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Preview — Eric by Terry Pratchett
Eric (Discworld #9)
But Eric isn't even good at getting his own way. Instead of a powerful dem ...more
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.
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.
Pay 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 ...more
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 thu ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Yes, it's a less mature book than some of its predecessors, but it is based on Doctor Faustus. How mature can it get? *runs from screeching Marlowe fans*
In relation to the rest of Pratchett's work though, I'd say this ...more
The dumb fun in question starts when the perpetually ineffective wizard Rincewind is accidentally summoned from the neth ...more
Anyway. Eric isn't quite as weighty - literally or figuratively - as some of the other Pratchett books i've read but it's a good, fun read with one of the most harrowingly awful depictions of Hell to come out in... well... centurie ...more
Eric, Rincewind, Luggage and Eric's parrot time travel from the present to the past. They go all the way back to the beginning of time. Along the way Rincewind takes a t ...more
Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. The trouble is, he's not very good at it. All he wants is the usual three wishes: to be immortal, rule the world and have the most beautiful woman fall madly in love with him. The usual stuff. But what he gets is Rincewind, and Rincewind's Luggage into the bargain. Terry Pratchett's hilarious take on the Faust legend stars many of the Discworld's most popular characters in an outrageous adventure that will leave Eric wishing once more - th ...more
the story concerns the ever-hapless rincewind (arguably one of my least favorite characters in the discworld cannon -- though that's kind of like saying ground beef is one of my least favorite burrito-fillings...it's still a burrito), and his "enslavement" by the 13-year old demonologist, eri ...more
I'm still not overly attached to Rincewind (compared to other main characters) but I always enjoy The Luggage and Death. Moreover, I enjoyed the Demon King Astfgl and the description, versions of, and jokes surrounding Hell.
It's also not that good (though better than I remember). The main issue being it feels like such a step back. After the brilliant trio of Wyrd Sisters/Pyramids/Guards Guards, Eric harks back to The Colour of Magic - patchy, short chapters, brief; more a series of sketch ...more
Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. Pity he's not very good at it. All he wants are his three wishes granted -- to be immortal, to rule the world, and have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him -- the usual stuff. He calls up Rincewind, probably the most incompetent wizard in the universe. Eric's in for a wild ride through space and time.
All he wants is his three wishes granted. Nothing fancy - to be immortal, rule the world, have the most
It was a fun read, but thanks perhaps to having read all the previous entries in the series at a trot, it was also a bit of a slog for me.
It's been a while since I read Eric last. I don't think last time I read it, I caught all the Faust references. This time I did. Although they amused me, it's just not my thing.
I do like the comparison of hell to a low budget American hotel. And, of course, I always appreciate Luggage. You know that it's going to be a fun read if Rincewind's involved.
All in all, it was an amusing book but not really the laugh-out-loud that I ...more
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, ...more