Tag: Cause And Effect

Terry Pratchett – Johnny and the Bomb | Review

Title: Johnny and the Bomb

Author: Terry Pratchett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 208

Rating: 9/10


Terry Pratchett - Johnny and the Bomb

Terry Pratchett – Johnny and the Bomb


I’ve always been a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Johnny Maxwell series – they were written and published during what I’d consider to be his golden years, and what’s interesting about the Johnny Maxwell books is that they’re set in our reality.

In this book, Johnny and his friends take a trip back in time after finding a magic, time-travelling trolley that belongs to the local bag lady. That allows Pratchett to experiment with genre, by writing a sort of realistic fantasy, which has some grounding in historical fact – it takes you back to the Second World War, albeit in the fictional town of Blackbury.

It’s a lot of fun, because Pratchett plays around with cause and effect, and shows us his own bastardised version of the butterfly effect. He also talks about the trousers of time, a concept which I think he also used in the Discworld. And the crazy bag lady said “Millenium hand and shrimp”, which might sound familiar.

Overall, I have a lot of love for the Johnny Maxwell series, and this was probably my second favourite so far. So read it!


Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett


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Isaac Asimov – The End of Eternity | Review

Title: The End of Eternity

Author: Isaac Asimov

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 189

Rating: 9/10


Isaac Asimov - The End of Eternity

Isaac Asimov – The End of Eternity


Wow – I can’t even begin to explain how many twists and turns there are in this book, but it’s fascinating because it keeps you interested right up until the end, and some similar novels can leave you too muddled and confused to continue. Put simply, The End of Eternity is an epic love story set in the future, in which an exclusive organisation travels forwards and backwards through time to alter time’s cause-and-effect relationship.

Technician Andrew Harlan is used to calculating the MNC, the minimum necessary change – it could be that the loss of a dozen lives now will prevent all-out war in the future. But what happens when you fall in love, and you have to choose between what’s best for your lover and what’s best for the rest of humanity? That’s what Asimov explores, with an ability to think things through that’s rarely matched.

You see, I’ve made it sound complicated, and it is – nevertheless, Asimov’s smooth writing makes it a breeze to read.


Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov


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