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The Memorist Hardcover – November 1, 2008

4.0 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 2 of 6 in the Reincarnationist Series

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Starred Review. Near the start of Rose's fascinating follow-up to The Reincarnationist (2007), Meer Logan visits the Manhattan office of Malachai Samuels, the erudite head of a reincarnation foundation. When Malachai shows her an auction catalogue photo of a gaming box once owned by a friend of Ludwig van Beethoven, the photo closely resembles a sketch Meer made as a child based on what Meer wishes were false memories. Malachai believes Meer has been haunted by past-life memories, in particular those of Margaux Neidermier, whose husband in 1814 asked Beethoven to decipher a song inscribed on an ancient flute. The box turns out to contain a Beethoven letter suggesting the composer didn't destroy the "memory flute" as he claimed to have done at the time. When the box is stolen soon after Meer examines it, she heads to Vienna for answers. Alas, others are on the same trail, including FBI Special Agent Lucien Glass of the Art Crime Team, Austrian authorities and assorted thieves. Rose skillfully blends past-life mysteries with present-day chills. The result is a smashing good read. (Nov.)
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Although not exactly a sequel to The Reincarnationist (2007), this novel combines mystery and fantasy in the same way. Meer Logan is still haunted by the memories she experienced as a child, memories that seemed to reveal a past life. Now, spurred on by a letter ostensibly written by Beethoven and a picture that resembles a vision that appeared to her many years ago, she travels to Vienna to try to find out who she is—and who she was. The story is quite convoluted—it involves past lives, a mysterious flute, and a journalist seeking revenge for a terrorist act that destroyed his life—but Rose tells it elegantly, moving gracefully between characters, between time and place, and building both momentum and suspense. It’s more skillfully written than The Reincarnationist, and, as with that novel, there are dozens of ways it could have collapsed under its own weight. But it never does, and for that reason it should be recommended highly to readers who appreciate mysteries tinged with the supernatural. --David Pitt

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; First Edition edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778325849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778325840
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M.Jacobsen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Memorist is author M.J. Rose's follow-up novel to The Reincarnationist and she has again taken themes of reincarnation, this time weaving 19th century Vienna and the musical world of Ludwig van Beethoven with modern-day terrorist plots. A fast paced historical thriller, The Memorist takes the best elements of The Reincarnationist and improves upon them.

Although there is one carry-over character present, The Memorist is most assuredly a stand-alone novel.

One of the pleasures of reading an M.J. Rose novel is her approach to historical fiction. While much of The Memorist takes place in present day Vienna, her forays into the 19th century are impeccably researched. She incorporates fascinating details into her story, many of which the reader might dismiss as part of the creative license a historical fiction writer so often invokes. It isn't until reaching the author's note at the end of the novel that the full extent of Rose's research becomes apparent.

If the plot synopsis above sounds vaguely familiar, it's because the plot of The Memorist is almost identical to that of her earlier novel, The Reincarnationist. New characters, new memories of past lives, and new artifacts for the protagonist to chase, but the plot movment is the same.

However, the improvements over The Reincarnationist are quickly apparent. Characters are more fleshed-out and their motivations better explored, giving the reader closer relationship with the characters.

Rose's penchant for over-populating her novels with characters is still present, but the improved characterizations make it much easier to keep track of just who is who.
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In her newest thriller,The Memorist, MJ Rose boldly embraces the mysteries of time, memory, and music, as she once again takes on the complexities of reincarnation and its dire consequences. Set primarily in Beethoven's Vienna as well as present day Vienna, with occasional throwbacks to 2000 BCE, a thirty-something woman named Meer, plagued by unexplained visions, is at the center of controversy with deathly consequences. So is her archeologist father, Beethoven himself, Beethoven's friend, a journalist who chases modern-day terrorists, and a brilliant, monomaniacal, eccentric man obsessed with unlocking past lives. All become part of an emotional fugue that culminates in an explosive ending reminiscent of Dante's purgatory. Secret, underground tunnels twisting beneath Vienna's streets, ancient vaults and catacombs create a biblical-like backdrop as Meer, her father and others race to break down the walls of time to get at the past--one to save his son, another to save her father. Readers will love MJ's deft ability to move back and forth between the ages, and will be seduced by her knowledge of music and her ability to convey music's power to resurrect the soul.
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I read this book based on all the positive reviews here. It is extremely rare that I cannot finish a book, but I just couldn't continue with this one. I was so bored! I had thought the premise would be fascinating, but it just wasn't. The characters are disjointed; they are either so shallowly written, that you cannot get to know them, or they are so cliched, you know them too well because you've seen them many times before in poorly-written novels, bad movie scripts, or trite TV shows. There's lots of repetition by the writer (how many times is Meer going to hear music in her head and either be deeply disturbed by it, black out, and/or be transported back in time--how many I ask you?). Or how about children sinking into their own mysterious - and sinister - world - have we seen this a million times in Grade B movies? I initially thought the premise so wonderfully original, but the delivery was so utterly hackneyed.
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I've had trouble with this series. The ending of the 1st book left me fuming when I realized that it's " ending" was just that. Kaput done! I started this book looking for it to wrap up several loose ends and was shortly disabused of that expectation. I got about 3 chapters in & stopped, was not enjoying my reading! First and foremost I read for pleasure and enjoyment! I finally returned to this book and finished it.
This book is Meer's story. Throw in a hefty dose of Beethoven, terrorist threats/bombings, Vienna present day & past times, a bone flute and this book moves along much better then it's predecessor did. Of course once I figured out the premise of this series it has been much more enjoyable and a lot less aggravating.
One main theme - that of reincarnation and 3 separate stories makes up this series. There is one main character that spans the entire series (don't much care for him at all) I do hope he gets his due in the end! ~P~
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The Memorist is the 2nd book in the Reincarnationist series. Meer has always had a recurring memory of a box and a strain of music. Despite her musical training, she has been unable to recreate the melody she hears. She has been seeing Malachai from the Phoenix Foundation and he draws her to Vienna when her father discovers the box in an auction catalog. Traveling to Vienna, they find a letter from Beethoven within the box that has clues in locating a memory tool, a flute that Beethoven believes is too dangerous to be available. Secondary to the main story is a bomb plot by a journalist who wants to prove that the security companies provide only a false sense of security after the loss of his family. Also in the mix is Lucian Glass from the Art Crimes division of the FBI. After the box is stolen, Meer must see if she can help find the way to the flute but has misgivings about what to do with it when they find it. The plot lines come together in a climactic finish.
This series is similar in style to the Dan Brown books, with a mix of suspense and mysticism. Overall, I liked this one better than the first book, but had several major peeves, primarily surrounding the historical oboe. First of all, it is unlikely that flashing a symphony membership card will get you access to a museum exhibit instrument. Second, I have never heard of a silver oboe, although I suppose this is possible. Third, as a double reed instrument, even with a reed attached, you can’t just pick it up and play it. Fourth, I just can’t conceive how an oboe could conceal an object of the size in question and still be playable.
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