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Eric: Discworld: The Unseen University Collection (Discworld series Book 9) by [Pratchett, Terry]
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"'[Terry Pratchett]'s genius is for pushing logic to such limits that it reels with the shock'" (Gerald Kaufman Daily Telegraph)

"He is screamingly funny. He is wise. He has style." (Daily Telegraph)

"To say that Terry Pratchett is popular is a bit like saying the Arctic Circle is a bit nippy." (Sunday Express)

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The ninth Discworld novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 812 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AES08FA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Doesn't work so well as simply words, since originally this was a graphic novel in collaboration with Josh Kirby, the cover artist. It's brief and sketchy in places, clearly relying on certain visual elements for impact (in this version these are missing), and towards the end the writing tends to drift into what I always call "first draft" -- like he just jotted it down for later re-working, but never got round to it. But there's enough good stuff, at the beginning and in the middle, to make this a very worthwhile read, with Pratchett's inimitable take on a variety of subjects, including the now infamous "The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions" -- literally so! The kindle edition is a little out on its estimated page count (there's quite a few less), and the page numbering function doesn't work, nor does the estimated time left in chapter, and the footnote links are very iffy.
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I'm not going to review the novel - it's been done many times before and enjoyed by millions. The latest edition of the hardback makes a smart display set - the paper's not that great but then who reads books these days - with everything available on tablet.... I may even sell off my first editions and just keep these
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