06 July 2008

Mister B

Work was relatively slow today so I read Mister B Gone by Clive Barker. I've found his stuff to be hit or miss; the Abarat books are lovely, as is The Thief of Always. Books of Blood are creepy good but i couldn't even make myself finish Coldheart Canyon. So I wasn't sure what to expect with this one.

The premise is that a demon is trapped in the pages of the book. In exchange for his story he begs, threatens, pleads and tempts the reader with happiness to burn the book to release him from it. The story of how he becomes trapped is interesting but the threats and pleadings get old quickly. The emotions of Mister B for his demon companion Quitoon are really well written. The image of bearing torture just to see your lover's smile or feel their touch is weirdly romantic. Made me almost wistful. This book gets a 4/7.

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