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Mister B. Gone

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You hold in your hands not a book at all, but a terrifying embodiment of purest evil. Can you feel the electric tingle in your fingers as you are absorbed by the demon Jakabok's tale of his unintentional ascent from the depths of the Inferno? Do you sense the cold dread worming its way into your bloodstream, your sinews, the marrow of your bones as you read more deeply int ...more
Nook, 248 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 30th 2007)
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Alice Lee
Jul 12, 2008 Alice Lee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shovelmonkey1
Mar 28, 2013 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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)
Feb 12, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 15, 2007 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Trevor
Mar 05, 2008 Trevor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
R.
Dec 24, 2007 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
*
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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Brenna
Jul 03, 2009 Brenna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Feb 12, 2015 Alondra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Maria Benitez
Es el primer libro que leo de 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.
En definitiva, tiene mi puntuación media. Libro entretenido y ágil para leer, pero sin l
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Rodindeadpan
Jul 05, 2014 Rodindeadpan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read the book. I burned it after the first sentence.
Alex Telander
Sep 16, 2010 Alex Telander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Joey
Jul 03, 2014 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, my-library
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
Chris
Feb 15, 2015 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Jules
Jan 22, 2016 Jules rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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Valancourt Books
Great idea but the end result was lacking. The only Barker title I've read that didn't do it for me.
Maciek
I really wanted to burn it, but the package is just too neat.
Derek Schneider
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
Andrew
Oct 16, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I will admit that Clive Barker to me is a bit hit and miss - Weaveworld is still one of my all time favourite books - but this one - hmm not so much so. IT does not take you too long to start guessing where it is all going - once certain names and places are mentioned and not to mention the main thrust of the main character (Mr B) you do not take too long to realise where it is all going - yes I have certainly found out what the phrase "Burn this book" comes from - I did for a while think it ...more
T.E. Grau
Sep 30, 2014 T.E. Grau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick little dessert of a book, with decent taste and texture and gooeyness, yet with very little to bog one down.

It took a bit for me to warm to it, as it seemed a tad contrived from the start. But once I found the rhythm, it started to hum. I did like Barker's take on the war between the Heavenly Host and the Fallen, the way they went about it, and the reasons, especially as it pertained to one of the most important and powerful human inventions in history. I also appreciated the injection o
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Bill
Mar 04, 2013 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am clueless on how I should review this book. First off, I have to say that I did like it, however, it seemed to me to be very un-Barker-like. The premise for the book was brilliant, but the narrative was whacky and at times overly annoying.

I think I was just left wanting either a completely silly read or a completely serious one – the mix just did not gel for me, even thought I did find it entertaining. I am wavering between 3 and 4 stars, I will split the difference and give it a 3.5* If you
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Julie
Jun 05, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: homosexual demons who need an anti-hero to relate to
I saw Clive Barker's Mister B. Gone on the "new books" shelf at my local library. The cover looked wicked and I was in the mood for some blood and gore. I peeked inside and the book's pages are aged since it's written by an ancient demon. I was compelled to toss up the horns to other drivers \m/ \m/ when it was on the seat next to me driving home. It looked THAT cool and evil.

Then I read it and it sucked. There were two or three bits worthy of Barker. I liked the scene involving glass shards,
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Guy Haley
Nov 30, 2015 Guy Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did I ever tell you that on one of the occasions I interviewed Clive Barker, at the Dorchester in London, he actually fell asleep mid sentence? No? One for another time I think (charming bloke, by the way, I don’t think he was feeling great at the time, and no, it wasn’t me. Really, I’m super-interesting).

Barker’s a chap whose ideas can outstrip his prose, whose knack for the cinematic sometimes undoes him when he turns his attention to literature. Read his Books of Blood and his script becomes
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Sheri
May 18, 2014 Sheri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Yuk, yuk, yuk. I have Barker's Hellbound Heart on my to-read list because someone recommended it based on something else I had recently read. I was scrounging for something to read this morning and wanted light and easy and thought this would be fun (based on the cover). I wasn't really expecting anything very good, but I giggled at the first page (the demon talking directly to me) and figured it would make for an entertaining afternoon.

Instead, it was just complete crap. I got really bored real
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Aloha
If it hadn't been for Doug Bradley's extraordinary reading of this book, I would have given it a lower rating. The plot is pointless. A demon is trapped in a book and basically rambles on about his life and his journey. With the demon's constant prodding of the reader to burn the book, I was expecting some tremendous climax at the end. But alas, it was but a pfffft. Disappointing, especially the ending.
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