Terry Pratchett ventures into video games, and so does protagonist Johnny Maxwell - 'The Hero with a Thousand Extra Lives!' This latest paperback edition features cover illustration by Mark Beech, the artist behind the covers for Dragons at Crumbling Castle, The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner, Father Christmas's Fake Beard and the most recent editions of The Bromeliad Trilogy and The Carpet People!
The first book in Terry Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell adventure series is an action-packed thrill ride featuring starships, aliens and a video game that answers back. Defeating the ScreeWee was easier when it was all just a game....
"Only You Can Save Mankind was written during the Gulf War - not the one we had in 2003, which was the sequel, but the one more than ten years before. I hope no one intends to make it a trilogy.
Computers were just getting powerful enough to run realistic-looking games. At the same time, people were watching the first 'video war'. Every night the news showed the views form the bomb-sight cameras, in what looked like live action, often presented by the late General 'Storming Norman' Schwartzkopf, who was in charge.
On your computer: games that looked like war. On your TV: a war that looked like a game. If you weren't careful, you could get confused . . .
Oh, and mobile phones weren't that common, at least for kids. If you were away from home you had to use a phone attatched by a wire to the wall. It was terrible.
- Terry Pratchett 2004, updated 2013
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Join Terry Pratchett's unusually smart alley cat and his troupe of tap-dancing, absailing, trap-thwarting rodents as they seek their fortune in Bad Blintz. However, as they tackle the sewers beneath this starving town, aided and abetted by a stupid-looking kid called Keith, our plucky heroes soon discover the dastardly deeds of the local rat catchers, and...
Johnny Maxwell can see dead people! Terry Pratchett's young hero returns in the second book in the Johnny Maxwell series, a lively adventure about dead people. This sprightly new paperback edition features cover illustration by Mark Beech.
The final instalment in Terry Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell adventure trilogy... and this time it's WAR! The town of Blackbury is caught in the Blitz, and thanks to a shopping trolley with special powers, so is our hero Johnny Maxwell! Can Johnny and his pals save the town from annihilation?