For the record, I love Pratchett's work, and the three books I read by [a:Stephen Baxter|20295|Stephen Baxter|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1223817214p2/20295.jpg] I enjoyed. I was thrilled they were working together. It should be noted, however, that I am a reader, not a fan as Pratchett would say.If you have never read [a:Stephen Baxter|20295|Stephen Baxter|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1223817214p2/20295.jpg] or [a:Terry Pratchett|1654|Terry Pratchett|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1235562205p2/1654.jpg] before do not start with the series let alone this book. Start elsewhere. Do.This book, the second in a series (most likely of three) raises some very interesting topics and questions. It would make for a good philosphey and moralstic debate. The world building is nice.And it is a morals and world building novel looking for a plot because there is not one. Sorry, no plot, maybe a wink of one. Have to call it as I see it. No plot. At least the first book in the series had some humor going for it. No humor in this one. Some very boring characters who talk too much. Some more interesting characters who don't do enough (and in one case disapper for about half the book), and some interesting characters who sing, but who knows what they thing. Something happened the end, but honestly at that point I didn't care because THERE WASN'T A PLOT.