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Sunday Salon: It’s Official, There is No Escape From Sparkly Vampires and Sunday Sketch

by Ann-Katrina

Thirst No. 1 Cover Remember how I said I grabbed a copy of Thirst (No. 1) by Christopher Pike because I thought I wouldn’t have to contend with any sparkly vampires? I believe I may have spoken a bit too soon.

“As I climb in my stolen vehicle, I notice that my arms and hands are glowing with a faint white light. The effect stuns me. My face is also glowing! In fact, all my exposed skin shines with the same iridescence as the full moon, which hangs low in the sky in the direction of Las Vegas.” Thirst No. 1 – pg. 450

While it’s not sparkling in the daylight a la Twilight, it’s still an iridescent vampire. A sparkly glowing rainbow vampire. I mean really? REALLY?!?

Not to give out any major spoilers, but it gets even more bizarre than that (hint: levitation). I can almost hear that gossamer thread suspending my disbelief crying out in pain.

The first book, The Last Vampire, was a breeze to read and I rather enjoyed it. The second book, Black Blood, took a bit of a nosedive compared to the first book (the voice changed completely), but pulled itself together and my hope was salvaged. The third book, Red Dice, is the one that happens to be tugging on my nerves in the worst way, but I’m hoping it will go the way of the second book and salvage itself. I don’t have much hope after the whole iridescent levitating vampire thing, though.

One problem, however, that I see throughout the books is the random romances. I can almost understand love at first sight and I understand why they’re necessary (they actually drive Sita’s personal story of self discovery forward), but they don’t properly fit and they are a major weakness to the entire story.

I started out loving this book, now I only like it. *sigh*

Sunday Sketch

There were three characters that I thought about drawing—Sita, Yaksha, or Krishna—but settled on Sita because it is her story after all.

sita-sketch

This was a super quick sketch and I added hints of color to the eyes and lips because those were the two areas she usually focused on in the book—her powerful eyes and how she could seduce people by altering her voice.

Comments on Sunday Salon: It’s Official, There is No Escape From Sparkly Vampires and Sunday Sketch

  1. # Nikola wrote on August 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm:

    Hey! I wanted to let you know you have an award waiting for you on my blog! :)

  2. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 18, 2009 at 5:44 pm:

    Thanks Nikola. :D

  3. # melissa dominic wrote on August 26, 2009 at 9:20 pm:

    i really loved the last vampire series when i was a kid. i must have read it so many times. i still have my old copies and they’re totally falling apart, i think i should buy this new version just to replace it. hahah.

    i must say though, i am afraid to re-read them, as, it’s been so long, what if they totally suck to me now?
    .-= melissa dominic´s last blog ..(Places We’ve Never Been) :: 2852-9 =-.

  4. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 26, 2009 at 10:32 pm:

    i tend to have that same problem, melissa (not wanting to re-read books that i loved as a kid because my grown up analytical mind will probably call bs on every other page), but what i’ve discovered is that books which are truly well-written can hold up.

    my suggestion, read the first book and see if it holds up. if it does, then carry on. :) (plus, it would make a good excuse to buy the updated copies.)

  5. # melissa dominic wrote on August 27, 2009 at 9:56 am:

    i’ll always take an excuse to buy a new copy, haha! for a while, in like, 2002ish i wasgoing nuts trying to find my copies of them (they were locked away in storage) and the internet only had really expensive copies, which, was a drag. dunno how i like the new covers though.

    i think what i really liked best about these books were all the indian religion stuff, if i remember correctly. OH WHO KNOWS.

    i just may read ‘em again.
    .-= melissa dominic´s last blog ..(Places We’ve Never Been) :: Classic Cities =-.

  6. # Ann-Kat wrote on August 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm:

    oh, you’ve touched on something that i plan to bring up when i get around to writing the actual review. there is definitely a lot of hinduism throughout the book and i’ve found the story to be more of a quest for sita, trying to understand the meaning of her life. that aspect, imo, was quite well done and i found it to be rather interesting.

  7. # melissa dominic wrote on August 27, 2009 at 8:03 pm:

    excellent! it’ll be a fun review to read, for sure.
    .-= melissa dominic´s last blog ..(Places We’ve Never Been) :: Classic Cities =-.

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