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Mister B. Gone

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  7,995 ratings  ·  718 reviews
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
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2007)
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Alice Lee
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
Bishop Bishop
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Shovelmonkey1
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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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
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
Trevor
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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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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Brenna
"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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Alex Telander
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
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
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
Julie
Jun 05, 2008 Julie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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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Rodindeadpan
I didn't read the book. I burned it after the first sentence.
Sheri
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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T.E. Grau
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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Jasmine Me
listen to the narrator ...BURN THIS BOOK!

I don't believe I was ever insulted or threatened this much my entire life, and I live in a war-zone!!!
Maciek
I really wanted to burn it, but the package is just too neat.
Cassandra
This is the first Clive Barker novel I've read. As far as first impressions go, I couldn't be more underwhelmed. I don't think there's one thing I liked about this book. There was no depth, the writing was poor and so was the characterization. Furthermore, there was a distinct lack of anything that could be considered horrorific. I expected to be scared and unable to sleep at night, afraid the demon in the book might escape from his pages and show me what Hell is really like. Instead, I was awak ...more
Beth Dawkins
4.5

I haven’t yet figured out if this book is brilliant or silly. The story is told to us by Jakabok Botch, or Mister B. He is a demon of the ninth circle. He pleads with his reader, me, and maybe one day you, to burn him. All he wants is you to burn the book, he moves from pleading, promising and cursing. I liked when he spoke out directly to the reader, being referred to as, ‘poor page turner.’

Mister B.’s story is actually very sad. His life before he was fished up onto earth wasn’t a happy on
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Katie Dreyer
So when I first got this book I couldn't wait to read it. It has these aged, yellow pages and a first page that makes you want to start reading immediately. "Burn this book," our narrotor tells us, the reader. This is a common theme throughout - our hero/villian/friend/enemy Mister B. the demon talks to us while we read. Sometimes he's admiring us, sometimes threatening us... At first it's intriguing, even a little chilling, but after a while I had to stifle the yawns. This book is hardly dark a ...more
Schmacko
The book you’re reading is possessed by a demon. The gimmick is that this minion of Hell is telling you his story, and as you read the book, he takes more and more control of your soul.

Shyeah, that parlor trick only works if the story is engaging and believable enough that it feels that the book is really taking the reader over.

Or it could work if it were funny, or clever, or unusually engaging.
Mister B. Gone is a middling experience, one I started speed-reading just to get through. It’s an appr
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Dreadlocksmile
First published back in 2007, Clive Barker unleashes once again another dark and devious piece of adult fiction, after the recent releases of the first two youngster friendly ‘Abarat’ instalments. The UK saw the initial release of ‘Mr B. Gone’ in either standard hardback or a very limited edition slipcased release that came hand signed by Barker and numbered in only one thousand published copies.

The novel is centred around the unfortunate character of Jakabok Botch (or Mister B. To his friends)
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Fabian
“Mister B. Gone” Clive Barker. 4/23/12

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
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fleegan
Feb 15, 2008 fleegan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like clever things
Shelves: fantasy
I've never read any of Clive Barker's stuff, and I think I've only seen one of his movies. (I've never seen any of the Hellraiser franchise, but I did see the first Candyman movie. It's the only scary movie I've ever watched at an actual "sleepover". Oh, the cliches I've lived. Oh, wait, I just IMDB-ed him and I'll also admit to seeing Lord of Illusions, at the theater no less. My friend Nola had a huge tv crush on Scott Bakula at the time, and that's the ONLY reason we sat through that piece of ...more
Shannon
Jan 16, 2009 Shannon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tori
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
I think people are far too harsh in their reviews of this book. This may not be Barker's most enlightening, mind-boggling book, but it is amusing. And sufficiently creepy/gross. It was evil and heatheny and full of atrocities. I liked it. However, the climax was lacking..I kind of expected something more exciting. To be fair, the demon kind of admits that. And every few pages the demon narrator, Jabok, goes on and on about how you should BURN THIS BOOK as an act of mercy and how he's gonna total ...more
Andrew
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
Bill
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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Amanda Lyons
While it was an easy read and there were certainly aspects of the description I liked I still have to say this book is probably Barker's worst book. This is largely because Mr. B drives you nuts repetitively asking you to burn the book. After awhile it's a nuisance and you want to get back to the story rather than deal with his complaints and threats.

This is one of the few time I've seen Barker use first person and wonder if that may also have played a part. My fiance pointed out Mr. B as narra
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