The Long War

The Long War

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A generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by stepping. 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: London : Doubleday, c2013.
ISBN: 9780857520111
Characteristics: 422 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Baxter, Stephen


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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...

Aug 20, 2016

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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.

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.

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.

Feb 02, 2014

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

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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