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Mister B. Gone

by Clive Barker

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A quirky little story. Quite entertaining. A relief and breath of fresh air from some of his other work. One gets tired of reading about male anatomy after homosexual encounters. This is Mr. Barker's one flaw in many of his books. It is possible to tell a story without describing these things. If I want to read that.....I will read 120 days of Sodom. ( )
  Hymlock | Apr 20, 2017 |
I liked the idea behind this story better than the actual story itself. Definitely not Barker's best. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
This bone-chilling novel, in which a medieval devil speaks directly to his reader--his tone murderous one moment, seductive the next--is a never-before-published memoir allegedly penned in the year 1438. The demon has embedded himself in the very words of this tale of terror, turning the book itself into a dangerous object, laced with menace only too ready to break free and exert its power.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
OK, at times it got a little gimmicky and repetitive. (There's only so many times you want to hear a narrator imploring the reader to "burn this book... now!") However, as it went on, it grew on me.
The narrator, a very minor demon from a horribly abusive family, keeps sucking you in to sympathise with him - and them reminding you that no, he really is kind of evil, when you get right down to it... but no, he's just a poor little put-upon demon!
It starts as a bildungsroman, as the young demon, Jakabok Botch, goes out into the world, has an obsessive affair with an older demon... this part of the book is good enough. But the end, with Johannes Gutenberg as an essential character, and, of course, the Great Secret of the conflict between Heaven and Hell, is excellent.
Clive Barker is always an entertaining and clever writer, and in the end, this book does not disappoint.

Also - the book itself, as a physical object, is lovely. I love it when publishers bother to put money into making a book look nice. The faux-aged pages and old-fashioned font really work. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I read all of Clive Barker's books when I was a wee little lad. He then came out of the closet and all of his books thereafter sucked miserably. He's gone back to his roots and has spun an interesting tale with an inventive spin. Maybe he broke up with his partner.
  MartinBodek | Jun 11, 2015 |
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For Emilian David Armstrong, With my love and thanks to Pamela Robinson
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BURN THIS BOOK.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060182989, Hardcover)

Mister B. Gone marks the long-awaited return of Clive Barker, the great master of the macabre, to the classic horror story. This bone-chilling novel, in which a medieval devil speaks directly to his reader--his tone murderous one moment, seductive the next--is a never-before-published memoir allegedly penned in the year 1438. The demon has embedded himself in the very words of this tale of terror, turning the book itself into a dangerous object, laced with menace only too ready to break free and exert its power.

A brilliant and truly unsettling tour de force of the supernatural, Mister B. Gone escorts the reader on an intimate and revelatory journey to uncover the shocking truth of the battle between Good and Evil.

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A medieval devil speaks directly to the reader, his tone murderous one moment, seductive the next, in a memoir allegedly penned in the year 1438. The demon has embedded himself in the very words of this tale of terror, turning the book itself into a dangerous object, laced with menace only too ready to break free and exert its power.… (more)

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