I adore reading Basrker's novels, and I always expect to be suprised by his creativity and ability to make up an entire world - cruel and facinating at the same tine - hidden in our common one. But this time the only thing that was particular was the "dialogue" between the devil Jacabok (in my country that's the name of a catholic printing company ... is it a coincidence ?) and the reader; but more that creating a connection with the story seems to break the rythm of the plot.
All I can I say it that it was a nice reading, but just because it had barker's name on the front cover
Looking at my tags you'd probably be confused. History? Printing Technology? What Barker has always done best is take the macabre twist of his and wrap it around modern parables and musings on society. Set before and around the cradle of the printing industry, this book literally drips with spite at times. Intelligently written from the view point of a demon, Jakabob Botch (who is trapped within the very text of the book), the novels pace is tempered by the demon talking directly at you around and between his "story". Thats not to say this is Barkers best, but its certainly inventive as any "secrets" within the book, and manages what most "horror" novels do not - its at times horrific, informative, historically accurate and genuinely quite chilling....Continua