The Long War , Close but not quite there

The Long War is the sequel to last summers the Long Earth , both co authored by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter and based on a short story Terry wrote in the 80s.

Basically this book picks up 10 years after where the last one finished and basically follows a few of the characters and some agitation between those who have populated the other earths and the US government as well as a look at the roles and plights of the trolls in it all. 

The ten year gap for me is the first issue. I’ve seen this done in many books and it works but here it seems like too much is left unsaid or unexplained while too much has advanced too quickly in general. The best character from the first book , Lobsang, doesn’t appear until quite late and his absence is felt. Aside from that some of the concepts were frankly just not that well laid out, or interesting , or even worth having in the book.

Sadly the book seemed to lack Pratchetts wit and Baxters science fiction nuance.Sadly two great authors seem to cancel each other out here.

I tried so hard to enjoy it sometimes I did but for me it just dragged a little too often.

I’m still a Pratchett fan and will eagerly await Raising Steam in October but this book disappointed me.

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