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Eric
Discworld #9*
by Terry Pratchett

genre: fantasy

Eric is a fourteen year old demonologist who wants three things out of life: endless riches, the most beautiful woman in the world, oh and yeah- to rule the world.  What he gets is Rincewind, a wizard better at running away than granting wishes.  I’m always up for “be careful what you wish for” cautionary tales and this one did not disappoint.  It had me chuckling and turning pages wondering how they were going to get out of each new wish.  As the King of Hell puts it, “the whole point of the wish business was to see to it that what the client got was exactly what he asked for and exactly what he didn’t really want.” (location 583)

Eric has a few drops of very interesting wisdom like laughing at the world to keep from losing your mind.  Humans are more devious than demons as the demons take note from the humans on how to dethrone their leader and how best to torture people in Hell.  Inspiration from literature includes Homer’s Iliad and Dante’s Inferno.

It’s a cute, possibly young adult story and very quick to read.  I’ll read it again, but it didn’t blow me off my feet.

4 out of 5 stars

-Eliabeth Hawthorne

 *The Discworld series are all about the same world, but do not need to be read in order.

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