The Power of Music: A Review of James Morris’ “Melophobia”

Posted: December 5, 2015 in Adult, Book Review
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How’s that Christmas shopping going? Need another gift idea? How about a great book? Description: “Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.

The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.

Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.

Can love survive in a world without music?”

About the Author

a1hm3tlmn-l-_ux250_James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

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My Review

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

James Morris’ Melophobia was an excellent, well-written suspense story.

The setting for this speculative tale is our world, Los Angeles, with an alternate history. Morris’ Los Angeles is clean and devoid of real music. The colorful Venice boardwalk doesn’t exist. There are no footprints or handprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese theater. Muzak rules the day.

Morris painted a world that seemed perfect on the surface. In reality, it was a world which lacked rhythm and spirit. What an intriguing tale.

There were great quotes throughout Melophobia about music. One of the best ones was “… music’s considered a doorway to sin. Excitement’s a disease. A calm society is a productive society. A safe society. And a damned boring one.” It really sums up the type of world the characters lived in.

Outside of an excellent plot, Morris created complex characters. My favorites were Rowan, a creator of Muzak, and Merrin, part of the morality police force. Rowan was strong and creative, a person feared by society. He had his beliefs and would not waver from them regardless of what it might cost. Merrin was determined, but needed to find her strength. I love how she discovered the truth while questioning years of rhetoric she’d been fed.

Melophobia is a book about hope, possibilities, and what happens when people take something innocuous and make it evil. I highly recommend this novel, and I look forward to reading more by Morris.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Pretty Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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