|Audio read by||Tony Robinson (abridged)|
Stephen Briggs (unabridged)
|Cover artist||Josh Kirby|
|Preceded by||Guards! Guards!|
|Followed by||Moving Pictures|
Eric (usually written as
Faust Eric on the cover) is the ninth Discworld book, a novella starring Rincewind and parodying the story of Faust. Eric was originally published as a large-format illustrated book in collaboration with artist Josh Kirby. It was reissued as a standard paperback the year after (1991) without the internal illustrations, and a new smaller version of the illustrated novel was published in 2010, using the title The Illustrated Eric to differentiate it from the still in-print paperback.
Eric is the Discworld's only demonology hacker. Pity he's not very good at it.
All he wants is three wishes granted. Nothing fancy - to be immortal, rule the world, have the most beautiful woman in the world fall madly in love with him, the usual stuff. But instead of a tractable demon, he calls up Rincewind, probably the most incompetent wizard in the universe, and the extremely intractable and hostile form of travel accessory known as the Luggage.
With them on his side, Eric's in for a ride through space and time that is bound to make him wish (quite fervently) again - this time that he'd never been born.
These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing this book.
Episodes where there's significant discussion of the book, but it's not the focus of the episode.
|2021-09-29||Fiction Fans||“The Part About the Dragon Was (Mostly) True & Eric"||fictionfanspodcast.com|
- There have been three audiobook versions of Eric: an abridged one read by Tony Robinson, and unabridged ones read by Stephen Briggs and Colin Morgan. It’s the earliest of the Discworld novels to have a Stephen Briggs audiobook, as it was skipped by Isis Audio during the era in which Nigel Planer was narrating them.
- A radio adaptation was produced by the BBC, directed by Joquil Panting with a script in four parts by with a script by Robin Brooks. It was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2013 and starred Mark Heap (who also played Aziraphale on radio) as Rincewind.