For World Book Day 2019 we honour a legendary icon in the world of Literature, Sir Terry Pratchett.
For his ninth foray into the flat world of the Disc, Terry teams up with Illustrator Josh Kirby, and together they produce a simple adventure story starring everyone’s favourite incompetent wizard, Rincewind.
Rincewind, as previously mentioned, is probably the most incompetent wizzard on Discworld, and after an altercation with a Sourceror (see Sourcery), the hapless wizard becomes trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions. Around the same time that Rincewind is searching for a way back home to Ankh-Morpork and Unseen University, a young demonologist named Eric Thursley, is attempting to summon a demon whom he hopes will grant him his customary three wishes; Love, immortality and to rule the world. Unfortunately, he accidentally summons Rincewind instead.
As a result, Eric gets a little more than he bargains for when Rincewind, and his rather hostile travel accessory, The Luggage, leads him on an adventure through time and space, one which he’s not likely to forget in a hurry. The moral of this enchanting story, be careful what you wish for!
“I run, therefore I am; more correctly, I run, therefore with any luck I’ll still be.” – Rincewind’s motto (p45)
“Little boxes don’t eat people, sergeant.” – Captain of the Tsortean Army (p83)
“Multiple exclamation marks are a sure sign of a diseased mind.” – Rincewind (p128)
Eric is Terry Pratchett’s hilarious take on the Faust legend and one of my favourite aspects of it, is that unlike the majority of Terry Pratchett’s other 40 Discworld novels, it is one of those really short, simple, amusing and easy to follow stories that you can read within a few hours.
It also contains my favourite characters: Rincewind and the Luggage, as well as brief appearances from the other wizards from Unseen University, the Librarian and even Death himself.
Coupled with, the also late, Josh Kirby’s excellent illustrations this book is a must have for all Discworld fanatics at 5 out of 5 stars.