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Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. Pity he's not very good at it.

All he wants is his three wishes granted. Nothing fancy - to be immortal, rule the world, have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him, the usual stuff.

But instead of a tractable demon, he calls up Rincewind, probably the most incompetent wizard in the universe, and the extremely intractable and hostile form of travel accessory known as the Luggage.

With them on his side, Eric's in for a ride through space and time that is bound to make him wish (quite fervently) again - this time that he's never been born.

197 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published January 1, 1990

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Terry Pratchett

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Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

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, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987, he turned to writing full time.

There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal.

A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback - Harper Torch, 2006 - and trade paperback - Harper Paperbacks, 2006).

In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry published Snuff in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.

Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

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769 reviews3,500 followers
July 5, 2020
Don´t play with dark magic, it could be that Rincewind and the notorious pearwood chest return from other dimensions instead of the wished Jinn, fairy, or, in this case, demon or, why not, the dark lord himself.

Pratchett´s second novel with classic novels as inspirations, it´s more dynamic and quicker plotted than Wyrd Sisters, integrating as many innuendos as possible and mixing in historical and mythical elements.

It shows how much potential there is to reinterpret, adapt, satirize, and rewrite the classics or, as there are meanwhile so many new adaptions on the market, modify the modifications. Where will this end? The famous works are just a tiny grain of creativity in the sea of unknown already written and still to write works, especially humor, fantasy, and sci-fi are fertile ground for unique and new ideas. It are the genres in which I´ve read most completely new, groundbreaking ideas, while average literature without fantastic elements or the horror and thriller genre are rotating around the similar few plots and tropes possible in these settings. On the other hand, all of these plots can easily be implemented in the much more manifold fantasy settings.

Prepare for a short trip to hell where good oldfashioned torturing has been replaced by some kind of psychological horror white torture that is even more sinister than the parody of Dante´s inferno surrounding it. I am not sure if the real hell or this ironic version of it might be worse, the best thing might be to combine both to not just crush the body or the mind, but both permanent and efficient.

The real, whatever and wherever it was, Troyan war wasn´t fun, but this time it gets hilarious and wait until you see the most beautiful woman

Some points:
Puberty with its stereotypical problems is satirized, reappearing in the Tiffany Aching novels, this time with a bit more spoiled teenage dirtbag.
The Azteks are still empiring and have special treatments for their gods.

Both, Goethe, sigh, and Dante maybe, I haven´t read it, but I´ll just say the same about it because I am an irresponsible wastrel, are certainly no entertaining fun reads for most people, but their potential for inspiring new ideas is something that should never be underestimated. In this way, they get a second meaning in their literary lives next to torturing helpless school kids forced to read the, ahem, classics.

Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique:

This one is added to all Pratchettian reviews:
The idea of the dissected motifs rocks, highlighting the main real world inspirational elements of fiction and satire is something usually done with so called higher literature, but a much more interesting field in readable literature, as it offers the joy of reading, subtle criticism, and feeling smart all together.
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Author 65 books231k followers
November 22, 2014
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.
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9,566 reviews56k followers
March 28, 2021
Eric (Discworld #9), Terry Pratchett

Eric, stylized as Faust Eric, is the ninth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. It was originally published in 1990 as a "Discworld story", in a larger format than the other novels and illustrated by Josh Kirby. It was later reissued as a normal paperback without any illustrations, and in some cases, with the title given on the cover and title pages simply as Eric. (The page headers, however, continued to alternate between Faust and Eric.)

The story is a parody of the tale of Faust, and follows the events of Sorcery in which the Wizard Rincewind was trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions. The Discworld version of Hell or Pandemonium exists simply because some people believe that it exists for them. In other Discworld stories, such as Small Gods, the afterlife is different or non-existent, according to the various beliefs.

Rincewind wakes in a strange place, having been summoned by the 13-year-old demonologist, Eric Thursley, who wants the mastery of all kingdoms, to meet the most beautiful woman who ever existed, and to live forever.

He is disappointed when Rincewind tells him he is unable to deliver any of these things, and embarrassed when Rincewind sees through his disguise.

Rincewind is disheartened to learn that the spells to confine the demon summoned are working on him; Eric's parrot tells him that because he was summoned as a demon, he is subject to the same terms. ...

تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دوم ماه مارس 2020میلادی

عنوان: دیسک ورلد (جهان صفحه) کتاب نهم: اریک؛ نویسنده تری پرچت؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 20م

دیسک ورلد (جهان صفجه)، یک سری از کتابهای فانتزی هستند، که روانشاد «تری پرچت»، نویسنده ی «انگلیسی»، نگاشته ‌اند؛ داستان‌های این سری در جهانی با نام «دیسک‌ ورلد (جهان صفحه)» می‌گذرند؛ که صفحه‌ ای تخت است، و بر شانه‌ های «چهار فیل»، با هیکلهای بزرگ، قرار دارد؛ این فیل‌ها نیز، به نوبه ی خود، بر روی پشت یک «لاک‌پشت غول‌آسا»، با نام «آتوئین بزرگ» قرار دارند؛ در این سری از کتابها، بارها از سوژه های کتاب‌های نویسندگانی همچون «جی.آر.آر تالکین»، «رابرت هاوارد»، «اچ پی لاوکرافت»، و «ویلیام شکسپیر»، به گونه ای خنده دار، استفاده شده ‌است؛

از سری «دیسک ‌ورلد» بیشتر از هشتاد میلیون نسخه، در سی و هفت زبان، به فروش رفته‌ است؛ این سری در برگیرنده ی بیش از چهل رمان (تاکنون چهل و یک رمان)، یازده داستان کوتاه، چهار کتاب علمی، و چندین کتاب مرجع، و مکمل است؛ از این سری، چندین رمان تصویری، بازی کامپیوتری، نمایش تئاتر، سریالهای تلویزیونی اقتباس شده ‌است؛ روزنامه ی «ساندی تایمز» چاپ «انگلستان» از این سری به عنوان یکی از پرفروش‌ترین سری کتاب‌ها نام برده، و «تری پرچت» را، به عنوان پرفروش‌ترین نویسنده ی «انگلستان»، در دهه ی نود میلادی دانسته است؛

رمان‌های «دیسک‌ورلد» جوایز بسیاری از جمله جایزه «پرومتئوس»، و مدال ادبی «کارنگی» را، از آن خود کرده ‌اند؛ در نظرسنجی «بیگ رید»، که «بی‌بی‌سی» در سال 2003میلادی، در «انگلستان» انجام داد، چهار رمان سری «دیسک‌ورلد»؛ در فهرست یکصد کتاب برتر قرار گرفتند؛ همچنین مردمان «انگلیس»، در این نظرسنجی، چهارده رمان «دیسک‌ورلد» را، در ��مار دویست کتاب برتر، دانستند؛ تا کنون، از این سری، چهل و یک رمان، به چاپ رسیده است؛ «تری پرچت» که پیش از درگذشتش؛ در ابتدای سال 2015میلادی، از بیماری «آلزایمر» رنج می‌بردند، اعلام کردند که خوشحال می‌شوند که دخترشان، «ریانا پرچت»، به جای ایشان، به ادامه ی این سری بپردازند؛ تا جلد بیست و ششم رمان این سری، رمان «دزد زمان (2001میلادی)» به دست «جاش کربی»، به تصویر کشیده شده ‌اند، اما نسخه ‌های «آمریکایی»، که انتشارات «هارپرکالینز» آن‌ها را، منتشر کرده، دارای تصاویر روی جلد متفاوتی هستند؛ پس از درگذشت «جاش کربی»، در سال 2001میلادی، نقاشی‌های روی جلد کتاب‌های بعدی این سری، بدست «پائول کربی» کشیده‌ شدند

کتابهای اول و دوم: «رنگ جادو»؛ کتاب سوم: «زنان جادوگر»؛ کتاب چهارم: «مرگ»؛ کتاب پنجم: «سورسری (برگردان فارسی جادوی مرجع)»؛ کتاب ششم: «خواهران ویرد»؛ کتاب هفتم: «هرم ها»؛ کتاب هشتم: «نگهبانان! نگهبانان»؛ کتاب نهم: «اریک»؛ کتاب دهم: «تصاویر متحرک»؛ کتاب یازدهم: «مرد دروگر»؛ کتاب دوازدهم: «جادوگران خارج»؛ کتاب سیزدهم: «ایزدان خرد (خدایان کوچک)»؛ کتاب چهاردهم: «لردها و بانوان»؛ کتاب پانزدهم: «مردان مسلح»؛ کتاب شانزدهم: «موسیقی روح»؛ کتاب هفدهم: «اوقات جالب»؛ کتاب هجدهم: «ماسکراد»؛ کتاب نوزدهم: «پاهای خشت (فیت آو کلی)»؛ کتاب بیستم: «هاگفادر»؛ کتاب بیست و یکم: «جینگو»؛ کتاب بیست و دوم: «آخرین قاره»؛ کتاب بیست و سوم: «کارپه جوگلوم»؛ کتاب بیست و چهارم: «فیل پنجم»؛ کتاب بیست و پنجم: «حقیقت»؛ کتاب بیست و ششم: «دزد زمان»؛ کتاب بیست و هفتم: «آخرین قهرمان»؛ کتاب بیست و هشتم: «ماوریس شگفت‌انگیز و موش‌های آموزش‌دیده‌اش»؛ کتاب بیست و نهم: «ساعت شب»؛ کتاب سی ام: «مردان آزاد وی»؛ کتاب سی و یکم: «هنگ بزرگ»؛ کتاب سی و دوم: «کلاهی پُر از آسمان»؛ کتاب سی و سوم: «گوینگ پوستال»؛ کتاب سی و چهارم: «تود!»؛ کتاب سی و پنجم: «وینتراسمیت»؛ کتاب سی و ششم: «بدست آوردن پول»؛ کتاب سی و هفتم: «دانشگاهی‌های نادیدنی»؛ کتاب سی و هشتم: «نیمه‌شب بایست بپوشم»؛ کتاب سی و نهم: «اسنوف»؛ کتاب چهلم: «بالا آمدن مه»؛ کتاب چهل و یکم: «تاج چوپان»؛

کتاب نهم از سری «جهان صفحه یا دیسک ورلد» با عنوان «اریک»، تقلیدی از داستان «فاوست» است، و رویدادهای جادوگری را دنبال میکند، که در آن جادوگر «رینزویند» در ابعاد سیاه چاله به دام افتاده است

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552 reviews196 followers
September 8, 2019
I will write more tomorrow, but I just want to apologise to die hard Sir Terry fans for my rating. I just thought it was weak and whilst amusing in parts even Rincewind and the Luggage didn’t make me laugh out loud.
It was Pratchett- lite !

And for once it is tomorrow that I write this review, mainly because I felt Sir Terry deserved to know why I had only given this 3 stars. On reflection I think this 3.5 ⭐️ as there are some funny bits and it does have Rincewind , the Luggage (who I just adore) and briefly DEATH ( who I also adore, is that weird ? ), but .... And there is a but. It was a) too short b) not finished and c) it was all too easy. Rincewind struggles normally, this time it was all too easy. Yes there were some funny bits with
So I am sticking with my 3 stars as it is the "not-good-est" ( I refuse to say worst) Discworld I have read so far.

Sorry (the late) Sir Terry.
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174 reviews68 followers
April 18, 2021
Rincewind vs the king of hell obsessed with bureucracy. Surprisingly hilarious parody on various cliches, ancient myth and civilization.
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579 reviews241 followers
January 23, 2023
Rincewind is stuck in the Dungeon Dimension in the aftermath of the events from Sourcery, yet for some reason his screams of terror are still heard and felt on the Discworld. According to Death there's only a 1 in a million chance that he could escape, so all in all the wizards of Unseen University are not unduly worried. Until of course 14-year-old Eric tries his hand at demonology...

what are the odds

This has been yet another fun romp through the Discworld, through both space and time. A series of more or less bizarre coincidences, lead the protagonists (and the reader) to explore Hell's purpose; namely to "give you precisely what you asked for, and exactly what you didn't want to".

"You wanted to live forever."
"I didn't say anything about travelling in time," said Eric. "I was very clear about it so there'd be no tricks."
"There isn't a trick. The wish is trying to be helpful. I mean, it's pretty obvious when you think about it. 'Forever' means the entire span of space and time. Forever. For Ever. See?"
"You mean you have to sort of start at Square One?"
"But that's no good! It's going to be years before there's anyone else around!"
"Centuries," corrected Rincewind gloomily. "Millennia. Iains. And then there's going to be all kinds of wars and monsters and stuff. Most of history is pretty appalling, when you look hard at it. Or even not very hard."

Score: 3.8/5 stars

I would've probably given the book 5 stars, had the journey through Hell not taken such a turn for the convoluted. Too many details and lengthy footnotes made for a rather dull experience. And I say that, even though I loved that the road to Hell was quite literally paved with good intentions.


Other stories featuring Rincewind the Wizard:
book 1: The Colour of Magic
book 2: The Light Fantastic
book 3: Sourcery
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1,854 reviews16.4k followers
January 6, 2019
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.

This may be my favorite Rincewind novel. We also get to see Death and the Luggage again and that is a always a bonus.

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.

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1,750 reviews1,266 followers
June 5, 2007
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.
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1,881 reviews3,383 followers
February 28, 2018
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.
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Author 3 books173 followers
June 17, 2018
“It’s Death, Archchancellor,” said the Bursar patiently.
“It’s Death, sir. You know.”
“Tell him we don’t want any,” said the old wizard, waving his stick.

And that’s the reason you should read Pratchett.....
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829 reviews328 followers
May 12, 2014
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.
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973 reviews344 followers
November 21, 2021
With the previous Discworld book I managed to read it slowly - - this one I read in one go. Both approaches stemmed from the same thing: pure enjoyment of the book I was reading. I am upping my Terry Pratchett reading pace a bit though with the vague goal of wanting to be able to read "Hogfather" at Christmas time - - though I won't stress about it if I miss that deadline.

"Eric" was excellent. I loved how much was packed into a fairly brief book. I'm already reading the next, "Moving Pictures", which is brilliant so far.
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369 reviews25 followers
January 3, 2019
Jamás pensé que diría esto, pero qué placer reencontrarme con Rincewind. Su subsaga, y por ende la de los magos, siempre ha sido mi menos favorita de Mundodisco, pero este libro ha sido toda una delicia, lleno de aventuras sin parar. Hacía tiempo que no tenía que parar la lectura de un libro de Mundodisco para reírme, y este lo ha conseguido. Parodia, por ejemplo, el Fausto de Goethe, o La Odisea, a la par que enseña cómo gestionar el Infierno para que sea productivo. ¡Engancha mucho! Ha sido una buena forma de empezar mi año lector, la confirmación de lo que ya sé desde hace tiempo: Mundodisco es uno de mis hogares literarios, uno de esos sitios a los que volver una y otra vez.
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Author 5 books3,912 followers
February 2, 2018
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. :)
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771 reviews125 followers
August 4, 2020
This book has a poor reputation among Discworld books, undeservedly so based on my recent re-read. I believed the anti-hype until now. Why is it maligned? Is it simply because it is shorter and more straightforward then other Discworld books? I was surprised to learn recently that it was initially an illustrated book, but I don't think it was ever released as such outside of the U.K. The text-only version works perfectly well on its own, but because of its brevity I think it upsets a lot of first-time readers' expectations. As a young lad I was less acquainted with the classics of literature which are parodied in this book, which also accounts for my lack of prior connection with this book.

I really liked it! It's a terrific Rincewind story. His adventures typically span the Disc, visiting remote and exotic locations, followed everywhere by the loyal and terrifying Luggage. We see more of the same here, with the addition of travel across the span of time. We we last saw Rincewind he was trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions through an ultra-rare act of heroism on his part (this took place in Sourcery). In Faust Eric, he is mistaken for a denizen of the pits in an act of summoning by the titular budding demonologist, who merely wants three wishes granted: to rule the world, meet the most beautiful woman, and live forever. As they say, be careful what you wish for...

There's a great plotline involving hell as a bureaucracy; it's a moderately common gag, but hilarious when done well, which is the case here. My favorite take on this concept, though, remains Satan Loves You by Grady Hendrix, which I shamelessly plug.

I am now compelled to acquire a copy of the original illustrated version. Josh Kirby's cover illustrations are, to me and many others, the definitive Discworld art, although I don't visualize the characters like that when I read. I have a dreamy feeling at the prospect of enjoying a whole book illustrated by him, and the story's set pieces lend themselves very well to his art in my imagination.
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3,161 reviews2,010 followers
July 6, 2020
I love all of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, this one included even though it is quite short and at times reads a little like a YA book. Rincewind and The Luggage are two of my favourite characters and Death makes an appearance too! He is just brilliant, one of Pratchett's many masterpieces of imagination. The book is laugh aloud funny as all his books are. I really enjoyed this little reread and intend to keep dipping into his collection whenever I need a smile.

6/7/20 And now I have read it three times. I am picking books at random from my Pratchett shelves because reading them always makes me happy. The Luggage is beyond brilliant in this one - pretty sure it disposed of whole legions of fighters and I love how it trundles in at the last minute to save Rincewind's life. Still five easy stars for me:)
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532 reviews99 followers
September 18, 2022
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In diesem kurzen Scheibenwelt-Roman treffen wir auf einen stark hormongesteuerten Teenager, der sich als Dämonologe versucht.Wie bei Terry Pratchett nicht anders zu erwarten, geht dabei einiges schief.

Neben Rincewind und Truhe begegnen uns hier TOD, die Zauberer der Unsichtbaren Universität sowie allerlei Höllengezücht.

Die Rincewind-Bücher gehören nicht zu meinen liebsten Scheibenwelt-Romanen, aber für 4 Sterne reicht es allemal.


In this short Discworld novel, we meet a hormonal disturbed teenager who tries his hand at being a demonologist. As you'd expect from Terry Pratchett, things go wrong along the way.

In addition to Rincewind and Chest, we encounter DEATH, the magicians of the Unseen University and all sorts of hell spawn.

The Rincewind books are not among my favorite Discworld novels, but it's definitely enough for 4 stars.
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577 reviews106 followers
April 8, 2021
Que gustazo tener al Mundodisco para visitarlo cada trimestre y darte un chute de optimismo y alegría. En esta ocasión la historia es una autentica locura y es que un muchacho decide invocar al diablo para que le conceda tres deseos pero claro no todo puede ser tan sencillo y a quién va a aparecer en su habitación es el insigne Rincewind. En sus pocas páginas vamos a ver como Prachett se inspira en distintas obras literarias y épocas recorriendo las versiones Mundodisco del imperio Azteca, la guerra de Troya, la creación del mundo y incluso tenemos tiempo para hacer un viaje al infierno cual Dante de la vida. Una genialidad.
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1,248 reviews219 followers
February 5, 2018
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.
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771 reviews47k followers
October 4, 2022
Eric occupies a kind of unhappy position in the Discworld canon. It has the misfortune of coming in right after the phenomenal Guards! Guards! and, clocking in at less than 200 pages, it doesn't really have enough substance to even have a chance at being counted among the heavy hitters of the series. Overall, this book gives off the impression of something that Sir Terry dashed off while he was waiting for the bus.

The biggest selling point to Eric is that, as Discworld novels go, this is one of the easiest to summarize - it's a pretty straightforward Faust parody, when a teenage magician summons a demon that will make all his wishes come true. Unfortunately for him, the perpetually unlucky wizard Rincewind got zapped to a prison dimension at the end of his last book, and the timing works out just right so that instead of a demon, Eric summons Rincewind. Shenanigans ensue.

Like I said, it's short, and there's not much there. But what is there remains a lot of fun, because even when he seems to be kind of phoning it in, Pratchett is still Pratchett.

"...demons belong to the same space-time wossname, more or less, as humans, and have a deep and abiding interest in humanity's day-to-day affairs. Interestingly enough, 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's important to shoot missionaries on sight."
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95 reviews12 followers
January 9, 2021
Vaya, no me esperaba darle sólo 3,5 estrellas a este libro cuando lo comencé.

Noveno libro por orden de escritura sobre Mundodisco y cuarto sobre la saga de los magos. Conviene tener fresco en la memoria el libro Rechicero, para saber porqué comienza como comienza el libro.

¿Es entretenido? Sí, a ratos. Sé que si hubiese sido más largo y hubiese seguido con el mismo tono, al final hubiese dejado de leerlo o le hubiese dado peor nota, pero creo que sólo por lo mal acostumbrado que me tenía hasta ahora. Ha sido el libro con el que "menos bien" me lo he pasado.

Por supuesto que pueden encontrarse grandes símiles como sólo Terry Prattchet podía escribir, grandes referencias a las civilizaciones precolombinas, a la guerra de Troya... todo ello basado en la trama de Fausto de Goethe. Algunas frases son memorables y te sacan una sonrisa de inmediato. Pero aún así creo que le falta algo. Los saltos que suceden a lo largo del libro (no especifico para no hacer spoilers) creo que hacen desconectar un poco. No sé, ha sido una experiencia rara.

Ha habido sólo un punto en el que ha conseguido arrancarme una carcajada y darme ciertas esperanzas. La verdad es que el Equipaje es un personaje redondo, el mejor sin duda del libro. Una pena que, en conjunto, no me haya enganchado tanto como los anteriores.
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1,014 reviews158 followers
January 17, 2019
3.5 stars

This was a very short book, or at least it felt short. Eric, a pimply youth, summons a demon and demands three wishes. But instead of a demon, he gets Rincewind. The book follows Eric trying to get his three wishes out of Rincewind, and it’s pretty funny.

There’s satire of the Trojan War, ancient Mayans, and several concepts of hell. None of it’s mean-spirited or offensive.

“There’s a door.”
“Where does it go?”
“It stays where it is, I think.”

Pre-eminent amongst Rincewind’s talents was his skill in running away, which over the years he had elevated to the status of a genuinely pure science; it didn’t matter if you were fleeing from or to, so long as you were fleeing. It was flight alone that counted. I run, therefore I am; more correctly, I run, therefore with any luck I’ll still be.

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381 reviews127 followers
August 22, 2021
Konštatujem, že za tri roky od posledného čítania som sa stala hrdou majiteľkou troch nikam nepasujúcich násadiek od tyčového mixéra a otázka absencie majonézy pri vzniku sveta je pre mňa stále rovnako pálčivá.
Kniha, ktorá hľadá odpovede na zásadné otázky ľudstva ako:
Čo bolo na počiatku? A prečo tam nebola majonéza? Kto sme? Kam smerujeme? A predovšetkým, odkiaľ sa sakra vzala tá nikam nepasujúca násadka od tyčového mixéra?

Z Mrakoplašovských príbehov je tento u mňa najlepší, najinakší a najkratší.
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2,827 reviews151 followers
August 31, 2019
През последните години думата „култово” взе, че се поизтърка. Някак си навлезе в ежедневната реч и поизгуби тежестта си. Но не знам има ли по-подходяща дума, с която да се опише обожанието на читателите както към Тери Пратчет, така и към една определена негова книга, която след дълги години се завръща отново в българските книжарници в ново издание. А „Фауст”… пардон, „Ерик” (изд. „Сиела”) е не просто култова, ами направо си е и окултна! Прочетете ревю��о ��а "Книжни Криле": https://knijnikrile.wordpress.com/201...
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334 reviews50 followers
April 27, 2017
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.
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Author 10 books140 followers
March 11, 2023
"Eric" by Terry Pratchett is a fantastic addition to the beloved Discworld series, showcasing the author's signature wit, humor, and imagination. This book is a hilarious romp through the afterlife and beyond, following the misadventures of a hapless teenage demonologist named Eric.

Pratchett's writing is as sharp as ever, with a delightful blend of satire, parody, and absurdity that keeps the reader thoroughly entertained from start to finish. His characters are vividly drawn and utterly unforgettable, from the hapless Eric himself to the demon Rincewind, who finds himself dragged along on Eric's ill-fated quest.

One of the strengths of "Eric" is its ability to combine humor and satire with deeper themes and ideas. Pratchett doesn't shy away from tackling weighty topics like religion, philosophy, and the nature of reality, but he does so with a light touch that never detracts from the sheer fun of the story.

Overall, "Eric" is a must-read for fans of Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series, but it's also a great starting point for newcomers to the author's work. With its clever writing, unforgettable characters, and blend of humor and depth, this book is a true gem that is sure to entertain and delight readers of all ages.
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4,453 reviews12.8k followers
March 23, 2013
“‘Multiple exclamation marks,’ he went on, shaking his head ‘are a sure sign of a diseased mind.’”


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”.
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