NORMALLY, WHEN THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO, HE LISTENED TO THE SILENCE.
The Silence was very faint here. Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world. Did people in this polished building understand how noisy it was? The roar of air conditioners and computer fans, the susurration of many voices heard but not decipherable…. This was the office of the transEarth Institute, an arm of the Black Corporation. The faceless office, all plasterboard and chrome, was dominated by a huge logo, a chess piece knight. This wasn’t Joshua’s world. None of it was his world. In fact, when you got right down to it, he didn’t have a world; he had all of them.
ALL OF THE LONG EARTH.
The Long Earth Review
Even a week or so after I read The Long Earth, I still have mixed feelings on it. I knew before I read it, via reading other reviews, that many people were not a fan of the book. That it did not showcase a lot of Terry Pratchett’s signature style seemed to be the biggest complaint. However, and yes, you may point and laugh (or shriek in horror), but I went into reading The Long Earth with no misconceptions because … *cue dramatic music* I’ve only ever read one Terry Pratchett book. So the name isn’t associated with a lot in my head. With that said, the book was okay. Not bad, not great. Just…okay.
In the beginning, I liked it. I liked the author(s) way with simple descriptions and they have an ability to put you immediately into the scene. It was also obviously a very interesting premise, so I could not wait to further explore it.
However, by the midway point, I was struggling to stay interested. None of the characters were particularly relate-able, and there seemed to be a lot of descriptions/story that just did not need to be there. Somehow, they managed to take an interesting premise (alternate dimensions, yay!) and turn it utterly boring (boo!). Then, we hit the climax. “…thats it? THAT’S the big reveal? Serrrrrriously? Well, uh, that’s interesting. I guess. Maybe?” The last few pages were filled with eager reading. Unfortunately, it was because I was eager to get it over with.
My overall feeling is that The Long Earth is NOT a bad book. Its decent. I just can’t find myself ever drudging up the interest to read any more in the series.