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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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Terry Pratchett – Only You Can Save Mankind | Review

Title: Only You Can Save Mankind

Author: Terry Pratchett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 176

Rating: 10/10


Terry Pratchett - Only You Can Save Mankind

Terry Pratchett – Only You Can Save Mankind


The fact that I love this book so much probably does have something to do with the fact that I was about twelve years old, the same age as protagonist Johnny Maxwell, when I first read it. But I think it’s also a testament to Pratchett’s ability as a writer – as funny as his work is, I don’t remember physically laughing out loud at any of his books as much as I did to this one.

I love the Discworld, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have given a few books in the series a 10/10 as well, but I can honestly say that this is one of my two favourite Terry Pratchett books. Some of his other non-Discworld stuff is kind of questionable, but the Johnny Maxwell series was written at the height of his powers, and this is the finest book of the three in my opinion. You should read it.


Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett


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