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The Mister B. of the title is Jakabob Botch, a demon whose ghastly past could make even the most merciless sociopath whimper in sympathy. Born in the deepest regions of hell, the spawn of an abusive drunkard and his whorish wife, Jakabob escapes to the world above after suffering fiendish torture. Once topside, he lands conveniently in 15th-century Mainz, the home of print ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 248 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Alice Lee
Jul 12, 2008 Alice Lee rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
It was atrocious. I was so excited to find that Clive Barker came out with a new book too, especially what with the fancy packaging. The very juvenile bit of "don't read this, burn this book" repetition got tiresome really fast. His writing was horrible, it's like he didn't even try... like he just sat down at a computer after a few drinks and dumped whatever he wanted on it and called it a book. While some points of the book were mildly interesting (I liked the idea of the demon and Quintoon's ...more
Fabian
Apr 19, 2012 Fabian rated it liked it
It must take some balls to directly insult and harangue your audience/reader. The demon inside this book (this is LITERAL) goes to the trouble of berating the reader for doing his job, reading; tells him to “Burn this book”—and this has the inverse effect for the reader of course, who simply continues, persists on. The narrator of this confessional (reminds me of that interview with the vampire of once upon a time) recounts the horrors he’s seen, how he got out of hell, how there is a celestial/ ...more
Bishop Bishop
Nov 13, 2007 Bishop Bishop rated it it was ok
Shelves: fluff, 21st-century
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Twerking To Beethoven
I'll be quick.

1. The "burn this book" bits are annoying. Very annoying, alright.

2. There are quite a few funny moments - Jakabob Botch being a sharp-tongued bastard of a demon - such as...

“Well, you could, I suppose,” I replied, glancing back at the Archbishop as I spoke and giving him a look of aristocratic ill-temper. “Would you be so kind as to lift your hand off my shoulder, your bejewelledness?”

3. I've found the first half of the book to be way better than the second.

4. Gutenberg's dark se
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Shovelmonkey1
Mar 26, 2013 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: pyromaniacs
This book lured me in with its appealingly gothic cover and a blurb on the back which described it as a terrifying insight into the earthbound battle between good and evil, narrated by the alternatively malignant and seductive voice of a medieval demon.

What I was hoping for was a sort of satanic antithesis to CS Lewis' devilish epistle The Screwtape Letters where a senior devil exhorts a junior devil to greater levels of malignant mischief via a series of detailed letters. What I got was less de
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11811 (Eleven)
Mar 23, 2013 11811 (Eleven) rated it did not like it
Clive Barker and Humor must maintain a distance of at least 50 yards in between one another at all times under penalty of writing another crapstack like this one.
Bark's Book Nonsense
2 1/2

Mister B Gone starts out with a dire warning (though not dire enough to scare me away unfortunately).

Burn this book. Go on. Quickly, while there’s still time! Burn it. Don’t look at another word. Did you hear me? Not. One. More. Word.


I wish I’d listened. Not that I advocate burning books but I do savor my free time and I really wasted it here.

I had high hopes for this when it began. It’s read by none other than Doug Bradley of Pinhead fame and he has such a lovely accent and manner of spea
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Thomas
Nov 04, 2007 Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked the simplicity of this novel. It reads more as fairytale than horror, although there are echoes back to the excellent short story The Yattering And Jack . I really enjoy the artificial aging of the paper. It adds to the novels device of having the demonic narrator trapped inside the pages, begging you to burn the book. I wish I could take the dust jacket off, remove the copyright page and any mention of title or author, distress the cover until it looks ancient, than plant it in a used ...more
Maria  (Mhemnoch)
Es el primer libro que leo de C. Barker.
En general, me ha gustado bastante la forma en la que está escrito, el prota,... pero el final me ha fallado un poco. No por el final en si, si no por la forma de desarrollarlo. Muy precipitado.
Otra cosa, que no se si es un fallo o no, es que, pese a algunas descripciones macabra y explícitas, no acababa de inspirarme terror, aunque supongo que eso ya es más algo personal.
Por muy malote que se ponga el señor B. no acaba de darme miedo. No se por que se me
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Αλίκη
Jun 09, 2016 Αλίκη rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Κουραστικό βιβλίο, ο Μπάρκερ σου πρήζει το συκώτι λέγοντάς σου να κάψεις το βιβλίο από την πρώτη ως την τελευταία σελίδα! Αν αφαιρούσε κανείς όλες αυτές τις ανούσιες κι εκνευριστικές προτροπές που δεν είχαν σταματημό, θα έμενε μια ιστοριούλα 10 σελίδων για έναν κάποιον δαίμονα που πάει ένα ταξίδι, μια ιστορία που τελικά δε σου χαρίζει τίποτα, πέρα από τις αηδιαστικές προσπάθειες να σου αποδείξει πως ως δαίμονας μπορεί να μιλάει γραφικά για ξεκοιλιάσματα, βγαλμένα έντερα, αιματηρά μαχαιρώματα κλπ ...more
Brenna
Jul 03, 2009 Brenna rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
"Burn this book," insists the narrator of this particular book.

Being a demon of some effect, narrator Jakabok Botch demands that the reader cease reading his memoir - or else. You see, the words within go far beyond telling tales of damaging proportion. The words are, in actuality, Jakabok himself, the demon having been trapped within the literal pages since the fifteenth century.

Pure gimmickry.

The book begins as a somewhat amusing romp through the mind of a "demon." And then the reader is bro
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R.
Oct 10, 2007 R. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of "Good Omens"
Shelves: 2007
Definitely "earns its R", as well as your heart.

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There's A Monster at the End of this Book, 'cept it's This Book is a Bound Demon.
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Is "Clive Barker" a pseudonym for Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman? Seriously, though, I'm getting a Good Omens vibe, here. Perhaps it will become movie directed by Terry Gilliam, featuring the work of Jim Henson's, uh, people.
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The demon-catchers scene was tedious. For me, at least. I suppose a bunch of idiots unable to get their shit together to contain one, small
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Derek
"There are no words--how can there be?--to describe what it feels like to become words, to feel your life encoded, and laid out in black ink on white paper. All my love and loss and hatred, melted into words. [...] This book, unlike any other from Gutenberg's press or from the countless presses that have followed after it, is one of a kind. As I am both in the ink and in the paper, its pages are protean."

Its pages are protean? I like the sound of that. I think that best describes Clive Barker's
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Andres Garzon
Creo que nunca me habían insultado tanto como lo hizo el Demonio que está atrapado en este libro. :v

Bueno al inicio me estaba pareciendo una historia muy normal, no me ''asustó'' en ningún momento pero el libro logra despertar otros sentimientos en el lector. Al menos en mi caso en algunos puntos de la historia llegue a sentir compasión por Jakabok Botch y ganas por querer quemar el libro (cosa que nos pide hacer desde la primera pagina), incluso al final con su ultima peticion tambien logra cau
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Trevor
Mar 03, 2008 Trevor rated it liked it
I suppose it is tempting to call Mister B. Gone the long-awaited return of Clive Barker to horror, as many are doing (hell, even the inside jacket says so). But, after reading it, I'm not sure that's 100% accurate. Sure, it's about a demon, and has quite a few gruesome moments. But, overall, it's never really terrifying, and its whimisical nature actually has more in common with Barker's more recent fantasy work than with his Books of Blood days, in my opinion. That's not a criticism, though - j ...more
Jorge Soto
May 21, 2016 Jorge Soto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Después de haber terminado este libro siento un deber moral de quemar este libro o pasárselo a alguien. Compasión.
Un relato bastante entretenido y muy corto, con una narración muy interesante, un demonio hablando a través del libro, que idea tan original.
A través de las páginas el Sr. B nos cuenta cómo a sido su vida desde que fue extraído desde las parte más profunda del infierno hasta como termina encerrado en las páginas.
Si bien el libro está catalogada dentro del género del terror, no es alg
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Maite Gil
Pues no me ha gustado el libro. No es un libro de terror y eso era lo que esperaba. El principio del libro consigue que sienta pena por el demonio, así que para cuando el autor te empieza a relatar los actos atroces que come el señor B. no siento el miedo o el rechazo que debería sentir. Tampoco me ha gustado el final. Lo he encontrado todo demasiado rápido.

**Reseña completa en el blog**
Alex Telander
Nov 06, 2007 Alex Telander rated it really liked it
MISTER B. GONE BY CLIVER BARKER: The moment you pick up this book, you know you’re in for a treat. It’s small and compact, inviting, around 200 pages long. On the front black cover is the title in Gothic type: Mister B. Gone, with Clive Barker carved in rough letters beneath. Between the two lines is a strange pictograph making one curious and interested. On the back is the same symbol and not another word. Turn the cover and there is a strange marble page design, which kind of looks like a webb ...more
Mark R.
"Mister B. Gone" is rather unique in that it goes beyond the normal first person narrative, stating clearly that not only is Mr. B the story-teller, he is actually the book itself. Mr B (also known as Jakobak Botch) is a minor demon who tells a tale of coming up from Hell and dealing with humans, angels, and other demons on Earth.

Most of the story takes place in the 14th and 15th centuries, leading to the town of Maize, where heavenly and demonic forces are focused on the new invention of Germa
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Alondra
Sep 01, 2011 Alondra rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
I knew when I first started reading this book that it would probably not get any more than 3 stars. I really did try and give it a shot, but I just couldn't get into it. There were good moments when it seemed like an actual storyline would pop up; but that didn't seem to happen. Maybe I just don't get it. I understand that this is a demons memories and he is trying to get the reader to burn the book that he was 'banished' to, but ....

It just tells some of his dastardly deeds, who he kills along
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Joey
Jun 28, 2014 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why all the hate for this book? It's the best Clive Barker book that I've ever read. Jakabob asking me to burn the book repeatedly after every 10 pages or so got somewhat old and the last 50 pages got a little boring but the rest of the story more than made up for it. Otherwise I would have given it a 6 star rating. It was a delightfully evil book that I'm glad I didn't burn after the first page as I was asked to do so again and again and again. And as Jakabob Botch has asked me, I would like to ...more
Jules
Jan 17, 2011 Jules rated it liked it
Clive Barker is my favourite author, because he's been taking my mind to places I didn't think possible, since I was ten years old!!! I'd love to re-read many of his books.

I was so excited about the release of this book. The way it was written was so intriguing. Unfortunately, this book didn't torment my soul or traumatise me as much as I was expecting, leaving me a little disappointed with it. It seemed somewhat tame in comparison to many of the other books Clive Barker has written.
Rodindeadpan
Jul 03, 2014 Rodindeadpan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read the book. I burned it after the first sentence.
James Millen
I am a huge Clive Barker fan, and this is the first book of his I've been dissapointed by.

There is no hint of the depth of imagination found in books such as Imagica or The Great and Secret Show, or really any of the charming fantasy found in his Abarat series.

I attribute this to the fact that he's been working on the Abarat series for so long, it's suitable for kids as well as adults and has a hefty Disney backing, that he realised he needed to release a patented Clive Barker style "adult" book
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Eva
May 20, 2016 Eva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bueno, no está del todo mal. El estilo de narración me ha parecido muy curioso, nunca había leído nada que se me dirigiera tan directamente a mi y me ha gustado mucho. Respecto a la historia... La verdad es que es bastante mediocre, es como si hubiera dejado el libro a medias o lo escribiera deprisa y corriendo.
Maciek
May 30, 2010 Maciek rated it did not like it
I really wanted to burn it, but the package is just too neat.
Alan Baxter
Feb 17, 2017 Alan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, memoir
A quirky and superbly done little play on the very nature of books, with a few moments of Barker's sheer brilliance shining through.
Chris
Feb 15, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

I am always looking for a good Horror novel so i check out my library's online section from time to time to see if there is anything new. I came across this book and though it would be worth a read. As cheesy and gory as they are I love all of the Hellraiser Movies and I enjoyed Barker's Hellbound Heart which is the book those movies are based off.

I grabbed the audio book and was really excited to see it is read by Doug Bradley. Pinhead himself from the Hellr
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Mississippi Library Commission
Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker starts off with a warning:
"Burn this book. Go on. Quickly, while there’s still time! Burn it. Don’t look at another word. Did you hear me? Not. One. More. Word." However, you should keep reading because this book is all you would expect from a Barker book. There is humor, horror, and everything in between. It kind of reminds us of an adult version of The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone. We recommend this book to all Clive Barker, Stephen King, and Neil
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Derek Schneider
Jul 03, 2009 Derek Schneider rated it it was ok
This was possibly the most frustrating book I've ever read. Somewhere in these 248 pages there's a decent little story. The problem is; that story only takes up a little more than half the book. The rest of the time the narrator (a demon that's trapped in the pages) is asking you to burn the book. He begs, he pleads, he threatens you with acts of violence. It's an interesting concept and I applaud the author for taking such an approach, I just think it would have been more effective in much, muc ...more
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