July 2nd, 2014

book of g-quan

[ Books ] 'The Long Earth' by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

This was a displacement activity. Had to read, for the next bibliogoth meet-up, 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown', by Holly Black. I kept finding something else to do or read instead; this is rather rare as I'm a compulsive reader -it is very unusual that I don't finish a book, but I don't think I'll finish this one.

I was, then, reading 'The Long Earth' to avoid reading 'Coldtown'. And quite a bit of a difference. The characters aren't entirely believable and the two main ones are rather difficult to like, both being astonishingly self-absorbed and conceited, but the world depicted becomes very believable very soon (although a lot of the stuff is never fully explained -but then so also happens in the real world..) and, alas, being easily entertained, I enjoyed all the references to classic science fiction that I seemed to run into all the time, in this book where there is no space travel and the most advanced gadget (not counting AI) is an airship. Even Solaris seems to get an oblique reference. Now I'm beginning the second book in the series and, although as often happens in sequels, the plot feels a little less tight it still is enjoyable and some of the characters are actually better fleshed out. Then I remember I have to read that other book for Bibliogoth and I do try and persevere with it but I find it so tedious...

Then today I saw the news about Pratchett cancelling engagements because of his advancing Alzheimer's.. :(