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Postby pip » Thu May 08, 2014 2:31 pm

I liked Eric as well. First time round I read it in the non illustrated format and found it to be an enjoyable shortish book.
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Re: Eric Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby pratchettjob » Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:52 am

Who knew a book discussion would focus so heavily on formatting issues? :lol:

It's a strange one for me. I enjoy it a lot but it comes off the back of three GREAT novels. It's difficult not to read it in one sitting.

I get the impression it was an idea that tickled Terry and he just ran with it as a bit of fun. It's an enjoyable book, but nowhere near the standard of Guards! Guards! or Moving Pictures to come.

I've more thoughts on it here if you are stuck in the office and bored as hell. I know I am!
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Re: Eric Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby =Tamar » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:03 am

pratchettjob wrote:I get the impression it was an idea that tickled Terry and he just ran with it as a bit of fun. It's an enjoyable book, but nowhere near the standard of Guards! Guards! or Moving Pictures to come.

I've more thoughts on it here if you are stuck in the office and bored as hell. I know I am!

If I recall correctly, Eric was said to have been done mostly to give Josh Kirby a chance to do more than just a cover picture. Still, I think there was a bit more than that to it. If nothing else, it fits nicely into the UK tradition of panto, even using some of the catchphrases. It also manage to pick up many of the Disc's creation myths.
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Re: Eric Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby =Tamar » Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:22 am

Eric does another thing, fairly subtly. It follows the Octavo's confusion about what came first in the process of creating the Discworld - there's a big hiss, another hiss, an egg, a musical twang, a second musical twang, the spells themselves, and so on. That part can be meta-read as a description of the process of creative writing as well, even to the question of which bit to change, and where there might be a bit of ropy filling-in.
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Re: Eric Discussion **Spoilers**

Postby RathDarkblade » Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:28 pm

I'm not sure why anyone else hasn't mentioned it, but I found the part about the Tezuman Empire to be a riot. Then again, I must confess to be something of an "amateur expert" on pre-Columbian (or, to be more precise, pre-Cortesian) Mesoamerican cultures. So. ;)

I always loved this bit:

Terry Pratchett wrote:"I'm going to complain about this, demon," moaned Eric. "You just wait till my mother finds out. My parents have got influence, you know."

"Oh, good," said Rincewind weakly. "Why don't you tell the high priest that if he cuts your heart out, she'll be right down to the school tomorrow to complain."


Not to mention Quezovercoatl. What a pun! :doh: :lol:

The parody of the Trojan war is also well done, and I like the bit about "living forever". However, the highlight for me is the trip through hell. All in all, a fairly enjoyable (if short) book - but I can understand that, with three other books coming out in the same year, Pterry presumably didn't have time to devote his full attention to this one. Oh well! :whistle:

By the way, this one gains enormously from Stephen Briggs's adaptation on audiobook (as do them all, but particularly this one). I consider Stephen's adaptation to be far superior to Tony Robinson's, mainly because Tony's adaptations are always cut heavily to fit on three CDs, which means that a lot of funny material is cut. However, the early books (read by Nigel Planer) are also very well done, and usually much more whimsical. Despite this, Stephen brings some much-needed gravitas to his portrayal of Vetinari and Death - whereas Nigel's Death sounds vaguely like a parody of Himself, with lots of echo. ;)

Anyway, that's my (relatively) short review of Eric! :)
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