Original Title: Eric
Year Published: 2013
Published by: Harper
Number of Pages: 160
First Sentence: “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.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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!
I think you all are well aware of my obsession with Terry Pratchett by now. I think it’s more likely that hell will freeze over than me reading a TP book that I do not enjoy. This novella was yet another proof for me that TP is just brilliant. This is a parody/satire of Faust and it is just so good. (I haven’t read Faust so I cannot compare but who cares? Just read this instead).
This novella follows the wizard Rincewind who has by a strange turn of events been sent into another dimension (can you call the world of demons a dimension?). He is trying very hard to find his way back to his world but finds himself quite unsuccessful. It isn’t until he is summoned by the demonology hacker (he he) Eric that he is returned to his world. Problem is that he now is a demon (or at least he is in the eyes of the world). Rincewind is quite hilarious and his sarcasm and wit make me so happy.
The whole cast is quite hilarious as is the usual for a TP book. Even the villains are hysterically funny and just so interesting. The p.o.v’s are per usual when it comes to a TP book switching between several characters and they are all so much fun to read about.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. All books Pratchett has written are masterpieces that you should read.