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Mrs Tachyon is just a nutty old bag lady, isn't she? No. Somehow, with her bunch of dubious black bags, she holds the key to different times, different eras - including the Blitz in 1941. Suddenly now isn't the safe place Johnny thought it was as he finds himself bound up more and more with then...Another highly entertainig tale from the master of comic fantasy, Terry PratMrs Tachyon is just a nutty old bag lady, isn't she? No. Somehow, with her bunch of dubious black bags, she holds the key to different times, different eras - including the Blitz in 1941. Suddenly now isn't the safe place Johnny thought it was as he finds himself bound up more and more with then...Another highly entertainig tale from the master of comic fantasy, Terry Pratchett, author of the bestselling Bromeliad trilogy and the hugely successful Discworld® series....

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Johnny and the Bomb Reviews

  • Melissa McShane
    2018-12-09 03:50

    This third volume in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy is the most ambitious, tackling the subject of time travel in a funny and at the same time thoughtful way. Johnny and his friends find the bag lady Mrs. Tachyon apparently mugged on the street, and in getting her medical care are stuck with her shopping cart full of squishy, disturbingly motile garbage bags. The thing is, her bags are apparently stuffed with Time, and in messing with them, Johnny and Kirsty (who keeps changing her name) and then the others are transported in time. (Mrs. Tachyon, right?)There's some humorous comings and goings for a bit, but the main story focuses on something Johnny's been studying for a school project, the WWII bombing of a street in their town. Because the air raid siren failed to go off, nineteen people were killed. When their time travel takes them back to the day of the raid, Johnny wonders if there isn't some way to stop that happening.The actual mechanics of time travel are more played for laughs than actually thought out, though they hold together fairly well, and Pratchett only "cheats" (in the sense of deviating from the rules he's created) once. That once is really only credible because you want it to succeed, not because it makes a lot of sense. But the resolution of the plot is extremely satisfying, the more so because Johnny's friends Bigmac, Wobbler, and Yo-less are as involved as Johnny is.Here in particular we see elements of Pratchett's Discworld novels, in particular the Trousers of Time concept and Mrs. Tachyon's repetition of the phrase "millennium hand and shrimp." I took this to be a cute nod to adult readers who'd be familiar with Sam Vimes and Foul Ole Ron and was amused by it. I also liked that Pratchett was willing to alter history, and that Johnny's attitude was that we alter the future all the time by the actions we take. His messing around in the continuum left the future a better place, changing a lot of lives, including one Johnny never thought was in question.I'm not sure I'll come back to this series the way I do several of the Discworld novels, but I enjoyed this very much and intend to pass it along to my children.

  • Dane Cobain
    2018-12-11 04:44

    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!

  • Alex Baugh
    2018-11-14 03:03

    Today I am revisiting my very first blogs posts here and on my other blog Randomly Reading. It isn't because I haven't been reading, I have actually read lots of blogable books lately. I just thought it would be fun to see this again. And I still love it as much now as I did on all subsequent readings of it.So here's what I wrote on June 11, 2010:Life isn’t terribly exciting in Blackbury, England in 1996 until 21 May 1941, the night of the Blackberry Blitz and the destruction of Paradise Street, where 19 residents are killed. It all begins when 13 year old Johnny Maxwell and his friends find the local bag lady, Mrs. Tachyon, lying in an alley near her overturned shopping cart and her black plastic bags strewn about, blown from the past to the present by an unexploded bomb or UXB. Johnny does the right thing and calls an ambulance to take her to the hospital. And because he is a good kid, he takes her shopping cart, her bags and her demon cat Guilty home to store in his garage until Mrs. Tachyon can reclaim them. This incident begins Johnny’s foray in time travel, accompanied by his friends Yo-less, Bigmac, Wobbler and Kristy. As Mrs. Tachyon explains to Johnny when he visits her in the hospital “Them’s bags of time, mister man. Mind me bike! Where your mind goes, the rest of you’s bound to follow. Here today and gone tomorrow! Doing it’s the trick! eh?” (page 49) And because Johnny’s mind has been on his school project about the Blackbury Blitz that is exactly where Mrs. Tachyon’s bags of time take him and his friends.Travelling back in time, Johnny is not only faced with the dilemma of knowing what the result of the Blackury Blitz will be, but also with the possibility of changing its grim outcome. It is a classic fork in the road dilemma given a new twist, or as the mysterious Sir John, burger magnet and richest man in the world, presents it to his chauffeur in 1996 “Did you know that when you change time, you get two futures heading off side by side?...Like a pair of trousers.” (page 55-56)In 1941, Bigmac, a skinhead who finds cars with keys in the ignition irresistible, is arrested for stealing one and then accused of being a German spy. He manages to get away from the police by stealing one of their bicycles. Thanks to Bigmac, the group is forced to return to 1996 to escape. Unfortunately, when they get there, they discover that they have left Wobbler behind. Do they go back and return Wobbler to the present time? What leg of the trousers does history follow if they leave him in 1941? What leg of the trousers does history follow is they go back for Wobbler? And who is the mysterious Sir John and what does he have to do with everything?Johnny and the Bomb presents a number of interesting conundrums for the reader. Every fan of time travel stories knows the cardinal rule that if you manage to find a way to time travel, you must not change anything or you change the future. But doesn’t the very fact of your presence in a time you have traveled to constitute a change? So, can you change something and still have the same future result – more or less?Johnny and the Bomb was a well done, thoroughly enjoyable novel. It is the third book in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy. The first two books are Only You Can Save Mankind (1992) and Johnny and the Dead. It was made into a movie by BBC in 2006 in the UK, but can be viewed in 10 minute increments on YouTube. Though a little different from the book, I still found it to be entertaining. Mrs. Tachyon was played by Zoë Wanamaker, who, as fans of the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will remember, was Madame Hooch, the flying instructor (among her other numerous excellent roles.)Speaking of the time traveling Mrs. Tachyon, there is an interesting concept in Physics called a tachyon. Essentially, a tachyon is an imaginary particle of ordinary matter that can travel faster than the speed of light, which means it can travel back in time.It seemed appropriate to begin this blog about World War II-themed books for young readers with a time travel novel, even if the focus is not directly about the war. Historical fiction is, after all, similar to Mrs. Tachyon’s bags of time, and the novels become a portal that can transport and return me to the time period under consideration.This book is recommended for readers age 9+This book was purchased for my personal library

  • colleen the convivial curmudgeon
    2018-11-28 04:09

    2.5Pratchett has covered a lot of ground in this trilogy: aliens and war, ghosts and our connections to our past, and time-travel and, um, war again.Perhaps it's because, as I said in my review for Johnny and the Dead. I would pick ghosts over aliens - or time-travel - or perhaps that story just resonated more for me for some other reason, but it as definitely my favorite of the lot. I think this one would come in second.It didn't quite have the same level of humor or pathos has the second book, but a bit more than the first.But, aside from all that, I think my biggest issue with this book was the introduction of Kirsty. For one thing, it never really says where she came from. She's not in the previous books, not even in passing - at least not as far as I recall - but, in this one, she seems closer to Johnny than any of his other friends who were in the last two books.Speaking of which, I didn't feel like they were as present in this story. They were certainly relevant at times, but they felt more developed in the last book.Anyway - Kirsty. Kirsty is a very dominant presence, to the point where she sort of overshadows Johnny, who is rather passive. Next to Kirsty, Johnny seems even more passive than in the previous books.More to the point, though, she just never really clicked with me. She felt forced. I think she was meant to be - and she was, at times, especially when they went back in the past and she had to deal the casual sexism of the time, and also when, in conflict with Yo-less, she drops her own bit of casual racism and he has to drive the point home that she's just as bad with him and the other guys are with her... and we all learned a valuable lesson.(And I say that only half in jest, because it is a valuable lesson, but just felt a bit heavy-handed for Pratchett, who's usually better at digging the knife in a bit more subtley. Or, at least, amusingly.)Anyway - It was a decent read and I liked it well enough. It had it's moments - some really funny lines, some nice moments, some cool head-warping time-travel paradoxy things - but, overall, not my favorite of his works.ETA: I think that if I'd read this earlier, closer to its original publication date, or when I was younger, I would've been a bit more impressed with the head-bending stuff. As it is, it's something I've encountered enough times to be fairly familiar with it but, at the time of the writing, it was probably a bit fresher.

  • Nikki
    2018-12-03 01:07

    It's Terry Pratchett's doing, so of course it's fun. It plays around with the idea of time travel in a way that doesn't break my brain too much, which I can accept easily enough to drag me along for the ride. I'm told it's not the first book in the series, though, and it shows: I would probably have cared more if, well, I'd already cared.I'm not really sure what to say about it. I was quite excited to get a Terry Pratchett book on my course, but now I've got it, I don't think I'm going to write about it. It's clever and sometimes funny, and there's hints at engaging with deeper issues, but most of the time I was a little bored -- probably due to the target audience being quite a bit younger than I am! -- and just reading it because I had to. Which is a bit of a shame because I normally love Terry Pratchett.

  • Lolliepop
    2018-11-24 22:57

    Like it!Best quote:"When all else failed, she tried being reasonable.”

  • B.Barron
    2018-11-10 22:00

    Beware the trousers of time.

  • Trish
    2018-11-12 05:06

    I have given this the highest rating out of the trilogy as it was fleshed out more. The story, again, follows Johnny and his friends. The mini-history lesson is done well and explained in terms where children can understand and follow. I enjoyed all of the friends but Kirsty. Her "intelligence" just has her appear snobbish. Also, she doesn't seem to learn anything to grow. I especially enjoyed when Yo-less put her in her place. Granted, they are children, but she was very unlikable. On top of that Johnny's friends seem to be a bit mean towards him. We discover more about Miss Tachyon and I was glad about that. A very well told story that shows the importance of history and never forgetting.

  • Paul Wardman
    2018-11-19 02:45

    The third and final Johnny Maxwell book although I wasn't aware until after I'd got part way through. Luckily the books read as stand alones featuring recurring characters and the only thing that progresses in a chronological order is the situation happening behind the closed door of Johnny's home. There were still some social comments that gave food for thought in this one, how racism is treated and its use has changed over the years (some would say not a lot these days) and how events from the wars effected people's lives but they didn't feel as powerful and thought provoking as the first book (I've yet to read book 2).The main crux of the story focuses on time travel and the perils of altering history. It.makes for some interesting reading but nothing super deep and meaningful. Once again the gang act as a good support cast and it was nice to see Johnny and Kirsty take centre stage again. I haven't looked up the release date so I don't know which came first but as a Discworld fan it was nice to see what was either nods to or early ideas for a couple of characters in Foul Ole Ron (the line "Millennium hand and shrimp" is actually used) and Greebo the cat. Another enjoyable tale that I think anyone from children to adults can enjoy. Well worth a read.

  • Jared
    2018-11-10 22:42

    The third book in Terry Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell series starts out with a bang. Literally. A bomb has fallen in the midst of Johnny's city. But the bomb dropped in World War II. Johnny discovers the history of the bomb and can't stop thinking about the people affected by it. One of the people affected by it ends up in Johnny's time -- the local bag lady, who is so mentally and temporally displaced that sometimes her body follows along.Johnny and one of his friends help the lady get to the hospital, and take custody of her shopping cart, which holds strange bags of lumpy stuff. The lumpy stuff has some confusing temporal properties, causing Johnny and some of his friends end up skittering back and forth in time to the moments before the bomb.Of course they have to try to save the day.Once again, the conversations between Johnny and his friends are absolutely hilarious, as they try to reason out the universe using the little facts that they almost know and barely mis-remember.

  • Aidan O'malley
    2018-12-08 02:58

    "Johnny and the bomb," by Terry Pratchett, is a superb book about a young boy, Johnny, who mysteriously wakes up over forty years before he was even born.The date is May 21, 1941, the day German bombs drop on his hometown. Thanks to the knowledge he has gained during school, he quickly realizes this. Johnny is stuck in a huge position whether or not to warn the civilians living there now and save their lives, or let history take its place and have to witness everybody die. This book was well written, and very entertaining, I gave it five out of five stars. Terry Pratchett turned Johnny Maxwell's books into a trilogy, and I would like to read the rest.I recommend this book to others and encourage them to read the trilogy.

  • Дени Проданова
    2018-11-24 23:45

    Темата за пътуването във времето погледната отгоре, отдолу, отвътре и изобщо откъдето е възмножно да се погледне и разгледа е темата на тази книжка. Определено има хляб за размисъл относто алтернативните вселени, гащите на времето, рибата с картофки и това, колко акъл има в главата на едно 13-годихно хлапе. Джони се самоопределя като тъп, но може би точно там е разковничето. Според мен от много знания в главата на човека не остава място за истината.

  • Rosie Powell
    2018-11-26 23:57

    My brother's birthday is today, and as I was wrapping this book (and a few others) I thought '...I haven't read this since I was twelve...' So I'm reading it again. I love Mrs Tachyon. I really need to stop reading children's books. However, it's interesting to see how Pratchett's writing has advanced. His style is terribly similar, but the plots and characters are less complicated and far less clever. Anyway, I'm sure my brother is going to love it.

  • Lea
    2018-12-03 03:03

    While I didn't enjoy this book as much as others Pratchett has written, I will say this: he doesn't dummy anything down for kids. I usually have to look up a word or two in every one of his 'children's novels' and in "Johnny and the bomb', the logic involved in this time travel is mental aerobics, to say the least. I might have enjoyed this more in a different mood.

  • Chip
    2018-12-10 02:53

    The first half of the book is pretty bad. The humor doesn't work and there is so little detail. But once Johnny takes control, the story starts to improve quite a bit. I don't think I enjoyed the book as much as some of Pratchett's others. Very interesting way of traveling thru time.

  • Carol
    2018-11-28 23:09

    The final book in the trilogy. I quite liked it, although all the time stuff was rather complicated and it took me a while to get. I like how time travel was managed in the book, with not so much when's and where's, but more as places to be.

  • Michael
    2018-11-09 22:56

    Definitely my favorite out of the Johnny Maxwell trilogy. This comical tale follows Johnny and friends traveling backwards and forwards (and sometimes around) in time to 1941 around the time of the Blackbury Blitz. This story is a funny story with a great plot and is well worth a read.

  • Magda
    2018-12-08 00:03

    Millenium hand and shrimp!

  • Kaethe
    2018-12-07 22:11

    January 18, 2010Library copy

  • Michaela
    2018-12-04 01:49

    Johnny s partiou je späť. Toto je milá a nenáročná knižka o cestovaní v čase. A zase sú tu svojrázne postavičky, nohavice času a nákupné vozíky. Teda, aspoň jeden...

  • nic306
    2018-12-11 04:00

    Surprisingly even better than the first two books. TP is really in his element here with Johnny and friends. "I'm suffering from life," he said. "However, I am nearly cured." It was also interesting to see a familiar phrase being used - "Millennium hand and shrimp". Also a reference to 'our Ron' (discworld's Foul Ole Ron?) After reading the last page, I was kinda sorry to see the trilogy come to an end but then again, each book had read as an individual story with no reference at all to the previous books' events. The initial part of the book was a bit confusing. I guess I am not that familiar with time-traveling (hint).

  • Kevin
    2018-11-13 01:05

    Unfortunately read a North American edition so words like cookie and trash were incongruously appearing in wartime England. Good luck getting anything sensible dialling 911 as well! References to The Thunderbirds and Flowerpot Men were left intact so surely the American reader would have had much less trouble with biscuit and rubbish! All that aside, this was a gentle Pratchett romp with sly humour at many turns.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-15 00:48

    I started with this book because I didn't realize it was the third in a trilogy. It is enjoyable as a stand alone, but I might read the first two volumes anyway because I liked it. I enjoyed the humour and social commentary. Although it's not one of Pratchett's best books, it's a great introduction to him for middle grade reader.

  • Gilberto Tevreden
    2018-11-26 23:44

    Vermakelijk boek over een aantal tieners die een stad redden door iets ongewoons te doen.Leuke humor en vermakelijke personages.Op naar het volgende boek👍🏾

  • John
    2018-12-03 06:03

    Amazingly, this book took eleven years from its UK publication to be published in the US, appearing here in 2007. The version I read was the US one, whose Americanization has its dumber moments: I did at least a triple take when there was mention of the High Street being littered with, among other typical items, empty "chip packets". Just to add to the conceptual confusion, later in the book at least one discarded packet of fish and chips played a minor role; I had to be grateful for the small mercy that this didn't become "fish and fries". Such quirks -- and they're few -- don't really detract from the enjoyability of the book, which is considerable. Young Johnny Maxwell and his pals Wobbler, Yo-less, Bigmac and Kirsty, know old Mrs Tachyon as one of Blackbury's characters: babbling battily and pushing her decrepit supermarket trolley around town, her vicious cat Guilty aboard it among the numerous mysterious black plastic bags, the bag lady is hard to miss. When she's involved in an accident and has to be rushed to hospital, Johnny takes cart, bags and cat home for safekeeping in the family garage. Inadvertently manipulating one of the bags, he undergoes what one might call a spontaneous time-travel experience. It seems that what Mrs Tachyon has been storing in her bags is time. A little later, in a more controlled experiment, Johnny takes his chums with him, and they find they're in Blackbury as it was in 1941; moreover, Johnny realizes that it's not just any day in 1941 but the day leading up to the night he's just been reading about for his school history project, the night when a German bombing mission, off course, dropped its load on Blackbury's Paradise Street, causing huge damage and the loss of many lives. Kirsty is the brains of the group; she's also widely regarded as insufferable, because of her intelligence, her pronounced feminism, and her pushiness . . . so I loved the character most of any in the book She has numerous good lines, but none (in my opinion) better than the one she comes out with on the pals' arrival in 1941:"Oh dear, it's going to be that kind of adventure after all," she hissed, sitting up. "It's just the sort of thing I didn't want to happen. Me, and four token boys. Oh, dear. Oh, dear. It's only a mercy we haven't got a dog." (p83) Johnny is keen to avert the night's tragedy; even so, he's aware of the Trousers of Time effect, that if you alter something in the past you can find yourself going down the wrong leg of the Trousers to arrive in a different future from the one you expected. Indeed, exactly this happens during the pals' various adventures when Wobbler, who's got separated from the rest, unwittingly manages to make his own grandfather (who at the time of encounter is Richmal Crompton's William Brown in all but name) a victim of the bombing raid, thereby cancelling out his own existence in a future to which the rest of the kids briefly return. (The section of the book featuring this subtly different alternative future is especially nicely handled.) In the end Johnny realizes the challenge is to get the air raid siren sounded in time that, while Paradise Road and its nearby pickle factory are destroyed, just as the old newspaper he read for his school project told him, the residents are able to get to their shelters. But this isn't as easy as it sounds, because the switch for the siren is in the police station in town, and will not be pulled until the rozzers hear from the lookout post on a distant hill; the storm that has misled the German bombers has blown out the phone from the lookout post, and the backup motorbike there won't start . . . Like all the best kids' books, this holds as much to engage adults as most adult novels do, if not more. As noted, Kirsty's a joy; also wonderful among the characters is Yo-less, who's black but also, clashing with ignorant racial stereotypes, the class nerd -- a nerd so nerdish that, as is observed somewhere in the text, if you gave him a baseball cap he'd put it on the right way round. In connection with Yo-less, the book refreshingly confronts casual racism, in both past and present Blackbury, face-on: people do not mean their remarks and attitudes about Yo-less unkindly, not really, but they're fucking offensive all the same. At first Kirsty makes the excuse for them that "it's only the way they've been brought up" and tells Yo-less not to worry; but then, when she encounters some 1940s casual sexism, he tosses the same line back at her and she gets the point. The time-travel aspects of the tale are neatly worked out, as are the potentials for paradox. Much recommended.

  • Data
    2018-12-03 05:52

    Totally entranced by this book. Yes, I enjoy the tongue-in-cheek fun of the Discworld, but not nearly as much as I loved this. It is really 4.5 stars ... only lacked a tiny smidge of something ... to make it unparalleled in its class.

  • Erica Mukherjee
    2018-11-23 04:12

    Time travel is a tricky concept. Because time is fluid, or particulate, or static or what have you, it is very difficult to harness its nature and cram it into the solid pages of a novel. Every reader has his own pet theory on the paradoxes that time travel may or may not cause and is therefore apt to be unsatisfied if the author does not subscribe to his personal believes on the matter. Generally any attempt at a dive into the complexities of time travel leaves the author exhausted and the reader with a bad taste of philosophical seaweed in his mouth. The cure for the literary time travel paradox lies largely with the reader. The reader must forget everything he has learned on the subject, suspend his disbelief and be willing to accept the premises that the author puts forward in the book. The author can help this process if he does not become too didactic and preachy on how his method of time travel can be the only right way. In Johnny and the Bomb, Terry Pratchett accomplishes this masterfully. He puts forth the theory that time isn’t a when but a where and if one is able to get one’s mind around that concept it is as easy to travel in time as it is to travel down Main Street. He briefly touches on the multiple universe/reality theory and then neatly wraps all that up by having his time traveling characters forget (or perhaps never remember in the first place) what happened to them in the other when/where they were because in their present when/where those events never took place. When observed by only the naked eye, this theory seems to hold literary water. I wouldn’t necessarily go proposing it to NASA, but it is solid enough to hinge a two hundred plus page young adult’s novel on. The rest of the elements of Johnny and the Bomb are of the same quality as the time travel theory. The characters are humorous and likeable, though not without their flaws. I didn’t feel as though I got to know them really well, but then I remembered that this is the third book in a series and therefore I arrived too late and missed the formal introductions. There was also an element of tongue in cheek humor that is reserved especially for the older reader. For example the time traveling bag lady who collects time in bags is called Mrs. Tachyon after the unstoppable particle. There is also a description of the skinhead who is friends with the whitest black kid in literature. All of these elements add of to an enjoyable and instructive read, especially for young adults.

  • Manuel Chavez
    2018-11-21 22:52

    Hello I am going to tell you about Johnny and the Bomb. Also I'm going to tell you about why the conflict is important in the story. this book is good for the past. The genre is mystery. I like this book because it has a lot of twists to it.The setting of my book is in 1940's. Johnny wanted to help Mrs. Tachyon because she was getting hospitalized. Johnny and four of his friend went to go see Mrs. Tachyon at the hospital but Mrs. Tachyon told them a secret that her black bags can take you back in time and that gave Johnny a idea to go back in time so he did. So Johnny and his four friends went back in time Johnny never existed when they come back from the past. Then when they came back Johnny's friends try to save him from the past and they try everything at the end they finally get him back. The type of conflict of my book is person vs. society because Johnny has a problem with the past. Why did the author give a kid a named called bigmac. The main character is Johnny he goes back in time and when they return they leave someone behind and that affects the present. Bigmac means a tall thin skinhead with chronic asthma and that's why they call him that.He is Johnny's friend and that's why they call him bigmac. The main character's problem is getting back to the present and not dealing with the past.The main character's problem was trying to fix the present because when they went back in time and came back Johnny's mom and him did not exist. Johnny's grandma had died in a bomb so her children would not exist.I think there's a lot of settings but one setting of this book is in the hospital because Mrs. Tachyon got hurt so Johnny and his friends went to go see her. It also takes place in the past which the conflict happens in the past to. If they don't hurry and get the future how its supposed to be bombs will start falling and they will destroy everything. I gave this book a 4 star because i really liked it but it could've been better. Perhaps why didn't they tried harder to save Johnny.I recommend this book to anybody who likes a mystery book. This book is good it's the best book for the past. This is a quote coming from Johnny ‘It’s just what it is,’ he’d say.

  • Cynthia Egbert
    2018-11-10 03:58

    Pratchett for youth! While I, admittedly, find the Johnny Maxwell trilogy somewhat depressing, it is still a fun read. And the kids will love it. This one involves Johnny and his ragtag bunch getting caught up in some time travel that throws them back to WWII. And there are all the inherent questions of how time travel would affect future events. There is much food for thought here and this would make a great summer read for parents and kids. It will foster some powerful discussion.Some favorite quotes:"But who knows what really happened in the other leg of the Trousers of Time?""The interesting thing about worrying about things, thought Johnny Maxwell, was the way there was always something new to worry about.""I blame Mr. Chamberlain.""Kasandra's theory had the backing of so many official sources in the books she'd read that it practically outweighed Johnny's, which was merely based on watching him do it.""If the entire universe exploded, people would be bound to blame him afterward.""You're not allowed to call them dinosaurs anymore. It's speciesist. You have to call them pre-petroleum persons.""The rest of the universe said that time wasn't an object, it was just Nature's way of preventing everything from happening at once, and Mrs. Tachyon had said: That's what you think...""It wasn't his fault he was fat, he'd always said, it was just his genetics. Had too many of them.""He vaguely remembered a TV program with some film shot back in the days when people were so poor they could only afford to be in black and white.""Johnny stared glumly at the shopping cart. He hadn't expected time travel to be this hard. He thought of all those wasted lessons when they could have been telling him what to do if some madwoman left him a cart full of time. School never taught you anything that was useful in real life. There probably wasn't a single textbook that told you what to do if it turned out you were living next door to Elvis Presley.""No one made anything in Blackbury in 1996. There was a factory that put together computers, and some big warehouses, and the Department of Road Signs regional headquarters. People just moved things around, or added up numbers."

  • Wayne
    2018-11-22 02:10

    We find Johnny has even more abilities. He's described as slightly odd, that his brain doesn't work like most people's. If you read "Only You Can Save Mankind" and "Johnny and the Dead" you would know this, but if you didn't read the prior two Johnny books, it'll be ok, but you MUST go read those too. Pratchett does a great job of creating a series that can be read in any order. So far he has yet to reference any of the other "Johnny" books in any of the "Johnny" books. So while it's the same characters they are essentially stand alone books (though the way you can tell the order of the books is the state of Johnny's parents' marriage/divorce). But, it also helps to have read the others to have a better understanding of who Johnny is.Ok, that aside. This one was good, but in my opinion, not as good as "Only You Can Save Mankind" and "Johnny and the Dead" but still a very enjoyable book. It's 1996 and Johnny is hanging out with his friends but he will soon find himself caught up in a single event in 1941 that changes his town and his friends forever ... well at least in pant leg of time. Oh yeah, Johnny learns that time is like a pair of slacks. The things you change in history alter time and creates another path like a pair of slacks. So the time is essentially the same in both pant legs but also different enough that there is a completely new outcome in the other.Unlike the other Johnny books, I found this book to be a little slower paced. It started off quick like the other books, but then it slowed down. I think the slower pace allowed for a bigger conclusion but it also made the middle part of the book drag a little bit. Again, I still liked this book, but the slower pace is the reason that I gave it 3 stars rather than 4. If you read the others you would enjoy this one, if you haven't I would recommend reading the others first (though as I said in the opening it's not required) but I think you might enjoy this one better having a better idea of who Johnny is.