- 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)
Eric (Discworld Novels) Hardcover – Aug 1990
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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.
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.See all Product Description
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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 Physical torture has been replaced by endless viewings of someone else's holiday slides, elevator music, and the recitation of thousands of pages of regulations only a hellish bureaucrat could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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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Great shortish story. Nice to see Rincewind and luggage back together. Nice twist as is usual with Sir Terry. Highly recommended after reading The Colour of Magic.Published 2 days ago by Boardyeti
Roasts just about everything that ever happened in culture, and gloriously so.Published 1 month ago by RhapsodyRaver
An amazing insight into the fantasy world created by Terry Pratchett, what drove his thought process?Published 3 months ago by Philip Gabe