Mister B. Gone

Mister B. Gone

by Clive Barker
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Mister B. Gone 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
brjunkie More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, despite Jakabok Botch's annoying and tedious begging to burn this book and set me free, although it is essential to the entire story. To fight off this constant begging, a story is expected to be told to the all too demanding reader. Jakabok obliges with his life's story in hell as a young demon who doesn't fit in and how he got his disfiguring beginnings. Interrupted by his pleas for release, his story continues on with his horrific and demonic misadventures in the realm of the living, with Quitoon, and angels too, for over a century. Poor Mister B.'s narrative finally ends not only with your hair-raising end, but also with a creepy final word about words.
Mugglefree25 More than 1 year ago
This was a lighter read for a Clive Barker book. Still, he finds a way to create a positive relationship between you and demon that promises horrific punishments if you don't do what he says. I found the story to be very orginal. The ending was intriguing and quite relative to happenings in today's world. This would be a good book for the young adult reader as would "The Thief of Always" and the Arabat series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed when I read this book - I've read other Barker books and like them from time to time. This book felt like something he whipped up in a day or two! Not very imaginative, not much to the plot. The description inside the cover was more exciting that the story itself.
mkgiannos More than 1 year ago
At the start it comes off as a great read, but soon to find out that half the book is the character Mister B. ( or Jakabok botch ) repeating over and over that the reader should burn the book to set the character free. I think I should have burned it and set myself free from reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad the admonition to "burn this book" wasn't "don't buy this garbage". I have the highest regard for Clive Barker's literary skills and every single book I've ever read by him I would give ***** - more if that were an option. But, simply stated, this is the worst book I've ever listened to. Boring. No chills, no suspense, just boring. Don't waste your time or money.
shoyu More than 1 year ago
I liked Clive Barker's early horror fiction, but "Mister B. Gone" is not anywhere near that level. Barker continually breaks into the action to address the reader in this book. I found that technique more irritating than when authors switch point of view in the same chapter. There did not seem to be a point to "Mister B. Gone." There were a few hints of a message about humans acting badly, but that's stretching. The pose was basic and nothing like the great prose of his early short stories.
MissSusan More than 1 year ago
A demon comes to earth to cause all kinds of trouble. There are too many gory details that add nothing to the stroy line. Clive Barker is a better writer than this. This story is a shock-a-thon with no redeeming value. I threw it away.
shancherie More than 1 year ago
This was an odd read. It was interesting the way he "spoke" to the reader and you felt taken into the book. It passed very fast and was a pretty nifty diversion.
kbmerk More than 1 year ago
The cover was like finding a book hidden in an attic for a long time. I actually could picture carrying on a conversation with this entity. I loved the way the plot flowed and I couldn't put it down. I drifted off and became a part of the story, lost a few hours of a rainy afternoon. Was delicious and I was pleasantly surprised by this one from Mr Barker. It sits on my shelf just waiting for someone to pick it up!! LOL
Geni More than 1 year ago
This book had such a great premise, but the story was poorly written and the characters were unlikable. From the first paragraph(which I thought was GREAT!) it just went downhill.
MasterShake More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book - from its appearance to its style it sets a good mood for either a rainy day or quiet night. It is not heart pounding thrill ride but it does often make one look over their shoulder...just in case. This is a fairly short, cleverly written book that held this reader's interest and I absolutely loved the appearance of the book from the cover to aged look of the pages inside.
Prez More than 1 year ago
I had never read a book in which the narator repeatedly tries to get the reader to stop reading the book. The confrontational rants reminded me of the Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis. Barker takes a turn in this horrific tale that is frightening and pulls the characters through hopelessness to redemption. The cover drew me to this book. The quality of the physical presentation was matched by the mastery of the storytelling.
Fearjunkie More than 1 year ago
Going into this book I had no idea what to expect given Clive Barker's range as an author & his ability to create truly unique storyscapes. But as I delved farther & farther into this most disturbing tale I discovered that Barker has lost none of his talents at really creeping out the reader. Not for the squeamish,(but what Barker novel is?) this book is a seriously dark ride & will quickly draw the reader in sometimes almost against his will (but in a good way, most definitely). Told in the first person, the antagonist aggressively confronts the reader in a most original fashion that I found exceptionally captivating. In short, any fan of well written horror should enjoy this book and won't soon forget it (if ever).
Nero More than 1 year ago
WOW! I can never not read a whole book which to my dismay included this one. The book was good......when the main character was telling the story of his life. The talking to the reader was horrible. After a while i just skipped pages because he would tell you the same things for about 10 pages. Overall the story was good but the way it was written in my own opinion was horrible. I can see why some people might like it but for my own taste it was lacking. But then again who am I to judge anothers work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Clive Barker fan, but this was the most disappointing book! The plot was boring as were the characters. I was tired of hearing the main character beg to be killed after the first 5 times!!!! Mr. Barker is capable of so much more than this book!! There was no depth of plot or characters. Hopefully he can redeem himself with his next book.
Papercuts More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book; I found parts funny and scary and even parts where I could relate (which is really scary). Halfway through you really start thinking about burning it just for the heck of it. My boyfriend and I both agreed to wait till the end before we would think about burning it. This turned out to be a good thing!
alphaPhnx More than 1 year ago
At the beginning I didn't got sucked in, like I normally do, took a while to catch on, but after half way you really get demoniacally possessed and slash thru pages and pages, 'till the end
Kimbeey13 More than 1 year ago
Mister B. Gone begins with a powerful hook that doesn't hold through out the entire read. It starts to feel repetitive with the constant passages with the character Jakabok asking the reader to burn the book and the overuse of some words such as demonation. That's not to say this book is a horrifying read, there is a decent amount of interesting parts within the pages. Mister B. Gone is a book for rainy days or when you have nothing better to do or nothing else you really want to read.
Berrynice More than 1 year ago
The book gives a good question to think about, if Mister B. is inside the pages are there angels in others?
TConnor More than 1 year ago
not an enthralling read. at all. i suppose it could have been decent, but every 10 or 15 pages the author breaks in with another 5 page warning about putting the book down before it kills you or whatever. after a few chapters i just started skimming through the parts that told me to stop reading and stuck with the storyline. that cut the reading time by about a third. and the story... decent, but nothing too original. i had this recommended by some friends, and i was very disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend got me this book for Christmas and I couldn't put it down! I had finished it within a few days. Clive has the amazing ability to understand his reader and know what they are thinking and he demonstrates this many times throughout the book. He makes you feel sorry for the main character, I know that he is only a demon and not even an upper-level demon but you get a sense that he truly doesn¿t want to be the deranged killer that he is, and that he only really wants to be more like humans, what with our acceptance of emotion and ability to love. Clive is able to pull the reader into this story, scare us half to death, and still have us fall madly in love with the very demon that has us so terrified! After I read this book I didn¿t want to close it 'and if you read it you will understand why', and I was afraid to reread it for fear that the story may change 'again is you read it you will understand'. Not only is the plot amazing but the general concepts that he deals with in his writing, like the battle between good and evil and how he explains it and presents a whole new way of looking at it. Really I have not done this book justice. All I can say is read it and find out how truly amazing it is!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't find this to be the greatest Barker book either but I was in the middle of two books while reading this one and try to give my attention to one at a time. So I may reread it. Yet I feel it could have been a little longer and I think it would have been a more interesting book had Barker's name not been attached to it. It should have been sold under a made up name of the Demon's and looked more antiqued. Definitely looking forward to the next Abarat book :o'
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was an easy read at about the 7th grade level. The author's use of a demon being imprisoned in a book talking to the reader, trying to get out was both unique and attention getting. It kept your attention and added a sideline. The fact that the main story was a sideline was what brought the review down to three stars. The demon's story was disjointed. Was the demon lieing to cover up or was it his nature? It's an OK summer read if you have the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a Barker fan, always have been and I've been waiting just like everyone else for his next book, but I HONESTLY thought this book was a waste of paper. There was really NOTHING to it. Nothing to be so over-joyed about. Was just plain disapointed. Sorry, Clive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clive Barker is at his best when gore and terror are at the forefront. I wouldn't say this is his best novel, but when you have written Imajica, The Great and Secret Show, and Weaveworld, it's virtually impossible to top that. This book is a fast read, but a very good read. He amazed me that he could make the reader feel compassion for this demon at the same time he is murdering someone, then one sentence later have you hating him all over again. The writing is flawless, it just doesn't have the numerous worlds/dimensions and characters to follow like Clive is known for. While he seems to stretch out the story a little by constantly asking the reader to burn the book to erase any chance of the demon's continued existence, the book still keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout, forcing you to continue to read. Clive is a master storyteller, and this book does not take away from that legacy.