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5 stars for originality, but there are flaws,
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This review is from: Mister B. Gone (Paperback)
A posessed book talking directly to a reader is such an interesting idea that I read this novel based only on knowing that. I really enjoyed the concept, it's doubtless a really innovative idea, and the reader being involved in the book is fun too.
Unfortunately, there is not much to back it up. The story of how the demon protagonist escapes from Hell (the World Below, as he names it) is intriguing, and then his first few days on Earth promise a gripping read. Then he meets Quitoon. The latter character is cardboard, making it impossible for the reader to generate any feeling towards him (same, in fact, is pertinent to the other characters). The two of them voyage together, murdering, raping, and commiting other disturbing acts which are briefly mentioned.
They argue and are separated but then the protagonist decides he needs to search for his lost love (who is on his way to discover a Machine which will change the World. Everything else is monotonous and futile, and that's counting the messages about good and evil.
Most of the characters have no involvement at all. Cawley and his group are promising, but then they're instantly gone and we have nothing more to do with them. Quitoon promises the same, but once again, he's cardboard.
Alongside this the book threatens the reader, and attempts to persuade them to BURN THE DAMN BOOK!! and reads into their thoughts and feelings and describes how it's going to kill you, and if I weren't so analytical about things, I probably would have believed it. That part is fun too.
Entertaining, albeit a forgettable lazy Sunday.