Only You Can Save Mankind

Only You Can Save Mankind IF NOT YOU WHO ELSE As the mighty alien fleet from the latest computer game thunders across the screen Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces And they send him a message We surre

  • Title: Only You Can Save Mankind
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 9780552551038
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Paperback
  • IF NOT YOU, WHO ELSE As the mighty alien fleet from the latest computer game thunders across the screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces And they send him a message We surrender They re not supposed to do that They re supposed to die And computer joysticks don t have Don t Fire buttons .But it s only a game, isn t it Isn t it The firsIF NOT YOU, WHO ELSE As the mighty alien fleet from the latest computer game thunders across the screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces And they send him a message We surrender They re not supposed to do that They re supposed to die And computer joysticks don t have Don t Fire buttons .But it s only a game, isn t it Isn t it The first book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy.

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    1. Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

    2. So this is Terry Pratchett outside of Discworld.It was ok, but I think it was a short story stretched into a book. The big theme of war being real and not a game was a bit preachy, but maybe that's because it's aimed at the YA audience.Then the author touches on universal problems faced by kids everywhere: parents on the verge of a break up, trying to fit in with the other kids, surviving in the inner city, etc. But since these are not the main story, he never goes anywhere with them.I wasn't en [...]

    3. Better with age.Older ReviewConsidering the popularity of first person shooters, this book is still very timely. It's Pratchett, it's funny and delivers a message. Kristi is the protype of Hermonie. Enjoyable.A really good what if type of a story, especially if you ever played Space Invaders. There are a couple questions concerning the aliens and the game that Pratchett doesn't answer.

    4. Another great story by Pratchett. He must wake up every morning and think, "What should I make fun of today?" And then he proceeds with mockery while sneaking in valuable social insights. This book is shorter than most of his other books, but it made for great audiobook listening on a four-hour road trip.

    5. From School Library JournalJohnny Maxwell, 12, thinks he's a loser. People don't seem to notice him, his parents are threatening to split up, and he's not very good at the shoot-up-the-bad-guys computer games that he and his friends are always playing. But after his hacker buddy, Wobbler, gives him an illegal copy of Only You Can Save Mankind, strange things happen. The captain of the alien fleet that Johnny is supposed to shoot up surrenders to him–unheard of in a computer game–and soon aft [...]

    6. This book was how Terry Pratchett dealt with the first gulf war, I think. I wish I had read it when I was a kid and images of that war were broadcast over my TV screen, interrupting my favorite television shows and occupying the conversation of adults. The main character in the book, Johnny, cared a bit more than I did, but felt basically the same-- these images carried no meaning, as bland and removed from life as an old, out of date video game. There's one hugely funny bit where Johnny defines [...]

    7. I'd never read this series before, but I picked up the second and third at library sales a few years back, and in preparing for a month of reading, I came across them on the shelves and thought it was time. The Johnny Maxwell series is solid middle-grade SF with a touch of typically Pratchett-esque humor. In this book, Johnny is playing a video game that involves slaughtering invading aliens when his screen displays the message that the aliens want to surrender. They're tired of dying (when a pl [...]

    8. I picked up this book to read something short and light in between another books. Oh, and because it’s Terry Pratchett.I was surprised by this book. It’s definitely short but not as light as I was expecting. Even the title of the book is not how it seems. You don’t need to save mankind from aliens. You need to save mankind from…well, mankind. Only You Can Save Mankind is about war and Johnny Maxwell coping with it. It’s about the difference between reality and a dream. Or, to be more p [...]

    9. While Pratchett's main productions are Fantasy he occasionally tinkered in the scifi genre. This is the first part of a trilogy , based around a weird kid called Johnny Maxwell.The book is fun and quite cheeky and still has the common Pratchett approach of turning things on their head to make you see things differently. In this case he completely reverses the basic concepts of an Alien shooter computer game, starting with the premise that the Aliens don't want to die and decide to surrender and [...]

    10. Okay, I give this book a 3rt of. I like Sir Terry's writing. He's sharp and can generally make a sharp quip with a dull point. This book isn't quite so good.Oh, there are some laughs and the plot while not totally new (that the "world inside games is real in it's own way") is a good one. It opens with a cute idea. The young man playing a new computer game is busy fighting his way through the "enemy alien fleet", he's made it to the huge mother-shipd they surrender. He gets text on his computer f [...]

    11. A really interesting concept! This is for younger readers but I can see the classic Pratchett humour and deeper meaning. This book manages to make some thoughtful points about war while being a light-hearted story about video game aliens. It was a fun and easy read and Terry successfully used his typical style to create a children's book that's pretty original. I really enjoyed reading it! The message actually made me pretty emotional, some lovely quotes in there.

    12. I'm giving this an even 3 stars. Highly enjoyable; reminds me of an 80's movie called The Last Straighter. I think this would have been brilliant even more fleshed out. We meet Johnny and his friends Yo-less, Big Mac, and Wobbler. Johnny makes a new friend Kirsty along the way.What happens when you play video games? What happens when you defeat enemies? What happens if they want to surrender?Johnny Maxwell finds out. Games are hard; life is harder in Trying Times.

    13. A surprising book that left me with a tremendous sense of appreciation for Pratchett's ability to inject seemingly silly or small stories with heart and message. Appropriate reading for teens and adults, like most of Pratchett's work, I'd heartily recommend this quick read to anyone.The book does an effective job of portraying the early 90s computer gamers. I was especially taken by the nostalgia of it all as I myself was roughly Johnny's age during that first Iraq war and often in front of a co [...]

    14. (Genre:Children's fiction) Low 3 stars. While this is definitely not Pratchett's strongest offering, it did make for an enjoyable read with some astute observations about the human race. Not earth shattering, but it was entertaining and I will probably read the next one in the series.12 year old Johnny Maxwell is surrounded by conflict. Everyday on the news, they show pictures from the Gulf War(the first one), with bombs dropping on homes and buildings and interviews with top government and mili [...]

    15. You cannot go wrong with Terry Pratchett. "Only You Can Save Mankind" is a very simple book, a book for teenagers that can be enjoyed by everyone, with his trademark sharp and witty comments about humanity and society.Johnny is playing the video game 'Only You Can Save Mankind'. But the aliens in the game do not seem to want to fight. They have just surrendered! Why? How can random bits of 1 and 0's do not want to do their job? What will Johnny do? Keep shooting or trying to help the aliens to g [...]

    16. Even though this is a children's book it was still enjoyable to read and this is probably because its still a terry Pratchett novel. The book follows the character Johnny who instead of killing the aliens in his computer game accepts their surrender. He's joined by his friends and gets help in game by sigourney a kick ass girl. Lots of fun Pratchett style follows. This would be perfect for your younger children as well.

    17. Wasn't sure if I would enjoy this but I really did.Kind of dated in a way but I remember those sorts of computer games.Liked the character of Johnny.Classic Terry Pratchett humour, lots of funny bits and very cleverly written.Looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

    18. Also posted on my blog Got My Book.A fun little MG Paranormal SF that may require some explanation of historyOK DETAILS:Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett, read by Richard Mitchley, published by Random House Audio (2011) / Length: 4 hrs 11 min (this is the Unabridged version)SERIES INFO:This is Book #1 of the "Johnny Maxwell" trilogy. All of them are available on audioMMARY:Like most Pratchett book, this one is a pleasure to read for people who love interesting characters.Note: It tak [...]

    19. Who else indeed? And that's really the question, isn't it? The old saw says that one person can make a difference, but no one ever thinks that it's them so no one does anything. And no difference is ever made. That's what the question on the cover of the book points out, if not you, then who else will?In this case, Johnny is that one person, one out of thousands, but the only one who listens and takes on the responsibility of trying to do something. He has no power in the "real" world; his paren [...]

    20. If not you, who else?Many people who are worried about female role models love Terry Pratchett because he has a LOT of realistic female characters of varying ages and sizes. While I fiercely love his women, I think his male character are underrated as role-models, especially the hero of my childhood Johnny Maxwell, who is thoughtful, empathic and generally favours non-confrontative and clever approaches to his otherworldly problems. In a world in which even well-read and scientifically oriented [...]

    21. Rating-ul ar fi 2.5.Cartea ar fi în esență legată de Războiul din Golf, despre care eu nu știu nimic. Mai departe, ne spune cum ar trebui să luăm războaiele în serios, căci ele nu sunt doar niște jocuri sau imagini pe ecranul televizorului. Și poate că nu se limitează la războaieMi s-a părut destul de greu de citit, deși a avut umorul specific lui Terry Pratchett. Personajul principal este Johnny Maxwell, un copil de 12 ani care joacă un joc video numit Doar Tu Poți Salva Ome [...]

    22. At times a young adult book can fall into the trap of dumbing down the content, adding a love triangle (though that is usually more common in teen books) or talking down to its audience. Luckily the only real difference between an "adult" and "YA" novel is it has chapters and sometimes a younger protagonist. The basis premis of the book, the aliens you're supposed to fight in a computer game surrender and ask you to save them, is interesting and a good one. The undertones are utterly brilliant. [...]

    23. Jednodenní četba a zároveň velké nadšení. Od Pratchetta jsem četl úplně všechno. Včetně různých kuchařek a vystřihovánek. Tak mě překvapuje, že si nepamatuju příběh této knihy. Ale kdo ví, má paměť je v tomto velmi podivná Každopádně super. Humor, sci-fi, dobrodružství, odkazy na všechno možné a zároveň několik velmi těžkých témat od války po rodinné problémy. A to vše podané velmi lehce a jakoby mimochodem. Ani jsem to od této malinké knížky [...]

    24. Pratchett's tinkering in the SciFi genre has created another brilliant read. 'Only You Can Save Mankind' is the first part the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, based around a 12 year old boy called Johnny Maxwell. Only You Can Save Mankind is based around a computer game where the aliens no longer wish to be shot and surrender to Johnny, claiming their rights written in the Geneva convention.The book is a fun, cheeky and overall entertaining read and Pratchett once again has been able to write in a style [...]

    25. "Sólo tú puedes salvar a la humanidad" es esa novela que recomendaría a los niños y adolescentes que aborrecen la lectura por los libros que les obligan a leer en el colegio. Es una historia adictiva, ligera, llena del humor mordaz característico de Terry que, además, conecta muy bien con la subcultura jugona. Hace reflexionar, además, sobre temas como el sexismo, la marginación social y la autoestima. Me encanta cómo hace que un videojuego rompa la cuarta barrera e invite al héroe a p [...]

    26. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, the way Terry Pratchett packaged a whole bunch of issues in one smart subtle brouhaha that ends wonderfully. It's like getting a talking to in a way that you'd actually enjoy and ask for with characters that are terribly human. I read this at work and spent three hours glued to the story, only lifting my head to refresh outlook (just in case I do get an assignment. One must read with a clear conscious). I'm pretty sure it isn't everyone's cup of tea, and is proba [...]

    27. One could wish that a lot of "gamers" would read this and take it to heart. While the story is told in a humorous manner, it nonetheless makes the reader think "what if" What if the game were real? What if the "aliens" were really people and they really died and stayed dead when you shoot them?Johnny Maxwell finds himself confronted with this very situation, and has to figure a way out of it. Without any spoilers, and much to his (and Pratchett's) credit, he does in the end. But in order to do s [...]

    28. A bit dated, but so is anything written nowadays that includes computers. The issues are not so dated. Johnny's parents are breaking up, there is war going on far away, there is poverty and racism. Johnny just wants to do the right thing in a complicated world. The major theme of the book is how we treat war like a game when we shouldn't because it involves real people's lives. On the other hand having rules for war keeps us from being the worst that we can be. We are complicated like that. John [...]

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