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The latest in Pratchett's Discworld series plays a variation on the Faust theme. Eric is a singularly inept sorcerer who conjures up an even more inept wizard, Rincewind, and a sentient (also treacherous, vindictive, and unruly) footlocker named, of course, the Luggage. Not having got anything like what he bargained for, Eric is fated to go through the usual zany ordeals of a Pratchett protagonist, until he wishes he'd never been born. Nor do things really all work out in the end, even if Eric is better off than he expected to be through most of the book. The Discworld books are building a following that is beginning to resemble that of Piers Anthony's Xanth stories, although it can be said that Pratchett is rather more sophisticated than Anthony. In any case, there should be a lot of readers for this one. Fantasy collections, provide accordingly. Roland Green --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
'He is screamingly funny. He is wise. He has style.' -- Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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."
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 ›
I found the extreme cowardice of Rincewind annoying. He showed no curiosity, no love, no qualities which made me interested in his continued well being. This has not truly changed in Eric, but for several reasons, I definitely enjoyed this adventure more than his previous.
First of all, the book is short! At just under 200 pages, Rincewind did not have much of a chance to get on my nerves. Second of all, Terry Pratchett weaved in several very interesting ideas. The honeybees of Death, the Faust tale, a comparison of demonology with computer programming, cowardice as impetus for strategic battle, and so much more!
Finally, there was the fact that over the course of four books concerning our "wizzard", Terry has slowly been humanizing him. Not too much. He's still an abject coward. But, there have been little moments where you realize that there is (slightly) more to Rincewind that running in terror from everything he encounters. He is reasonably intelligent, for example. Do not let his ineptitude at magic lull you into taking him for a complete fool (sorry King Verence!).
Anyway, I highly recommend this and the rest of the Discworld books to anyone with a love of fantasy, humor, or intelligent fun!
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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 16 months ago by Lorina Stephens
Terry Pratchett has, in his other work, produced some of the finest fiction ever written, period. Therefore i have higher expectations of his work and judge accordingly. Read morePublished on March 23 2003
The trouble with the novel Eric, is that it was originally printed as a graphic novel, with paragraphs accompanied with large illustrations by Josh Kirby, and as such made much... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003
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