Faust Eric by Terry Pratchett
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!(Goodreads)
Sharing my experience, it took me months to finish the novel because, like the previous Rincewind novels, Eric also seemed to be going nowhere and it’s hard for me to sit still with a novel feeling its way through the end. This has always been my main issue with the Rincewind novels and though I adore Rincewind, he isn’t really the driving force of his own novels (which says a lot about his character huh). Nevertheless, Eric is funny, clever and amazing as all Discworld novels are. The book was shorter compared to other DW novels so it has a less convoluted story. The experience was closer to watching a sit-com than reading a novel because of how random it could be. I actually bought the illustrated version of the book despite the eerie art because I’m a sucker to that kind of thing..
I enjoyed the Trojan War arc the most because my teacher back at highschool used to dramatize it so much (i.e ‘Helen, the face that launched a thousand of ships,’ she said with feeling and a wide arm gesture). The satire resounded more to me because of the dire presentation I was used to. The Hell arc heavily reminded me of Good Omens and it was pretty amusing to see where many parts of Good Omens started from.
More so, Rincewind was at his game here. The lack of central characters and sideplots makes Rincewind’s eccentric abilities shine more. On another side, I expected more from Eric but he didn’t really stood out like Rincewind’s previous comrades like Twoflower or Cohen the Barbarian, two characters that contrasts Rincewind’s personality and usually drives the plot through many entertaining ways. Eric just stands there and exclaims his surprise at everything. The parrot was far more amusing.
The Verdict: 5/5 Stars
Overall, Eric was a fun, short Discword story, with less memorable characters but puts the spotlight onto Rincewind this time. I totally enjoyed it and I think Rincewind is better suited in short stories like this.