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Mister B. Gone Hardcover – 23 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Printing edition (23 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007262612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007262618
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include The Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California

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Praise for Clive Barker:

‘An invocation of both magic and the imagination… A majestic maze of mythmaking’
WASHINGTON TIMES

‘Passionate and ingenious… A ride with remarkable views’
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

‘A fabulous, engrossing war of the worlds’
PEOPLE MAGAZINE

‘Barker’s fecundity of invention is beyond praise. In a world of hard-bitten horror and originality, Clive Barker dislocates your mind’
- Mail on Sunday

‘A powerful and fascinating writer with a brilliant imagination… Clive Barker is an outstanding storyteller’
- J G Ballard

About the Author

Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. He is the worldwide bestselling author of the Books of Blood, and numerous novels including Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, Sacrament and Galilee. In addition to his work as a novelist and short sotry writer le also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for the stage and screen.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Cainster on 28 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book as I have all of Clive's work and was looking forward to more of his vivid imagination stamped on every page.
However, although a fascinating read that pulls you along I have to say that compared to his previous works this does fall short of the mark. I first got hooked on Clive in my teens as I was a big horror fan but as his work matured and digressed from horror he enthralled me with his work of the fantastique.
This, however, is horror but with a unique twist and although I would have given it 5 stars by any other author I feel I must take one away as it is not up to his usual high standard.
Very tongue in cheek, highly original and well written though it is I would much rather Mr Barker sate my appetite and complete the books of The Art, Abarat and Galilee.
Still it is a very good time filler whilst I await the completion of his other - what I regard - masterpieces.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Brookes on 10 Jun 2008
Format: Hardcover
Clive Barker took a break from horror for a while. He wrote some awesome fantasy novels, including Weaveworld and Imajica, which are profoundly effective in what they set out to accomplish. He wrote two volumes in a series of books for younger adults with three more on the way, and a couple of films. For a Master of Horror, there were a few years there where he rarely touched the visceral darkness that made his name with publications like "The Hellbound Heart" and the "Books of Blood".

"Mister B. Gone" is marketed as a triumphant return to Barker's particular style of uneasy, bloody horror. The premise is simple: within the pages of the neat little hardback the readers holds, a demon is imprisoned and talking to them. You, as the reader, are alternately coerced, seduced and threatened by the demon. Its sole concern? That you burn the book and forget it ever existed.

It's a compelling idea and certainly makes the first ten pages entertaining and refreshingly original. Not since Mark Z Danielewski's "This is not for you" has a reader been so determined to read further. On this occasion, you merely want to learn a bit more about this silver-tongued devil trapped between the pages. He reveals his name - Jakabok Botch - and that he was once chased by his abusive father right out of the highest level of hell and to the "Surface World", where he isn't well received by 14th Century humanity. He reluctantly provides pieces of his story, which is in turn humorous and repulsive - he is a demon, after all. Eventually his tale leads to a clash of events involving the creation of a wonderful new machine, and the conflict between demonic and celestial beings to decide who should control it.
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The story begins, Jakabok Botch is a lesser demon with none of the incendiary skills of those demons of higher breeding, closer in bloodline to the First Fallen, he lives with his vicious father and family on the ninth circle of He11. He's unremarkable, apart from the rare fluke of having two tails, and being horribly scarred from when his father dumped him into a fire in the back garden. One day, however, he enacts the complete opposite of a fallen angel, when he becomes a risen demon. Surfacing somewhere in Europe in the 14th century he finds the people responsible not exactly friendly (although they do speak perfect twenty-first century English). Luckily he can despatch one of them with enough gore to remind one you are reading a Clive Barker book.

After awhile, Jakabok finds the mysterious Quitoon, and the two form a brilliant friendship. They endlessly travel the continent for a hundred years or more, killing and maiming, and with Quitoon observing the human race through all their scientific discoveries and inventions. The most earth-shattering of which **wink-wink** while completely guessable **wink-wink** leads to a great untold truth about Life being revealed.

Jakabok himself is the narrator, and a most reluctant one at that. Indeed he starts, finishes and interrupts his novel with pressing demands for us to burn the book - torch it; tear it up and let it meet a match. At times he is gruesomely committed in pestering us, at other times promising delights if we only play along. It is this conceit of the book that is truly unique. I can't think of any other novel that talks to the reader in such a straightforward, chatty way and describes how much it doesn't want to be read. It might sound all post-modern and unnecessary, but trust me it is a great device.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Oct 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have to confess, I loved this book - I read it through in one sitting as soon as it arrived at my door. I've been a huge Barker fan since the Books of Blood, and have enjoyed everything he's put out. My 6-year-old daughter and I are eagerly awaiting book III of the Abarat, so we know what happens next, and I personally cannot wait for the Scarlet Gospels to finally see the light of day. So I saw this as a light interlude in between his magnum opuses (opi?), which is pretty much as he intended it to be.

Sure, it's not got the depth of mythology or context that Damnation Game or Weaveworld has, or the dazzling scope of Imajica, but fr me, it's still a startlingly original book. When was the last time the book wasnt' just told from the eyes of a central protagonist, but WAS the central protagonist? The juxtaposition of the story being told (admittedly a fairly thin story, but in keeping with the minor nature of the character in the first place) with the conversations with the reader had me enthralled. The writing was descriptive enough to have the images come to life in my imagination, and the character of the titular demon came through with every word.

To counter my enjoyment of the book, I will say that when my partner read it, she found the constant jumping out of the story into the plea bargaining with the reader jarring and disconnecting - she just wanted to get on wth the story. For me, though, I read it almost as a prose version f the Usual Suspects in style, with an almost stream of consciousness narrative going on, complete with breaks and side tracks along the way.

Hugely enjoyable, and I would recommend it to others - though not necessarily as their first Barker book.
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