Overall Rating and Opinion of The Diary Of An Immortal

Discuss the February 2017 Book of the Month, The Diary of an Immortal by David J Castello.
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Overall Rating and Opinion of The Diary Of An Immortal

Post by gali » 01 Feb 2017, 12:48

This is a discussion topic for the February 2017 Book of the Month,"The Diary Of An Immortal (1945-1959)" by David J Castello.

What is your overall opinion of "The Diary Of An Immortal"? What do you like most about it? What do you like least? Will you recommend the book to other people? Why or why not? Please remember to add your actual rating using the book's page on bookshelves.
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Post by hsimone » 01 Feb 2017, 15:05

I really liked this read. I felt like I learned quite a bit of information, which I always enjoy while reading. Actually, I found myself researching some topics, especially the WWII information. I think Steven was a pretty likable character, which is always a plus, and I like the mix of immortality with realistic features.

There was a point when I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy, especially when they traveled to China since this is more unfamiliar to me, but aside from a few names/words, it turned out to be interesting. Then, the only other aspect that I didn't enjoy was the Jesus Christ origin question. It didn't really add to the plot, and I do not believe in it.

Other than that, I thought the read was creative and one that I enjoyed. I also loved watching the interview with the author on YouTube. Overall, I was pretty hooked and gave this a 4/4 star rating.
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Post by MarisaRose » 02 Feb 2017, 10:18

I agree with a lot of what @hsimone said above! This really was a fun read and I enjoyed the majority of it. I was also put off by the Jesus Christ origin angle, but luckily it was such a small part of the book that it didn't make me think too much less of the overall book. I also enjoyed Steven's character; I think the first part of the book where he finds the pills as a soldier during WWII was the most enjoyable part. The author did a very good job capturing this time period. I also thought the traveling to China part of the novel was a little bit slower and at times maybe a little boring. Overall this was a really fun book to read. The best part is that it is something very different. I can honestly say I've never read anything quite like it!
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Post by Julie Ditton » 04 Feb 2017, 22:05

I would also give this book a 4 out of 4 stars.. I found the character of Steven well rounded. The author mixed fantasy with history in a very believable manor. I don't usually care for historical fiction that center on historical figures, but I don't mind when the fictional character meets the real person. I found the whole Chinese saga quite interesting.

I do need to say that the groundwork for the ending was not quite subtle enough. I wondered why the author had bothered to put in a couple facts and could predict the ending.

All in all it is a great book.
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Post by mratdegraff91 » 07 Feb 2017, 18:42

I loved this book and give it a 4 out of 4 stars overall. I was so engrossed in the story that I found myself dreaming about it. I enjoyed following Steven as he slowly adjusted to his new immortal life and where each step led him. I disliked Chang Sou's evil character with a passion and could not believe Chow Li let him carry on with his cruelty for so long. The book had great character development, a diverse setting, and an interesting theme. I do feel that this book would not be suited for readers who are not interested in reading about war, blood, death, or torture.
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Post by dbrooks8109 » 08 Feb 2017, 17:45

I loved this book! I just finished and give it a 4 out of 4 as well! I felt like the authors did a wonderful job of keeping my attention and by the end of the book I was literally on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. The characters were easy to relate to and give your emotions to; this book has definitely given me a reading hangover!

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Post by CatInTheHat » 15 Feb 2017, 20:45

I surprised myself and really enjoyed this story. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. The story line was unique. I was drawn into a few of the characters. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. Many parts surprised me. The ending stunned me, when Steven's heart died. I'd really like to know what happens in the next chapter of his immortal life.
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Post by pjclpn2b » 16 Feb 2017, 16:27

I just finished this book and was impressed with the authors ability to take an age old story, and put a wonderful new spin on it. According to the title, I am assuming there will be other stories of Steven in his progression to present time. It really took you from one extreme to another on the emotional roller coaster. Who could read this and not feel the deepest sorrow for the suffering committed at the hands of the Germans and two chapters later feel the utmost joy for Steven finding love, and then end with feeling terrible sadness for him? In my opinion, a good book has you directly relating with each character and their plight. This book does this for me.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 20 Feb 2017, 10:18

I enjoyed this story very much. It was well told. I may not agree with some of the theories, as in, I don't believe that Jesus came from another world - haha! However, the story was very well-written, and contains a compelling plot. For all that, I would rate it 4 of 4 stars.
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Post by gali » 01 Mar 2017, 14:51

I just finished the book and I loved every aspect of it. There were a couple of typos (and some missing words), but other than that it was well edited. I rated it 4 out of 4 stars as I found it an original and compelling read.
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Post by noethe5 » 07 Mar 2017, 22:06

Honestly, Diary of an Immortal is not my usual style of book, but I did really get into it. I loved the historical elements of the Holocaust because I have a strong background knowledge there. The historical elements from Eastern lands I am much less familiar with, so I'm certain much information went over my head.

I thought the character development was very good. The description and imagery was vivid. The supernatural elements were also interesting in terms of the telepathy and mental entwinement between the immortals in the book. The only part that I scoffed at was the idea that we were some sort of alien experiment gone awry. Equating God and Jesus Christ to an alien life form in the traditional sense seemed absurd.

Finally, I liked how the author brought all the strands of the story full circle and tied up all the loose ends. It gives the reader closure, and I like walking away feeling like the story is complete.

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Post by michelonline29 » 23 Mar 2017, 21:25

My opinion about the book is interesting to read by just looking at the title page. I did not read yet the book but I look forward in reading this one.
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Post by Rey » 05 Apr 2017, 13:59

I rate this book 3.5 out of 4 stars, considering the fact I was so eager to finish it in one sitting (yes,that's how good it was). I would've given it 4 stars but this isn't my regular kind of read. Nevertheless, it was very informative.


The story is about the protagonist Steven who dared to administrate a couple of immortality pills he had discovered. It offered him unlimited powers, especially when he travelled to Manhattan and decided to become a saxophone player, which he excelled at. Afterwards, he starts to have visions that lead to go an adventure that will teach him the aftermath of the world of immortality.


It was incredibly intriguing how the author succeeds to draw the reader into this daunting world of suspense and action starting from the very beginning.
As I continued leafing later on through the pages and begin to be acquainted with the protagonist.


In The Diary of an Immortal, Castello created this spectacularly developed and flawed character that you can't help but fall in love with and root for; his characteristics are likeable, successfully influencing andwildly inspiring, considering the manners with which he chooses to forge his path through the hardships this strange new life throw at his helpless endeavors. Therefore I really enjoyed discovering how he grows and changes allthroughout his adventures. So what's not to like? Although I would've been more grateful if te author would have given more insights on his backstory.
The writing was very appealing and engaging like no other.

This was my first Castello read and as of now I feel completely safe diving into anything written by such a genius author. And I'm undoubtedly impressed by the dark feel given to the atmosphere of the various events in the book, and therefore I'm certain that fans of historical fiction, and readers that are enjoy classic adventures, would instantly fall in love with Castello's work.

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Post by ilovechickens777 » 02 May 2017, 15:26

I found the book quite enjoyable and would probably rate it around 4 out of 4 stars as well. Such an amazing story even though as greenstripedgiraffe mentioned I also don't agree with everything in it.

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Post by Daisy Adongo » 21 Dec 2017, 16:23

The book tittle "The diary of an immortal" reminds me of the movie twilight. Yes I definitely want to read it...The plot is very interesting.

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