Saturday, December 15, 2012

Review: Memories of the Dead by Phillip R. Hall

Title: Memories of the Dead
Author: Phillip R. Hall
Category:Mystery/ Fantasy
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Paperback, 211 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Lulu
Locarno, when he was a boy of sixteen, was envious of vampires: they were elusive, immortal, strong, and powerful. But that was when he was foolish and young; and now, knowing what he knows, he understands that they are nothing but a plague upon humanity—a disease that needs to be removed. He despises them because of the things they did, and continue to do, to the unknowing populace: treating humanity like nothing more than cattle. And for that, they must be destroyed. This, his private journal—his memories—left for those who may find and read it, is a living record of the time when his destiny was first intertwined with unspeakable evil.

*I was sent this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

My Review:

This was another book I wasn't sure of, when I agreed to do a review. It sounded good, but I had that feeling that it might not be a book for me. However, I went ahead and gave it a try. Why? Because Hall really is a very nice person, and I wanted to see if I would, maybe, enjoy his book. However, I really couldn't get lost into. Again, all personal opinion. He can write amazingly well and his story flowed quite nicely. I never got lost, and the detail helped me see the world he created. Memories of the Dead definitely has everything that makes an entertaining and interesting story. It will draw some readers in, then you have readers like me, who usually don't read books of this sort. It isn't what I usually read.

Memories of the Dead, the very journal of Locarno, a boy who once believed that vampires where once creatures of great beauty, intrigue, and power.  However, that was when he was younger. Things have changed, and he now knows what these creatures really are, what they represent.  Vampires are a threat to humanity. And this is his journal. His memories. The events that took placed that changed him forever.

'I need to protect my soul-in-a-jar from the ravages of other men.'

Memories of the Dead deals with more than just vampires. We get to also enter into a world were magic is real. Good and bad alike. Where one’s soul can be contained, kept safe outside of one’s body.  And for Locarno, this is his world. The world his own Grandfather introduced him into. At a young age he began practicing with magic. Learned the power that words can hold. His knowledge grew fast and wide.

However, his Grandfather kept another world away from him. But with the death of a neighbor, Locarno is brought into that very world. Dies Irae. The Day of Wrath. With that simple phrase uttered by Locarno’s Grandfather his life sets out on a much different course. And with that new path he understands that those creatures he once found to be of great beauty are something else entirely.

'There was one book, a large black one, that he said would be wise from which not to read, nor practice that which was contained therein. It was, as he put it, "The Book of Death"

Hall really did create a story that took me into a very different world. His pacing of the book sucked me in and with his rich detail I could really picture the world he created.Hall really had the feeling for this book down. I was able to really see and feel his world. However, as much as the story was amazing, it simply wasn't my kind of book. But if it sounds like a book that you can get lost into, then give Memories of the Dead a try! 


  1. Yea, this doesnt sound like a book for me either. Plus that cover kinda creeps me out... Thanks for the honest review!

  2. Thank you, Magen, for the very kind review. :) I'm sorry it wasn't your thing, but not all books can be for everyone.


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