The Long Earth **Spoilers**

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The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:51 pm

So you've got the The Long Earth book, read it and want to share with others who have read it.

This is the place to do it so that you don't spoil it for others who haven't read it yet.

If you haven't read it yet - GO NO FURTHER ;)
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Ogg » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:21 am

I keep telling myself it's only a book and one that I know I'll be receiving on my birthday tomorrow. Still, being the veteran downloader that I am I find this sudden conscience a little troubling and yes I downloaded it for free for my kindle. In my defence I own every TP book in both hardcover and paperback but it bothers me I guess.

I enjoyed the first read even though I found myself doing that thinking stuff rather than looking for the laughs. I didn't expect such a serious tone but found it refreshing to experience something new and oh so interesting. I wish I had the time and energy to elaborate although imho this unique plot/premise just begs for numerous sequels. I hope to return after my second read and at least try to make sense :).
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:25 am

Good to see you again, Ogg! :)
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:27 pm

There will be sequels as far as I know. :mrgreen:
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Grijsspook » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:31 pm

Has anyone else read Ring Around the Sun by Clifford D. Simak, originally published in 1953. I think it is currently out of print in book form but it is available for some ereaders.

I couldn't help but notice quite a number of similarities in the underlying concepts of this book and The Long Earth.

Just wondered if anyone else had read both and what they think ?
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 25, 2012 1:52 pm

No, I haven't read that one. Sounds interesting. Welcome to the site, Grijsspook!
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:57 pm

Hi Grijsspook, welcome to the forum I have a couple of Simak's books and that one looks quite good, just read a sample and may download it for my Kindle. :)
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Grijsspook » Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:23 pm

Thanks for the welcome.

Ring Around The Sun is a book I borrowed from the library about 20 or more years ago. The book contained a number ideas that stayed with me. A couple of years back I tried to track it down using the little I could remember. This was limited to the fact that it was a classic science fiction book about parallel earth's and involved a spinning top, light bulbs, razors and economics. Thanks to the wonders of Google and against all the odds I managed to identify it again, track down a second hand copy and then discovered I still liked it.

The storyline in The Long Earth is of course quite different, particularly as it is clearly part of a longer story arc, but I was struck by some of the similarities in concept and felt if people liked the new book they might like the classic as well :D
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Tonyblack » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:07 pm

A link to the Front Row show on BBC Radio 4. An interview with Terry and Stephen Baxter. I don't know how long it will be available or if it will be available overseas. :)
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:20 am

I don't know if anyone else feels like this from reading the book, but I've been imagining that I had a Stepper and given the choice of west or east, I feel almost instinctively drawn to west. It's kind of odd, but I really can't imagine going east except to return. It seems like most of the people in the book feel the same way too. :think:

Anyone else feel this way?
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby pip » Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:25 am

Didn't they say that the chinese instinctively went east.
But oddly i agree . Definitely drawn towards the west :D
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:02 pm

Me too - but that's my inner elf . . . :shifty:
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby pip » Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:18 pm

Something to do with this i assume :D
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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Sjoerd3000 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:08 pm

If I had a stepper I would go west too :P

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Re: The Long Earth **Spoilers**

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:11 pm

:lol: Pip - I was tempted to use that Pratchett quote in your signature as a signature myself. :lol:
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