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Jack's Magic Beans Paperback – February 14, 2011
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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.
There are also four additional short stories included in this book. This collection is a must for any Keene fan.
It's on my favorites shelf. I hope you enjoy it too!
The other stories are not nearly as good and some are approx. 2 or 3 pages long, leaving much to be desired. The glimmers of hope are the "Exit" stories. These have glimmers of hope, but sadly are wayyyyyyyy to short (4 or 5 pages long). Hopefully Keene does what he hints at in the afterward, and writes a full blown novel about this character, that would be awesome!!! There are so many layers to this character. Even though you can read the Exit stories in about 10 minutes, they are worth the price of this book by themselves at just seeing what could be possible with this character. It will definitely leave you wanting more!
In Jacks Magic Beans, all of a sudden people are turned into psychotic killers who go after anyone around them. There are a few though, who don't turn, and are witness to the violent acts of everyone else. They barricade themselves against the horror, and try to figure out why they haven't changed as well. What will happen to this group that have nowhere to go, no way of knowing if they themselves will suddenly turn into killers, and hopefully find out what is causing the citizens of their town to turn into killers. A great fast paced story that will keep you going until the very end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brian Keene is the best writer in Horror. Jack's Magic Beans is a collection of short story's. Brian has a way of making his story's look real. Buy this book.Published 5 months ago by Machine
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 7 months 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 9 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 17 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 on July 21, 2014 by Diane A. Weinhold
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
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.
I'm a new Brian Keene fan! This book was rather short pages-wise, and larger than I expected, but the stories in it rocked my socks off!! I loved this book!!! Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Glenda the Good