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MISTER B. GONE
by Clive Barker (Harper Collins). 2007. Fiction. Horror. 248 pages. Toiling away in hell, a nobody demon suddenly finds himself fighting for his life after being pulled up to Earthís surface. Employing his demon ways, Jakabok Botch not only defeats his enemies, but is able to inflict deep scars while doing so. After creating a fiasco he canít escape, Jakabok is saved and befriended by another Earth walking demon, Quitoon. A century later, Jakabok and Quitoon come to blows and go their separate ways, until they are drawn to a location where angels and demons prepare to battle over an invention thatíll change the world.
  Not only does Jakabok Botch, the narrator of Mister B. Gone, entertain with first hand accounts of nastiness, the lilí douchebag makes demands of his readers and even threatens those who refuse to comply! Nobody will accuse Mister B. Goneís story of being as complex as Barkerís past work (Imajica, The Great and Secret Show), but complexity gives way to a thoroughly engaging journey of wild imagination. While many things Iíve read in the past has left their mark on me, one paragraph within this book made me shudder and forced me to reread it several times; each time shuddering even more. Showing many sides of the narrator, Clive Barker weaves plenty of terrible and irrational, if youíre not a demon of course, actions while exposing Jakabokís softer emotions through thoughts of love and need for companionship, even in a homosexual sense. The hardcover version is presented with a worn looking cover and pages riddled with a yellowish look of age which, though the words are plenty sufficient, helps enhance the atmosphere while reading Mister B. Gone. I honestly had a ball reading this book, and when Mister B. Gone became Mister B. Done, I was most sad. Ė Denis Sheehan

 

 

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