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Eric is a play on the Faust concept; you can tell because the word Faust is crossed out and replaced with Eric right there on the cover of the book.Read more ›
What that means is that Pratchett didn't provide this novel with multiple interwoven plots, there isn't the female friend/companion who turns into a love interest (a staple of his novels) and all of the action is very narrowly focused on failed wizard Rincewind's escape from the Dungeon Dimensions, where he was trapped at the end of "Sourcery."
He gets out when Eric, Discworld's would-be Doctor Faustus, a spoiled brat turned amateur demonologist, summons a demon from Hell and gets ... well, him. Somehow, Rincewind has been gifted with the power to grant Eric's rather venal wishes. These take the duo (trailed by Rincewind's sentient and extremely dangerous Luggage) through time and space. Along the way, we get parodies of Aztec religion and Ponce de Leon, a particularly well-done riff on the Trojan War (superior in every way to the quicker one in "Pyramids"), visit the beginning and end of the universe and see what Hell is really like.
Without the need to slow down for a B-story, Pratchett moves through the story at a rapid clip, making this one of the best Rincewind tales to date, as well as tying up a loose end. (Pratchett has a bad habit of doing that with Rincewind; the first Discworld novel ended with him falling off the edge of the planet.)
Know that you're getting what amounts to a novella in a novel's packaging, but otherwise, "Eric" lives up to the high standards Pratchett has set with his previous works.
Recommended to fans of Discworld and Pratchett's collaboration with Neil Gaiman, "Good Omens."
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Engaging escapism combined with Pratchett's customary wit and prodigious imagination. In this installment we return to the misadventures of Rincewind who finds himself the captive... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lorina Stephens
Eric is more of a Discworld novella than it is a novel. At 154 pages, it's not very substantive. Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't a quality book. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2003 by David Roy
The fake title (Faust) says it all. The inept "wizard" Eric tries to summon a demon and accidentally pulls Rincewind back from the Dungeon Dimesions. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002
Only fairly funny are rather damning words when applied to any work by Pratchett who is one of the most amusing writers alive. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2002 by huhdragon
This book is merely OK. It's a fun, short read. But, it's a very shallow, linear plot. I'd guess that its sole purpose is to be a vehicle for the return of Rincewind. Read morePublished on June 26 2002 by illiandantic
Let's be frank. <i>Eric</i> is easily the least of the Discworld novels, both in length and in quality. Read morePublished on March 27 2002 by Michael Mishey
A friend of mine hooked me on the Discworld series not that long ago. She has been reading them in order of publication and afterwards lending them to me. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by Owen C. Marshall