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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (Oct. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442413174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442413177
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Common distinguishes himself here as a true artist and a writer of deep talent.  This book is the story of an artist in constant evolution, one who embodies the strength of the brilliant  woman that raised him, the love of the Southside Chicago land that spawned him,  and the raw spirit of the pro basketball player who fathered him.  I’ve always heard that the people of Southside Chicago were special. I’m glad their native son Common shows us why.  --James McBride Author of  The Color of Water

“Common has written a magnificent memoir.  It states that it is a book about his fascinating life.  That is true.  More importantly, his story is the story of all young people trying to grow up.  His saga reminds the reader that love liberates and poverty cripples.  Common writes beautifully, like the poet he is.”

–Maya Angelou

"Common is a 360-degree human being, and I don't say that about many people. He never needed to "pimp the hood" to achieve his deserved success. He is an eloquent and honorable role model and his memoir is a perfect example of his depth as a human being. In addition, reading about his childhood and upbringing in Chicago is really a trip - because we went through so many of the same experiences albeit decades apart. Chicago is still the roughest and primary "Institution of Hard Knocks," and if you can make it there, you can truly make it anywhere!” –Quincy Jones                                                                                                                                                                

“Raw in its honesty, profound in its insights, One Day It’ll All Make Sense establishes Common as a voice that is as compelling on the page as it is on a record.  This is not simply the story of an individual artist but a crucial page the history of hip hop itself.” –Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope

“A powerful memoir that speaks to all audiences.” –Queen Latifah

"A thoughtful and beautiful book that tells us much more about Common... His mother's perspective takes this to another level." –Touré, author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness
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About the Author

Christopher Pike is the author of more than forty teen thrillers, including the Thirst, Remember Me, and Chain Letter series. Pike currently lives in Santa Barbara, where it is rumored he never leaves his house. But he can be found online at

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By Tracey Riley on Aug. 11 2013
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Typical Christopher Pike. Very good book, but I was not overly happy with the ending. I liked the endin of the last set of books better.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Longtime fans will be pleasantly surprised. New fans might ask "Huh?" Sept. 27 2010
By Anthony Manno - Published on
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One of the big questions about this book is: "How can it be about the same characters?"

Anyone who has read the description knows it is...and having just finished the book, I can say that I am very pleased--and it actually works. And it helps that the author does not try to explain it more than is necessary.

The reviews of `The Eternal Dawn' are bound to be mixed. Anyone who has only read the `Thirst' books will most likely be disappointed. And anyone who has read all of Pike's novels will fall in love with Alisa (Sita) all over again. But it could go either way.

When I read that `The Last Vampire' series was being re-released as `Thirst,' I reread the series. My big concern was getting through the sixth book again. It had always felt forced to Pike was told he had to conclude the series and move on--or that someone else had written it, except for the epilogue. But it made a little bit more sense when I read the series all at once (but still did not feel right).

When I first read that he was continuing the series, I did not want to believe it. There has always been a rumor that he planned more books; but after fifteen years, I was beginning to think it was a hoax. There was also the rumor that he never wanted to write `young adult' novels ever again....

A lot of people will claim that Pike wrote `Thirst' because vampires are big now. But the truth is that the series was originally released in the mid-1990s and were a huge success with Pike's fans--even the final book (at the time) kept fans waiting for more. Then, in 1997, the author disappeared for seven years. He had left us with mediocre stories like `The Execution of Innocence' and `Magic Fire' and the horrible (my opinion) `The Grave' (which should have ended after the first chapter).

He returned in 2004 with the long awaited `The Blind Mirror' - which was good enough to satisfy a need for new Pike. Then he went into the `Alosha' series. I got halfway through the second book and stopped. When the time comes, I will try again. I have `Falling' but have not read it yet. [I feel that Pike is trying a little too hard when it comes to his adult works. `Sati' and `The Listeners' are recommended. I have not read `The Cold One' - and `The Season of Passage' will require me to reread it because I am one of few fans that said "It's just okay" (good concept, weak payoff) while most people loved it.]

His return to `The Last Vampire' (I hate the new title `Thirst') is amazing. After fifteen years, he still gets Sita's voice perfectly. There are some flaws with `The Eternal Dawn', but I have chosen to overlook them for two reasons. 1) I want to know where Pike is going with this series. 2) I am giving Pike extra credit for making it very difficult to write a review for `Thirst 3' because I want to explain the plot twists so bad!

Appropriate reading age: 15+ (please note that the 15 is because this is a book - as a movie, it would be rated R) for violence, sexual references, drug references, mild language, and themes.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A very happy surprise Sept. 30 2010
By Christoffer Lerno - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I saw that there was going to be a 7th book in the Last Vampire series, I first thought I must be mistaken. The 6th book in the series closed off any continuation of the story in a very final way (even for a vampire story).

But it turns out that this is indeed the 7th book in the series and Alisa Perne is back. Her return required a huge retcon of the 6th book, but it's surprisingly easy to buy into. And even more importantly, the characters feel very consistent with the previous books (this is something a lot of authors seem to have problems with when revisiting old characters).

To bring some interest to the story, Pike has to invent even more lethal enemies than the ones in the previous books - and in most authors' hands the power level would have been ludicrous. However I feel Pike pulls this off without any problems whatsoever, and just like in the previous books Alisa is both hunter and the hunted.

I could keep talking about the book but the most important fact is that it's a true continuation of the six previous books. If you have read and loved them, you're more than likely to love this book as well.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Really, Mr. Pike? Jan. 18 2011
By Sandy Hildebrandt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have viewed The Last Vampire series as my Bible since I was fourteen. I say that half-jokingly, but I truly enjoyed the books and the messages in them. Sita was amazing, almost deity-like; she was magical and powerful, and her mind clearly belonged to a creature who had watched part of human history unfold. The last book, Creatures of Forever, ended beautifully, and Sita's actions in that book were exactly what I would have expected of her. The message of that book was that despite being almost a goddess, all she wanted was to be human again and live her human life with her husband and daughter. Human life is nothing to scoff at.

I was naturally skeptical about Christopher Pike bringing her back, since everything ended so beautifully. While I would love to read more novels about Sita for the rest of my life, the truth is that she is gone. Pike should have seen that, being her creator.

But I suppose that something pushed him (perhaps the fact that the vampire genre has exploded and you can make craploads of money off of it?) to bring her back. Except not really, because this is not Sita. There is nothing, aside from her looks, that even resembles Sita. She is not nearly as powerful as in the other books, and she is selfish and truly stupid. For example, she ignores obvious connections that could save her a lot of grief, despite claiming that she doesn't believe in coincidences. It's hard to believe that I, a 27-year-old, am smarter than a 5000-year-old vampire, or even than brilliant author Pike. Her powerful intuition is 100% lacking as she continues to trust people she shouldn't without question.

In addition, Sita's enemies are stupid, and do not take advantage of the many opportunities they have to kill her. Even at the siege at the end of the book, the Telar make idiotic decisions that of course work in Sita's favour. The previous books had ruthless enemies that pulled no punches, and therefore showed Sita's incredible skill and will to live. Sita was primarily on her own, and didn't need people to show up and save her. That is the Sita I know and love, and I have to say I feel betrayed by Pike.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hello again, Sita. Oct. 8 2010
By Literary Obsession - Published on
Format: Paperback
Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire series was one of my favorite things to read as a youngster. I purchased each book as it hit the shelves and devoured them gleefully. I was so terribly unhappy that the series ended in The Last Vampire: Creatures of Forever. That said, however, the ending of that book, the end of the series, was perfect. All the loose ends were tied up into a nice little bow. All questions answered. It was over.

Imagine my surprise (and from what I've seen by poking around the internet, the surprise of many) when I saw that there was going to be a 7th book. What? But Sita's story was over! Done! Finished! We, her devoted fans, knew precisely what happened, we knew her story, we knew the truth, we'd read THE END. Boy were we fooled.

Like many others I wondered how, after such a solid ending to the series, Christopher Pike could bring Sita back into the limelight. I imagined it would be stunningly brilliant, written eloquently and beautifully...the story would flow from the pages into my brain and I would sigh in utter bliss.

Yeah, no.

By the end of Chapter 2, I was so thoroughly and completely disgusted with the blatantly SILLY way that he brought her story back into play that I had to place my bookmark on the page, close the book, and walk away. It was that, or fly to Christopher Pike's house and ask him very plainly, "What were you THINKING?". And where was his EDITOR? Seriously?

Of course, it's -Sita-, man. You have to find out what happens to her, you have to see. After a day or two, when my level of rage over the absolutely insanely boring way he explained things, I picked up the book again.

Boy am I glad I did. I know that not everything Christopher Pike writes is a masterpiece. He's not the most brilliant author, at times his writing is choppy and he is repetitive in a way that makes me grit my teeth, but the story - ah the story! By the end of Chapter 3 I was hooked. I forgot, since it's been nearly a decade since I've read a Christopher Pike novel, that sometimes he starts slow. But then the flow happens and you're drawn into the tightly woven story that keeps you snugged tightly in its arms until it darn well chooses to release you. For me, that was at the very last page, the whispered words that sealed that particular portion of the novel also assured that I will be anxiously awaiting, and pre-ordering, Thirst No. 4. Yes, people, there's another coming. Summer of 2011, it says. Read stories 1 - 6 (or Thirst No 1 and Thirst No 2), Read Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn. Sita dazzles, but not in that sparkly glittery craptastic way that Dear Eddie does...I promise you'll be enchanted.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sita Lives! And it is so great. Oct. 7 2010
By Sarah E. Pearsall - Published on
Format: Paperback
For those of us hard-core Pike fans, Sita is one of the characters we all love. In Pike's "Last Vampire" Series, we thought Sita was gone for good by the last book. Not so, for in this new book, and long awaited continuation, Sita lives. When I first found out a new book was coming out, I expected Pike to go into the past and have the book follow Sita in an earlier adventure. She is 5,000 years old, I am confident theres a lot of opportuintes for new adventures there. But, we do not go back, we go forward, 15 years from the end of the last book to find Sita alive and well. Amazing how Pike pulls this feat off so smoothly. I bought it, though I did suffer some sorrow since I enjoyed the end of the last book.

Sita is faced with even more trouble this time around and though the game has changed on us, at least a bit, we do not loose any of the rich history of the series. Pike kept all the great element from the previous books and add new leveles and richness to this story.

I love Sita for her toughness. I love her for her ability to love. I love how she can boast so easily about herself, yet it does not come off as bragging, it is just fact. She may just be the most interesting and amazing character out there. She is not perfect, she makes tons of mistakes and we love that about her.

Pike never shys away from the gritty and hard things in his books. Death, sex, love, redemption, faith, and on and on - they are all present in powerful form within his work. To call this, or any of his books, only for a young adult crowd is rediculous. Most of his fan are in thier 30's - including me, and I'm also a MFA grad student. There is a deep a profound message of love and struggle to find out place in this world in his books. Life is always a precious thing in the books. Nothing is flimsy or done for shock value. A death in the book has weight and meaning.
I am very happy to see a new generation will have the opportunity to experience what I did growing up with Pike. This series will always be "The Last Vampire" to me.

If you love unexpected heros, you will love Sita. If you love fiction, you will love Pike.