Sunday, July 2, 2017

Christopher Pike The Grave and Tales of Terror

In The Grave, Keri meets Oscar and goes out with him.  After Keri has known Oscar for a time, he injects her with a mysterious substance and locks her in a freezer.  Keri freezes to death and then comes back to life.  She learns about a doctor's experiments to find a way to cheat death and how some of the people he turned have become evil.  Keri, Oscar, and their allies must fight against the others who seek to kill them.

I expected not to like this book since many of the reviews are rather negative.  However, I really enjoyed it.  The story does have some gross scenes and things that don't make sense, as usual.  As long as Pike creates an interesting story, I don't need for it to be logical.  As I read this story, I kept thinking of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series due to some plot similarities.

Christopher Pike's Tales of Terror #1 and #2 contain short stories by Christopher Pike. Between them, the two books contain a total of 11 stories.

Each book contains a short story starring Marvin Summer, also known as Mack Slate, the protagonist of Pike's Master of Murder.  Fans of Master of Murder will enjoy reading these two Marvin Summer stories.  Marvin continues to make horrible, crazy decisions, just like he did in Master of Murder.  The poor guy will never learn.

During the Marvin Summer story in Tales of Terror #1, Lassy tells Marvin that Stephen King's "latter books ramble too much."  Later, Lassy tells Marvin that her book must be "at least seven hundred pages long.  I read in Publishers Weekly that big fat books are in."  In response, Marvin mutters, "That's why King rambles."

And you know what?  Pike rambles, too, in his adult novels and in most all his books that have been published since 2000.  That's because "big fat books are in."  Pike's books since 2000 have been around 400 to 500 pages each.

Each story in the Tales of Terror books has an introduction by Christopher Pike.  These introductions contain some interesting information and also some very funny comments. On page 158 of volume 1, Pike concludes one introduction with "This story has no redeeming social value.  Usually I prefer them that way." That's what we love about Pike.

I greatly enjoyed reading both volumes of Christopher Pike's Tales of Terror.

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