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Eric (Discworld, Book 9) (original 1990; edition 2000)

by Terry Pratchett

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Title:Eric (Discworld, Book 9)
Authors:Terry Pratchett
Info:Gollancz (2000), Paperback, 155 pages
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Eric by Terry Pratchett (1990)

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I have a love/hate r'ship with the Discworld books.
I enjoy every encounter I have with Rincewind, the Luggage, and the Librarian.
Carrot is mildly interesting
Bits of concepts throughout the series are clever.
Pretty much the rest of the characters, and books, annoy and/or frustrate me. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Eric‘s the ninth book in the Discworld series, but it feels like the quality is similar to that of the first book. Basically, I think Eric is one of the weakest Discworld books out there. If you want to read Discworld, try Guards! Guards!, Small Gods, Going Postal, or The Wee Free Men instead.

In Eric, Rincewind returns, accidentally summoned by Eric, a highly annoying thirteen year old demonologist, to grant three wishes (to rule the world, live forever, and meet the most beautiful woman in the world). Thus proceeds a string of adventures with only this barest thread connecting them.

Good news? Eric‘s short. Some versions are illustrated, although my US copy is print only and I’ve never seen the illustrated version. Anyway, the illustrations are by Josh Kirby, who’s artwork I dislike.

While Eric does contain some good lines, everything else is lacking. The plotting’s weak and the characters forgettable. Eric himself has no personality besides being hormonal and annoying.

Unless you’re a hardcore Discworld fan, I’d suggest skipping Eric, arguably the weakest book in the series.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Apr 6, 2015 |
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 demon of an angst-filled adolescent on a quest for world-domination and self-gratification. ( )
  fiverivers | Mar 29, 2015 |
Rincewind returns to the Disc's plane of existence in the 9th installment of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, unfortunately the inept wizard's return is not one of the series' best.

Rincewind returns to the Disc, unfortunately an inept teenage demonologist named Eric has conjured him from dimension he was trapped in and believes him to be a demon. What Rincewind and Eric do not know is that they are pawns in a game by a demon lord against the reigning demon king who has 'modernized' Hell. Rincewind and Eric find themselves running through history, namely backwards, to the point before history began with not only Luggage trailing them but the Demon King himself upset by the fact that a human is "pretending" to be a wizard and stealing a young "recruit." And then the pair have to literally surviving from one end of Hell to the other before Rincewind is able to take up where he left of his boring, yet terrifying life in "Sourcery."

While the humor was present in the book, it wasn't as good as previous installments including previous Rincewind centric ones. The short length resulted in the ending to be tied up quickly with the sudden introduction of the demon lord's masterplan and it's end result happening in about two pages. Overall it felt like Pratchett wanted to get Rincewind back on the Disc for future adventures and wrote a short story to get him back, the book wasn't bad but it didn't feel like a "true book". ( )
  mattries37315 | Feb 5, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Terry Pratchettprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blomqvist, MatsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brandhorst, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Briggs, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Calvo Perales, JavierTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kirby, JoshIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The bees of Death are big and black, they buzz low and somber, they keep their honey in combs of wax as white as altar candles.
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No enemies had ever taken Ankh-Morpork. Well technically they had, quite often; the 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.
It was true about the time measurement as well. The Tezumen had realized long ago that everything was steadily getting worse and, having a terrible little-mindedness, had developed a complex system to keep track of how much worse each succeeding day was.
- "There's a door"
- "Where does it go?"
- "It stays where it is, I think."
- "So we're surrounded by absolutely nothing. There's a word for it. It's what you get when there's nothing left and everything's been used up."
- "Yes. I think it's called the bill."
- "What're quantum mechanics?"
- "I don't know. People who repair quantums, I suppose."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380821214, Mass Market Paperback)

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 demon, he conjures, well, Rincewind, a wizard whose incompetence is matched only by Eric's. And as if that wasn't bad enough, that lovable travel accessory the Luggage has arrived, too. Accompanied by his best friends, there's only one thing Eric wishes now -- that he'd never been born!

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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. Eric wants to fulfill three wishes: to live forever, to be master of the universe, and to have a hot babe. Instead of conjuring a demon, Eric brings forth a wizard whose incompetence is matched only by Eric's. 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 demon, he conjures, well, Rincewind, a wizard whose incompetence is matched only by Eric's. And as if that wasn't bad enough, that lovable travel accessory the luggage has arrived, too. Accompanied by his best friends, there's only one thing Eric wishes now-that he'd never been born!… (more)

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