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Eric (Discworld Novels) Hardcover – Aug 1990

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Gollancz (Aug. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575046368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575046368
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 19.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sir Terry Pratchett was the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he was the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was 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.

Sir Terry Pratchett died on 12th March 2015

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"Humorously entertaining? and thought provoking."Chicago Tribune"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight."San Francisco Chronicle"A hearty dose of comedy and genuine slapstick humor."Library Journal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Eric calls up a demon to grant him three wishes - but what he gets is the Discworld's most incompetent wizard... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Lonya TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2005
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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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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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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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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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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By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2013
Format: Paperback
"`Multiple exclamation marks,' he went on, shaking his head `are a sure sign of a diseased mind.'"

I LOVE TERRY PRATCHETT/DISCWORLD/RINCEWIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahem. I aten't crazy.

Like a lot of people I first read Pratchett when I was a teenager and have stuck with him well into adulthood. So, going through a dry spell in reading where everything I picked up seemed to, well, suck, I was immediately drawn to a small paperback that'd fallen off my shelf - "Eric", a book I haven't read since I was 12 (I'm now 28). Coming to a beloved book after 16 years is great as you know you'll like it and you've all but forgotten everything in the story.

Eric is the Disc's first demonologist hacker who summons a demon to grant him three wishes. Except the "demon" is Rincewind, the Disc's most inept wizzard (the second z is intentional as Rincewind can't spell), who happens to have gotten stuck in the Dungeon Dimensions and, by chance, wound up in a teenage boy's bedroom. The three wishes Eric asks for - To be Ruler of the World; To Meet the Most Beautiful Woman in All History; and To Live Forever, should be easy to arrange. I mean, when have wishes ever gone wrong for anybody in a story, especially one with "Faust" crossed out on the cover?

I'm delighted to say that my impressions of the novel haven't changed in 16 years and that I still loved reading this. It's still fresh and funny and fast paced and so damn entertaining. It reminded me exactly why I fell in love with Pratchett's Discworld in the first place and what propelled me through all of his books so quickly.
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