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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 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,591 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 a bestselling author of young adult novels. The Thirst series, The Secret of Ka, and the Remember Me and Alosha trilogies are some of his favorite titles. He is also the author of several adult novels, including Sati and The Season of Passage. Thirst and Alosha are slated to be released as feature films. 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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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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really good read. My daughter loved it and has read them all!! She recommended me to read them.
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HASH(0xa2a5e108) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0xa2a5e354) out of 5 stars A very happy surprise Sept. 30 2010
By Christoffer Lerno - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a5e594) out of 5 stars Sita Lives! And it is so great. Oct. 7 2010
By Sarah E. Pearsall - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a5e810) out of 5 stars Like finding an old friend. Oct. 11 2010
By Jamie Hoelscher - Published on
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I was shocked and very pleased when I learned there would be a new addition to Pike's The Last Vampire series. I began reading Pike when I was elementary school(!) and fell in love with his writing style, original stories, and intriguing characters, the epitome of these, of course, being Sita.

I have read and re-read the first six installments of The Last Vampire since they were released in the mid-nineties, and they were always special to me. I just finished Thirst No. 3 (or, The Last Vampire 7) and absolutely loved it. I have read all of Pike's work. Some of it is outstanding, some aren't my favorites, but all are worth a read. This novel stands up to his best work. It is easy to see that this is his favorite group of characters to write about. I have read a lot of "Vampire" books in my life - Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris - not Twilight, can't bring myself to do it - but Sita blows them all away. She really would, too.

I would strongly suggest to anyone new to Pike to start the series from the beginning. It will bring a much better appreciation to the new book. Any die-hard Pike fan will love it.

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a5eb04) out of 5 stars Pike does it again! Oct. 8 2010
By RyanC - Published on
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When I first heard that Christopher Pike was writing a new sequel to "The Last Vampire", I was both excited and worried. I first thought "Thirst No. 3" would be a prequel to the first book since "Creatures of Forever" ended Sita's tale and left no possibility for a continuation. Perhaps Pike didn't intend to continue Sita's story when the series ended almost 15 years ago but I personally would have found it hard to close the book on this amazing developed character if I was the author. Being a huge fan of Christopher Pike, I wasn't disappointed after closing the book on this novel. Pike has fleshed out this character more than I ever thought was possible. After over a decade long absence of Sita's story, she is still the same character many of us have grown to love over the years. The story picks up ironically, 15 years after the conclusion of the last book and this time we are treated to a completely new and engrossing tale following Sita and her friends. To those of you baffled on how there could possibly be a new story, when the last one tied all the loose ends up and ended so well, you will be pleasantly surprised how well Mr. Pike is able to continue the series. Longtime fans of Pike will most likely not be surprised how he is able to explain and tread new ground when it comes to writing a new story about vampires. The enemies in "Eternal Dawn" are some of the most original and ghastly ones I have seen from this author to date. Just when think you have all the answers, Pike changes the questions. He makes you feel for the characters, old and new. "Eternal Dawn" is not without its flaws but they are far and few in between. Pike is known for his amazing plot twists and surprises and this time around he does not disappoint. Whether you are a fan of this author or not, the majority of the audience will have a very hard time waiting in anticipation for the follow up, "Thirst No. 4."