Eric (Discworld Series #9)

Eric (Discworld Series #9)

by Terry Pratchett

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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.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 new best friends, there's only one thing Eric wishes now—that he'd never been born!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062237330
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Series: Discworld Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 85,316
Product dimensions: 3.90(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Terry Pratchett's novels have sold more than eighty-five million (give or take a few million) copies worldwide. In January 2009, Queen Elizabeth II made Pratchett a knight in recognition of his "services to literature." Sir Terry lives in England with his wife.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Eric (Discworld Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
GrahamCDowns More than 1 year ago
Hallo, Rincewind! This book serves as a sequel to Sourcery, which left our favourite wizard trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions. It concerns a pimply faced demonologist called Eric, trying to summon forth a demon, to grant him three wishes. Instead, he summons Rincewind. The thing is, it's an oddity. It seems to exist solely as an excuse to bring Rincewind back. I'm not sad that Rincewind is back, I like the little inept wizard; it's just that it seems that the book wasn't thought through properly. It's less than half the length of most other Pratchett novels. For someone new to the series, I wouldn't recommend it because it doesn't do a very good job of introducing the characters. As a continuation of the Discworld saga, it does nothing to advance the world. Oh, there are a couple of promising leads in the beginning, involving the wizards of Unseen University and our other favourite character, Death, but they never materialise. It's just disjointed. Still, it's got Rincewind, and it's got Pratchett's trademarked humour, so I quite liked it. But honestly, that was the only difference between a two and a three star rating, for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story abruptly end on about page 85 with no meaningful resolution for the main characters. Up to that point, there were some amusing exploits, but the reader is left wondering what's the point. Out of all the DW series, this was the only disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terry Pratchett is a great wit and comes up with really inventive spoofs of our world. Eric is just another example. Of course, if you've invented your own universe (Discworld) you;ve given yourself to do mirror image twisted humor on our world if you want. But he also can turn a great phrase. I've read about 12-15 of his novels and they never fail to satisfy me. If you like fantasy with a sense of the wacky. This is your guy. Since he's written dozens of them, you can go along for a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read Faust in English class in school, I couldn't stop laughing at the way Pratchett manages to turn every aspect of the fall of Faust (Eric) into a comic romp. I would strongly advise it to all in need of a good laugh.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
This entry to the Pratchett oeuvre is ostensibly a Rincewind novel (not my favorite character, but he always comes with the Luggage, which is surprisingly personable, for not being a person) that takes place between Sourcery and Interesting Times. Despite having a consistent protagonist, the Rincewind books feel more episodic to me than, for example, later (better?) series such as the witches, the Night Watch, and Tiffany Aching. Still, the book is a pleasant enough riff on the Faust saga and, being relatively short, is a quick read. With the unfortunate passing of Terry Pratchett, even his lesser works are worth a reading, or re-reading, and this book, while not the author at his very best, is still a worthwhile pursuit for any who want just a bit more Discworld.
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the quickest reads in Discworld, but also one of the best. It is back to Rincewind the Wizzard and the puns are fast and furious. Hell is something from Dilbert, and beyond horrible.
Toby_Sugden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first taste of Terry Pratchett and in all fairness, based on other reviews, probably not the best example of his work. While I found the humour pretty funny the story was sadly lacking. It felt more like a sketch show than a proper novel.
heatoffusion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Faust parody!
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lot shorter than ther other Discworld books, but packs in easily as many laughs. An amusing take on 'Faust'.
shavienda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just could not get into this one at all. I typically love Rincewind stories, but I couldn't find myself paying attention to this story at all. Everytime I picked it up my wand continually wandered, unamused. Even my favorite character, the luggage, couldn't get me to rate this any higher.
mjmorrison1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the surface a silly story but by the end of it you can see the satire. Pratchett takes a wonderfully funny swipe at the methods of modern management, religion and human's ability to be cruel to each other. There is also a bit of historical satire in this one too which keeps you entertained right through the book. It also helps that the hapless Rincewind is back with the Luggage.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eric reads more like a short story to me rather than a full novel. It's pretty light on plot, and very quick to read, but if you like Rincewind you'll enjoy it.
Caitak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this one - it was a nice quick read.Liked seeing Rincewind again and liked the character of Eric.Glad I read Doctor Faustus a couple of years ago. It meant I was able to appreciate the story.Liked the demons - took me a while to notice Quezovercoatl's name. ^_^
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved The Color of Magic, book #1 of the Discworld series. It was everything I want in a book, with humor and silly puns and delightful characters. Then I began to wait and wait and wait. I felt compelled (yes, I'm a bit anal) to read book #2 next. Today I could wait no longer. I dove into Eric and took a trip to Hell, climbed out of the Trojan Horse, and chit-chatted with a (not "the") Creator. Clever stuff. Ah, but I must be off. Mort awaits.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you combine a spotty teenager with a magic circle, the denizens of Hell, Luggage, and a wizard whose main claim to fame is his ability to run away (successfully)? Vintage Pratchett, that's what!This re-imagining of Faust is a fast, wild ride. Love that Luggage!
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Almost a short story, based almost solely on three wishes goes wrong. And it provides a mechanism to rescue from the Dungeon Dimensions that he'd been trapped in during his last installment. I'm not sure that Hell was a great improvement.Sort of funny. It is, maybe, one of the first books that begins to show pTerry / Discworld's warped sense of 'logical'. Our young deononlogist, Eric, captures Rincewind out of the Dungeon Dimensions. He demands of Rincewind three standard wishes - to live forever, to meet the most beautiful woman in the world, and rule the world. Rincewind denies any ability - but due to the macinations currently happening in Hell, he has the ability to grant wishes. Eric is transported to the formation of the world, in order to live forever, to some unhappy tribes, not pleased with the current ruler's choices, and to a happily married, aging mother of 7 - once the most beautiful woman in the world.Its all slightly amusing. The machinations of Hell provide a much greater (if only a minor plot) opportunity for humour. Demons have little imagination, and their new King has been learning from humans. For example before a dammed soul can attempt to puch a retriculant boulder up a hill it first has to read the entire commentry and Health and Safety regulations relating to the lifting of heavy objects - all 1000+ volumes of them.As can be seen pTerry is starting to get into his main stride, and from here onwards in the series, the commentry on modern human existance becomes ever more pointed.
SimoneA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm reading the Discworld series chronologically, and I think Eric is one of the best (together with Mort) so far!
Archren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿Eric¿ is a bit light even by Discworld standards. By word count it is almost certainly a novella. Still, as with all of Pratchett¿s work it¿s good for a giggle; for me personally it was perfect at the time ¿ much needed comic relief after the dark world of ¿The Iron Dragon¿s Daughter.¿In ¿Eric,¿ we hook back up with Rincewind the incompetent sorcerer and expert running-away man. After leaving him somewhere exotic in the aftermath of the explosively magical events of ¿Sourcery,¿ he¿s now been summoned by a 14-year old deomonologist (the eponymous Eric) who demands that Rincewind grant him three wishes.And hijinks ensue. After all, the purpose of demons granting wishes is not to make the wisher happy. Everything has unintended consequences; usually in this case, very amusing ones. Did I mention that the Luggage is back as well? It¿s pretty cranky to say the least.There¿s nothing Earth (or Disc) shattering here; the best bits involve the bureaucratic re-organization of Hell along modern management principles. It¿s Pratchett does Dilbert a few years before Scott Adams quit his day job. Read and enjoy!
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent retelling of Faust + some extras. Very very funny.
pratchettfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Through a million to one chance Rincewind manages to escape the Dungeon Dimensions and finds himself under the control of Eric, a teenage-Demonologist. Eric's only desires are to be ruler of the disc, have the most beautiful woman and live forever. No one is more amazed than Rincewind himself when the wishes seem to get fulfilled, however, with unexpected side-effects...Pratchett delivers as always a fantastic story taking dozens of jibes at world history such as the Trojan War or modern Management methods. Even though the book is short (by Terry's standards) it is very fast paced and never gets boring :).
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite of the Discworld books, although the Hell stuff is quite funny.
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Have fun
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