Okay, so I was gonna post two at a time. But then I got sick on Wednesday and didn't feel like really doing anything. So I read all day. I didn't get through all four of them that day (Lost came on) but I read about the equivalent of three (the last half of 3, all of 4 and 5, and the first half of 6). I just finished 6 last night so it would be done before I left for the weekend.
After the first book I really didn't remember much more of the plot. I guess the first book made a bigger impression when I read them oh so many years ago. I really enjoyed reading these books again. I really like Pike's writing style. He uses simple sentences, and it's easy to understand, yet at the same time some of it is very profound.
The story follows Sita/Alisa through her many adventures and the friends she meets along the way. It becomes intertwined with destiny and there are many psychological aspects as well. Plus the general supernatural feel of the book, since it is about vampires. She ends up being the person who can save humanity, but to attempt that she has to travel a very long road. Each book has it's own plot, as well as carrying this character forward for the final installment. I believe that you need to get to know Sita, and know what's she gone through, in order to accept the ending of the series.
I still really like these books and now I will definitely be picking up some of my other Pike books and re-reading them. I'll have to read one of his adult novels and see how the writing compares. I'm wondering if they're really written differently, or perhaps just a tad more intense or complex than these. I don't remember the difference striking me as I read them, but that was still a long time ago.
If you enjoy the supernatural, with a twist of destiny, then I'd say these are good books for you to read. If you happen to pick them up, let me know what you think.
I picked up The Last Vampire the other day, after unpacking all of my Christopher Pike books. I became addicted to Pike when I was in 8th grade and basically devoured everything he wrote as soon as it came out. There might be a couple I missed, but I have almost all of them. They were packed up for years because I had run out of room on my bookshelves. When I ran across them while unpacking my apt. I decided they had to come out.
I have to say I still enjoyed the story. I still really like Sita and I think I am much more intrigued by all the spiritual references to Krishna and so on. When I read it while I was younger I probably didn't even pay attention to all that, probably just thought it was made up or something. After having a religion class in college (which I can't remember a whole lot of) it made me look at it a little differently. The second book continued the story, about a month or so later I believe. I also really enjoyed it.
The sentence structure seems short to me, probably because I have grown to love complicated fantasy novels and classic literature like Jane Eyre. I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing though, especially when the age range for these books is young adult. The story is easy to follow and is very engaging. Sometimes I think the shorter sentences actually puncate what the character is trying to say much better than a long drawn out explanation would.
I am currently reading the third book in the series. There are a total of six, so I'll try to post ever two books and let you know if I'm still enjoying the story or whatever. So far I'm glad I decided to pick these back up. I have a ton of other Pike books I must go back and re-read now.
The Dream Maker's Magic by Sharon Shinn
This is the third book in the series by Sharon Shinn, and I think it might be my favorite. Although I still love the second one too, and the first one as well. *laugh* Maybe I should just be content to say I love them all.
One thing I think I love about these stories is that they seem to balance the good and the bad. It seems to capture how crazy life can be and the roller coaster ride we all go on while just trying to live our lives. This book had a very happy ending and one that made me cheer! I think that's why I like these so much, they give me hope that things will turn out for the best, even if it doesn't seem like it.
The Truth Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn
I just got done reading this book. It was just as good as the first one. I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to find out more about the characters from the first book, but this book had it's own amazing characters and story. I absolutely love the twins. I guess part of it is because they seem like two sides of my own psyche.
I'm a person that people confide in, yet I am very very bad at telling a lie and can very rarely pass off anything as true that's not. The only way I ever do that is to stretch the truth or not tell all of the truth. If people ask me something outright I answer them honestly.
Adele and Eleda both connected with me in a way that characters in a book don't often do. Usually I find traits in a character that I'd like to have, not ones that are already so close to my own characteristics. A highly recommended book. What a wonderful way to spend the morning!
The Safe Keeper's Secret by Sharon Shinn
I just got done reading this book. It was sitting in the living room, I was half paying attention to the VH1 top 20, so I decided to pick it up. And then continued reading it until I was done, minus a bathroom break or two. It was a very enjoyable experience. The kitty curled up in my lap, a very nice way to spend the morning.
I loved the book. I love most books I read so that's probably not a surprise. But it was very engaging and still simple. The premise of having Safe-Keepers, and Truth-Tellers, and Dream-Makers is one I find intriguing. I really enjoyed this book, a very good, fast read that made me feel good. I now have to read the next book, The Truth-Teller's tale. I hope that it at least touches on the characters from this story, because I want to know more about them.
I actually read these a while ago, but am just now getting around to posting about them in here. I believe they're considered young adult books, I'm not sure what the actual target age is for them. They're really good books though. The author takes a fun twist to all the well known fairytales and such. Things are thrown in there so subtley that sometimes you're not sure if it's from a fairytale you know or not.
The first book, The Frog Princess, introduces us to the main characters and builds the story from there. The other books continue that story with new plots and all the characters you've grown to love. There are singing swords, dragons, fairies, witches, wizards (or warlocks - can't remember which they call them), trolls, and all manner of mischief and adventure along the way.
Granted I'm well above the age range for these books, but I still enjoyed them immensely. They're good, fun, light reading that left me feeling good when I was finished with them. It wasn't anything to take too seriously and I didn't have to really work to understand the book, which is nice sometimes when you just want to escape.
Highly recommended for people of all ages!
Mixed is a bittersweet autobiography of Nissel growing up as biracial in Philadelphia. I cried during her struggles and laughed at her quirky observations of people and society as a whole. The book gave me a different perspective of race relations in the U.S.
Given the light-heartedness of her last novel, I was a little bit surprised by serious tone of Mixed, but I enjoyed it just as much. I reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in race relations and identity struggles.
This book really is not something I would usually read, but when it came highly recommended by 2 of my friends, I had to pick it up. Basically the background is, (don't worry no spoilers) A junior high class is taken to a deserted island where they are ordered to fight to the death. It is has really good action scenes, though it is dry in some places. I didn't really like the ending, but it works for most people I guess. This is a very memorable read. It's only about 617 pages too.
Oh and I think it may be banned in some places.