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Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The Long Earth | Review

Title: The Long Earth

Author: Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 432

Rating 5/5



Wow, this was something else. I’d actually been putting it off for a while because historically, I haven’t found Pratchett to be at his best when writing with other people. For example, I hold the unpopular opinion that Good Omens is one of his worst, although that might be because I find Neil Gaiman to be pretty hit and miss to begin with.

Here, though, I shouldn’t have worried, because I thought that both the concept behind the story and the overall execution were fantastic. I particularly liked the way that the authors had thought everything through to its logical conclusion, which I’ll be talking about at length in my YouTube review. It was quite frankly insane, and I loved how much of it was based on science and the concepts that are pretty cutting edge today.

I think one of the things that put me off about this book was the blurb, which didn’t really sell it to me. I’ll try to give a summary of my own instead. Imagine that there are millions upon millions of versions of the earth that are each accessible like going from one card to another in an infinite deck of cards. Each of the worlds is uncolonised, but you have to step from one to another in order and so the further away you go from base earth, the longer it takes to get back.



Once a device is created which allows people to hop between the different earths, we experience a new type of frontierism in which anyone can expand into any world. The only limitation is that you can’t carry iron across, and most people can’t hop worlds quickly without having a cooling off period in between as they vomit and readjust. This leads to seem interesting developments including groups of pioneers who aim to travel hundreds of thousands of earths away.

This is one of two books that I was reading at the same time where they had the potential to be in my top ten books of the year, and this one is in the running for my overall favourite. I’m also looking forward to cracking on with the rest of the series, and I suspect I’ll be moving on to the rest of the series soon enough. It was just a genuine pleasure to read and I liked the way that the story simultaneously ended and set itself up for a sequel. Excellent.



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Ian Fleming – Diamonds Are Forever | Review

Title: Diamonds Are Forever

Author: Ian Fleming

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 298

Rating: 8/10


Ian Fleming - Diamonds Are Forever

Ian Fleming – Diamonds Are Forever


Bond is back, baby! As you might have been able to guess from the title of this novel, which shares its name with one of the films in the franchise, this book is another one of Fleming’s James Bond adventures.

Here, Bond is dealing in diamonds by trying to infiltrate an American gang to find out where they’re getting their diamonds from. Something sketchy is going on, and Bond is tasked with finding out exactly what, by any means necessary.

Along the way, Bond finds himself smuggling diamonds internationally, making friends with a beautiful woman (the obligatory Bond girl) and indulging in plenty of gambling, from cards and roulette to horse racing. See, you pretty much know what you’re going to get when you pick up a Bond novel, and this one doesn’t disappoint you.


Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming


In fact, I’ve often found the Bond novels to be a little drawn-out, and they’re not always as action-packed as you might hope for. Here though, Fleming never takes his foot off the accelerator, and we have the added benefit of getting to see a number of different locations. Fleming has always had a gift for evoking a sense of time and place in his work, and so it’s a pleasure to see it in action.

Overall then, this is a decent little novel, and it’s easy to speed through it from the start to finish. It might not necessarily be the best Bond novel on the market, but it’s a great little read for what it is. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll have the theme song to the movie stuck in your head every time you pick it up.


Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming


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