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Jack's Magic Beans Paperback – February 14, 2011
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Several of Keene's novels have been developed for film, including Ghoul, The Ties That Bind, and Fast Zombies Suck. Several more are in-development or under option.
Keene's work has been praised in such diverse places as The New York Times, The History Channel, The Howard Stern Show, CNN.com, Publisher's Weekly, Media Bistro, Fangoria Magazine, and Rue Morgue Magazine. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a World Horror Grand Master award, two Bram Stoker awards, and a recognition from Whiteman A.F.B. (home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber) for his outreach to U.S. troops serving both overseas and abroad. A prolific public speaker, Keene has delivered talks at conventions, college campuses, theaters, and inside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, VA.
Top Customer Reviews
"Jack's Magic Beans" was my favorite of the five stories, though my only complaint would be that it was too short and the end was mildly unsatisfying (I think this was due to the fact that I was enjoying the story so much that I didn't want it to end). Of the four short stories "Without You" blew me away and was easily my favorite. Clever, poignant and vicious. Just the way I like it.
Do yourself a favor and get this book!
Jack's Magic Bean's has a simple, streamlined premise, and is one of Brian Keene's more violent stories. The little twist about the "beans" will keep you alert and nearly just as paranoid as the characters. This could have easily been expanded to a longer work, but I'm guessing the subject matter was a bit too close to Keene's zombies and he didn't want to travel down that road again.
The four short stories that follow "Jack's Magic Beans" are a great compliment to the main story. Every tale is viciously brutal in its own way, and although most readers will finish this book in one or two sittings, I highly recommend it. The author commentary and insight after each story was also a nice bonus to the collection. The cherry on top is the gory Deadite cover, by artist Alan M. Clark. Buy it.
The short stories, Without You, I Am An Exit, This Is Not An Exit, and 'The King', In: YELLOW, are all quite good. They involve suicide, murder, and some dead rock stars. I particularly liked the ones with "The Exit", as the author calls him. As I was reading those two stories, I could picture them as an interesting horror movie or even a series.
There are also four additional short stories included in this book. This collection is a must for any Keene fan.
The main story involves a world gone mad where everyone has gone insane and has started killing each other and the few people unaffected need to work to stay together and work out what they have in common which keeps them from going insane too. This is one of those stories where you wish it was longer as you really start to get involved in the world when it ends. After this main story is four short stories (Without You, I Am An Exit, This Is Not An Exit, and 'The King', In: YELLOW) containing murder, suicide and dead rock stars.
The collection of stories is solid, with plenty of story and gore to please any horror fan; but like I've mentioned if you are a Keene fan then some will be familiar to you but these stories are well worth re-reading; and if your new to Keene then this will show you what he is capable of.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was just full of awesome short stories but the always amazing Brian Keene. I just loved its detail and simplicity of the first story and now I am fully interested in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick Heath Public Library
I wanted to like this book. The cover reminds me of "Basket Case" or Garbage Pail Kids or something like that, so my expectations were both high AND low, if that makes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Saya Leland
Another masterpiece by Mr. Keene. The world has gone crazy....except a few. Why? You'll have to read it to find out. It's pretty ironic!!Published 11 months ago by Kieff
I enjoy reading Brian Keene's books. This is the first time I read any of his short stories. I enjoyed the stories.Published 19 months ago by Diane A. Weinhold
No matter how many stars I give this, it's not enough. This collection is fantastic! Keene gathered out of print stories for this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MommaCat
This is my first book that I read by Brian Keene and I was not disappointed. I've recently read other books by Brian but this is definitely one of his best. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer
First let me state for the record that I like Brian Keene's work. I thought Earthworm Gods was incredible and The Rising and its sequel occupied my thoughts for weeks. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by C. A. Loewen
Brian Keene has done it again. I can't wait to read all of his books he always keeps me on my toes he is so creative! Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Dinelle Fuller
Incredibly gory. The title sounds stupid at first, but it's actually really appropriate. I would recommend this book who likes lots of gore and is tired of the typical zombie... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Evan Dean Whipple Jr.