Mister B. Gone

Mister B. Gone

Book - 2007
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A medieval devil speaks directly to the reader about his life and the battle between good and evil, in this memoir allegedly penned in the year 1438.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060182984
0060182989
Branch Call Number: FIC Barke 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 248 p
Alternative Title: Mister be gone

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KateHillier Jun 01, 2016

Full disclosure: this book is a giant gimmick. The first page of the book is a plea for you to burn it. You are asked to burn the book many, many times as the novel goes on. You may begin to find this annoying. I didn't so much since I just sort of grew to expect it. Also this is Clive Barker, the man of insanely dark imagination, so there are plenty of gory happenings and gory threats.

Now that we've got past that it was an okay read. It was gory more so than scary. Even the bits where Barker is clearly trying to get a rise out of you don't really manage it. The narrator of the book, a demon, tells the story of his coming of age in Hell and how he came to be on earth. It's not a linear story, the demon tells you it's more a collection of memories than anything else, and it really doesn't go anyway. Maybe it's the constant interruptions that throw you out of the story but it just doesn't quite reach that bar of awesome terror that it's reaching for.

I did finish and I did have fun with it. I won't be burning the book but I don't think I'll be reading it again.

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DarkKatt13
Jul 25, 2013

An oddly entertaining book, very different from Clive's traditional style but well worth the read. The secret at the end is amazing-well worth the effort...of course I may simply be fulfilling my promise to Mister B...?

marysneedle Aug 03, 2012

This was a quick and entertaining read and a unique way to write a story.It was very hard to put down.

Not one of his typical books but it was fun and halloweenish just the same.

Told from the view of an escaped demon and how he survives in our world. Set in the time of Gutenberg and his printing press. It's funny and horrifying all at the same time.

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katietribe
Aug 13, 2011

If you are looking for your typical frightening Barker story, then you will probably be disappointed by this. However, if you are just looking for a fun 'spooky' demonic read, then I'd check this book out.

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kdawg36
Oct 14, 2010

I really like clive barker as an author but I found this book to be incredibly boring and not disturbing at all like some of his books are. He talks to you as mister b. gone to try to make you feel creeped out but I felt it just made it kinda cheesy.

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Nov 10, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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