Eric is 14, lives on the famed and magical Discworld, and is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).
When Eric turns them loose on an unprotected world, the idea is that Rincewind will grant him his three rather adolescent wishes. You know, the usual three - live forever, rule the world, meet the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Simple, really.
Getting marooned at dawn of Time, changing the future, and meeting history's most embarrassing god is only the start. Creating life on the Discworld is a mere detail. Because Rincewind ends up going through Hell. Literally.
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"He is screamingly funny. He is wise. He has style." (Daily Telegraph)
The only problem with this story is that it's too short and I want to know what happens next! Rincewind is my favorite anti hero. He always wins if only because he has perfected the art of running away.
Having Pratchett's wonderfully sly takes on modern society as seen through the lens of the Discworld read by a consummate English professional is a treat. Layered, dryly humerous performance brings this book to thoroughly satisfying life. It's as good as the Nigel Planer reads.
I'm not a big fan of Pratchett's other series, and the demons of hell definitely call that style to mind more than anything else in the Discworld. I'm glad he never revisits the place. There's also not much of familiar characters to enjoy, apart from Rincewind. That said, the overall story's not bad, and the first two wishes are really quite fun set pieces.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Terry Pratchett is brilliant, but Eric is a drag on this book. I suppose it was inevitable in the scheme of things that this particular plot would have to come up, and Pratchett's usual inventiveness is there holding the whole thing up. Not my favorite in the Discworld series but a necessary part of the Rincewind story so what can you do?
I loved that it took a loose storyline from the end of another Discworld book and wrapped it up. The character of Rincewind is my favorite and any book centered on him is bound to include action, adventure, and almost certain death, which he would rather not be involved in.
It takes the reader to parallel dimensions and back in time - places which we have only briefly frequented in other books.
I enjoyed the character of Eric. He was a new character in the series, so I wasn't thrown off by the change in narrator. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job, but it is a bit strange listening to his slightly different pronunciations of certain words such as the metropolis of Ankh-Morpork.
Definitely hilarious at certain points. I laughed for sure.
Good but short
its classic Pratchett but its so short (only three hours) that I'm not sure its worth a credit there are more satisfying Pratchett to pick
The book is good the only thing keeping it from being great is its length its worth it if you have read the other disc world books available but if you haven't i would save it for later on
I have not read Eric - I've only listened to the audiobook. A couple of times I did think it would be helpful to me to be able to 'flip back' and check a description or bit of dialog.
Always! I love the Discworld and have about half of the books on audio. I always enjoy a look at the world through Terry's Pratchett's eyes.
Rincewind was my favorite as Stephen Briggs always portrays him true to himself and familiar.
This was a short installment in the series and seems like an earlier run at some of the world building books Terry Pratchett wrote after this. That said, it was, as always, an enjoyable twist on some familiar material: the Trojan War, the Odessy, the circles of Hell, creation, etc.
The jokes and descriptions that made the early Discworld books so charming begin to lose their appeal after repeated reuse. For me, Eric was the last blow.
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