“‘Multiple exclamation marks,’ he went on, shaking his head, ‘are a sure sign of a diseased mind.'”
Faust Eric,” by Terry Pratchett
This will be the first of many Pratchett books on this list, because not only do I adore this man’s work, but they’re always good, quick, supremely entertaining reads, as well. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Eric, a retelling of Faust if Faust was a somewhat simple young teenager dabbling his hand at demonology and getting instead Rincewind the wizard. I remember not being much of a fan of The Colour of Magic, the only other Rincewind book I’ve read so far, because I was spoiled having started with the Watch books and I felt that Pratchett hadn’t yet hit his stride yet. Then again, I think I may have read it in a whirlwind because I don’t recall much about it at all, so I should dedicate a second chance to it anyways.
Enough about that book, let’s talk about this book. Not only does Pratchett turn Faust on its bottom with this book, but he also sends the reader on a journey through a few classic historical moments as done on Discworld. This means a romp through the jungle with the Aztec-like Tezumen and their god Quezovercoatl (I cannot get over how much I adore that) when Eric wishes to rule the world and, quite frankly, the Tezumen have a bone to pick with the ruler of this messed up world, indeed. Then Pratchett presents his hilarious take on our Trojan War with the Discworldian equivalent when Eric’s wishes take him to find the “hottest” woman around. Of course, captivity while your face is launching a thousand ships for about a decade can have an unexpected effect. Finally, there’s Hell, which has essentially developed into corporate middle management, and therefor more terrifying than you could ever imagine.
Unlike some of his other, later books, Eric did not leave me as particularly thoughtful; Pratchett gets increasingly political or satirical with many of his books, but this one felt mostly like a fun romp through familiar concepts, nudging and winking us all the while while they’re being overturned and subverted. It’s not about to skyrocket to the top of my favourite Discworld book any time soon, but I did really enjoy it, and it’ll make rereading Faust sometime a lot more fun, too! A great, quick read.
Books Read: 11 out of 100.