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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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Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman – Good Omens | Review

Title: Good Omens

Author: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 384

Rating: 7/10


Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens

Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – Good Omens


It’s always seemed unnatural to me for two authors to work on the same book – writing is such a solitary activity, that the mind boggles at how they actually managed to do it. But that only applies to lesser mortals, and I can see how Pratchett and Gaiman might be able to come up with something – they’re on the same wavelength, they have the same sense of humour, and they’re both absolute badasses.

The premise behind Good Omens is that the world is prophesised to end next Saturday, just after tea, and it’s a sort of sinister tour de force in dark humour. It’s amazing how the two men can make you laugh so much when everything that you know and love is about to come to an end!

Still, if I’m totally honest, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I’d typically enjoy either a Pratchett or a Gaiman novel, and I can’t quite put my finger on why that is. It’s not that it isn’t a great book, because it made me laugh a lot and the story line was decent enough – I just didn’t particularly look forward to picking it back up again every time I had a break from it.


Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett


But even with that said, I do think that if you’re a fan of either writer than it’s definitely worth taking a look at, and if you’re a fan of both of them then it’s surely essential, and you’re a fool if you’re yet to read it. For me, it was the sort of book that I’d only read once, but it was pleasant enough.

I don’t have much else to say about it, so I’m going to leave you with some of the reviews from the back – my personal favourite is the one from The Times, which simply reads, “Not quite as sinister as the authors’ photo.” Time Out described it as “wickedly funny”, and Fear said, “Hilarious Pratchett magic tempered by Neil Gaiman’s dark steely style; who could ask for a better combination?”

Now we’re going all meta, because my review is quoting reviews. I’d better go and read something else – I’ll catch you later.


Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman


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