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War has come to the Long Earth....

Humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by stepping, which Joshua and Lobsang explored a mere decade ago. Now "civilization" flourishes, and fleets of airships link the multiple Earths through exploration, trade, and culture.

Humankind is shaping the Long Earth, but in turn the Long Earth is shaping humankind. A new America that has christened itself "Valhalla" has emerged more than a million steps from the original Datum Earth. And like the American revolutionaries of old, the Valhallans resent being controlled from afar by the Datum government.

In the intervening years, the song of the trolls—graceful, hive-mind humanoids—has suffused the Long Earth. But in the face of humankind's inexorable advance, they are beginning to fall silent . . . and gradually disappear.

Joshua, now married and a father, is summoned by Lobsang. It seems that he alone can confront the perfect storm of crises that threatens to plunge all of the Long Earth into war.

A war unlike any that has been waged before...

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The Long War
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3.8 / 5
January 23rd, 2014
A decent read. Strangely addictive. I think now that you mostly know the characters it reads a lot better than the first. I still love the idea of the "Long Earth," and that's what really makes it a pleasure to read.
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The Long War
November 19th, 2013
Original sci fi concept. Too sparse on origins of discovery & vague references to understory plots.
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Doesn't really go anywhere
October 22nd, 2013
Despite the disappointment of the first book, I decided to give the series a second try. I won't be giving the series a third try. You can't find Sir Pratchett's wit anywhere in the book, and as for the plot...well, there isn't one.
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Strange concept but good
October 3rd, 2013
Seeing the effect of how infinite space would change our society as well as great fun
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Pretty rough
August 28th, 2013
This sequel felt rougher than the first, less Pratchett-y, and less engaging. They've taken an interesting idea and seem to be spinning it out into a patchy and frustratingly loosely connected series. I'll probably read the inevitable third book, because they're still enjoyable and an easy read, but I'm not in any hurry for it to come out. Not particularly recommended, and in retrospect, even less likely to recommend anyone pick up the first book.
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