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Creatures of Forever (The Last Vampire, Vol. 6) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1996
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This story has special meaning for me and were a favorite reread idk how many times now. Re-discovering them was fun given I have internet access now. If you haven't read this its worth reading just to get to the last 3 books. The writers skill has improved greatly since the first 6 books. As audiences pushed for greater detail in their literature.
Christopher Pike was ahead of his time, as the opening to Red Dice proves. I would describe it as matrix like, only The Matrix didn't come out for over a year after Red Dice was released. Only book series I own on hard copy. :)
Another amazing thing is how each installment ties in so fluidly with each other and yet they stand alone with their own plot, be it her story with Ray or Joel, or her daughter. I do have to say my preference is with the first three, although all were wonderful. I'm just a sucker for the love stories, and the tragedy that comes with it, of course.
I haven't reread this one, Creatures of Forever, in awhile, but I was a bit disappointed at the end. Although it was a very well-written book (although completely obscure at this point unless you've read the entire series, which you should anyway...) I wished it wouldn't have ended the way it did. I don't want to give it away, but I did get the feeling of "she went through all of this then for what?" I wish the last paragraph was left out, basically. Pike probably ended it the way he did because it was the only way *to* end the series without being tempted to continue on. Still, it's great escapism. If you're a young woman, you will identify with Sita, and it's incredibly easy to imagine yourself in her situation.
I love the wit and humor Pike uses. It's very unlike a "YA novel" since most, like R.L. Stine, seem completely ludicrous (dialogue, especially) when you read them over the age of 15. Pike, on the other hand, doesn't pander to the lowest (or youngest) common denominator; the writing is every bit as good as any "adult" novel I've read.
You might be disappointed after reading this, if only because you'll wish there were more to the series. I can't believe they haven't adapted this to a movie or tv series, especially with the success of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (which I highly recommend if you enjoy this genre).
Here Alisa goes back in time (at least her mind does) so she can attempt to fix a wrong that happened a thousand years prior. Except it was for an event that was so horrible for her she’d blocked it out and now she has to face it all again. Usually I have issues with time travel because there aren’t too many situations where, if you think about them for more than a second then they stop making sense. CREATURES OF FOREVER had a little bit of that and really, if I sit here and think about it the whole story starts to unwind, especially when the book’s ending comes into play but I liked what happened and I liked how it was handled. Alisa’s future person and past person blended and, for the most part, the past person was in control except for moments when present memories and future experiences came into play, which wasn’t often. In the context of the story it all worked out, I think.
The ending itself was a good one for the series and one that didn’t really surprise me. It brought everything right back around to the beginning and, like the original time-traveling mission, shows how altering little choices can have such an effect on the world. It worked and I was satisfied at the end.
At least I can re-read these books at my whim if I were so inclined just so I can keep getting this story. I mean really, it’s fantastic. It’s cheese but for the most part only by association. The writing itself speaks to a different market and a different time but I think the story itself transcends. It’s not goofy or campy but a deep-rooted story that’ll stick with you after you read it. I’m glad they re-released these books although I’m leery of how they were updated. One of the driving forces behind the books, for me at least, was how 90s they were. Cell phones would blow some of the plot lines, you know? So I’m hesitant to read those. But it makes my heart happy that they’re available again for a new generation.
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