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Sunday, 19 June 2022

The Illustrated Eric by Terry Pratchett


The Illustrated Eric (Discworld, #9)The Illustrated Eric by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eric is an illustrated novel so it's different to what we have come to expect from the Discworld offerings but the novella length story combined with the artwork still provides the reader with an entertaining story. Rincewind as you may or may not know is dead or missing or misplaced but when the young amateur demonologist Eric summons a demon naturally it is Rincewind who was just passing by (well running) at just the right or wrong moment.
Eric naturally demands his due in the form of “The most beautiful woman who has ever lived, mastery of all the kingdoms of the world, and to live for ever" which wouldn't be a problem for a demon but for Rincewind the Wizzard well it could be tricky until he gets some unexpected "help" from the powers that be via the demon realm. So Eric and Rincewind have their adventures and as is normally the case with this trope what Eric wants he gets but it isn't what he expected and as for Rincewind (and the Luggage) it's just a matter of survival while meeting an ancestor, the creator of the world and more running preferably away from anything dangerous.
Eric should be enjoyed in its original form but even as a plain ebook without illustrations it was a lot more enjoyable than I remembered, the pacing was as you would expect pretty quick and the time travelling adventures showed lots of imagination and were in parts very humorous and clever.

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