02 October 2015

{Flashback Friday} My Three Favorite Christopher Pike Novels

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 October 2015 at 12:44 AM | |

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FLASH BACK FRIDAY is hosted by Swoony Boys Podcast & Fiction Fare and we LOVE it here on MMSAI – because it's not just the new books that deserve all the love!

Since this month will be all things Halloween, horror and thriller it's only fitting that my FBF's are as well! This week I want to reminisce about Christopher Pike. I would check out his books from the school library at 1 years old, by the handful.

The following are my three most favorite of the Pike collection, I've been spending most my time scouring small used bookshops for the old paperbacks and so far have only successfully found about ten. Sure, I can buy them new, some with covers that are different - but I'm a Pike Purist, I need the originals!

Bury Me Deep

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Publisher: Pocket Books

Jean is on her way to Hawaii for a week of fun but the vacation gets off to a gruesome start. The boy beside her on the plane chokes and dies. Jean tries to push the incident out of her mind when she arrives on the island but it's impossible. Part of the reason is because Mike keeps coming back to her in dreams; horrible dreams filled with blood.
Two of Jean's friends are awaiting her in Hawaii - Mandy and Michele. They have already made friends with two young men who teach scuba diving at the hotel, Dave and Johnny. Jean and Johnny quickly become friends but there are problems in paradise. Dave and Johnny have recently lost a partner in the ocean. No one knows how he died. No one can find his body. Then Jean does. It isn't where it's supposed to be and seems to have some life in it!

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Chain Letter

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Chain Letter #1
Release Date: May 1, 1986
Publisher: Avon

When Alison first read the chain letter signed "Your Caretaker," she thought it was some terrible sick joke. Someone, somewhere knew about that awful night when she and six other friends committed an unthinkable crime in the desolate California desert. And now that person was determined to make them pay for it.One by one, the chain letter was coming to each of them ... demanding dangerous, impossible deeds... threatening violence if the demands were not met. No one out of the seven wanted to believe that this nightmare was really happening to them. Until the accidents started happening -- and the dying...

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Witch

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Release Date: December 1, 1990
Publisher: Avon

Julia is a young woman with extraordinary powers. She has the ability to heal people with her touch. She also knows things that are happening in far-of places when she looks in water that has sunlight shining on it. She comes from a tradition of witches—good witches. But before Julia's mother died, she warned her daughter never to look in water that had moonlight shining on it.

Unfortunately, almost by accident, Julia does. What she sees is a vision of the future, a scene in which a young man she doesn't know is shot in a hold-up and dies in her arms. Only later, when Julia attends a football game at school, does she meet the young man.

He is her girlfriend's new boyfriend.

Julia immediately falls for the guy, but it is an ill-fated love. He does not belong to her, and he is supposed to die. Or does he have to die? Julia doesn't know if her vision of the future is set, or if it can be changed. She doesn't know why the gunman in her vision evokes such hatred inher, and why she feels she must destroy him at all costs. But using the supernatural powers at her command, and risking her own life, plus the lives of her friends, Julia will find the answers to all these questions—at a terrible cost.

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Did you read Christopher Pike? Do you now? What's your favorite book by him?

3 comments:

  1. Oh my - I used to read the Christopher Pike novels when I was in high school! Witch was the first one I ever got. There was one, it wasn't one of the YA novels, it was a horror novel called "The Season of Passage." I loved that one so much!! I think it is easily my favorite. I should see if I can get ahold of a copy of it again!

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  2. I used to love Christopher Pike books! I would find them in used bookstores on vacation and just fly through them.

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  3. For some reason, when I was younger I thought you could either be a fan of Christopher Pike novels or you could be a fan of RL Stine's Fear Street novels. You couldn't mix the two. So, having grown up on Goosbumps, I would only read Fear Street. I feel like I've missed out though.

    A few weeks ago, I tried borrowing Christopher Pike and RL Stine books from the library, but my library sadly does not have them in their stacks anymore. Kids these days...they're missing out!!!

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