Since the news broke out that Clive Barker is working on a new book I thought what better time than now to read one of his older ones?
Lucky for me I went in blind with this book and was welcomed with an interesting start to it. “Burn this book” it said, as someone started speaking to me. Although it comes off as a bit edgy it definitely was an interesting concept where the main character in the book directly spoke to me the reader. The person in question was Jackabob Botch, a demon from the lowest part of hell.
At first, Botch is hesitant to tell us his story but once he sees that we do not stop reading the book he begins to explain how he got to where he is now. We get a glimpse into his life, if it can even be described as a life. He talks about his abusive household and how his fellow demons treated him, especially after his injury (which I won’t get into because of spoilers).
After a series of unfortunate events he finds himself in the living world where he befriends a much more powerful demon and begins his adventures and misadventures through the world.
The direct narration to the reader is a mechanic I never came across before and at the start it definitely is one of the book’s strong points. But as the story progresses his monologues become longer and more common taking away from the story line. I found myself screaming at Botch begging him to stop saying the same things over and over again. If he really wanted me to stop reading he should have just kept blabbering on. But still, since the story was good I put up with it.
But unfortunately, the climax of the movie just felt weird and out of the place. Which is a shame because I enjoyed most of the book but it felt like he did not know how to end it and wrote in a random grandiose style ending. It is still a decent book but it won’t be anything I will be talking about or revisiting again. An one and done thing. Not something I would expect from a Barker book. It did not really feel like a Barker book either.