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Discworld's only demonology hacker, Eric, is about to make life very difficult for the rest of Ankh-Morpork's denizens. This would-be Faust is very his work, that is. All he wants is to fulfill three little wishes:to live forever, to be master of the universe, and to have a stylin' hot babe.But Eric isn't even good at getting his own way. Instead of a powerful demDiscworld's only demonology hacker, Eric, is about to make life very difficult for the rest of Ankh-Morpork's denizens. This would-be Faust is very his work, that is. All he wants is to fulfill three little wishes:to live forever, to be master of the universe, and to have a stylin' hot babe.But Eric isn't even good at getting his own way. Instead of a powerful demon, he conjures, well, Rincewind, a wizard whose incompetence is matched only by Eric's. And as if that wasn't bad enough, that lovable travel accessory the Luggage has arrived, too. Accompanied by his best friends, there's only one thing Eric wishes now -- that he'd never been born!...

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Eric Reviews

  • Patrick
    2019-03-10 13:03

    I felt surprisingly lukewarm about this book, given that it's written by one of my favorite authors of all time. Part of this was the fact that it's some of his earlier work. (It's odd to think of an author's 9th book in a series as "early" work) In my opinion his later stuff was much, much stronger. Also, I feel I should mention here that this isn't my first time reading Eric. Not my second time, either. It was, however, my first time reading this particular version, the illustrated version.And honestly, I think that's the large part of my lukewarm reaction. Not only is this book much shorter than usual, because it's illustrated. But it's illustrated by Josh Kirby, Pratchett's first illustrator. While Kirby's illustrations were on the cover of the first Pratchett book I ever picked up (Sourcerey, back around 1990) I don't feel much nostalgia for them. Instead, I've grown amazingly attached to Paul Kidby, the illustrator who worked with him on The Last Hero, and countless other projects. Is this book worth your time? Yeah. But honestly, I wouldn't go out of your way to find the illustrated version. The simple text version is just as good, if not even better, as there's nothing to distract from the story. And I did find Kirby's illustrations (again, not to be confused with *Kidby's*) to be distracting. That's just my opinion though. I don't claim to be unbiased.

  • Bradley
    2019-03-21 12:09

    This is my second read and my reaction is pretty much the same as the first time.Rincewind is funny.Or rather, the situations he always gets into showcases the Discworld in awesomely epic ways and we always get vast adventures. Usually with some kind of weird sidekick and a healthy dose of Death.All true, sure, but what if Rincewind was mistaken for a demon, summoned by a nerdy kid who insists that he is, because, after all, Rincewind came at his demon summoning. :)Or how about Discworld's version of Troy? Meeting the Creator? Seeing the bureaucratic hell that is... um... hell? :)It's a tongue-in-cheek romp and while it's quite hilarious and imaginative as hell, I'm caught in that unenviable place of having to judge it among all of Pratchett's other works rather than against the backdrop of all humor or fantasy books.It's not my favorite Discworld novel. Not by a long shot. BUT it is a lot higher than some, and not even close to many of the later novels. Even so, I loved having Rincewind back again. :)

  • Trish
    2019-02-25 13:00

    What a romp! And I mean that in the best possible way! The last book featuring Rincewind wasn't too much to my liking but this much shorter novel was perfect from start to finish.It's about the titular Eric, who is a teenager who dabbles in the art of summoning demons like his grandfather. For some reason unknown at the beginning, the "demon" he summons is the wizard Rincewind, who was left in the Dungeon Dimensions in the 5th Discworld novel. However, the 13-year-old isn't ... well ... isn't the brightest candle in the chandelier so he doesn't believe Rincewind that he isn't a demon. The fact that Rincewind snapping his fingers is actually (sort of) making Eric's wishes come true, isn't helping.Thus, the two go on a journey from murdering civilisations in jungles to wars of times long past and even to Hell. We meet DEATH and his bees (yes, he's a beekeeper), a truly badly behaving parrot, Rincewind's ancestor, ancient armies, wooden horses, a host of demons who just want the hell that is bureaucracy to end, and Luggage is of course not far behind its master and everyone equally (I like its bloodthirstiness).The readers get treated to some great insights and social comments along the way, not to mention all the fantastically comical situations when Rincewind just tries to stay alive long enough to, well, survive. It is his specialty after all.I particularly liked the journey through a much transformed Hell and how the various demons complained and were basically more tortured than the "damned souls" down there thanks to all the new workplace rules handed out by the King of Hades (the Devil). *lol* We all just want to find happiness after all so as Pratchett said: while they might be evil, they are never bad.This is a much shorter book than the other volumes but it is packed with references and laugh-out-loud scenes and I enjoyed myself immensely. So much so that on top of the audio version I was listening to, I have now also bought the illustrated paperback.

  • Tfitoby
    2019-03-16 15:44

    Technically I've read Eric out of sequence, but as anyone who has been following my reread of the greatest sequence of fantasy novels ever written will know, I've been "reading" the audiobooks whilst "running" around in circles and at 126 pages Eric is certainly not suited to such a thing. Especially when I am lucky enough to have a first edition paperback complete with beautiful Josh Kirby full colour illustrations. My rating will certainly reflect an extra star for being able to enjoy such loveliness.Eric is a tiny little book, a fun idea from a writer who was clearly having a great time with the success his little fantasy series was experiencing. It's a parody of Faust and readily admits as much on its cover but really it seems to an excuse to have that old favourite, Rincewind, run through the wringer once more whilst highlighting his less whiny characteristics in three funny short scenes.The Rincewind humour certainly works better in this outing than in Sourcery, which is great considering that Pratchett clearly set out to tell some jokes, make funny observations and more of those wonderful awful puns.There's obviously no desire to develop any new characters or history of the Disc and as a result titular demonologist Eric is just a cutout intended to move the jokes forward, not really a problem in the context of this one piece of standalone but if comparing to the more outstanding moments in the series that surround it you might be disappointed.

  • Lyn
    2019-02-24 17:46

    Sir Terry Pratchett’s 1990 Discworld offering (and 9th in the series) sees a return of Rincewind in this most Douglas Adamsesque of his books.A subtle parody of Goethe’s Faust, we find a young Ankh-Morpork demonologist, Eric, who has drawn a magic circle to summon a demon and instead brings Rincewind to his home. Discworld fans and readers may recall that Pratchett left Rincewind in the dungeon dimensions at the end of his 1988 novel Sourcery.I have to concede that the Rincewind novels have not been my favorites, but this may well be the one I’ve liked the best. Compared to the City Watch, Moist von Lipwig and especially Granny Weatherwax and the witches, Rincewind is almost second tier Discworld. We do get to see Death and the Luggage again and that is a bonus.Still, all of Pratchett’s signature prosaic dry wit and wordplay is here as well as his gift for satire and playful social, political and economic commentary.A fun adventure for fans of the Discworld.

  • Siria
    2019-03-03 12:47

    Eric is an oddity. Although it's the ninth Discworld novel to be published, it feels curiously scrappy and unfinished, like a fragment of juvenilia. It's set up as a parody of Faust; it feels like there's a lot more that could have been done with the novel based on this premise. In fact, it feels like there is a lot more set up to happen from this premise, but it never comes about. Eric is one of the most barely sketched in of all of the Discworld characters, for all that he is the person whose actions get the book rolling. Some of this is no doubt due to the fact that the page count is a meagre 155 pages - though that itself is curious, given that most Discworld novels are about twice that length.There are some amusing moments, and Pratchett's trademark dry wit and voluminous injokes and references are there as well. It's definitely not as funny as the other Discworld novels, and doesn't have as much to hook the reader (particularly if you're not a huge fan of Rincewind). It's not one I'd recommend for a newcomer to the series, and it's probably only one for completists at that.

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-18 16:12

    Part of the Pratchett reread with the SpecFic Buddy Reads group. For me this is the second time I've read this, and the first time as a purely text book. Back in the day I had a copy of this edition: Eric with the Josh Kirby illustrations.Rincewind, last seen in dire peril (as always) in Sourcery, is summoned from Hell by a teenage demonologist. What follows is a typical Rincewind travelogue from ridiculous situation to ridiculous situation all with deeply witty and sarcastic commentary, both around what Rincewind and Eric are doing and the situation in Hell. The Rincewind books are possibly my least favorite books of the greater series.However, I think this is one of the stronger books for him largely because the formula kind of works better at the shorter format where the skit-comedy style scenarios can play out before they become repetitive and obnoxious.I do have to comment that between Rincewind's long-established attitude towards women and the other main character being an over-indulged teenage boy, this book represents a nadir in terms of chauvinist jokes.

  • Chloe
    2019-03-15 16:02

    This short Discworld book is Pratchett's take on Faust and I'm very happy to have a Rincewind story to follow Sourcery. Demonology is always interesting and applying this concept to Discworld makes for more very witty and excellent writing. It's very funny, and I enjoyed the character of Eric. It lacks a bit of substance, being such a short book considering most of them are twice as long, but I really enjoyed it! It's a nice, light, in-between read. I can't less than love any Discworld book!

  • Antonio
    2019-03-14 13:06

    3.5A diferencia de otros libros de la saga esta es una historia lineal y completa con su inicio, desarrollo y cierre. Tenemos el esperado regreso de Rincewind que esta vez acompañara a Eric un demonologo adolescente que tiene tres deseos, los deseos que todo hombre, ejem, ejem,todo adolescente varón quiere, iremos viendo como el obtendrá sus deseos pero nada de lo que quería. No le doy mas estrellas porque es muy corto y no tan gracioso. Creo que lo que me hace continuar la saga es el personaje de Rincewind el hechicero mas patético del disco, la manera como enfrenta todas las situaciones que se le presentan es de lo mas cómicoEntre los talentos de Rincewind destacaba su gran habilidad para salir corriendo, que con el paso de los años había elevado al estatus de verdadera ciencia pura. No importaba si huía de algo o hacia algo con tal de que huyera. Lo que contaba era el hecho en sí de huir. Corro, luego existo. O más correctamente, corro, por tanto si hay suerte podré seguir existiendo.

  • Jason
    2019-03-24 19:12

    If "Eric" were a food, it'd be a hot dog. It feels like Pratchett took random bits of humor that weren't good enough to make it in other books, and mushed them all together. Eric is the lips and assholes of Pratchett's storytelling.Eric seems to exist soley to resolve the cliffhanger ending of Sourcery, and it does so with a moderately amusing Deus Ex Machina. The rest of the book is more like a Family Guy episode than a coherent novel.

  • Gary Sundell
    2019-02-24 14:12

    Rincewind, eveyone's favorite wizard is back in Pratchett's take on Faust. Eric a very young demonologIist summons a demon. What he gets is Rincewind. The Luggage is not far behind. Shorter than most Discworld books, but every bit as funny.

  • Melki
    2019-03-04 13:52

    Be careful what you wish for...or you may find yourself tripping through time with an incompetent wizard and a ferocious suitcase.You might even wind up in Haitch-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks - the one only Pratchett could invent.Good fun, but not up to the usual Discworld standards.

  • David Sarkies
    2019-02-22 14:51

    Rincewind goes to Hell9 February 2013 Eric seems to be that Discworld book that was written after Guards Guards and before Moving Pictures that nobody ever mentions. In fact having a glance over the comments on Goodreads it seems that it is not all that liked, and when I asked my friend who loves anything that Terry Pratchett writes, he simply said that it was okay, it has its moments, but not one of his best. Mind you we both agreed that the part where they travel to Discworld's version of the Trojan War was probably the highlight of the book, though I would have to also mention that the part where the guy whose hell is to endlessly push a boulder up a hill is replaced with somebody reading to him the entire Occupational Health and Safety Act (along with commentaries) was also a classic. The story begins with Rincewind, who if we remember, was trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions at the end of Sourcery, being summoned by fourteen year old Eric who has the dream of becoming the ruler of the world, marry the most beautiful woman in the world, and to live for ever. We then go on a journey to see these wishes fulfilled in a way that one would expect them to be fulfilled when the wishes are made to a demon (though Rincewind continues to protest that he is not a demon, despite the luggage – I love the luggage – doing its best to prove this assertion false). Once the wishes have all been fulfilled (as it turns out the whole idea of Helen being the most beautiful woman in the world was something of a legend, though we must remember that over a period of ten years people do tend to age), and Eric has discovered that the fulfilment of these wishes are not what he particularly wanted (sure, you can live forever, but you will begin your immortality at the beginning of the world, and continue on from there). The final leg of their journey is into hell (and we also get to see that road which is paved with good intentions). Now the idea of hell that Pratchett portrays is very interesting, and he sort of pokes holes in the current idea that we tend to have (such as why is it when we don't have any nerves, or any body, are we inflicted with eternal pain?). His idea of hell, and though he brushes over Satre's comment that hell is other people, is that it is pure, unadulterated boredom (such as having the entire Occupational Health and Safety Act, inclusive of commentaries, being read to you). Personally, I don't think any of us can truly imagine what Hell is really like, except for the fact that it is not a very nice place. Our current idea of Hell, being fire and brimstone, is something that was borrowed from the Greeks, and developed by both Milton and Dante. However, the idea that we exist in Hell in a spirit form is not biblical because the Bible suggests that in Hell we will have our flesh, and thus be able to experience pain. Mind you, one of the best ideas that I have encountered about Hell comes from C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce: Hell is not so much other people, but the fact that we cannot get along with other people, so we constantly seek loneliness. Not only that but it is also psychological, in that we are forever cursing those who have sent us there, and are so horrified with who we are and what we have done, that while we can see heaven, we simply do not feel worthy enough go there. I read recently an article in the Australian Financial Review about the idea of hell, and one idea that came from that was that Heaven was Heaven simply because it is not Hell. What was suggested was that those of us that are in Heaven could look down and see the fires and torments of Hell, and the fact that we were not there was what made heaven pleasurable. However that is a very smug and self-righteous view of what Heaven would be like, and to think that Heaven is being able to gloat over the fact that you are not suffering the way others are suffering is almost contradictory to the nature of God. The Bible indicates that God is unwilling to see people go to Hell, but they go their under their own steam simply because they have rejected God's offer. As I have suggested elsewhere, it is like being given an invitation to a party, and turning that invitation down so that on the night of the party you are sitting at home alone wishing that you could go to that party, but not doing so because you said no, and then raving in anger at those people because they are having so much fun (and I say that from experience).

  • Molly Billygoat
    2019-02-24 17:59

    “What a nice man,” said Eric after awhile. “Um… What are quantum mechanics?”“I dunno. People who repair quantums I suppose.”Eric, book nine in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, is a riot. It stars a pimply, highly intelligent and pompous teenager who is determined to summon a demon so that he might demand riches, glory, and the most beautiful woman alive. What he manages to summon instead is the lovable but luckless Rincewind, well-known by all Pratchett enthusiasts. Eric refuses to accept that Rincewind, although he does look like a slightly pathetic human wizard, isn’t in fact a demon who can conjure greatness for the young lad. Rincewind largely ignores Eric’s attempts to boss him around, being more preoccupied with the never-ending task of staying alive.As usual, Rincewind takes the reader (and, this time, Eric and a parrot) on a hilarious, frenetic and fast-paced journey; for running away is his specialty. They travel across Discworld, down into hell, backwards in time, and even outside of time. This book contains all one comes to expect from Pratchett. True British comedy and wit, rollicking fun; all with a thread of wisdom sewn in. I only wonder why it took me so long to get around to this one!

  • Celise
    2019-02-27 17:03

    “There's a door.""Where does it go?""It stays where it is, I think.” Not nearly as funny or eventful following Guards! Guards!, but short and thoroughly entertaining. Rincewind may not be everyone's favourite character, but I like the shenanigans he gets involved with.This is only my ninth Terry Pratchett book and I already feel like this is one of the most important series in my life. You know when you look back on a series wishing you could read it all over again for the first time? I feel oddly aware and privileged to be able to read 30 more of these for the first time. Normally this feeling doesn't hit me until after everything's over.

  • Silvia Kay
    2019-03-13 11:55

    I was expecting this book to be a lot worse than it actually turned out to be (i.e. pretty awesome) based on a few people's lukewarm reactions. I really, REALLY enjoyed the portrayal of the Demon King as a pedantic (if slighly burned out) corporate CEO. The social commentary was spot-on, and as for the humour, it was its usual fantastic self. 4 stars.

  • Noa Velasco
    2019-03-03 18:00

    Leerlo en inglés fue una mala idea. No puedo hacer una valoración a fondo porque, no nos vamos a engañar, a veces me perdía.Sin duda es un título Pratchett 100%, hilarante, preciso, mordaz y con alusiones constantes a cultura clásica y popular: Fausto, La Divina Comedia, La Odisea, religiones precolombinas... y burocracia contemporánea, entre otras.Adjunto unas citas:«Then there was silence, the special kind that you get after a really unpleasant noise».«Even wizards thought demonologists were odd; they tended to be surreptitious, pale men who got up to complicated things in darkened rooms and had damp, weak handshakes». «It didn't matter if you were fleeing from or to, so long as you were fleeing».«"There's a door," he whispered. "Where does it go?""It stays where it is, I think," said Rincewind».«"Um," said Rincewind. He didn't like the sound of 'Him being back' and 'Him being angry'. Whenever something important enough to deserve capital letters was angry in the vicinity of Rincewind, it was usually angry with him».Como ves, unas risas :D

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-03-24 13:52

    “‘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. Here are some quotes from the novel that I adored: “The gods of the Disc have never bothered much about judging the souls of the dead, and so people only go to hell if that’s where they believe, in their deepest heart, that they deserve to go. Which they won’t do if they don’t know about it. This explains why it is so important to shoot missionaries on sight.”“Rincewind had been told that death was just like going into another room. The difference is, when you shout ‘Where’s my clean socks?’, no-one answers.”“No enemies had ever taken Ankh-Morpork. Well technically they had, quite often; they city welcomed free-spending barbarian invaders, but somehow the puzzled raiders found, after a few days, that they didn’t own their horses any more, and within a couple of months they were just another minority group with its own graffiti and food shops.”Great, right? It also makes me sad to see the decline in his writing recently. I got through a third of “Snuff” in about a month and gave up thereafter. I haven’t returned to it in nearly a year. Also, those Tiffany Aching books are pretty diabolical - I know they’re aimed at “Young Adults” but really, kids can read the “adult” Discworld books. I did, and I turned out fine. Plus the adult humour is really subtle and will go over a kid’s head. I didn’t pick up on it when I was 12 but at 28? Yeah I noticed it. Pratchett’s really clever like that and his books can be read for all ages. Those Aching books are just pandering and condescending. Kids, teenagers, are smarter than that and should just read the regular Discworld stuff rather than go for Discworld Lite. And yes, I realise the decline in writing is linked to his Alzheimer’s which I couldn’t be more saddened by, but still. Reading this early Discworld book and comparing it to his most recent one is really eye-opening. There aren’t any quotes from “Snuff” that I’d type out to read to myself over and over, unlike “Eric”. “Eric” is set after the events of “Sourcery” but before “Interesting Times” - both books I encourage you to seek out if you enjoyed this - but it can be read as standalone book too. It might even be the best introduction to the new reader of Pratchett. Rincewind and the amazing Luggage (a steamer trunk with dozens of tiny legs that’s sentient but silent) are the main characters, there are appearances from Death and the Librarian, and you get a tour of the Disc courtesy of the three wishes that takes Rincewind and Eric across time and space. The story is straightforward and you don’t need to have read the half dozen or so titles that preceded it - it’s a satire on the legendary Faust story. Seriously, you can just jump on board with this book and, if you like Pratchett’s style, continue on your way. And due to it’s shortness, It’s the perfect sampler. I have to mention the Luggage - I’d forgotten why I was so enchanted with the Rincewind stories and it’s partly RIncewind for his cowardly wit, but it’s also for the Luggage. They’ve got this great chemistry like a buddy cop story where one of the cops doesn’t speak and might be homicidal. Luggage has some amazing scenes in this as well, particularly his introduction which is so fantastic and funny so I won’t spoil it here. And Pratchett’s humour has never been more prevalent than in this story. Here are some more quotes I loved: “There’s a door”“Where does it go?”“It stays where it is, I think”“What’re quantum mechanics?”“I don’t know. People who repair quantums, I suppose”And these two gems about war:“The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking.”“The sergeant put on the poker face which has been handed down from NCO to NCO ever since one protoamphibian told another, lower ranking protoamphibian to muster a squad of newts and Take That Beach.”“Eric” is just a really, really fun read. I loved it, it was just what I needed to remind me why I love reading and that a truly good book trumps nearly everything else in the world. Never read Pratchett? Check out “Eric”. Been a while since you read early Pratchett? Check out “Eric”.

  • Linda
    2019-03-14 17:57

    3.5 starsThis had a lot of really great scenes, and of course I loved seeing Rincewind and Luggage again. But I didn’t enjoy it as much as many of the other books in the series up to now. I may rate this higher upon a reread, however. I believe I was a bit distracted while reading this as it took me much longer to read than it should have given the short length.

  • Tinka
    2019-03-05 13:08

    “Hell needed horribly bright, self-centered people like Eric. They were much better at being nasty than demons could ever manage”I really love the Discworld in general. Terry Pratchett created a unique world, full of quirks and the absolute unexpected.So, this semester I took a class on Goethe’s Faust at university. It was an intensify reading class and it was fun to get deeper into the material and look at one of the ultimate German classics in a different way. The semester is almost over now and I decided to finally read “Eric”. I didn’t do it previously because it was called a direct parody to Faust which I hadn’t read before and I felt like if I don’t know the original, I don’t get as many laughs out of it.Having now read both Eric and Faust, I gotta say I would have understood the humor perfectly without knowing the “source material”.Faust is not the only thing that he is making fun of in the novel. There is time travel, the Mayan culture, the Trojan War and I think hell is a take on Dante’s Inferno (which I haven’t read…shame on me). Eric, our kind of protagonist is a 13 year old, self-absorbed, kinda awkward teenager who tries to be a demonologist and he is pretty bad at it.He wants to summon a demon, but accidently gets wizard Rincewind, who is according to himself the worst wizard on the Discworld.Eric is well…he is okay. I kinda wish I could be more specific about my feelings for him but I feel sort of indifferent. I didn’t particularly like him, but I didn’t dislike him either. Rincewind is one of my favorite Discworld character. His dry sense of humor, his sarcasm and his motto to always run away no matter what are basically the best. Also, with him comes Luggage who his hilarious.Death, another one of my favorite characters makes a few short appearances and is hilarious of course.The other characters in the book are alright, but to me no one stands really out.The story is a funny little road trip in the style of Faust through space and time and it is more straightforward than a lot of other Discworld novels, which basically comes from being very short.I wished Pratchett would’ve done actually more with the Faust material, because there is a lot of stuff in it that could work excellent as a parody.Conclusion: All in all I really enjoyed it. It is not one of my favorite Discworld novels, but it was entertaining and I’m glad I read it.Recommendation: If you are a Discworld fan go and read it now, you won’t regret it. If you want a short, entertainment and laugh than it is also good. However, if you never read a Discworld novel before I wouldn’t start with this one. There are explanations, but it could get a bit confusing.

  • Tana
    2019-03-11 10:54

    Oh, Eric. Where do I even begin?Even though it’s probably the shortest Discworld novel (197 pages in large font), it took me weeks to read. This might have had something to do with the obscene amount of schoolwork my teachers decided to heap on me at the time, but usually I will willingly give up homework, television and social life for a new Pratchett book, and I will do it with a grateful and reverent smile on my face.This one, however . . . not so much.For one thing I think I may be the only person on the planet who just doesn’t like Rincewind. No, that’s not true. I hate Rincewind. Some of his books are good -- The Light Fantastic and Interesting Times -- but as for the wizard himself, I would happily drown him. And in Eric, there is no escape from Rincewind. No scene-stealing side characters like Twoflower or Cohen the Barbarian. No interesting subplots. Nothing. Just page after page of Rincewind and Eric – who really seems to be more of an unthinking automaton than Hex himself – tramping from one LOL RANDUM adventure to another.That sense of randomness is probably my biggest complaint about the book. From beginning to end, Eric is just . . . sloppy. It feels less like a coherent novel than a collection of scrapped ideas and plot points that didn't fit anywhere else. Case in point: Hell. In Eric hell is a nightmare, all right – as uselessly bureaucratic as any government agency. However, as funny as the idea may be, the humor is somewhat spoiled by the fact that the scenes in hell invariably feel like hastily-revised outtakes from Good Omens. They don’t fit.Nothing in Eric fits. Other than the presence of a few recurring characters, it bears little resemblance to the other Discworld novels, which is especially odd considering it's the ninth book in the series. It baffles and distresses me that something like this could come after a novel like Guards! Guards! or Wyrd Sisters. The book is for the most part unnecessary filler; as far as I can tell the only purpose it serves is to bring Rincewind back from the Dungeon Dimensions, which might easily have been handled with an extra paragraph or two in Interesting Times. Unless you happen to be a hardcore Pratchett fan desperate to read anything new by him, I would recommend skipping this one. Definitely don’t start with it. And for God’s sake, someone shut up the damn parrot already.

  • Eric
    2019-03-23 12:12

    I picked this up at a used bookstore on Bainbridge Island while on vacation for two reasons -- I really like Sir Terry Pratchett, and this particular novel shares my name. So it seemed like fate I should pick it up. It was so short that I read it mostly in one sitting while still on vacation.Being the ninth Discworld book, this may sound odd, but you can still tell this is early Pratchett, when he was still feeling out the world and the characters. It's still good, solid work, and it has some great comedic moments, but it's not as refined and sharp as his later work. That said, if you are looking for a parody of the Trojan Horse myth, the tale of creation, or a "be careful what you wish for" genie story, all with hapless wizard Rincewind stuck in the middle and looking only to flee, look no further.

  • Mamen B.
    2019-03-01 13:04

    3/5 Debo de ser de las pocas, pero me gusta la saga de los magos de Mundodisco. La mayoría de la gente dice que es la más floja, pero yo disfruto con ellos un montón. Rincewind tiene un humor que sale impregnando su cobardía y que hace que me parta de risa en los momentos más inesperados.En este libro volvemos a tener a nuestro "mago" metido en aventuras sin él buscarlas, como siempre, y esta vez acompañado de un joven demonólogo obsesionado con las mujeres y lleno de acné y un loro con un vocabulario muy reducido. Nos encontraremos además con un infierno burocratizado, como un ministerio o una empresa, y es aquí donde Pratchett nos mete su crítica mientras nos reímos.También vamos a encontrarnos viajando al pasado y descubriendo que los mitos no son cómo los cuentan o asistiendo a la creación del Mundodisco con un personaje muy peculiar y un sándwich xD.Como siempre, un gusto leer a Pratchett. La evasión es completa cuando te metes en su Mundodisco y ha sido una lectura que me ha tenido enganchada como hacía tiempo que no me pasaba.El próximo: Imágenes en acción.

  • Alfred Haplo
    2019-03-21 18:57

    Pretty fun and not horrid were my concluding thoughts upon reading Eric*. Tipping over 200 pages, this is a mercifully short story giving Rincewind just enough leeway to play his hapless, cowardly wizard with the kind heart but not too many opportunities to irritate. As the very first main character in the very first DiscWorld book *, Rincewind occupies a sentimental spot with fans so I do try hard to see why. Though iconic, Rincewind has never quite struck me as a particularly compelling character. Mostly, I feel ambivalence, not being able to detect any charisma or memorable traits, much less any emotional development. He is flawed but not the kind of flaw that is distinctive or requires redemption so as a character, he progressed little over four books (yay! I survived them) though he did have an epiphany in Sourcery that was promising. Rincewind is the sort of fellow who goes aimlessly with the flow following trouble. Or maybe trouble swirls around him everywhere he flows.Eric is that type of story. Generic as he is, Rincewind is perfectly adaptable to any situations that call for flying in the seat of one’s pants. The book’s eponymous demonologist is a teenager who summons a demon ala Faust to grant three wishes. Who appeared but our bumbling wizard whose last appearance, or shall we say, disappearance, was being sucked into the Dungeons Dimension hitherto fate unknown in Sourcery. The duo go places as these wishes are fulfilled where they encounter local inhabitants of the demonic, divine and deity-worshipping types, as well as a visit back in time to Ephebes and Tsort in the throes of the Trojan War. Needless to say, where Rincewind goes, fan favorite Luggage follows and terrorizes with plenty of gnashing. Eric feels reminiscent of Rincewind’s adventures with Twoflower in the earliest two books, with naive, young Eric replacing naive, young Twoflower but with less wild exuberance. Part of the fun in reading Pratchett is wondering what characters pop up. A smartass parrot whose oft-phrase was “up yours!” wrung my first crack of laugh, so I hope it returns in the future. There is the Demon King Astfgl, a bureaucrat who punishes the hell out of people with boredom and memos, and replaces fires of damnation with office ambience to the chagrin of old-timer demons longing for the good old days of torture and terror. So much potential there for the corny jokes to go on for eternity. More, please! After a slew of preceding books in-built with social commentaries, Eric is refreshingly without any, I think. Though there is a devilishly clever coup at the end where political maneuvering is best achieved not by direct rebellion but by playing to vanity.All taken into account, nothing terribly bad about any of it. This is akin to Pratchett writing while vacationing at the beach having left his writer's black fedora at home. Put a familiar character into an easy, breezy plot, *snaps finger*! An amusing, non-demanding book. Personally, I can do without Rincewind but DiscWorld is probably not the same without him. For that, two stars bumped up to three as a tribute to the character who started it all. [* DiscWorld #9, Rincewind #4. The Colour of Magic, DiscWorld #1, Rincewind #1][** Not spoiler. Just a couple allusions to other books, (view spoiler)[Hey there, TCOM!“I don’t think so,” said Rincewind, speaking from experience. “There’s no rushing wind. You get a rushing wind when you’re falling. Also your past life flashes before your eyes, and I haven’t seen anything I recognize yet.”I think this refers to the Carpet story which I haven’t read, but it was mentioned in a comment in another of my DiscWorld reviews (10 books and counting!) “The walls have had to be moved apart especially to accommodate them all, sire. And thick pile, sire? Whole tribes of pygmies are wondering why the light stays on at night, sire!” (hide spoiler)]

  • Belcebon
    2019-03-18 14:54

    No hay mejor psiquiatra que te ayude en momentos de necesidad que un buen libro de Mundo Disco

  • Nathan
    2019-03-18 14:02

    Complete Discworld RereadPay attention, there is a lot going on and less than two hundred pages of large type to get it all in. Rincewind needs out of the Dungeon Dimensions, a young demonologist wants some wishes granted (and needs a cold shower), and several different demons have their own ideas of what should be done. So watch closely, and you will see how the trick is set. Young Eric calls on a demon, Rincewind slips through into the occult circle, and something unknown makes sure Eric gets everything he wishes for. Of course, this being Discworld, he really should be more careful in what he wished for.I have probably read this book twice a year since I first discovered it. It is the perfect book for those ‘what do I read now?’ moments; short and funny as hell. Eric believes Rincewind is the demon he worked so hard to call and demands his three wishes (rule the world, meet the most beautiful girl in history, and live forever). From there they find the results of each wish, one after another. Along the way they meet obvious parodies of Ponce de Leon, Odysseus, and Helen of Troy. Not a lot of depth, though the humor is a very smart. Not a lot of character development, Rincewind is a known quantity at this point, and Eric is nothing more than an out of depth, horny teenager; his wishes are more of a presence than he is. Not even a lot of cameo’s; only Death, Rincewind, and Luggage are regular characters from the series as a whole. There is however a wisecracking parrot, so take that for what it is worth.Something that may be interesting to fans of ‘Good Omens,’ a book co-written by Gaiman; this book starts playing with the idea of a more efficient hell, immediately reminding me of Crowley. For the review to be any longer it would reach the book’s word count. So a recap; not deep, standalone, funny as hell, quick little romp that is great for when you want something to read between the giant tomes of the latest blockbuster fantasy series.4 stars. May not really deserve it based on plot and character development, but it is pure entertainment.

  • Rob
    2019-03-07 19:06

    Executive Summary: This was a quick read, even for a Discworld book, but not one of my favorites, especially following the excellent Guards! Guards!.Full ReviewIt seems apparent that the Rincewind books are my least favorite sub-series of Discworld. So far I've only really enjoyed The Light Fantastic. It's not that they are bad exactly, they just aren't nearly as good as the City Watch, Death or Witches books have been so far.I'm not particularly fond of Rincewind either. The best part of his books seem to be the luggage that follows him around wreaking havoc. In this one we meet a young Necromancer named Eric and his rather obnoxious parrot. Things go a bit crazy and Rincewind does his best to run away as usual.There are some pretty funny parts, and a few good quotes, but far fewer than Guards! Guards! and some of the other of the past books. This is also the shortest book thus far. It made for a quick and easy read, that was good but not great. I'm glad I read it, but if/when I decide to reread any of the Discworld books, it won't make the cut.

  • Cristina Boncea
    2019-03-01 18:04

    Terry trebuie să fie la fel de magic ca vrăjitorii din cărțile lui. Finalul aproape că a salvat cartea care nu mi-a plăcut (nota ar fi 2,4999999999999999(9).Cred că ar fi trebuit să citesc Faust înainte dar știu în mare despre ce era vorba.Eric e un puști de 13 ani care îl invocă pe Vânturache, un fost vrăjitor acum fantomă sau chiar demon. Vânturache pocnește din degete și cei doi sunt transportați în diferite perioade de timp (Eric își pusese 3 dorințe: să conducă lumea, să trăiască veșnic și să aibă cea mai frumoasă femeie dar nici una nu a mers cum trebuie).Într-un final, Vânturache și Eric ajung în iad dar reușesc să plece. Demonii din iad vor să-l schimbe pe rege deoarece e PREA DE TOT și în loc de vechile forme de tortură el folosește plictiseala așa că îl închid într-un birou și-l lasă să se bucure de fericirea lui. Finalul a fost awesome și explicativ.Bineînțeles, totul a fost amuzant și sunt sigură că au fost mai multe puns decât am înțeles (cele istorice, sunt sigură) dar mi-a luat mult s-o citesc și a fost chinuitor. M-a cam dezamăgit cartea dar oricum Terry rămâne my fave.

  • Chronographia
    2019-02-23 17:55

    A lot of people want to compare this book to the entire series of Discworld books, which is a natural sort of thing to do since Pratchett's popularity is overwhelming these days and he's got a long back catalog to go through for newcomers.So. This was written at a time when he was on fairly good grips with parody, but not yet satire. When a series of small adventures were easier to string together than, say, an engrossing novel-length plot. Rincewind and his Luggage are stock characters, and thus provides some amusing stock jokes. And that's ok, for a book Pratchett wrote eighteen years ago.(It's almost embarrasing how much of this book can be taken away as nonsequiteur quotes, and how little of the sequence of events one actually remembers.)There is a great moment towards the end, when it becomes obvious that this is the seed of the idea that would later be the Dis-Organizer. That may or may not be worth the time it takes to read this.

  • YouKneeK
    2019-03-01 14:44

    This was a very short book (Novella? Bookella?) in the Discworld universe, featuring Rincewind. My Kindle edition said it was 149 pages, and it felt even shorter. Apparently it was originally published with illustrations, but I read a non-illustrated version. People had told me the illustrations weren’t necessary to the story, and I agree with them. It was perfectly coherent on its own. Well, as coherent as the Discworld ever is, I guess. :)The basic story is that Rincewind, for reasons not worth trying to explain, finds himself unwillingly playing the role of demon for a teenage boy. There really wasn’t much to the plot, although the explanation for everything that happened was somewhat amusing. The book was cute, with some funny moments, but I don’t think it will prove to be particularly memorable.