The Eternal Enemy A VCR that could tape tomorrow s news Rela has just bought herself a new VCR She sets the machine to tape a movie she plans to show at a party she is throwing But instead of the movie she gets the new

  • Title: The Eternal Enemy
  • Author: Christopher Pike
  • ISBN: 9780671745097
  • Page: 147
  • Format: Paperback
  • A VCR that could tape tomorrow s news.Rela has just bought herself a new VCR She sets the machine to tape a movie she plans to show at a party she is throwing But instead of the movie she gets the news tomorrow s news.Soon Rela is regularly recording next week s news, even what is to happen in the far future It s fun, at first, until she sees herself on the news AndA VCR that could tape tomorrow s news.Rela has just bought herself a new VCR She sets the machine to tape a movie she plans to show at a party she is throwing But instead of the movie she gets the news tomorrow s news.Soon Rela is regularly recording next week s news, even what is to happen in the far future It s fun, at first, until she sees herself on the news And learns that there is no future for her.But can she change destiny Can Rela survive what is meant to be

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    1. Yet another highly enjoyable blast from the past - complete with time-travel, cyborgs and murderI was such a huge fan of Christopher Pike when I was younger. In fact, I'd say his books played a large part in getting me to write (so thank you very much, author!). I've been recently revisiting a few of my favourites, to see how well they translate to an adult reader, rather than an over-hormonal, angsty teenager. This one was absolutely as captivating as I remember. Yes, on one level it's kind of [...]

    2. "It's just the news. The news is not scary. It's always happening far away and to someone else."I really feel that this is an adult book trapped behind a teen book's cover. Or at least, a book that is more appropriate for more intelligent teenagers, and adults. It's extremely deep and fascinating, with many levels of meaning. It starts off as a typical teen novel wherein you're introduced to Rela and she her typical teenage problems until she buys a VCR that could tape tomorrow's news. After reg [...]

    3. MASTERPIECE. I would say it's a YA masterpiece, but this book transcends such categorization. Simply one of Pike's best. Intelligent. Complex. Philosophical. With truly insightful meditations on the limits of existence and our drive to control nature. Plot: A smart girl buys a VCR and discovers it predicts the future. That's all I'll say. I don't want to give anything away. Do yourself the biggest favor ever, order this from ABE BOOKS or where ever, and just take off

    4. One of my favorites. Pike does Horror/Sci-Fi like nobody's business.This was the first novel I read of his involving time travel and romance. Since then I've noticed a theme that Pike enjoys writing about: Love transcending Time. Midnight Club and See You Later also involve this concept in differing ways. The book started out innocently with a teenage girl in love, and quickly developed into an overwhelming mystery with element of horror to it. Halfway through it pulled a complete 180, explainin [...]

    5. INTRODUCTION: I read this book for the first time in 1999 in Italian. Don't remember almost anything about the plot but I dimly recall that I like it.This is another piece of archelogical literature Rela is buying a VCR somewhere in the early 1990s with four heads because with four heads you could get a clear shot of a naked Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon. That was soooo long ago.The VCR, however, is a special one and it can record the news some days in advance. Rela describes watching th [...]

    6. I liked it but unsure on the rating to give the first half was interseting and then it just went in a totally different direction and had no idea what was going on and thought the last half was just ok ill give him this i did not expect it but it just was bland.I have enjoyed all of his books but this was just missing something. The characters for me again was bland nothing really special anything to remember. The writing was the best part of this book for me.

    7. 5/5 stars. I'm not surprised that I loved this book. Christopher Pike is an excellent author, I love this man's writing. The story, however, was one that I never would have predicted. I never would have guessed Rela would find herself in the predicament that she is in. I loved the plot, setting, characters, ect. The VCR taping the future and Rela's reaction to it was used as a great foreshadowing for the future plot point. Christopher's character (not the author) completely shocked me toward the [...]

    8. This is more sci-fi then horror. Rela wants a VCR to watch movies and an excuse to invite Christopher, her crush, over. Unfortunately her VCR records the future not the movies she wants. She attempt to change some of the things but that brings her more trouble as people from the future find her. Sci-fi is not my thing and there was a massive info dump at the end. Interesting concept, like Terminator in high school.

    9. I read this book in high school but its still a favorite of mine so I decided to read it again and it still gives me chills. Love Christopher Pike and his detail to the stories he writes.

    10. PERFECT BOOK FOR OLD-SKOOLERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Don't miss this one or you are stuck in the future. But please "Be Kind, Rewind!"

    11. Pike has a tendency of going a bit beyond the cheese in his books and I think they may possibly transcend time better as a result but THE ETERNAL ENEMY, despite it being ultimately really good, was a bit much.Rela (who sounds a lot like Sita in THE LAST VAMPIRE) throws down her savings on a new VCR (OMG HA!) only to find out it keeps taping the future. Not only that, the boy she has a major crush on seems to spark something in her that she can’t explain. He’s more important than he should be [...]

    12. In ‘The Eternal Enemy’, movie aficionado Rela buys a new VCR in order to record a movie for her party. However, to her disbelief, it ends up recording the next day’s news. As she begins to be plagued by nightmares, one day she discovers that she’s on the future news as she has been brutally murdered in her own home.The author established such an effectively creepy, suspenseful atmosphere from the very first page in which Rela introduced herself and explained how she gradually found out a [...]

    13. 2015 Reading Challenge: A book you can finish in a dayI liked the fact that it dealt with time travel and technology. It's interesting how this was printed in 1993 and you get a glimpse of how they view the future back then. I have to admit that it's not that different on how we view the future today but I guess it's the fact that they expect so much advancements to happen in the near future when technology actually sometimes tends to be a bit slow. This also reminded me of one of Christopher Pi [...]

    14. I remember reading this one when I was 13 and having it really creep me out. Flash forward to preset day I recently watched a movie about machines taking over humanity and was reminded of this book. So I re-read itAnd found it to be a good bit of nostolgia. Yes, it was still good (I'm almost embarassed to admit I really sort of enjoyed it). This time around, though, I picked up on a few things that caused me to raise an eyebrow and say "yeah, right". Come now, no parent, not even an adopted pare [...]

    15. At first I thought this book would be a short story almost like "Slumber Party". It was so much more than that. I loved all the characters. Rela was a great women and Christopher wasn't dumb like some guys in Pikes books are. The twist amazed me so much. I feel an emotion towards this book. It was very well written and I am glad my the bookstore had this book. It was like a regular story until about Chapter 13. Thats where it gets confusing, but it really builds up. Don't be fooled. This is not [...]

    16. Woah! Chris pike has done it again. This book is pretty good and very unexpected. SPOILERS belowThis book took me totally by surprise starting out with a supernatural twist then turned into a sci fi!! Really wasn't expecting rela to turn into what she did and was surprised at the ending. It's still left me a little confused now. I have given it 4 stars instead of 5 I would have given it due to 1 problem the grandfather was talking to Sara I felt there was a little too much science being crammed [...]

    17. I stumbled upon this book in an old box and decided to give it a read because it sounded intersting. It was alright, but nothing truly great. For one thing, the tones are uneven. In the beginning, it goes like a cheesy 80s sci-fi about a lovestruck teenage girl that can tape the future's news on her new VCR. Near the end, it goes like a psychological dystopian epic about a female cyborg sent to the past to change the world. I found the shift in tones uneven; it led to the point where I was just [...]

    18. I can always count on Christopher Pike for a quick, easy and enjoyable read and this book is no exception. It is a unique take about seeing into the future and the possible take-over of robots. The ending was also a really good shocker. I feel as though this could have been made into a really enjoyable book had it been longer. Another 100 pages of details would make the story fuller and more interesting. For instance, I wish Rela had done more with the fact that she could see into the future. Ot [...]

    19. This book deals was one of my favorite books as a young adult - both by Pike and by other authors as well. It stayed with me long after I had finished it, and the plot is convoluted and messy - yet it all makes sense by the end. As usual, it leaves you hanging just a bit, the revelation handed to you, as you are left to ponder the rest of the book now that you know what it all meant. It seems so much more simple in the description than it actually is, and I loved this book. I've reread it at lea [...]

    20. This unusual book for young adults starts off as a thriller, with a girl facing a stalking stranger. It ends in the sci-fi genre, with a startling turn of events that puts the reader into the realm of cyborgs and robots.Like Isacc Asimov's IRobot, the theme is the preservation of humanity through its potential extinction. A VCR is the symbol which represents the future of mankind. The VCR/tape imagery remains strong throughout the book, reminiscent of the centrality of the conch shell in Lord of [...]

    21. Let me preface this by saying that I have always been a huge fan of Christopher Pike. I read most of his books as a teen in the 90s and this one just slipped through the cracks. Reading it 20 years after its printing reveals just how dated it is; however, I still enjoyed the story and the nostalgia for that time. I thought the story lost its way a bit as it got bogged down in more and more sci-fi elements, although I did find the general concept quite intriguing. It seems even more now like a po [...]

    22. 3 1/2 stars.This story is very unusual but in a good way. It begins as a typical YA story but then takes a very different turn. I wouldn't really consider this a young adult story. There are moments where things don't make any sense but they eventually all become clear. It could be a bit confusing at times, there were moments when I had to put the book down and mentally digest what I had just read. I liked the fact that this story was unpredictable and very original.

    23. One of the best Christopher Pikes, this is an excellent book which really builds up from nothing. From the outset the story is billed as "The girl who videotapes the future!!!" but it actually becomes a really interesting, really touching examination of humanity. Honestly, you won't regret reading this. I read it in my teens and reread it to my sisters when they were growing up. Everyone agreed it's compulsive and moving.

    24. I've loved Christopher Pike since I was 11. The Eternal Enemy wasn't one of my favorites but after re-reading this, I've gained a new perspective about the future. This reads like a regular YA book until Chapter 13 where Pike endeavors to go deeper into the theme of the story. Definitely worth reading.For my full review, visit my blog: Books and Looks

    25. MASTERPIECE. I would say it's a YA masterpiece, but this book transcends such categorization. Simply one of Pike's best. Intelligent. Complex. Philosophical. With truly insightful meditations on the limits of existence and our drive to control nature. Plot: A smart girl buys a VCR and discovers it predicts the future. That's all I'll say. I don't want to give anything away. Do yourself the biggest favor ever, order this from ABE BOOKS or where ever, and just take off

    26. I have to share a paragraph with you. One that might make you feel old, or maybe just make you laugh:"I wanted to buy a VCR, but I only had $200 bucks to spend. I had saved the money from my after-school job at the library. Friends had told me that Circut City had good prices and a wide selection, so I went there."

    27. I read this back in school when I was growing up. I decided to reread it again. I have always considered it one of my favorite books. It didn't disappoint. Funny all the little things I had forgotten. I can see where my love of sci-fi and philosophy came from. I still think it's a good book. I'm going to continue to reread a few more Christopher Pike books.

    28. This is a very creepy book. It is about a girl who is actually a robot but doesnt know it yet. She just recently bought a new VCR but the VCR is magic and tells her the future. She tries to use the VCR for good and saves people. The last night she watches it she sees thtat she will die soon. very soon.

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