Diary of the Displaced - Book 1 - The Journal of James Halldon

Rated 4.45/5 based on 37 reviews
Book 1 of the Diary of the Displaced series

James Halldon wakes up in a strange and dark place, surrounded by endless junk and debris.
He has no idea where he is, or how he got there.
No food.
No water.
No light.
Almost no memories of his past.
And there are things moving in the darkness around him. Things that growl.
And daytime never seems to come... More
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About Glynn James

GLYNN JAMES, born in Wellingborough, England, in 1972, is an author of science fiction, post-apocalyptic, dark fantasy, horror, and dystopian fiction.

His love of science fiction and horror began when he was eight years old after discovering HP Lovecraft and Richard Matheson, and then later on James Herbert, Clive Barker, and Stephen King.

In addition to co-authoring the ARISEN books, he is the author of the DIARY OF THE DISPLACED series.

More info on his writing and projects can be found at www.glynnjames.co.uk

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Reviews

Review by: april reynolds on Dec. 20, 2013 : (no rating)
A story within a story that takes you places you cannot imagine
What would happen if you woke up in a dark place that just was not right? what would happen if you struggled to get out only to find out everything you thought was wrong was not only wrong but so are you? yeah confusing but youll get it at the end of the book. This story takes you to a place that should not exist but actually could on another subplane. A tortured soul thatmust find the rights in all the wrongs!
(review of free book)

Review by: Crystal Waldrum on July 04, 2012 :
From the get go the reader is taken in with the odd scenario that is being played out - in a good way! The reader is drawn in with the mysterious circumstances that brought our hero to the strange place he is surrounded by. Rope in some creepy zombie monsters, odd looking dog creatures and ghosts and you'd think you're reading a horror tale. Imagine that this is all explained by being in a parallel universe and it rings more science fiction. It was a great hook into the series and gets the reader wanting to read more and find out what happens to our hero!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Helen Ritchie on June 17, 2012 : (no rating)
Really enjoyed this book even though there were some mistakes. They didn't detract from a good read. Just wished it had been longer!!
(review of free book)

Review by: Madame Diotte on May 27, 2012 :
My main criticism is that I felt like this novel could have benefited from a bit more editing, as there were many errors. However, I found the story intriguing and will definitely be reading the sequel. I'm not typically a horror/zombie fan, but I did enjoy this novel quite a bit!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kathryn Merkel on Dec. 06, 2011 :
James Halldon, formerly of London, awakens to find himself in a strange, dark world, with no idea how he got there. He is battered, bruised & surrounded by junk of unknown origins. After his eyes adjust to the extremely low light level, James realizes that he is Robinson Crusoe, shipwrecked in a foreign land & must find the means to keep himself alive. When foraging among the piles of refuse, James discovers a journal & begins to keep a diary of his experiences. It is through those journal entries that the reader travels along with James as he explores his new environment & seeks a way to get back home to London.

Diary of the Displaced is written in first person narrative & Glynn James mastery of this POV had me hooked from the very first page. I could easily see this title being a success as an audio book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bill Thibadeau on Nov. 13, 2011 :
I was a recipient of this book from the LibraryThing member giveaway in exchange for a review.
I do not seek out dark fantasy, zombie, or ghost stories. Sometimes a person benefits by stepping outside their comfort zone. Such was the case with this book. I found this book to be engrossing and kept my interest. I read it in three sittings simply because it was a bit addicting.

I actually rate the storyline, the ending, the characters at a 4.5 star level. I lowered my overall rating to 4.0 stars because of the obvious lack of editing. Sometimes I had to go back and re-read a passage to see what the author was trying to actually say.

It is a good book and I highly recommend it to everyone. This is a good "outside of the box" read. I am looking forward to the sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: mirrani on Nov. 12, 2011 :
When lost in a world you aren't used to, it's a good idea to keep track of what you see, because it can come back to get you. This, being a diary, has a unique way of describing atmosphere and tension between the main character and what is around him. The character interaction is written in such a way that you can believe someone quickly jotted it down from memory and the occasional odd list of supplies or random thoughts on a subject make the diary experience all the more real.

Having not yet read any other books by this author, I found that for the most part, this was a book that was easy to get in to and finished quickly. I wasn't lost for lack of knowing anyone and after a very realistic semi-confusion that mirrored the main character's, I found myself quickly turning pages. The various plot points might seem like nothing of too much importance at first, but when you continue on through each day, you realize how important everything can be.

Descriptions of the world and the action within it are written in such a way that your mind can easily come up with a visual, but they do not plug up the plot. I found that as I read things, my mind simply went with the flow, imagining things even if they weren't completely explained right away. A swamp is a swamp, what makes these swamps unique are the creatures that are inside.

Overall I enjoyed reading Diary of the Displaced and am very much looking forward to reading the rest of the books focused on these characters because by the end of this one I was wanting more.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it. I also give bonus points for Text To Speech enabling on Kindle format.... but that also wasn't a factor in the above review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cdnwren on Nov. 11, 2011 :
I too received this as a Library Things Giveaway, as well as two other books by Glynn James, and I must say it's books like these that make me glad I'm a Library Things member!

I absolutely loved this book, which completely took me by surprise. Definitely not the type of novel I usually read, but I will definitely be following this author!

A must read in my opinion, and I also think it would make a great movie!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anne Sweeney on Nov. 04, 2011 : (no rating)
While I am not one for gore and horror, this story grabbed my attention and held it to the end. I felt like I was living the story. Like the Twilight Zone, the twists and turns of this story had be on the edge of the bed. A warning, don't read before going to sleep. I dreamt of zombies all night.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tracey Steele on Oct. 28, 2011 :
Other reviewers have written a synopsis of the plot, so there is no need for me to repeat that. This is not the type of story I would usually choose to read, but I am glad I chose out of my comfort zone because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought Glynn James set the scene very well, and I could easily imagine the setting as I read. When I came to the end of the story I found myself wanting to continue with the next book to see where that would go.
My only criticism would be with the editing, it is terrible. To and too are often used incorrectly, and some of the punctuation made sentences appear odd. I noticed where the plot got involved some sentences appeared jumbled. It's a shame when these irritating distractions spoil an otherwise enjoyable read
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alex Lux on Oct. 27, 2011 : (no rating)
A really thrilling story. It was well written and I loved the world the author has created. The mystery side of it was really a hook.
(review of free book)

Review by: roadway2000 on Oct. 27, 2011 :
"I received this book from Library Thing Giveaway, I read it in a few sittings. It had a lot of different areas in it which had you wondering what was going on, it reminded me of the Twilight Zone. The story was well told and kept your interest."
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: dutchbunny5 on Oct. 27, 2011 :
I received "Diary of the Displaced" by Glynn James (an e-book) for free from http://www.librarything.com/. "Diary of the Displaced" is about James, a man who has somehow landed in the land of displaced things. Anything that has come up missing can wind up there. There is no light, the dead continue to stay lost there, it includes zombies, strange barbaric dogs, a maniac, and all the trash you could ever want to sift through.
I guess I would call it science fiction. I am not really into science fiction, so I wouldn't call this one of my favorites. James isn't very clear. You can't really like him, because you know very little about him. He spends pretty much the first half of the book looking through trash and figuring out how to live in the displaced land. The second half picks up in action, chase and fight scenes, a little mystery. If the first half had been less trash sifting and more character info I would have liked it a lot more. Second half of book was pretty good.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ghilbrae on Oct. 26, 2011 :
As the title suggests, this book is written as a diary, the diary of a man who wakes in a mysterious place. I will not write a synopsis of the plot because I think it serves the story very well to discover all the secrets of the world you are thrown in along with the narrator.

What I really enjoyed in this book are the descriptions of the place in which the story is set. I was able to have a perfect picture of what was around every moment and, despite the sun shining through my window, I could easily loose myself in the darkness and horror of the world surrounding the main character. Very well done!

The end of the book lets you looking forward to reading the following books and I think I will not let too much time go before getting the second one and finding out what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lynn on Oct. 25, 2011 :
Diary Of The Displaced by Glynn James was a little bit different than most books I read. I never really have got into the Sci Fi or Dark Fantasy but do always give a book a chance as some are surprisingly good. I have to say that I do enjoy Edgar Allen Poe books so with that thought in mind I did keep reading even through some of the gory scenes just to see what would happen to James after he discovered he was alone without food, water or the necessities of live. Just to find out where this dank dark place that he was cast into.
The book was interesting in a way and gave way to a lot of imagination. If you like Dark Fantasy then I would recommend this book. It was hard for me to really rate the book as I had different emotions,so I rated it a 3 for the certain parts , but 4 for the plot so I went with a 3.5
I received this book from the author through Library Things Give Away program. A positive review was not really required but I feel its only fair to give my opinion of a book that I win and read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robin on Oct. 24, 2011 :
Diary of the Displaced will take you on a journey through a dark world a place where James Halldon awakes. This book will take you on a journey with twists and turns and things that are familiar seem odd. At first you do not know what to expect and the surprises never stop coming. Glynn James character is unforgetable and his imagination incredible. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Stone on Oct. 23, 2011 :
I won this book as part of the Library Thing Member Giveaway in exchange for a review...

Wow, don't know where to start...The book drops you into a dark world with no knowledge of how you got there. There are a lot of Twilight Zone moments...as a matter of fact, this would make a great series like The Twilight Zone...I enjoyed this book immensely and can't wait to read the sequel..
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on Oct. 19, 2011 :
I liked the twists and turns. This story brought so much to the imagination. It is a story of a man waking up in a dark & different world. He has no idea how he got there and how he will survive. He meets new people and horrible creatures. He tries to find his way out and to remember how he got there. There are so many twists and turns that you keep reading just to find out whats on the next page.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Doskoi Panda on Oct. 18, 2011 :
Diary of the Displaced by Glynn James is about a man who wakes up in a dark, unfamiliar place with no idea of when or how he arrived there. As the story progresses, he explores this new, dark world, discovering strange dog-like creatures; weird, Frankenstein-esque zombies; giant mushrooms; and other, stranger things. This story is equal parts stranded survivalist; memory mystery; ghost story; treasure hunt and horror adventure, set in an eerie semi-apocalyptic landscape and is told in diary-form.

The author generates an excellent sense of atmosphere; at no point do you think the landscape he has created is safe or familiar. Even when a familiar item turns up, it only deepens the sense of unease because it isn't where it ought to be. Because the story is told using a single point of view, the reader is put in a state of sympathy in something like the same state of confusion as the narrator. His questions are largely ours, as is his frustration at the lack of answers. The antagonist* has the feel of a folk tale, and is largely effective because of the shadows and half-truths of the rhymes in which he is shrouded; nothing is as creepy as a child's rhyme.

On the downside, I felt that the writing could be tighter and that minor issues - grammar and typos - could have been spotted by an editor. Recounted conversations also felt stilted a bit, and could be made smoother and less expository**, though I do recognise that making them flow in a more regular manner could be difficult or awkward. Naturally, you're only going to remember the highlights/ important parts of a conversation if you're writing it into a diary; I just felt that they could be a bit better. I felt initially that the language is at times too simple, though this does improve as the book progresses, so this could be taken as part of representing the narrator's state of mind.

I'd recommend this to readers of dark or horror fantasy with a touch of mystery. It has a slow start to it, but builds well. I'm looking forward to reading the sequels.

Overall: 3.5 or 4 stars
Review copy supplied by the author as part of LibraryThing's Member Giveaway program.
*He reminded me of Jack of Irons (Brian Froud's illustration in Faeries with the heads hanging from his belt was called to mind) from folklore, as much as the landscape reminded me of the hollow hills of the Irish Sidhe or the interior of an enchanted barrow, perhaps.

**They felt a bit like conversations one has when playing an adventure game and speaking with non-player characters in town. This book did have the feel of a game script when it started, so that may have biased me a bit.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Comparetto on Oct. 12, 2011 : (no rating)
I am very much enjoying this book. I couldn't figure out how to download it onto my kindle so it is taking a bit longer to read on my PC.
I love that this book isn't "predictible."
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: MrsFlicker on Oct. 11, 2011 :
Glynn James’s DIARY OF THE DISPALCED is really not my first pick when comes to reading for pleasure. I am not a zombie, horror fan; however, the basic story of survival is always a good plot line. Adding the survival of the psyche to that of the physical and my interest is always peaked. I found the diary or journal format interesting and I think it added to the validity of the story—if such a thing can exist in this genre. The main character, over time, became real enough to make me want to keep reading just to find out how things would turn out in the end. Without giving too much away, if you subtract the gore from the story, I think that the psychological trauma that the character goes through is fashioned a great deal after Poe and the like. And truthfully, who wouldn’t wish to be considered with the likes of Poe. A good read for those who are into horror and gore.
(review of free book)

Review by: Gavin Lipscombe on Oct. 10, 2011 :
Wow, an amazing writer.

Glynn takes you on a journey you won't want to leave.

How do you survive in a strange place, in the dark? How do you cope with waking up and not knowing where you are, or how you got there? Glynn appears to know the answers as his writing captivates and makes you feel as though you are there and experiencing it.

I've seen Glynn's writing compared to Clive Barker, and that almost put me off, but he's so much better than that. His easy reading style, and fantastic imagination, reminds me of my favourite authors,Richard Laymon and Dean Koontz, and the descriptive power reminds me of H.G, Wells The Time machine.

It's so nice to find a book by accident that you don't want to put down, and an author that can immerse you in their story so that you can't wait to start their next work.

Glynn I want more, get writing.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jan Lindblom on Aug. 20, 2011 :
Glynn James is by far my favorite author right now. I originally read "Diary of the displaced" in the split-up form I found it here at Smashwords. So glad I found it, bought it about half way through the split version.
The story's great and keeps you wanting more throughout the book. Unfortunately, it did end though, I could have read on for quite a bit more.
Highly recommended!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cory Anderson on July 04, 2011 :
This is my favorite Smashwords book (so far). Some authors have the ability to cram a huge amount of story into a relatively small space, and Glynn James seems to be one of those. The story pulls you along in a way that keeps you wondering what will happen next. I want more!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: ambar troutt-huffman on May 27, 2011 :
Love his work check it out and you'll love it to
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Js1701 on May 18, 2011 :
I discovered the first few chapters of this book up for free on another site, and absolutely could not stop reading. Glynn James has a very conversational writing style, and the events of the story are incredibly intriguing. Nothing is ever what it seems. I'd also recommend the Dutch Doll story and Chasing Spirits. They're also excellent.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Neha A on May 16, 2011 :
After reading the synopsis of the book, I downloaded the first chapter of the book from a free site. Since then I have been fan of the author's writing style. The story hooks you up. Even though I got constant emails around the new chapter being published, but still I could not get myself to stop visting the site to see whether the next chapter has come up or not. Very addictive !!! You would not want to keep it down till you read the complete book. I am just waiting for the next book in series to come up for reading.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Evan Aldrich on May 14, 2011 :
I haven't had so much fun reading since reading Spiderman and X-Men comics in the 80's. Great read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: ambar troutt-huffman on May 08, 2011 :
best read in a long time. tell everyone to read this book
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Daniel Hedblom on May 06, 2011 :
I first stumbled upon this book by accident and started to read it by pure chance. Once i had turned a couple of pages i was caught in it and couldn't wait to read the next page. When i was finished, all i could think about was when the next book would be finished.

If you like the Penumbra games this book is a must read. The setting is very eerie and creepy with an interesting story intertwined in it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Scott Maynard on May 04, 2011 :
Glynn James spins a web with words that holds you as well as Spiderman's. Fantastic read from the first slide of the finger. I couldn't wait to get home and begin reading more, gripped by the protagonist James' predicament and engrossed with his, strange, new environment, I felt it all and held on tight! Glynn James is epic, with an imagination and cleverness for writing second to none. He's made a faithful reader of me.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mark Fitzsimons on May 04, 2011 :
From beginning until the end you cannot put this book down.
It is written in the first person view of the main character (James Haldon)
but you also get the thoughts of the other characters that you can't
help feeling for.This book moves at a cracking pace,with suprises round every corner.
Very well written with a fantastic and gripping storyline.
if you want a book that is going to keep you reading pick this up, you won't be dissapointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Mike Moravek on May 04, 2011 : (no rating)
Few stories will grab your imagination, keep you reading and fill your mind with strange an exotic images than "Diary of the Displaced". The strange land and stranger beings depicted in the story will take you to a place that grips your soul. You actually "become" James Halldon and feel his emotions as you race from one scene of courage, fear, bewilderment, pain and insight after another. Fast paced, thought provoking and throughly entertaining, it is a highly recommended read and a triumphant production from the mind of Glynn James.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Georgeanna B. on May 04, 2011 :
A guy wakes up completely alone, in the dark, doesn't know where he is or how he got here. No food or water and only the clothes on his back. Nothing looks even remotely familiar. No telephone poles or houses, etc. And so it begins.
Glynn James first posted this as a free e-book, one chapter at a time, on another site. I discovered it when he had about half of it up and I was immediately addicted to it. It has ghosts, zombies, creepy settings (not necessarily on Earth), a truly evil villain, more mysteries than you can shake a stick at, and, my personal favorite, Dogthing! I love, love, love this story! I immediately bought the whole book when it came up for sale even though I could keep reading it for free online. 5 STARS
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Vaughnna Wilde on May 03, 2011 :
This book caught my attention immediately, a man alone in a strange world, in the dark. I originally was reading each chapter as it was available for download, and so far have gotten to 14. I am completely hooked. Mr. James' descriptions of the events and places is so detailed, that I can see them myself, and I feel as if I am there. There are plenty of interesting monsters, and some that will surprise you, along with zombies, ghosts, and an unexplainable "hole". A doubling of horror and suspense... You just have to read to get the full effect, but once you start, you will not be able to put it down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sal Madonna on May 03, 2011 :
After reading the description I downloaded the book 1 chapter at a time on my android device using aldiko book reader. I was instantly hooked. The story begins in a dark eerie place and takes u for a ride through hell and back making you want more with each chapter you read.The detailed descriptions allows you to picture the environments and creatures James encounters all the way to the big twist in the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves suspense and horror books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jerome Dorge on May 03, 2011 :
This was a very interesting read. I heard about this book somewhere online and it was only a small blurb and didn't know what to expect. I was instantly hooked on this book. Not usually the style of book I would read but really opened me up to new genres.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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