichte, floriert auf der Langen Erde eine neue posthumane Gesellschaft. Doch gerät diese in Aufruhr, als eine geheimnisvolle Botschaft aus der Mitte der Galaxie eingeht: JOIN US. Die superintelligenten Next entdecken darin die Baupläne für eine künstliche Intelligenz von gewaltigen Ausmaßen. Einmal gebaut, könnte der Computer nicht nur die Position der Langen Erde im Kosmos für immer verändern, sondern auch Antwort geben auf die Frage aller Fragen: Was ist der Sinn des Lebens? Doch niemand kennt den Sender der Botschaft, und niemand weiß, ob seine Absichten friedlich sind.

30 review for Der Lange Kosmos

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    A man walks into a bar and the barman says “Why the long face?” So the man says “One of my favourite authors died not so long ago. He was best known for a series of wonderful fantasy novels that mixed satire and slapstick to such an intelligent degree that I'd find myself admiring how clever he was even while slapping my knee and having a good chortle. “He was no one-trick pony, though. He wrote other books in other genres. Some by himself and some with other authors. Most recently he set out upo A man walks into a bar and the barman says “Why the long face?” So the man says “One of my favourite authors died not so long ago. He was best known for a series of wonderful fantasy novels that mixed satire and slapstick to such an intelligent degree that I'd find myself admiring how clever he was even while slapping my knee and having a good chortle. “He was no one-trick pony, though. He wrote other books in other genres. Some by himself and some with other authors. Most recently he set out upon a collaboration with a science fiction author who has written some of my favourite and least favourite novels in the genre. “It finished just recently after five years and five books. Unfortunately it ran out of ideas about four and a half books ago. The basic notion was a good one: imagine if our world was just one in an infinite string of Earths, each differing from its two neighbours by some chance event turning out differently in the past. Here a volcano erupted, on its neighbour it didn’t. Here an asteroid struck full on, next door it merely grazed the surface, and two doors down it missed entirely. Not a single Earth, then, but a Long Earth of infinite resources and possibilities. And imagine if, all of a sudden, people discovered how to take steps between neighbouring worlds. “Five years ago came The Long Earth , a novel that set up this situation but didn’t really know what to do with it beyond having the main characters wander between some of the worlds on the Long Earth and point at all the pretty differences. Next was The Long War which ostensibly asked what war would look like when the battle grounds could span planets at once infinitely close and infinitely far apart. The answer, it turned out, was a lacklustre shrug. There was no war. Instead the main characters wandered between some more of the worlds on the Long Earth and pointed at all the pretty differences. “The halfway point in this saga was The Long Mars . Middles are infamously tricky to write since you no longer have the freshness of the beginning nor the excitement of the end. Fortunately the third book afforded us fresh excitement by having the main characters take a spaceship to Mars and then wander between some worlds on the Long Mars and point at all the pretty differences. It was totally unlike the other books because, you know, Mars. “Book four was next, The Long Utopia . Believe it or not I kind of liked this one, or at least it provoked some feelings beyond utter tedium. Something new was introduced, the notion that our Long Earth and some other, cosmically distant Long Planet could become tangled somehow, and at the places where they were joined one could step not just in the usual two directions to your neighbouring worlds, but in a third direction to reach the other planet. It set up a neat invasion storyline. I mean, it wasn’t great, but it did suggest the authors hadn’t completely forgotten that they were supposed to be telling a story. “Which brings us here, to the final part of the series. The Long Cosmos is clearly trying to build to an epic and grand conclusion. Underpinning the plot is the attempt to build a continent-sized supercomputer that will presumably tell us the meaning of life, the Universe, and everything. But building computers takes time. So, to fill in the years, one of the main character’s sons goes missing. Then a different character’s grandson goes missing. There are endless jokes about the fact that the characters we’ve been following for five books are now old. All this so that, finally, the computer gets up and running. What is its purpose? I dunno, it’s never particularly explained. It does at least somehow tell people how to repeat the fourth book and step between different planets, not just between copies of their own. And so the main characters wander between some different worlds around the galaxy and point at all the pretty differences. “It’s not a conclusion by any means. The new worlds seem to be as uninteresting as the endless copies of Earth (and Mars) that we’ve spent four books staring at. Maybe the characters will meet some aliens on one of the new planets, but they’ve already met other sentient life on the Long Earth without much changing. You feel like there could be a sixth book where they learn how to step between different times and it’d be just as much of a grand finish. “And what’s worse is that the books aren’t even bad. They’re occasionally a little amusing, occasionally a little interesting, and occasionally a little thought provoking. But only occasionally and only a little. They didn’t make me angry at how bad they were, nor bored that I was reading them. I was just disappointed and a little sad that an author who brought me so much joy has his name on these books that brought me so little.” To which the horse standing behind him says “Actually I think he was talking to me.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    **EDITED NOW I'VE ACTUALLY READ IT** Thoughts before reading: Thank goodness for that...finishing The Long Utopia left me feeling bereft and unsatisfied as I thought it was the final book. Looking forward to a conclusion. Thoughts After (SPOILER FREE!!) I actually really loved this final part of the series. It's been an odd series and I can see why it has been so divisive and had poor reviews...The books are difficult to get in to at times and follow so many different characters doing different thi **EDITED NOW I'VE ACTUALLY READ IT** Thoughts before reading: Thank goodness for that...finishing The Long Utopia left me feeling bereft and unsatisfied as I thought it was the final book. Looking forward to a conclusion. Thoughts After (SPOILER FREE!!) I actually really loved this final part of the series. It's been an odd series and I can see why it has been so divisive and had poor reviews...The books are difficult to get in to at times and follow so many different characters doing different things with very little in a way of actual *story* but that is also the beauty of these books! The storyline is people exploring the Long Earth and what that means for humanity. There were several different events and short story lines throughout the series and I enjoyed just listening to (I did the audios) the descriptions of the works unfolding, imagining the amazing creatures and scapes described. I loved the characters - flawed, imperfect, usually old, rarely attractive. All just normal human beings (well...except the ones that aren't) who are learning how to be part of this next phase for humanity. What people have to consider is that the way these stories are told - with snippets of different characters Iives, brief shots of different worlds - is representative of the disjointed nature of the Long Earth itself. Humanity is spread across the inumerable iterations of Earth (and Mars...), disjointed, lacking a sense of self as a cohesive whole and all far removed from each other so it as perfect sense to me that the stories should be told in a different way, with characters lives occasionally intersecting as the worlds do stepwise and through soft places. How can you tell a linear story in a non linear universe? I think, to enjoy these books you need to be happy to just let them wash over you, to revel in the descriptions and to fall in love with the characters and I was satisfied with the way the book ended and I felt all the questions which could be answered were answered. Further thoughts (SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!) * * * * * * * * * The ending was beautifully written and I mst admit I did have a bit of a tear in my eye - some of them for Sir T and the sadness of this being one of his last stories. I was happy to see Joshua and Rod reconciled and the scene with the baby was very touching, as was the scene between Joshua and Lobsang when they discuss Agnes. It was also good to see Maggie again, but I must admit I was secretly hoping Sally would miraculously reappear, I missed her acerbic wit and cutting comments, bringing Joshua down to size on a regular basis. Loved seeing more of Troll society and Sancho was a brilliant character. His survival blanket being used to cradle baby Helen at the end was a nice touch. I could go on, but I'll end here. I enjoyed it even if many didn't and I shall miss the characters and the wonderful endless worlds.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    2.5 Stars The Long Cosmos (The Long Earth #5) by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is a slow and overall uneventful read. I have enjoyed the previous books quite a bit even though I had problems with the last several books. I love the premise and plot of the series as well as most of the characters, but that is not enough. I guess my feelings on this one were pretty inevitable. It is a testament to what a huge fan I am of both authors that I continued on with the series at all. It is their writ 2.5 Stars The Long Cosmos (The Long Earth #5) by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is a slow and overall uneventful read. I have enjoyed the previous books quite a bit even though I had problems with the last several books. I love the premise and plot of the series as well as most of the characters, but that is not enough. I guess my feelings on this one were pretty inevitable. It is a testament to what a huge fan I am of both authors that I continued on with the series at all. It is their writing, their imagination, and also their style that makes these books worth your time and money. With the Legendary Terry Pratchett no longer with us, I have to seek out and read everything that he has done. Much of this book involves pretty much nothing more than a sabbatical for Josh coupled with a way to take the Long world out into the cosmos. There is nothing new in this one and it felt forced to me. I did not care for where the series went and how it ended. Nonetheless, I absolutely love both authors, they are among my very favorite. They have tons of great works to gush about. This book and series are worth your read simply for the opportunity to read the collaborative results of two giants of their genre.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brendon Schrodinger

    I finished this one on holidays too. And my feelings are pretty much the same as the previous - interesting ideas, kinda cool characters, low-key plot. They are a great holiday read. The last volume is much more of the same, following Joshua and the gang as they age even more. This time there is a message from space across the Long Earth. An invitation. Much like Carl Sagans 'Contact'. And the authors acknowledge this all the way through the book. A little too much if you ask me, which was a bit I finished this one on holidays too. And my feelings are pretty much the same as the previous - interesting ideas, kinda cool characters, low-key plot. They are a great holiday read. The last volume is much more of the same, following Joshua and the gang as they age even more. This time there is a message from space across the Long Earth. An invitation. Much like Carl Sagans 'Contact'. And the authors acknowledge this all the way through the book. A little too much if you ask me, which was a bit of a negative. But the star-count went up for this volume because of two reasons. One, we're really attached to these characters now, and we get some closure on their stories. Secondly, Joshua's story in here is wonderful. It's emotional and written on a beautiful landscape. The characters that surround him are magnificent, especially Sancho. It really was a highlight sequence of the series. So, I'm done. On average the series probably deserves three stars. It's not going to blow you out of the water, and it is a slow simmer of a story. But the ideas are great. The authors complimented each other, and I feel that their strengths were still evident, and they toned down each others weaknesses.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    So bittersweet to finish this fantastic, bewitching series, full of characters (some human, some troll, some something else) that I care so deeply for, set on a succession of worlds where anything can and does happen, and it will all be wondrous. And sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, often extraordinary. This final novel did not disappoint, bringing everything together from across the long earths.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    A decent ending to the series but once again very episodic and a bit disjointed. The fact that Pratchett died during the writing doesn't do much to endear me to it either. (Sigh)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paul Walsh

    30-June-16: Got it a day early (29th), finished it this morning! Gotta love irish bookshops that don't give a shite about release dates! The final installment of the 5 part Long Earth series isn't quite as 'final' as one would think. The Long Cosmos follows some of the older and known characters (Joshua, Lobsang, Maggie, Nelson) and introduces a few new characters for us to follow as the entire Long Earth recieves a messages from the centre of the galaxy: JOIN US. This message arrives in the form 30-June-16: Got it a day early (29th), finished it this morning! Gotta love irish bookshops that don't give a shite about release dates! The final installment of the 5 part Long Earth series isn't quite as 'final' as one would think. The Long Cosmos follows some of the older and known characters (Joshua, Lobsang, Maggie, Nelson) and introduces a few new characters for us to follow as the entire Long Earth recieves a messages from the centre of the galaxy: JOIN US. This message arrives in the form of a self translating beacon, which allows all of humankind to read it, but also all the sentient beings, including the trolls and the Traversers. If you haven't read the previous books, don't even try this one. Baxter and Pratchett use a lot of what they set up in the other installments and don't go easy on newcomers. The concepts of Stepping are further explored in what I can only imagine was Baxter's input to the story, and the super-intelligent Next are main players in the game this time round. Joshua takes another Sabbatical, now in his late sixties, after he realises nothing is really left for him in his home. His son is estranged, and he feels The Silence is encroaching on his mind once more. In all the other books, Joshua was my favouite character to follow, but this time round, he stays so far out of the main story for so long that I couldn't keep as interested in him as I wished. By the time he gets word about a final great journey with Lobsang, you begin to think that the authors were just spinning their wheels until the climax of thestory to utilise him. Still though, through his travels we get an insight into the trolls that the previous books never attempted, and we find out that they aren't just smart animals, but have a very complex society that is far larger than humanity's. Another story that seems to be given a detour is Nelson's. No longer a priest, he is contacted by Agnes to be told that Lobsang has left details that he has a son and grandson out in the Long Earth. While his main story is to track them down, he gets sidetracked to also track down Lobsang, who has taken his own sabbatical from humanity. Much like Joshua, these characters aren't utilised greatly until the final act. All of the new characters are centralised around the Invitation to explore the cosmos. Two workers on the new space station in the Gap are inlisted to aid with The Next in their deciphering of the instructions to build a super-intelligent machine sent with the Invitation. A young boy (growing up in the same Home as Josh did) begins to see patterns in the stories that travellers tell each other, and discovers a secret call for helping The Next in their building of it. Maggie is called back from her travels to oversee the co-operation between The Next and humanity. Through them we find out about the theories that Stepping can be used to not only travel the Long Earth, but to also travel the universe. The concept of travelling 'North', onto other planets light-years away, is looked at. I guess what was good about this final book was also what was bad. The further exploration of the Long Earth, seeing possible worlds that support a strange life that could technically be earth, is what I expect of these books. It's always been fun to see what new way life can exist on the planet, given a few changes in earth's past. But I feel that at this point in the series, it should have been given a backseat to the overall plot. The vast majority of The Long Cosmos doesn't actually deal with the Cosmos. When the machine is finally built, and the crew take that first Step into space, there just isn't enough time to properly explore it. We get a mere glimpse at a couple of planets, and a few hundred words from Lobsang with some theories as to what happened on these planets. There just isnt enough for a book that seems to promise a lot more. However, it was fun, seeing more alternate earths, and getting a passing look at the greater universe. It would be nice down the line to get some sort of spinoff to explore the cosmos, but without Pratchett's contribution I don't think it would be the same. 4 stars out of 5, because of the fun had, but I still can't help but feel that this could have been better if the promise of space exploration had been bettter delivered. **************************************************************** 22-Apr-16: Looking forward to reading this, the previous four had the right amount of Pratchett and Baxter to make the concepts gel well with the characters' stories. Here's hoping that the final addition to this series is a satisfying end to the tale. Also adds a tinge of sadness knowing that this is more than likely the last Pratchett-related release that can authentically carry his name. Will add review once it's released.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Evans

    No Man's Sky The Book Series Describes this series, and this book especially, in a nut shell. World after world of nearly identical procedurally generated nothing. Slightly randomized animals that are really just bits of other animals put together, and a plot to get to the center of the galaxy. The book is very empty and comes across as a little depressing. Look Stephen, just because you reference Contact over and over, doesn't mean you and just rip off it's plot whole sale. Well, not whole sal No Man's Sky The Book Series Describes this series, and this book especially, in a nut shell. World after world of nearly identical procedurally generated nothing. Slightly randomized animals that are really just bits of other animals put together, and a plot to get to the center of the galaxy. The book is very empty and comes across as a little depressing. Look Stephen, just because you reference Contact over and over, doesn't mean you and just rip off it's plot whole sale. Well, not whole sale I guess, Contact had a three-act story structure, and this never managed to escape the Setup. This book has all the drama of a sightseeing tour through Yellowstone. The primary focus of this book is NOT the "Long Cosmos", instead it's mostly filler of more parallel earth meandering about dealing with unimportant side plots. The story only manages to finally get off earth in the last 1/10th of the book and has them visiting all of 3 alien planets, none of which are very exciting. (Nice Librarian reference by the way, Suuuuper subtle e_e.) I'd like to mention again how much I hate the Next, and not in the way the author wants me to. I know, he makes them obnoxious on purpose. My real problem is how he tries to give the impression of how smart they are. Their language and how it evolves over the course of a conversation and everyone talking at once type thing. It comes across more like the author doesn't know how language works or how smart people think rather than that the characters are intelligent. FYI, an airplane or helicopter wouldn't work while stepping, I wish he'd stop using them. At a high stepping speed, there wouldn't be enough time to build up the pressure difference above and bellow the lifting surfaces to generate the lift to hold it in the air. A rapidly stepping aircraft like that would simply fall out of the sky. Original Review: It's really sleazy to use Terry Pratchett's name to sell these books. He died before book 4 was even published, yet his name is the most prominent text on this cover. Don't be fooled, Pratchett didn't write this, he only contributed with some ideas for the earlier books. It wouldn't be so bad if these books weren't terrible, stop dragging him down to prop up your mess of a series!\ Update: There is actually 1 part of this book that was clearly written by Pratchett at some point. Chapter 56. This chapter comes right out of nowhere it's and "Extract from Make Sure You Get This Down Correctly For Once In Your Life, Jocasta: The Authorized Biography of Professor Wotan Ulm". It's got no real consequence to the story and just about the philosophy behind everything. What it really does, though, is to highlight now non-Pratchett everything else is. It was easily the best part of the book. If you're a Pratchett fan, just read Chapter 56.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    I'm sad - Although this final book in The Long Earth series was supposedly co-written by both authors, Prachett's touch is very definitely missing. It feels laboured and disjointed, and my overall feeling is one of being distinctly underwhelmed. Did anything happen? Nothing intrinsic to the long term plot. Many ideas were set up, but not delivered, plot devices proposed but then fizzled out, several concepts borrowed from and referenced to other great sci-fi works, but of no consequence. I was s I'm sad - Although this final book in The Long Earth series was supposedly co-written by both authors, Prachett's touch is very definitely missing. It feels laboured and disjointed, and my overall feeling is one of being distinctly underwhelmed. Did anything happen? Nothing intrinsic to the long term plot. Many ideas were set up, but not delivered, plot devices proposed but then fizzled out, several concepts borrowed from and referenced to other great sci-fi works, but of no consequence. I was so eager and excited in June, anticipating it's release. A step too far?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tobias Voß

    Goodbye Josua, Lobsang, Sally, Sancho, Maggie and all the others. it was a fine ride. :-)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eric Allen

    I put off reading this one for a year or so. I'm not really sure why. I enjoy the series, despite it's apparent lack of anything resembling an actual plot. This series is more about exploring ideas, infinite possibilities, and what it means to be human, than it is about telling a story. If you've enjoyed the first four books, this one is pretty much more of the same sort of stuff. I have a very great appreciation for the creativity that goes into these books, and all of the what-ifs and maybes t I put off reading this one for a year or so. I'm not really sure why. I enjoy the series, despite it's apparent lack of anything resembling an actual plot. This series is more about exploring ideas, infinite possibilities, and what it means to be human, than it is about telling a story. If you've enjoyed the first four books, this one is pretty much more of the same sort of stuff. I have a very great appreciation for the creativity that goes into these books, and all of the what-ifs and maybes they bring up about the world, and the people living in it. This series is very different from any I've ever read. It's not often that someone comes up with a relatively original idea, and is able to explore it so deeply as this. This book seemed to have a bit more to say on the subject of life, and its inevitable end, than any of the previous books, and that may be due to the untimely death of co-author Sir Terry Pratchett. All in all, it was a pretty decent ending to the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael Jensen

    I honestly cannot fathom why I kept reading this series. The first book was terrific and I love the concept, but too often the books are disappointing. The Long Cosmos is a perfect example. All set up, meandering plot, and a finale that barely answers any questions and isn't terribly imaginative or inspiring. I've no idea if there will be a sixth book, but I do know I won't be reading it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Too many ideas, disconnected from the people in the story. Too many characters spouting technobabble in the face of the infinite. The few touches that felt like Terry Pratchett were few and far between. The professor always berating his assistant Jocasta was my favorite character, which is a little sad.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nooktastic37

    Disappointing. Missing the humor and charm of the previous books in the series. I kept waiting for something to happen, like being cast away on a megger-earth.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    The multiple alternate earths (The Long Earth) moves out into the universe. The story is ok, more Joshua Valiente (sp - I've only listened to audio, so may have spelling wrong), more trolls, more Next, more Lobsang. It's another vehicle for speculation about other worlds and their flora and fauna. Our heroes are getting old, but still continuing. And it's fine. I love it for the hints of Pratchett that still show up, though again, I think it's mostly Baxter. I love Pratchett enough to be happy wit The multiple alternate earths (The Long Earth) moves out into the universe. The story is ok, more Joshua Valiente (sp - I've only listened to audio, so may have spelling wrong), more trolls, more Next, more Lobsang. It's another vehicle for speculation about other worlds and their flora and fauna. Our heroes are getting old, but still continuing. And it's fine. I love it for the hints of Pratchett that still show up, though again, I think it's mostly Baxter. I love Pratchett enough to be happy with what I can get, since there won't be any more. :( Read for completeness, and love of Pterry.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steph Hayward-bailey

    I wasn't sure I'd enjoy this book as the last 2books of this series struggled to maintain my interest. However this book was on par with the first novel and made me enjoy exploring the long earth again. I think I enjoyed this novel more due to the heavy presence of the trolls and how Joshua is the main narrator as in the 1st novel, with fewer chapters being narrated by others.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Long Cosmos brings the tale of Joshua and Lobsang to another roller coaster ride of exploration and discovery with the discovery of a message that is being sent to every being on The Long Earth from the Sagittarius region of space! :D This set the tone of the book with humans, The Next and Trolls and everyone else on the planet but this of course division in ideas and so the complexity of the situation. which would appear initially to be very simple, turns out to very complicated and this se The Long Cosmos brings the tale of Joshua and Lobsang to another roller coaster ride of exploration and discovery with the discovery of a message that is being sent to every being on The Long Earth from the Sagittarius region of space! :D This set the tone of the book with humans, The Next and Trolls and everyone else on the planet but this of course division in ideas and so the complexity of the situation. which would appear initially to be very simple, turns out to very complicated and this sets the tone for the book with one major discovery after another! :D The sets things going in a another different direction but at the same time it ties things in with events that have happened way back in the previous books with some very unexpected and clever ties ins! :D There is also some serious pop culture references and in jokes through with Monoliths coming up a lot and not to mention the discovery of The Next's invention of replicators which immediately leads to a command of Tea Earl Grey ! Hot! Which along with everything else will really have your ribs hurting! :D It would be easy enough for the characters themselves to be completely caught up in all of this but the book takes the time to cover the characters themselves through various means such as Joshua getting dragged all over (literally) The Long Earth with the trolls and Maggie having to deal with her new command and Lobsang being dragged kicking and screaming out of his virtual world! :D In addition though there are a host of new characters introduced that stand up equal in the limelight from Snacho through to many people across the Long Earth who end us stowing away on the trip to answer the call! :D The eventual trip itself is handled brilliantly but at the same time it opens up even more possibilities even though this is ostensibly the last book in the series possibilities and further books are always possible following the events that take place in it! :D The characters take another leap in in time and personality in this book that gives everything a different but tone to the previous books in the series but the book is still an incredible ride of exploration and adventure with more revelations and incredible galaxy building revelations that will have you losing sleep in order to find out what on earth (and everywhere else! :D ) is happening! :D The book is epic in every sense with each page of the book putting the story on an a scale much like The Long Earth itself and it is the events and characters that the story resolves around but at the same time each of the worlds are described in brilliant detail with environments that are brilliantly worked out but familiar but at the same time very different exploding trees and troll predators come to mind! :D The book deals with issues all over the place which gives the characters plenty of time between the action to debate these things which informs so many of the decisions that they make that gives the book great substance to the subsequent events which play brilliantly with the humour as when they make their great discoveries and the immediately start playing in the sand which makes a potentially pretentious take on things actually resolve into humourous take and will have you rolling with laughter! :D The Long Earth is inventive, clever, fast paced and incredibly witty and funny full of unexpected events and plots that are hard to guess at and fantastic pay-offs and the possibilities of more adventures contrary to the marketing! :D Brilliant and highly recommended! :D

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phil Leader

    The Long Earth sage - and Terry Pratchett's prolific output - come to an end with this fifth volume of the series. From the intelligent beginning I found the series to gradually slip downhill to the extent that The Long Utopia garnered a mere two star review from me. So it was with mixed feelings that I started to read this. However this was very much a suitable and capable ending of the series, providing some answers but allowing enough freedom at the end for the characters to keep living on in The Long Earth sage - and Terry Pratchett's prolific output - come to an end with this fifth volume of the series. From the intelligent beginning I found the series to gradually slip downhill to the extent that The Long Utopia garnered a mere two star review from me. So it was with mixed feelings that I started to read this. However this was very much a suitable and capable ending of the series, providing some answers but allowing enough freedom at the end for the characters to keep living on in the mind of the reader. It is not perfect; I found the start rather drawn out with some of the characters showing up seemingly just to provide a valedictory cameo. Some of the writing joining the plot sections together - obviously done by Baxter following Pratchett's death - feels quite forced as well, but really under the circumstances this is to be expected. This must have been such a hard book for Baxter to complete on his own. However it gets far more right; we get some good new ideas in the Long Earth (the big trees, for example, providing a desperate chase while also being fun and also a neat extension of biological evolution) and even The Next have something to do that justifies their rather 'stuck-on' plot strand that previously wasn't going anywhere. Great characters abound as well; Joshua is front and centre as would be expected but the supporting cast works well. The adventure through the Long Cosmos is humbling and awe-inspiring, although I could have done without the 'search for grandson' excuse for doing it - surely Joshua and Lobsang would have done this anyway simply because it is there? Overall a good ending to the series and even if you lost faith with the series as it went on, I would definitely give it a go.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Maybe 2.5. I don't know. What I do know is that this photo sums it up perfectly. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2017/comm...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gerhard

    Fittingly enough, the spirit of Sir Terry Pratchett seems most present in this final instalment. Here I am thinking of such gems as a Shakespeare replicator that devours a planet to make copies of the Bard's work, and an inspired riff on Sancho the troll as a Librarian... At last, the Long Earth is brought to an elegiac close. Well, more of a pit-stop than outright closure, for the story still has legs... Again, a series of setpieces in lieu of a single narrtive. But strong characters, and a goo Fittingly enough, the spirit of Sir Terry Pratchett seems most present in this final instalment. Here I am thinking of such gems as a Shakespeare replicator that devours a planet to make copies of the Bard's work, and an inspired riff on Sancho the troll as a Librarian... At last, the Long Earth is brought to an elegiac close. Well, more of a pit-stop than outright closure, for the story still has legs... Again, a series of setpieces in lieu of a single narrtive. But strong characters, and a good dose of old-fashioned sense of wonder, keep the pages flipping, like the myriad worlds of The Skein. Science fiction at its most intelligent and humane.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura Ruetz

    This is the final book in the series. While I felt that book 4 (The Long Utopia) lacked some oomph (for lack of a more scientific term) this book brought back the wonder and feel of the first three books. This is a satisfying conclusion to a series that started out strong. For anybody who felt that the 4th book had lost its mojo, rest assured that it is back in the Long Cosmos.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Bittersweet end to 'The Long Earth' series. With the way they wrote the ending of 'The Long Cosmos', Pratchett & Baxter could've had some fun with future stories in their expanded universe, but sadly we'll never know...

  23. 5 out of 5

    D.L. Morrese

    Imaginative. There are multiple references that science fiction fans will understand and appreciate, but the wit, wordplay, and charming characters Pratchett is known and loved for are sadly absent.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I have problems with this book. Objectively speaking it was good, it ended the only way I could see it ending, and it was great, and fantastic, it literally opened up the door to the whole galaxy. Yes, that's all good. However, I don't know, I feel like something is missing here. 'The Long Earth' was absolutely brilliant, and all through the first three books there was this sense of adventure and of the unknown. Even in the fourth book, there were still surprises with the beetles. But here... I I have problems with this book. Objectively speaking it was good, it ended the only way I could see it ending, and it was great, and fantastic, it literally opened up the door to the whole galaxy. Yes, that's all good. However, I don't know, I feel like something is missing here. 'The Long Earth' was absolutely brilliant, and all through the first three books there was this sense of adventure and of the unknown. Even in the fourth book, there were still surprises with the beetles. But here... I have a nagging sensation that Pratchett practically didn't involve himself in this book and we're only reading Baxter trying to deal with a story that was supposed to be done between two people. He manages to find a good closure, and there were some really nice things towards the end. All those jumps and the Traversers, the explanation of how the Long Worlds and the stepping is connected. It was all good, but not great. And part of the problem is that it took too long to start. More than half the book is Joshua complaining about a broken leg. And the Next building something they don't even know how to work. And Nelson going away to be with a long lost grandson. It takes too long for something to start happening and for the dots to start making sense, so I felt it dragged on forever. Maybe that's why I couldn't feel the ending as epic, I was tired. But I'll agree on one thing. It really was the only way to end this. I had been expecting it since 'The Long Mars', so that was very satisfying.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Rosas

    I liked this book, as a series conclusion is good not fantastic but it does give us that conclusion feeling, as a book well let just say that it could have better with fewer chapters about a broken leg. I felt the emotion of the first book but just for a little while they give us a perhaps unnecessary quantum explanation about stepping. The big plot is quickly dissolved in some smaller and sometimes uninteresting plot lines, we get, of course, our class reunion; it went faster than the holidays I liked this book, as a series conclusion is good not fantastic but it does give us that conclusion feeling, as a book well let just say that it could have better with fewer chapters about a broken leg. I felt the emotion of the first book but just for a little while they give us a perhaps unnecessary quantum explanation about stepping. The big plot is quickly dissolved in some smaller and sometimes uninteresting plot lines, we get, of course, our class reunion; it went faster than the holidays from last book but still felt slow at some point. I still believe that the best one in the series was the Long Mars but this one serves it function.

  26. 5 out of 5

    James

    From start to finish this 5 book series of the Long Earth has been a fun, adventurous world to explore with Joshua Valiente, Lobsang, Sally Linsay and many other characters. Parallel Earths just a step away, like a long strand of pearls millions of worlds long with no end, provide the backdrop for these stories. The audiobook narrator Michael Fenton Stevens brings the people to life, making them each distinct and recognizable. I'm very glad Terry Pratchett took this story idea that might not hav From start to finish this 5 book series of the Long Earth has been a fun, adventurous world to explore with Joshua Valiente, Lobsang, Sally Linsay and many other characters. Parallel Earths just a step away, like a long strand of pearls millions of worlds long with no end, provide the backdrop for these stories. The audiobook narrator Michael Fenton Stevens brings the people to life, making them each distinct and recognizable. I'm very glad Terry Pratchett took this story idea that might not have seen the light of day, to fruition with Stephen Baxter. Well worth reading!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Ellwood

    The Long cosmos wraps up a lot of loose ends, but also leaves a few untied up. It's a good ending to the series, but there's enough left hanging that it doesn't answer that it doesn't really feel conclusive, so much as wrapped up as best it can be. That said, good story and enjoyable for the vision of the multiple Earths and the characters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Daisy Madder

    I said when I read TSC that it would be the last Pratchett book I would read, and I realise that wasn't quite true, as I still had this sitting waiting on the shelf. A satisfying and pleasingly optimistic ending to a series which has always tried to find the good in (most) people

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jere

    a nice end to a great (if divisive) series. also the last thing terry pratchett had a hand in writing :'(

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I started this series many years ago, and I finally returned to finish it. When I read the first book, "The Long Earth," I remember wondering where they were going to go with the story, since it seemed like they had come up with an idea with no limits or boundaries or endings. A never-ending Long Earth opened up never-ending possibilities for adventure and characters and danger. So, having now finished the series, I feel sad. The world(s) created by Pratchett and Baxter continue to go on indefin I started this series many years ago, and I finally returned to finish it. When I read the first book, "The Long Earth," I remember wondering where they were going to go with the story, since it seemed like they had come up with an idea with no limits or boundaries or endings. A never-ending Long Earth opened up never-ending possibilities for adventure and characters and danger. So, having now finished the series, I feel sad. The world(s) created by Pratchett and Baxter continue to go on indefinitely, while I am left behind on Datum Earth without a view of the stars.

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