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The Journal of James Halldon (Diary of the Displaced #1)

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"The Journal of James Halldon".

There is a place where nightmares are real. It is a dark and terrifying place, hidden from the world we know by borders that only the most unfortunate of souls will ever cross.

James Halldon woke up in the dark, alone, without any food or water, without a clue where he was, and with no memory of where he came from.

It only got stranger.

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Nook, 220 pages
Published April 17th 2011
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C.V. Hunt
Jul 07, 2011 C.V. Hunt rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while I stumble across a book that is so unique and pure, that I cannot believe no one has heard of it.

Glynn James paints a strange and vivid world for James Halldon, but it’s not James’ world. James wakes up in a strange and dark land full of dangerous creatures, but with no memory of how he has arrived there. He takes it upon himself to keep track of his exploration of this new place, and his instincts of survival. Through his journey he finds that everything is not what it se
Aug 09, 2011 Georgeanna rated it it was amazing
I love, love, love this story!!! I'm rooting for the main character, I love Dogthing. It really sucked me right into it from the very first. I highly recommend this really fun adventure to anyone and everyone!

May 06, 2011 Daniel rated it it was amazing
This is a book i can recommend with all my heart. Its a very interesting story that draws you into the mysterious and strange world James has created immediately. Take it up, read a couple of pages and you are stuck with the book until the end.

The first thing i thought when i finished it was, when can i read the next one?
Grace T
When James Halldon finds himself in a mysterious place infested with zombies, he sets out to find Rudy, his friend who died, long ago. Rudy and James set out to find Adler, not quite sure where he'll be. When the three of them, and DogThing, James's wolf like friend, try to escape the darkness of The Corridor, they find themselves facing Cutterjack, a human like creature who craves death. James has Cutterjack's compasses, James doesn't realize it, but they are the keys to the other worlds. ...more
Apr 22, 2012 Mirrani rated it liked it
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 re
Shawn Davis
Dec 10, 2011 Shawn Davis rated it it was amazing
James Halldon has no idea where he is. It's dark, he's alone, there's no food, nothing to drink, and there seems to be junk everywhere. Also, he discovers, there are zombies.

At one time I was a huge Stephen King fan. I'm not sure what happened along the way, but sometime after Cell, I just felt like his books were no longer giving me the thrill they used to. I'm sure it's not him, it's me; but whatever.

Diary of the Displaced reminded me of everything I loved when I read vintage Stephen King. T
Aug 18, 2014 Jody rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, kindle-fire
I would not normally read a book like this but I got it free on Amazon so thought I would try it. It's actually pretty good. James Halldon wakes up not knowing where he is and not being able to remember how he got there. He is in the dark, attacked by zombies and talks to ghosts which makes for a strange book but it works. I don't know if I will read any more in this series because my shelf is full of books to read but if I came across the second book for free or cheap I would probably give it a ...more
J.H. Sked
Oct 12, 2011 J.H. Sked rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy & dystopia fans
I found this a very fast paced, exciting read, with twists I didn't see coming. I thought I was used to this world having already read The Last to Fall by the same author, but it still surprised me.
I found myself wondering what I would have done in the same situations the character found himself in; I was rooting for him all the way. I loved the maw, which were discussed briefly in Last to Fall but examined more closely here, and the bad guy is just plain nasty. This is not I world I'd like to v
Mar 26, 2012 Char rated it liked it
James Halldon wakes up and doesn't know where or who he is.
He slowly gathers up some supplies and sets off to see if he can figure things out. Along the way he encounters some very strange creatures and befriends one of them-Dogthing. James and Dogthing make their way through a very strange and original world filled with zombies, gargants and a crazy guy named Cutterjack.
I thought it was pretty well written and I enjoyed it enough to read the second book in the series.
Jan 01, 2012 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: zombies-oh-my
A free book, another take on "zombies." At this point, I think I'll be well prepared in the event of a zombie attack!
Mar 31, 2011 Fitzy rated it it was amazing
Totally addicted to this book a real good read can't wait Till the next episode
Nov 29, 2012 Jaime rated it really liked it
love this book, wicked twist at the end, hoping for a sequel if there isn't one already
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This is a strange book. I kept trying to figure out what started this world that Halldon was living in but I never could. If you like different books other than typical zombie books, this is for you.
Oct 14, 2011 Doskoi_panda rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
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 ...more
Graeme Reynolds
Dec 13, 2011 Graeme Reynolds rated it really liked it
Diary of the Displaced – Review

James Haldon regains consciousness in a strange, dark place, surrounded by piles of junk and debris. With no idea where he is, or how he got there, he must come to terms with his predicament and try to find a way to escape from his prison and the strange creatures that inhabit it.

Diary of the Displaced is a book that is difficult to place firmly within a convenient genre slot. Giant tentacled slugs, packs of huge wolf like creatures, hordes of zombies, ghosts and a
Feb 12, 2013 Calamus rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
James wakes in the darkness, his entire body sore, with no recollection of where he is, how he got there or even who he is. After fumbling around in the dark, he discovers that he’s in a gigantic warehouse full of junk of all kinds: old furniture, books, cars, trash. Dreams and hunger persuade him to explore beyond the warehouse and he finds things in this world just get stranger and stranger. As James tries desperately to find a way out and recall his memories, he encounters one frightening ...more
Jul 12, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
This book has been sitting in my to-read pile for I don't know how long. I sincerely regret that because had I known what a gem it was, I would have torn through it long ago. I might have a new favorite series.

The story starts off with the title character waking up in the dark, not being able to remember where he last was. As time goes on, he discovers he is in a nightmare world of the angry dead, helpful dead, and adversaries bent on his destruction for no apparent damn good reason. Over time,
Sep 25, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
This was a great read. Something out of the norm & has twists & turns along the way.

It was addictive, I couldn't put it down until I read what was written for that diary entry. Loved the diary aspect & it was spooky as all get out.

James wakes up in the dark, if you weren't scared of the dark before reading, you will be worried afterwards. Man! Glynn has a very scary imagination. James doesn't know what has happened or where he is. Can't see anything, but starts hearing howls in the
David Foster
Jun 21, 2015 David Foster rated it it was amazing
I actually bought the omnibus edition (books 1-3 all together), but want to review book 1, which I just finished, while it's fresh in my mind.

I'm stingy with my five-star reviews, but this one deserves it. So many books are so predictable, following the typical plot arc of their genre. Maybe they have a new twist here and there, but it's really all the same. But every once in a while I discover a book in which the author has imagined things that I just couldn't ever think of and piece together o
First of all, let me say that I don't give out 5 star ratings lightly. The book has to be amazing in all aspects for it to get 5 stars from me. This book was extremely good. The story was thrilling, engrossing and thought provoking. This book was so unique, I have read a few horror stories and this was unlike all of them. I loved the characters, the story and the creepy setting. I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. During scarier parts of the book, my heart ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Chandra rated it liked it
Recommended to Chandra by:
Shelves: kindle
AUTHOR: Glynn James appears to be a Science Fiction author with a unique twist on other dimensions. He has the ability to perk one's curiosity from one situation to the next. His writing is intriguing.

James is a salesman in England. He wakes up to find that he has been thrown into a world of rubble. While trying to find a means to escape, James is assisted by (2) ghostly friends, Rudy and Adler, each with their own stories. The maw assist in protecting James from Cutterjack. Why is Jam
Oct 25, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and that came as a bit of a surprise given that it isn't a genre that I would normally read. It's well written and very imaginative, and creates a very convincing world.

From the beginning, the details of how the narrator survives in a unknown, harsh and dangerous environment make everything seem very real. As he becomes more confident and begins to move further and further from the safety of his camp, the place starts to take shape and gradually the story of how he cam
Jan 29, 2013 Diane rated it really liked it
I am sorry that this book lingered on my "currently reading" list forever, looking like I was lagging along on it. I wasn't! I pretty much read it straight through! So, it is my updating on goodreads that was full of fail, not this book.

I actually really enjoyed this book. It was pretty unique in my experience, as far as scenario and world and I greatly enjoyed the rather casual brit writing style. I felt like I was hearing from one of my UK friends online. Perhaps, dare I say, reading their LJ!
Jessica Bronder
Mar 13, 2013 Jessica Bronder rated it it was amazing
James Halldon wakes up in a dark junk yard. He can’t remember who he is and doesn’t know where he is at. He slowly starts finding different things in the junk yard and starts exploring his area. He meets a dog like creature that seems to like him and protect him from the zombies that he discovers stumbling around. He then meets a ghost, Rudy, in his dreams and starts out to find his little cabin.

But things are rather strange for James. He has odd flashes of a homeless man from when he was a litt
Courtney Lee
Mar 29, 2015 Courtney Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly surprised

I got this quite a while ago through Bookbub, and kind of just let it sit in my kindle library, forgotten. I recently decided to go back through my library, starting at the beginning and reading any books I haven't touched yet. I literally have no clue why I never read this book, until now. I loved it. I, personally, don't think that I have read a book quite like this one before. It was exciting, and mysterious, and well written.

The whole book is just as the title suggests;
Nov 01, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Diary of the Displaced by Glynn James
high school & up

James wakes up covered in bruises and with absolutely no idea where he is. He soon figures out that he is nowhere good. It seems to be an immense junkyard that is inhabited by him, many zombie-like creatures and some dog-like creatures. James begins keeping an account of his explorations in a discarded journal. As his explorations continue, he realizes that there doesn't seem to be a way to leave.

Completely weird, but in a good way. I kept
Denisa Howe
Feb 05, 2014 Denisa Howe rated it it was amazing
Is this another Stephen King? This book absolutely had me in another world and the thought to return to my real world was not allowed in.. Until I turned the last page. The ending? Not what I expected and I loved it!!! I was so absorbed in this novel and I felt like I was right there with the character trying to make sense of this world he had woken up in. I loved Rudy.. so kind and a almost scary-cat but always faithful. James wakes up in a strange land and it is in between the real world and ...more
Jun 16, 2011 Gayle rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy, horror
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Simon Goodson
The main character is dumped into a world of darkness with no idea how he got there. So, as the reader, are you. As the hero explores his surroundings so do you. At first it's by touch, then he manages to create light. He finds himself within a giant junkyard, yet in a place that is clearly... well, somewhere else. This book was an amazing read and a big part is exploring the world with the hero so I don't want to give too much away.

The writing is very good, with vivid descriptions that really t
Angie Brill
The word I've seen associated the most with this story is "unique" and I tend to agree. The story was definitely unique. The darkness of James's situation sort of draws you into it, pulling you along as the story unfolds and you read with a slight cringe wondering what will jump out at him, pull him under, or chase him. I was keenly interested in finding out the "what" of it. What was the world he had awakened in? how did he get there? Glynn James fed me just enough answers to keep me from ...more
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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 Matheso
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