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Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
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"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 German Johannes Gutenburg.

It's a pretty original idea, and there's lots of good dark humor throughout the book, but "Mister B. Gone" isn't typically anything more than amusing and entertaining. Barker has said that this book was meant as a somewhat light-hearted break for him, as he continues working on "The Scarlet Gospels" (which will likely be his real "return to horror," what the publishers are calling "Mister B. Gone"), and as such, it isn't nearly as involving as his short story collections and a large amount of his novels, but is very entertaining nonetheless.
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message 1: by Thomas (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:47PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Thomas Nice review review. Thanks for all the info. I hadn't heard about The Scarlet Gospels.


Mark R. Thank you. Far as I know, Scarlet Gospels is finished and is just waiting for a publisher.


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