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The Illustrated Eric Paperback – 12 Oct 2017
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ERIC is Terry Pratchett's hilarious take on the Faust legend starring many of the Discworld's most popular characters.
About the Author
Terry Pratchett (Author)
Sir Terry Pratchett is a publishing phenomenon. Among his many prizes and citations are the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, the Carnegie Medal, the BSFA Award, eight honorary doctorates and, of course, a knighthood. In 2012, he won a BAFTA for his documentary on the subject of assisted suicide, 'Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die'. He is the author of fifty bestselling books but is best known for the globally renowned Discworld series.
The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, and the series is still going strong almost three decades later. Four Discworld novels - Hogfather, Going Postal, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - have been adapted for television, with more to follow. His books have sold approximately 85 million copies worldwide (but who's counting?), and been translated into forty languages.
In 2007, Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. He died in 2015.
Josh Kirby (Illustrator)
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The book is 24 cm high by 16.3 cm wide by 1.4 cm deep, with the story (and illustrations) set out over 144 pages.
I have to admit that I was (and, to a degree, still am) disappointed by the format and presentation of the book, especially after the superb presentation of the The Illustrated Wee Free Men: A Story of Discworld (Discworld Novels). Comparing it to the Illustrated Wee Free Men may be a little unfair, but when you set such a high standard you should stick to it, even if the book you are producing is a reprint of an earlier edition. As my Godson points out, it looks like a "Where's Wally" book from the outside. The inside, however, is a different story ... sort of.
It is a long time since I've sat down and read Eric, at least 3 years, and I'd forgotten what a great story it is. I started reading the first few lines as soon as I opened the book, and didn't realise that I had spent the day reading until I suddenly reached the end. Time, and the story, ran away with me, and it is years since a book has engulfed my mind in that way - something which it didn't do the first time I read it.
Eric, a 13 year old want-to-be demonologist, mistakenly summons Rincewind, probably the Disc's most inept "Wizzard", and insists that he grants him 3 wishes. Unfortunately for poor Eric, he has no idea what happens around Rincewind, but, in more ways than one, the annoying teenager asks for everything he gets.
One thing to be said for Mr Kirby's illustrations is they make the books more accessible to younger readers, as well as adding to the enjoyment of older readers like me who grew to love his covers and illustrations when the books were first published. Once again I am reminded of the sad loss of Josh Kirby. I know that Mr Kirby's illustrations are either loved or loathed, but that shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of the book or the story.
Regardless of the presentation of the book, "Eric" is still a great story.
This is one of Terry Pratchett's most joyous tales; not one of his morality tales, just great unalloyed fun. (Very) loosely based on Faust's journey through Hell, but an acne-ridden teenage alchemist is guided not by the poet Virgil but the cynical wizard Rincewind, through Hell, but also to the birth and death of the Universe, via Discworld's version of the Helen of Troy fable and the search of the Fountain of Youth. Shorn of the illustrations, this is no more than a novella, but it's one of the last purely humorous tales in the Discworld canon.
Now I'm only waiting for the other illustrated story "The Last Hero" to complete my digital collection :-)
How Terry can weave a story around current thinkings and make you realise how stupid some of the "fads" are, never ceases to amaze me.
I have no doubt the story will be hugely enjoyable like all Terry Patchett's
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