Friday, March 14, 2008

Book Review - Mister B. Gone By Clive Barker

"Burn this book. Go on. Quickly, while there's still time."
The first three sentences of Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker make it obvious that this is not a normal novel. It's hard to define who's perspective this book is seen from. The idea that this book you are holding is not just a plain book. It contains the soul of a demon, Jakabok Botch, who is trying to convince you to destroy the book containing him.
The book goes back and forth from Botch telling the reader his tale to trying to convince the reader to destroy the book.
The early parts of the book are extremely interesting. Partly because of the different concept that this book is talking to you, and partly because the story early on is very interesting as he tells you about how he ended up escaping from hell and ended up on earth. Although he is a minor demon and does not have a huge range of power, he is still a slight force to be reckoned with in the world of humans.
In time, you learn that Botch meets another demon, Quitoon Pathea, and they travel the world together.
I did enjoy this book, and I would recommend it to someone who enjoys dark books, or anyone who just wants to read something written a little different. It is a little strange reading the story as if you are being spoken to.

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