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Eric: Discworld: The Unseen University Collection: A Discworld Novel (Discworld Novels) [Paperback]

Terry Pratchett
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1 May 1996 Discworld Novels
A humorous take on the Faust legend in which Eric, Discworld's only demonology hacker, is not terribly good at his job. All he wants is three wishes (to be immortal, rule the world and have the most beautiful woman fall in love with him), but what he gets is Rincewind, and Rincewind's Luggage to boot.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (1 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575600012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575600010
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819,577 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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"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 an alternate 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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23 of 24 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
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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What? This is excellent! 2 April 2001
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 7 Oct 2006
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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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent value and quick delivery
Published 10 days ago by william j curry
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the Kindle version
I have the Kindle version which seems to finish many pages before the end of the print version of the book.
Published 16 days ago by Billy Grierson
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Published 1 month ago by kim jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I found this less 'deep' than previous Discworld novels but enjoyable non the less.
Published 1 month ago by Ian Calvert
2.0 out of 5 stars Short and somewhat, maybe not, sweet
Had a good start, interesting take on civilisation that was unashamedly true in many cases. Quite glad it was short. Read more
Published 1 month ago by HWheeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Bit of a half-hearted effort from Terry P.
None of the characters in this story have any depth to them (except Rincewind because we know him from earlier books). Read more
Published 1 month ago by chris brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle book
I enjoyed this book very much. I am re reading all the Terry Pratchett books because I could not keep them due to lack of space.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but short
Its a disc world book you either like them or you don't , not as long or as complex as some of them a good one to try if you are new to the series
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars As described
Nothing to fault hence the 5 stars! Arrived speedily and was as described. Another classic pratchett book, managed to power through it in 2 days I just couldnt put it down!
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Coltherd Tullie
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet
An enjoyable read for all. Another book with Rincewind and the Luggage, and I particularly enjoyed the part where they go to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lewis Knight
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