The Long Cosmos

The Long Cosmos Creat Terry Pratchett Stephen Baxter is a Kindle Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen which earned him enough money to buy a s

The Long Cosmos Creat Terry Pratchett Stephen Baxter is a Kindle Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.. 2070 71 Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post human society continues to evolve For Joshua Valient , now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers an adventure that turns into a disaster Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls But as Joshua confronts h2070 71 Nearly six decades after Step Day and in the Long Earth, the new Next post human society continues to evolve For Joshua Valient , now in his late sixties, it is time to take one last solo journey into the High Meggers an adventure that turns into a disaster Alone and facing death, his only hope of salvation lies with a group of trolls But as Joshua confronts his mortality, the Long Earth receives a signal from the stars A signal that is picked up by radio astronomers but also in abstract ways by the trolls and by the Great Traversers Its message is simple but ts implications are enormous JOIN US.The super smart Next realise that the Message contains instructions on how to develop an immense artificial intelligence but to build it they have to seek help from throughout the industrious worlds of mankind Bit by bit, byte by byte, they assemble a computer the size of a continent a device that will alter the Long Earth s place within the cosmos and reveal the ultimate, life affirming goal of those who sent the Message Its impact will be felt by and resonate with all mankind and other species, young and old, communities and individuals who inhabit the Long Earths. Good Ebook The Long Cosmos 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.”

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  1. Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

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  1. 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 colla [...]


  2. EDITED NOW I VE ACTUALLY READ IT Thoughts before reading Thank goodness for thating 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 reviewsThe books are difficult to get in to at times and follow so many different characters doing different things with very little [...]


  3. 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, the [...]


  4. 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 of the same, following Joshua and the gang as they age even 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 t [...]


  5. 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. 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. 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 [...]


  8. 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 [...]


  9. No Man s Sky The Book SeriesDescribes 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 gue [...]


  10. Dieses Buch ist wohl der Abschluss des Zyklus um die Lange Erde , einer unendlichen Kette von Parallelwelten der Erde, wobei die Datums Erde unsere reale Welt in der Mitte dieser unendlichen Kette liegt Die Menschen k nnen mit Hilfe einer Wechselbox in einem Schritt in die n chste Parallelwelt wechseln, sie k nnen aber nur wenige Gegenst nde keine Metalle mitnehmen Eine Reise in die hohen Megas Parallelwelten die mehrere Millionen Schritte von der Datum entfernt sind ist daher zeitaufw ndig und [...]


  11. 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.



  12. 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.


  13. 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 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 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 [...]


  14. The multiple alternate earths The Long Earth moves out into the universe.The story is ok, Joshua Valiente sp I ve only listened to audio, so may have spelling wrong , trolls, Next, 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 t [...]


  15. 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 [...]


  16. 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 mi [...]



  17. 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, 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 [...]


  18. This is the final book in the series While I felt that book 4 The Long Utopia lacked some oomph for lack of a 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.


  19. 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.


  20. 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


  21. 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.


  22. 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 fro [...]


  23. 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 s [...]


  24. 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



  25. ltima novela con Pratchett en la portada Me pondr a triste, pero no tiene nada suyo, una vez m s Debo decir, eso s , que la secci n de los rboles monta a es interesante en cuanto a la exploraci n imaginaci n.


  26. Pratchett s last novel, and thus one where extratextual factors confer a certain power beyond that intrinsic to the story There are scattered nods to his other, better known work in here, and a foreword which informs us which section he worked on last fittingly and movingly, one about the grand cycle of life and death One character makes peace with their end and dies even though they really don t need to, which is something that would normally infuriate me hiya, BSG , but under the circumstances [...]


  27. I must admit I felt a bit sad finishing this book Not only because this was the last book in the series, but also because it was the final book co authored by Terry Pratchett I was glad that the final book in the series was finished by Stephen Baxter apparently they both had done a lot of work on it before Pratchetts untimely demise , as the series would have felt a little aimless if it had ended on the last book Here, as I suggested in my review for that one, the story is taken in a cosmic dir [...]


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