Book Review: Eric by Terry Pratchett

February 3, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, Terry Pratchett 2

Book Review: Eric by Terry PratchettEric by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #9
Published by Transworld Publishers Limited on February 5th 2002
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire, Young Adult
Pages: 224
Source: Purchase
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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 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!

My Thoughts

This took me forever to listen to! Not because I did not like it but because I loved it so much that I kept rewinding the audio.

Before going to sleep at night I would rewind and giggle until I finally passed out. My hubby would ask me nearly every night what was so funny and we would chorus “Terry Pratchett”. He’s just that good!

The Rincewind books have not been my favorite and I had not read this one in quite some time, so liking it THIS much really took me by surprise. I actually rewound and rewound and rewound again for over a month! It just has so many great one liners and such fabulous characters that I could not stop listening. And honestly, did not want to.

I really liked the ending to this one too. It’s this kind of thing that I love about Terry Pratchett. He takes an idea and twists it on its head and every single time I think to myself “Why didn’t I think of that?” because the ideas are amazing. The way he thinks and takes a thought and twists it and turns it onto its head is amazing and keeps me going back for more and more.

This book was really short but had a few of the characters from the past. And I haven’t read Interesting Times in quite a while so I’m curious where Rincewind is going to wind up next. Now I want to know where as with the first two I was curious but not enough to dive for audible to download the next books.

In short: This is my favorite so far. Which is amazing because Guards, Guards definitely has the bar set high.



The Author

About Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since. To date there are a total of 39 books in the Discworld series, of which four (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback (Harper Torch, 2006) and trade paperback (Harper Paperbacks, 2006). In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry's latest book, Snuff, was published in October 2011.

Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.



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2 Responses to “Book Review: Eric by Terry Pratchett”

  1. Ichabod Temperance

    Thanks for the review, Christina.
    It is nice to share the love of Pratchett with someone.
    Reading your reviews is making me want to go back and reread these titles.
    Your pal,

    • Christina

      I’m so glad! I think my evil intentions are to make everyone love Terry Pratchett. It is a must!! I have to say though, I’m reading Wyrd Sisters at the moment, which I’ve never read, and loving it! So I’m glad I’m doing this.