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The majority of us, I'm guessing, haven't had the oppurtunity of allowing a demons words and thoughts into our mind. On picking up this book however, I am one of that few minority!
Mister B. Gones' introduction to this story of cruelty to humans by evil creatures of the under world starts off by telling you to burn it. Obviously that's going to give the negative affect. Although if you've bought and paid for it, it would be a waste of money!
Mister B aka Jakabok Botch, is a lesser demon. A nobody in hell and treated cruelly by his much more powerful father. In fact the only thing that Botch can thank him for was being able to inherit a fine pair of devils tails-two in fact.
Botch is hideous, which makes him an easy target in hell. Surely you'd think that most creatures in hell were hideous but none quite as much as him, thanks to being left to get badly scarred in a blazing fire whilst his Dad beat his Mum.
Being scared what could be the most natural thing to do? Runaway and hide, which is the exact idea that Botch has, only to be tricked by a vision of raw steak and beer, hanging as though it is on a fishing wire. As they are both transfixed by the food, both too stupid to think that this was too good to be true, the ropes tighten around them and both are hoisted higher and higher out of the 9 th circle and further above.
The above world is no nicer than the below world due to Botch's disfigurement, especially as no matter where you go people are out to get you. Possibly due to the fact that he either purposely or not goes about killing their loved ones!
Mister B, is, down to his own fault trapped in the pages of this book, if you were to burn it, he would be set free. Although not alive, he would be free of his torment. Along the way he tries several times for us to do what he wants. By telling us of stories of what he's done. Splitting a man into two with a sword, pushing a pretty girl into a pot of something hot and bubbling. Describing tales of when he teamed up with another demon, who can spit flames called Quitoon.
That would be the only problem in the book. The constant pleading about burning it after you'd read it. I know it's the whole point of it, but I feel that it didn't need to repeat itself that much!
Without giving away the ending, which I found slightly confusing, we see the powerfulness of angels when provoked into an angry state. At least now if I ever come across one I know I'm going to be extra pleasant!
I enjoyed this book and read it quite quickly. Having never heard of Clive Barker who is supposedly a great master of the macabre, I may very well hunt down some of his other novels. If you like blood and death in quite graphic detail then this would probably be down your street.
'Burn this Book'
These are the opening words of Clive Barkers novel Mister B. Gone, which tell the story of the demon Jakabok Botch and how he ended up imprisoned in the pages of this book. The theory of this book is that the demon is talking directly to you... and by continuing to read the book you are putting your very soul in danger.
Unfortunately, I felt this book fell a little short of the mark.
(without going into too much detail and ruining it)
Jakabok Botch is a minor demon in one of the lower circles of hell. He is demon 'trailer trash', with a demon deformity- two tails! Life is tough for Jakabok, suffering abuse from his family and peers. he is horribly disfigured in a fire. So now he is horribly disfigured and has two tails. It never rains but it pours!
He is eventually brought to the surface by means of a net baited with beer and steak, killing his abusive father in the process. The people who catch him intend to skin him for religious artifacts, but he escapes.
Through out his adventures he joins forces with an older demon called Quintoon, and they get up to some demony things like bathing in babies blood and burning people alive. All good demon-like fun!
This eventually leads Jakabok into the middle of a fight between angels and demons, and his eventual imprisonment in the book from which he is speaking to you.
Well, not really. The problem I had with this book is that Jakabok really wasn't evil enough. Maybe I need a lot more to shock me but he wasn't really very scary. Throughout the book Jakabok is threatening to do all manner of nasty things to you if you continue to read the book, but you just don't 'believe' it. Oh no, you're right behind me coming to get me? Well, that's ok. I can take you! ;-)
It really was just, well, boring. The character of Jakabok is just not very good at making you care about anything that's happening. It was completely underwhelming. I did manage to finish reading this book, unlike another Clive Barker novel which I just could not be bothered to pick up again.
This is available on amazon.co.uk for £4.74 for the paperback version, or £10 for the hardback, if you still want to read it. But take my advice, and Jakabok's, BURN THIS BOOK!
This has got to be the oddest and weirdest book I have ever read (...and I've read some very odd books)
The book is set in 1485 and centres around a demon called Jakabok Botch. It is written almost in the style of an autobiography of jakabok. we learn how he ends up horribly scarred and how he travels around the "world"
I don't want to give too much of the story away as this would spoil it for anyone who decides to read it. But there are some really interesting historical references within the book that really manage to tie all the individual parts of the story together and make you think - could this really have happened?
The style of writing is fast paced and the detail that Clive Barker manages to get into the writing is fantastic. I found it really easy to imagine what was happening in the book because the writing was so vivid.
The whole style of the book even down to the cover - which looks as though it has been on the shelf for hundreds of years - is really well produced.
This probabaly isn't a book for everyone but if you liked fantasy,mystery stories with a bit of horror thrown in you will probably like this well written book.