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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383450
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book! Jack's Magic Beans is a novella with four bonus stories, all of which are superb. You want blood and guts? You got it. You want great writing that pulls you in and doesn't let go? You got it. It's all here and I suggest this book to anyone who loves good, well written horror.

"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!
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Readers should know I am reviewing this book based on quality not quantity, as every book should be based. This novella is actually closer to a novelette or long short story, but still manages to pack a hell of a punch. This Deadite Press version contains four other stories that are very much worth reading.

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.
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Employees and customers of a grocery store are suddenly overcome by murderous rage and start slaughtering everyone they see. Four people, who appear to be immune to this rage, try to survive and determine why they have remained uneffected. Gory, violent, quirky and humorous. I loved this story and wish that it would be lengthened into a full novel.
There are also four additional short stories included in this book. This collection is a must for any Keene fan.
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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. It's not a long read, but it's well worth it.

It's on my favorites shelf. I hope you enjoy it too!
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The first short story is one of Keene's best (Jack's magic beans). This should of been a full novel on its own. Keene needs to expand this ASAP!

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!
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Keene's back at it with a violent zombie-esque tale, somewhat reminiscent (for me, at least) of Stephen King's The Mist. Deadite Press has been doing a good job of bringing some of Keene's out-of-print work back into the marketplace, and this is proof that that was a good idea. In addition to the title tale, there are four other OOP short stories, adding that much more bang for the buck.
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Jacks Magic Beans by Brian Keene was once a hard to final short novella, but no longer. With this edition you also get the bonus short stories Without You, I Am An Exit, This Is Not An Exit, and The King, in YELLOW.

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.
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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! He is just a horror master, this series is awesome Great series of stories in this
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