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      13.07.2009 18:30
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      a girl who thinks she is god

      another great novel by christopher pike delving into religion and our pre-conceived views. a man in a truck pulls over and gives a girl a ride.
      the story revolves around a girl who thought she was god. the book gives no proof either way about this fact, and in the end, a man misshears a sentance and everything changes.

      sati was one of my favorate christopher pike novels. it is written as a young adult book and contains little action. it is a cleverly written feel good book and is funny at places. it is also very sad at places and you feel strongly about the characters.

      the tagline for the book is true. you won't be the same once you meet her. this is because you will have read one of the best religious type books in the world.

      this book is probably one of the best pike books to turn into a film aswell.

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        04.05.2007 17:14
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        A beautiful book about a group of people who may have found an avatar of God

        Easily one of the best books i have ever read, very touching and soothing. Every page has a touch of wisdom to add to your heart. it is hard for those of stict religions to accept or grasp but everyone should be able to find wisdom in it.

        The last paragraph is strong and has a heavy message. This book has changed many lives and would easily be a best seller if only it had been displayed in the correct catagory. I read it when I was 24 years old. It is really not a teenage book like some seem to think. I cant really see a teenager grasping the concept entirely.

        I would suggest it to everyone if i could no matter what religious background you follow, there is wisdom in it for everyone.

        Sati comes high on my Must Read list.

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          04.05.2007 05:31
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          Christopher Pike's first adult novel. About a young lady who claims to be God

          I dont know what book you guys read called Sati, but Christopher Pike's book Sati is without a doubt the greastest book that I read in his series. It causes many people to think beyong the shell that we are born in.
          I understand if most of you dont undertsnad it or put it off as bad because it doesnt match your religious beliefs but that does not mean it is a bad book. You have to understand that for someone like myself who grew up in a christain background only to later leave the church because of various reasons, to read a book like this where the author is not limiting his material to just one single religious focus was tru7ely a sight to see.
          This book, touched me. It made me learn to think outside the box, and as the last line said. If She wasnt God, she is everthing God she be.

          I leave opinions up to the readers, however please dont let your opinion be influenced by your personal religion. It is after all just a book.
          Just a book that got me off drugs, just a book that got me sober and just a book that got me back on track so that I could get custody of my child once again.

          Thank you

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            28.08.2002 22:50
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            This is called an adult book by dooyoo, and hence by Amazon, but a children's novel on the back. I cannot make the quandary any clearer, as it falls between two stools - the good one of an unpatronising novel for older teenagers, and the bad one of a bland, uninteresting adult book. Christopher Pike is one of the more successful of the horror authors the children of our nation seem to like - and the US, for he is American. He has a ream of titles to his name, some in series - there are five "Last Vampires", and so on, but many are stand-alone books. This one must surely be a one-off, as it begins and concludes most decisively. Our narrator is Michael, a truck-driver who only seems to drive alone one route throughout the entire book. Late one night he sees a flash of white in human form by the roadside, and offers a lift - then a breakfast, then a place to stay - to the beautiful blonde Sati (rhymes with party) that he has found. The book is distinguished, if it be a children's book, in its concerns, and characters. We must of course concentrate on the title character, who soon makes her differences known. She seems to refuse to sleep, eats sparingly, and suddenly professes how to uncouple truck tractors from their flat-beds, and drive them around on favours. When Michael finishes business duties - despite hating being a trucker - on the second morning of his adventure, he returns home to find Sati helping the local dimwit teenage paper boy delivering adverts for a meeting she wishes Michael to host. Here she will reveal herself as God. Not just any god, the God. While many of the male people in the surrounding apartments are very attracted to this second coming, some of the females are a bit more sceptical, especially the elderly, arthritic gardener, Mrs Hutchinson. However, at the first meeting of Sati and her public, the mysteries seem to deepen. She invites all to shut their eyes and
            encounter the silence within, after which all are surprised to find a half hour has passed. And within days of the meeting, Mrs Hutchinson is weilding her secateurs like the last decades had never happened. Michael has other concerns on his mind, however, as he loves his little daughter, and her mother, his ex, who is persisting with her new partner and plans for divorce. One might at this point think that Sati is on this earth (she professes to having been born just as he was finding her, in this body at least) just to salvage his soul, self-interest, etc, but that is not the concern of the book. Indeed, it would seem several other people would deserve holy redemption a lot more quickly than Michael. His small gang of best friends ranges from an ex-racist teenage black gang member and current drug runner, to a local chap dying of AIDS to the complete detestation of the parents who forsook him. Pike makes much play of this character, Timmy, in the kitchen, laughing as he confronts people not liking sharing cooking utensils with him and his licking tongue. But it must be said these concerns, as worthy, and perhaps new, as they may have been to readers of teenage books in 1990, are addressed just as they actually are - left-wing media-chosen themes for the day. The whole tome can be imagined as Pike's response to criticism of him concentrating on horror subjects like vampires, monsters and witches, and thus trying to spread himself with a holy subject, and modern, real-life horrors. The real life for Sati, after the first meeting, involves merely preparing for the second, of what becomes a nightly series. Thankfully we only are present in any number of pages at the second, as this really will test the reader, of any age. In the longest chapter we are faced with all number of questions asked Sati of her audience, after the requisite silence. These are pointedly questions curious teenagers might ask of any faith, or of re
            ligion as a whole. And while these questions are presented in a fiction environment, they may well be more approachable to many teenagers with similar questions about religion, but surely the answers are there for the finding in any library, or range of friends one wishes to question? (It may be correctly inferred that this reviewer is not very keen on religion, either coming from a major church, or from wishy-washy new-age wiffle as presented here. Indeed, it is thought preferable to not present discussion of God's existence as some throw-away entertainment from a teenage horror writer, but someone has done it, and it must be commented upon.) Finally, however, this overlong scene does come to life, as a "proper" man of God challenges Sati in a most disturbing way - with a hammer and nail, and the threat of testing her capacity for feeling godly compassion, and no pain. And after this... we are left with yet another eminently skippable chapter, as the characters repeat their discussions as to whether Sati is God or not. This seems to be eventually resolved, as Michael manages to find someone who seems to have known Sati as a next-door neighbour the past six months... The rest of the narrative is still not strong enough to attract much enjoyment. The ultimate question - is Sati what/who she professes to be? - takes up most of the time, with more pleasing side-trackings, such as how Sati will cope with the deterioration of Timmy and his illness. As for Michael, the jury is out for a long time as to whether Sati is making him happier through any particular miraculous events or ideas, or whether it is just him and happenstance, and how he will be left at the end of the book. As for this reader, it would be of interest to see if any others willingly followed the book all that way. The male friends of Michael, as has been said, seem picked at random from liberal stereotypes, with the
            exception of the local multi-millionaire(?), and their respective female friends just run into one another. The writing has no major drive, and while it could be more repetitive, it does tend to circle around the one major question, without progressing terribly far. The themes would be plauded for stretching Pike's normal target audience, where they actually handled in an appetising way. The biggest attraction of the book, it has to be said, stands as the lovely rainbowed silver cover, and even that might have been usurped by reprints, as the pic above shows. While God - especially as an attractive girl of indeterminate late-teen/20ish age - may be a welcome addition to the teenage genre book character list, this earthly visitation is not as good as it deserved to be.

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            The first adult novel from a bestselling author of young adult fiction. Michael picks up a young hitch-hiker in the Arizona desert, bringing her home and letting her sleep on his couch. The next day, she talks about being God--and strange things begin to happen to everyone coming in contact with her.