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Only You Can Save Mankind

de Terry Pratchett

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Sèrie: Johnny Maxwell (1)

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Twelve-year-old Johnny endures tensions between his parents, watches television coverage of the Gulf War, and plays a computer game called Only You Can Save Mankind, in which he is increasingly drawn into the reality of the alien ScreeWee.
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    The Gates de John Connolly (Litrvixen)
    Litrvixen: Both are about young protagonists encountering something out of this world. The authors humorous writing style remind me of the other.
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    Space Demons de Lian Hearn (Litrvixen)
    Litrvixen: A group of teenagers finds that a game is more real than they thought.
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A good book with classic adventure InTo ThE vIdEo GaMe! ( )
  TheStarTrekkie | Apr 22, 2022 |
1st Read 4/5

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...my mother says they were creations of Satan."
"Yes, but your mother says that about practically everything," said Wobbler
"This is true," said Yo-less gravely "It's her hobby."


Oh i so over invested in this one :lol . I rated it before from my vague memories of reading it as a kid and this time, my inner child still liked it but my outer adult was SOooo into it :) .

Firstly this would make a great film, espeically with all the 80s/90s nostalgia around now. Also while in the 90s all they had were cruise-missiles to make wars look like video games, the rise of drone warfare makes this far more relevant today.

It was johnny himself who had my outer adult really worried though. The story is so horrifying if your into it. Its like johnny was in the hitler youth, then when he finds out about what they do he had to take over for Schindler. He really feels the weight of the responsibility and my outer adult was just like.. 'someone help that poor child!' :lol .

Combined with the Troubling Times, the fever, his outbursts in school and kirstys, the small details like his meals/clothes etc. The stuff with BigMac too, THAT hit my outer adult aswell, probably more than my inner child. Plus some minor stuff about race and gender, there are just so many more layers.

There where some small quibbles, i think the first aside with the Scree-Wee should have been moved, we shouldn't have seen them up close before Johnnny does and there were a couple of bits that were a little heavy handed, mostly about the war.

However i still enjoyed this WAY more than i did as a child, and possibly given most reviews i've seen more than i should have :D .
Now for the love of god will someone please get that poor kid a decent meal! ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
Johnny has Character

So few people seem to stnd by what they believe to be right these days. It's nice to read a tale where the protagonist does. ( )
  SteveCampsOut | Oct 25, 2021 |
Young Johnny Maxwell is happily shooting alien hoards in his new video game when suddenly the screen flashes a message saying the aliens surrender and are begging him to stop slaughtering them.

I was a little confused as to what Pratchett was getting at here when it dawned on me that it was written around the time of the Gulf War, when the nightly news was full of images of missile lighting up the night sky like a video game. Having a game become a horrifying war actually works pretty well as a way of exploring desensitization to violence.

Fans of Good Omens will pick up more than a whiff of The Them in Johnny and his friends, which is no bad thing. I especially liked Kirsty, who is smart and talented and has the emotional intelligence of a box of rocks; it's surprisingly refreshing to read a female character who *isn't* the empathetic one. ( )
  amanda4242 | Apr 5, 2020 |
Great idea for a book. Started out awesome but kind of fell flat at the end. Very cool idea, I wish he went somewhere interesting with it. ( )
  aliciadana | Jun 16, 2017 |
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Pratchett, Terryautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Jones, Aled P.Traductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mitchley, RichardNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Scutt, DavidAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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The Mighty ScreeWee™ Empire™ is poised to attack Earth!Our battleships have been destroyed in a sneak raid!Nothing can stand between Earth and the terrible vengeance of the ScreeWee™!But there is one starship left... and out of the mists of time comes one warrior, one fighter who is the last Hope of Civilisation!YOU!YOU are the Savior of Civilisation. You are all that stands between your world and Certain Oblivion. You are the Last Hope.Only You Can Save Mankind!™Action-Packed with New Features! Just like the Real Thing! Full-Color Sound and Slam-Vector™ Graphics!Suitable for IBM PC, Atari, Amiga, Pineapple, Amstrad, Nintendo. Actual games shots taken from a version you haven't bought.Copyright 1992 Gobi Software, 17834 W., Agharta Drive, Shambala, Tibet. All Rights Reserved. All company names and product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies.The names ScreeWee, Empire and Mankind are trademarks of Gobi Software 1992.
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Johnny bit his lip, and concentrated.
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You never said to your parents, "Hey I need a computer so that way I can play Megasteroids." No, you said, "I really need a computer because of school". It's educational.
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