Josephine’s #CBR5 Review #58 :The Long War (The Long Earth #2) by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter

Ladies and Gentlemen and those of you not wishing to pick a side, may I kindly present Goodreads- “A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth – but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind… A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth – and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government…

Meanwhile the Long Earth is suffused by the song of the trolls, graceful hive-mind humanoids. But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation… Joshua, now a married man, is summoned by Lobsang to deal with a gathering multiple crisis that threatens to plunge the Long Earth into a war unlike any mankind has waged before.”

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Ok, so I enjoyed this, not as much as the first book, but I did in a French film kind of way. There is no war, and not a lot happens considering quite a lot happens if you um…know what I mean.. it is all about the nature of self verses society and idiology and politics and dogs verses cats. Put them in a coffee shop instead of a dimension crossing airship, bung in some cigarettes and berets and….well you get the idea.

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