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The Last Vampire Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1994
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About the Author
Christopher Pike was born in New York, but grew up in Los Angeles, where he lives to this day. Prior to becoming a writer he worked in a factory, painted houses and programmed computers. His hobbies include astronomy, mediating, running and making sure his books are prominently displayed in his local bookshop. As well as being a bestselling children's writer, he is also the author of numerous titles for adults. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Back in the 90's Pike popped out these books like pippity pop popopopop. It was incredible to watch really - every month you could go to the grocery store and there'd be another one waiting for you at the check out stand. Which was exciting for you if you were a young tween who didn't know good writing from a hole in the ground but for the rest of us . . . well, I'm sure you get the idea. And that's really a shame because the premise for this is terrible original and well done. Oh how I wish that Pike had spent more time crafting the story and the characters.
The main character here is Sita - a 5,000 year old vampire who does not originate from Romania, or even the less common but still popular Egypt but India. She's the bride of the original vampire, Yaksha, which sounds like a bad cliche but is played out quite well. I won't give away the creation mythos for vamps in this world but suffice to say it is rather interesting. Trouble pops up when one day Yaksha takes his armies to do battle with Krishna and Arjuna - as in yes, the actual Hindu deities. Needless to say Yaksha's people end up on the loosing side of the battle. Afterwards both Yaksha and Sita want to live so desperately that Krishna decides to spare them and tells them the conditions in which they might do so, but seeing as he's a trickster god at times things don't mash up - Yaksha can live as long as he kills all the other vampires. Sita can live as long as she never makes another vampire. See the problem? And so a battle of wills ensues where Yaksha tries to get Sita to break her promise to the divine in order to fall from his grace.
This is where we start to run into trouble. Pike seems incapable of writing a book that comes in over 250 pages and The Last Vampire is Tiny even by his standards. A complex plot like this needs more time and space to develop and it just isn't given the pages needed. As a result we are asked to completely suspend our disbelief at the best of times. Another big gripe for me is something I'm wrestling with even as I type this out and that's the tone of the narration. Sita is 50 centuries old so we can only assume that it would make sense that she'd express herself a bit differently than you or I might, after all it's perfectly plausible to assume she wouldn't be prone to making juvenile remarks or observations. And Pike does write the tone of an incredibly old being quite well - but that doesn't exactly make for fun reading. Nothing really pops of the page here and it ends up making incredibly dry reading. I'll admit it's a hard balance to write, but it is doable - one only has to look to Anne Rice to see that, but I feel like I still have to give kudos to him for trying.
And now I find myself at the end of my review and still I'm conflicted. Was this a good book? No. Was it a good read? Yes. I feel I have failed to make the distinction between the two here, perhaps it's not a distinction that's easy to make - it might just be the type of thing you have to go into with your eyes wide open and find out for yourself. And so while it might not be the most earth shattering book on the face of the planet there is a reason why it's been in print for so long, and I'm sure that anyone looking to pick it up could be rightfully assured that they could do much worse with their time than to spend an hour or two with this.
Thanks to being super rich Alisa finds herself registered in as many classes as the detectives son Ray in hopes of being able to get into his computer. However school may not be the only thing she has to overcome when she encounters his girlfriend as well as a student who has can sense there is something different about her. Will Alisa find out who is hunting her down before it’s too late?
Alisa is an interesting character it’s fun to see how her mind works even though she’s 5000 years old she still has issues just like everyone else. This isn’t my first encounter with Alisa I’ve read the series a few times so I knew what to expect because I do remember the story. I know that she’s just going to get better as the story progresses and we learn more about her past as well as why she is the way she is.
It’s been a long time since I’ve read The Last Vampire but it was one of my favorites as a young teen, and even remembers my parents rushing me to the book store to pick up the newest one. I admit that I haven’t read the newer novels that came out in the last few years because I can’t imagine where the story would go after the original story ended. As one of my first vampire series Alisa is still one of my favorites and I think she was ahead of her time. In true Christopher Pike Fashion The Last Vampire is an action packed novel with blood and suspense that leaves you on the edge of your seat till the very end. My only complaint is the story was short but thankfully I have several more novels of Alisa to get my fix.