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Eric (Discworld #9)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  28,907 ratings  ·  621 reviews
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 bad...at 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 dem...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by HarperTorch (first published 1990)
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Tfitoby
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 lov...more
Siria
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...more
Melki
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.
Nathan
Complete Discworld Reread

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
Sam Quixote
“‘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...more
Chronographia
Jun 20, 2011 Chronographia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are running out of Terry Pratchet books to read
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 thu...more
Jason
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.
Tana
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...more
Rob
I've seen some of the comments, but two things alone make this worth reading: the parody of the Trojan War, and, of course, "Whosname! Whosname!"

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*
Dirk Grobbelaar
There are really only two things I can say about this novel, both of which count in its favour:

1. It's conveniently short and a quick read
2. It's very, very funny
Gulen
Rincewind fanı olmasam da bu kitabı sevdim; Terry'nin kitapları daha hızlı çevrilsin, bir an evvel yeni bir Havamumu Nine romanı okuyalım istiyorum.
Creativity's Corner
This book is supposed to be a satire on the story of Faust (in fact, many of the covers for other editions list it as Faust with a strikethrough and rewritten as Eric). I will be the first to admit that I know practically nothing about the Faust legend and what I do know is filtered through retelling upon retelling in various mediums. I don't really feel qualified to judge it in relation to Faust, because I don't know the original.

In relation to the rest of Pratchett's work though, I'd say this...more
Jamie
Like all Terry Pratchett's other Diskworld books, Eric is a lampoon of the fantasy genre, full of parodies, ironic juxtapositions, puns, and good old fashioned jokes. Only this time Pratchett sets his sights at slightly more lofty literary targets, as Eric is largely a parody of Faust, Dante's The Inferno, and Homer's The Iliad. But don't worry, there's plenty of dumb fun, too.

The dumb fun in question starts when the perpetually ineffective wizard Rincewind is accidentally summoned from the neth...more
Joshua Cejka
May 12, 2012 Joshua Cejka rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Joshua by: Gillian
Shelves: fun
I received a copy of Eric - that just sounds weird - from a friend for My birthday and finished it in two days. On my birthday, no less, while sitting on my porch with a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. Perfect way to read in my opinion - but that's something else.

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
Charlotte Jones
Apart from Terry Pratchett's children's books, Pratchett has never really been an author that I have had any interest in reading. I have tried to read some of his Discworld novels previously but never really got past the first few pages but after receiving this book as part of a brilliant collection for sale at The Book People online (not being sponsored at all, their collections are just amazing!), I thought I should try reading Terry Pratchett because I now actually own one of his books. Eric...more
Genie
Eric, is a teenaged "would be" demonologist from Pseuodopolis. He is also a hopelessly spoiled brat. While trying to summon a demon to fulfill his wish for power, women, and eternal life, Eric winds up with the totally inept wizard, Rincewind who (along with Luggage) was last seen locked in the Dungeon Dimensions in "Sourcery".
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
Kate
Synopsis:

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
Michael Clemens
It's a shame that Goodreads doesn't allow half-stars, for there's certainly something missing in Eric. Pratchett does have a habit of sometimes jumping from scene to scene without a decipherable transition: extend that to book length, and you'll have a sense of how disjointedly this title reads. Rincewind's standard imperiled shtick is growing a little thin by now, and the supporting characters are even thinner. Shunted through time, he and the titular character barely spend enough time mucking...more
James
the ninth book in terry pratchett's discworld series, eric was originally done in a graphic format with artist josh kirby and is transposed here in the mass market paperback version into a traditional novel.

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
Lance
The covers of newer editions of this one do not have 'Faust' in large letters crossed out with a hand written 'Eric' next to it. This book parodies Faust, Dante's Inferno, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, Conquistadors in the New World, and just about everyone's view of the afterlife, ... oh, and the Creation, too. Rincewind, who's been running around the Dungeon Dimensions since Sourcery, jumps through the first available portal back home, only to meet up with Eric, a kid who's too smart for his own...more
J.
A short, light read with nice references to Ancient Greek mythology. A fun read.

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.
Andy
Eric intrigues me as much now as it did back in my teens. It's such an odd book: half as short as usual, different publisher, illustrated, a direct parody of a specific story, a sentient parrot sidekick. Pratchett's concept album.

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
Ана Хелс
Малка симпатична книжка, с огромното достойнство да има повече от една изумителна Кирби – илюстрация, осен на корицата , и в самото книжно тяло, които обаче не достигнаха до мен, защото се сещате как и откъде съм я чела, но обмислям сериозно да колекционирам графично обогатените пратчетки заради самото удоволствие от няколкочасовото взиране в детайлите на шашавите светове, някак излезли в почти материална форма от главата на дядо Тери. Самата история е страшно симпатична, весела и хаплива , какт...more
Lisa
I'm either getting my mojo back or there's something in the air, as I've picked up the next Discworld book starring Rincewind to find myself not only unirritated but positively enjoying him. Who'd have thunk?!

In Faust Eric, Rincewind is accidentally summoned by a teenage demonologist who'd like three wishes granted. Although Rincewind is definitely not a demon he's still bound by the summoning, and so (to Rincewind's surprise) a click of his fingers soon sees him taking a trip around the Discwor...more
Stuart Langridge

SUMMARY:
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.
SUMMARY:
All he wants is his three wishes granted. Nothing fancy - to be immortal, rule the world, have the most

...more
Persephone
This is the first Terry Pratchett book that I've "read". (Does listening to an audio-book counting as "reading" it? Discuss.) I'm struck by this book's similarities to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, in terms of the dry humour. This is a good thing...
Hrishi
Take one part Faust, one part Apocalypto, one part Iliad, and one part Dante's Inferno. Add a healthy dose of sarcastic pessimism, a squirt of whimsy and a dollop of the amazing Luggage with legs. Use the backdrop of the already awesome Discworld... Reduce and distill. What you get at the end is the 9th book in the Discworld series (by publication) - Eric!

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.

Some...more
Scott Holstad
I was left strangely unsatisfied after reading this book, but I don't quite know why. It's a stand alone book, not part of one of the sub-series of Discworld novels like with the witches or city guard. But that doesn't necessarily make it bad. It's about Rincewind the inept wizard, who I tend to like quite a bit. Actually, the book is about a horny adolescent boy named Eric who fancies himself a demonologist who calls for a demon to magically appear, only it's Rincewind who appears. Eric has thr...more
Tinka
“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 a...more
Aaron Wittwer
This is the first Discworld novel (reading them in order) that I just wanted to get through and be done with. It feels as though Pratchett had a similar desire in writing it. The humor here is, compared to ANY of the previous books, just a bit lazy and underwrought, lacking the subtle, layered wit of previous entries. The plot isn't at all compelling, feeling more disparate and jumbled than even the first couple books. And I've never found Josh Kirby's cover art for these to be particularly appe...more
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