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Terry Pratchett , Tony Robinson
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23 Oct 2006 Discworld Novels (Book 9)

Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. Pity he's not very good at it.

All he wants is his three wishes granted.Nothing fancy - to be immortal, rule the world, have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him, the usual stuff.

But instead of a tractable demon, he calls up Rincewind, probably the most incompetent wizard in the universe, and the extremely intractable and hostile form of travel accessory known as the Luggage.

With them on his side, Eric's in for a ride through space and time that is bound to make him wish (quite fervently) again - this time that he'd never been born.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Corgi Audio; Abridged edition (23 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552153346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153348
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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'Like Jonathan Swift, Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own, and like Swift he is a satirist of enormous talent ... incredibly funny ... compulsively readable'

" (The Times)

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'The great Terry Pratchett, whose wit is metaphysical, who creates an energetic and lively secondary world, who has a multifarious genius for strong parody ... who deals with death with startling originality. Who writes amazing sentences'

" (A.S. Byatt New York Times)

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'His spectacular inventiveness makes the Discworld series one of the perennial joys of modern fiction'

" (Mail on Sunday)

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The ninth Discworld novel.


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What? This is excellent! 2 April 2001
Format:Paperback
It has really really shocked me that so many reviewers don't appreciate this book! 'Too short', 'too childish' you say. Sorry!? Maybe the humorous parodying of the Trojan war was lost on you or the parodying of creation, in fact this book is a fine example of brilliant parodying by a very clever author. In my opinion this ranks easily alongside some of Pratchett's best. It's a nice easy to read short story, with the excellent sardonic wit of Rincewind shining through once again. This is a book i will read again and again when I want a good laugh. Keep going Terry......
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The devil may hath power 15 Sep 2005
By Leonard Fleisig TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
to assume a pleasing shape according to Hamlet but only on Discworld could the devil or any demon assume the shape of Rincewind. But that is exactly what Terry Pratchett calls up in "Eric", Pratchett's Discworld homage to Faust.
Eric, the protagonist, is a teenaged `demonologist' from Pseuodopolis. Eric is also a spoiled brat according to Eric's parrot. Eric is first seen trying to summon a demon in order to have the demon grant Eric's wish for power, women, and eternal life. Instead, through a series of Discworldian circumstances Eric calls up Rincewind, last seen locked in the Dungeon Dimensions (Sourcery).
What follows is a Discworld version of a Hope and Crosby Road movie that parallels Faust. Eric and Rincewind travel to the ends of time (actually the beginning of time among other places) and Rincewind faces adversity and the threat of death in his own inimitable fashion (feet don't fail me now).
There are some great set pieces in Eric. DEATH makes two brief, but very funny appearances. First, when the Wizards determine something strange is going on they summon DEATH and demand answer. Of course, they realize quickly that perhaps they should speak to him in the same manner that people in Ankh Morpork speak to the Patrician. Later in the book, DEATH patiently awaits the moment for life to begin is priceless Pratchett fashion. Having the universe start with a paper clip and not a big bang was a very appealing concept.
Similarly hilarious is Rincewind's trip to the new and improved version of hell. Physical torture has been replaced by endless viewings of someone else's holiday slides, elevator music, and the recitation of thousands of pages of regulations only a hellish bureaucrat could construct.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 7 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
Eric is a hilarious novel by Terry Pratchett. It begins in Ankh- Morpork, where the University wizards are performing the Rite of AshKente, which summons Death, when they find out that Rincewind, a cowardly wizard ,is stuck in the Dungeon Dimensions, due to the events of Sourcery. As he was there, he was summoned as a demon by Eric, a demonologist, and his parrot, who has a limited vocabulary, so keeps saying " wossname". He must grant Eric 3 wishes. So Eric, parrot and Rincewind (and his Luggage ,a fearsome walking chest, who attacks enemies of its owner), set off on a journey through time which includes such horrors as wheels being used as headgear, cleaners being bribed, and small rat faced men with sandwiches. I loved this book, and you will want to read it again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
When i first got it, i thought "bit small" when i read it i wished it was at least 100 pages longer.... Very funny in places, insights into the meaning of hell, and also the reason why religion isn't all its cracked up to be. My advice is Read it, thats it READ IT NOW..
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Those who wish to summon a demon are really not successful. At least not in this universe. On the Discworld, those caling demons tend to have a little more luck. Eric, the more-or-less-hero of this tale, manages to summon something of a demon-esque pursuasion. It's just such a shame that he managed to call upon Rincewind.
This particular Ricwind-oriented story is of excellent quality, feels rushed. It is all too easy to finish the book very quickly. Compared to other Pratchett novels, this one feels that it has just begin to hit its stride and then quickly tails to a quick, but impressive finish. That is not to say that it is not a good book, ot that the story is lacking - both are excellent. It's just that this particular novel is a little on the short side. Nevertheless it makes for a good read, and a fine addition to any collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ripped Off 18 Feb 2013
By DaveB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had all the novels in paperback, and added this to complete the set so they are all on my kindle. However, as the last paragraphs are missing it leaves me with a feeling of being ripped off. I see it's now been removed due to this issue, and probably some bad formatting, but still I haven't had what I paid for. Clearly they are never proof-read and the publisher only wants to make quick .

Whilst it is possible to edit it correctly, why should I?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as ever 15 Sep 2006
Format:Paperback
There is little in this world as dependable as Pratchett. Though one of his shortest, and with a story line unashamedly borrowed (riped of in technical speak) it's a joy to read from cover to cover. He even manages to squeeze that most popular of Discworld inhabitants in - Read it, though not in public, as people give you funny looks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud funny! 10 Jun 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the ninth book in Terry Pratchett's series on the Discworld - a flat world, supported on the backs of four massive elephants riding on the back of a planet-sized turtle. Anything hilarious can happen here, and eventually does.
This book picks up after Sourcery, with poor Rincewind trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions. But, when he is inadvertently summoned by a teenage demonologist in training, he finds himself cast in the role of Mephistopheles to Eric's Faust. They make quite a match - Eric is a poor demonologist and Rincewind makes a poor demon. But there is more going on than meets the eye, the new King of the Demons wants to know who this Rincewind is and how he got there, and he's not happy.
This is another great Discworld book, one of my favorites. As always, especially with the early books, Terry Pratchett does an excellent job of spinning a yarn that is a wonderful parody of something (Goethe's Faust in this case) and is also laugh-out-loud funny! This is a great book, one that I highly recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett is my hero!
I loved getting this hardback copy of one of the Discworld novels. The series are modestly priced and are enabling me to replace my battered paperback copies.
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great !
I absolutely love terry Pratchett, Such an amusing word -smith. I have yet to read an author that makes me laugh so much as he does. He can do no wrong!
Published 2 months ago by Vivienne Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars eric
not a ball of fire. haven't anything else to comment. Cannot comment when I have nothing more to say finish.
Published 2 months ago by mars bar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, a little short
This is a nice book to see what happens after Sourcery to Rincewind. It's a little short though, and feels more like a filler book in the Rincewind series before Interesting... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Cashman
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet
This is one of the shorter discworld novels, but that doesn't diminish the quality in the slightest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gideon Heugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is an excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. It is witty, lively, funny but also very deep, clever and thought provoking. This is definitely a good read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Eric - now on Kindle
Great book, as usual it shows Terry's great sense of humour as in all his books. Thank you Terry Pratchett
Published 4 months ago by number6
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric
I found this Discworld novel to be really funny and easy to read. Up to the usual standard expected from Terry Pratchett. A very light hearted easy to read piece of fiction.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book and good service
this was book sold at a good price and a very good service all round - many thanks from a happy customer
Published 4 months ago by mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric
Like all the Discworld books. They are great fun, humorous stories to read and cheer you up on a rainy day. Can't put it down until the whole book has been read.
Published 5 months ago by ELIZABETH BATCHELOR
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