At the very end of February, I managed to sneak in a little more Terry Pratchett fun, quite literally on the last day of the month. The next Discworld adventure up on my to-be-read shelf was Eric, which is the ninth book in Pratchett’s fantastical series, originally published in 1990 as a “Discworld story”, in a larger format and illustrated by Josh Kirby, hence its very short length compared to other instalments in the series.
In this snappy instalment, we return to the weird and wonderful Discworld to be introduced to its one and only demonology hacker and would-be Faust… Pity that he is actually only a spotty youth called Eric and not very good at this demonology lark either. All pubescent Eric wanted was to summon a tractable demon, sell his soul and get his three wishes: to live forever, to rule the world, and have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him. You know, nothing fancy, just the usual!
However instead of the powerful demon, Eric conjures Rincewind, a hopeless wizard whose incompetence is matched only by Eric’s, and his extremely intractable travel companion: the Luggage – Both of which have been running around the space between life and death, since their last adventure in Sourcery, causing havoc and weird phenomenon for the wizards of Unseen University and the denizens of Ankh Morpork. Now together all three go on a wacky journey through time and space, that is going to teach Eric to be careful what you wish for!
What unfolds is another, albeit briefer, hairbrained adventure with old-favourites Rincewind and the maniacal walking Luggage, and the new face of Eric. We are also introduced to the Discworld’s equivalent of the afterlife, a fearful jungle tribe with stepped pyramids, and a great battle involving a wooden horse, which goes a little different to the way it usually goes! Lots of fun as usual, but my only niggle would be I wanted more! I can see why this would have benefited from having Josh Kirby’s wonderful illustrations, as they would have brought it more alive.
Oh well, overall, Eric by Terry Pratchett was still a lot of fun and a nice, quick sojourn from our current grey reality into this colourful world of magic, which could easily be read as a stand alone novella. I think I will be keeping my eyes peeled for a copy of the original illustrated edition now though. Next up on my Discworld TBR is Men at Arms. Good read ⭐⭐
Now I’d love to hear from you: Have you read this? Or any other Discworld novels?