For years the old woman was his only family. She loved him, fed him, taught him everything she knew - even let him keep the deadly flying snake he called Pip.Then Mother Mastiff mysteriously disappeared and Flinx took Pip to tail her kidnappers. Across the forests and swamps of the winged world called Moth, their only weapons were Pip's venom . . . and Flinx's unusual Talents.
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I've read a few of the Flinx books before, but so long ago I can't remember details. This was written after some of the others to provide a background and so I felt it was a useful place to start. The story is fast paced and in some ways we are ahead of the hero, understanding what is happening to him and his development of his talent more that he does.
I sometimes find this narrator a little difficult, as he has an odd way of delivering spoken dialogue, but I was usually able to put that out of my head. The rest of his narration is very good and he has a lovely, rich voice.
I look forward to hearing others in the series
"Best read in chronological order"
Best read in chronological order:
For Love of Mother-Not (1983), ISBN 0-345-30511-6
The Tar-Aiym Krang (1972), ISBN 0-345-29232-4
Orphan Star (1977), ISBN 0-345-25507-0
The End of the Matter (1977), ISBN 0-345-25861-4
Flinx in Flux (1988), ISBN 0-345-34363-8
Mid-Flinx (1995), ISBN 0-345-38374-5
Reunion (2001), ISBN 0-345-41867-0
Flinx's Folly (2003), ISBN 0-345-45038-8
Sliding Scales (2004), ISBN 0-345-46156-8
Running from the Deity (2005), ISBN 0-345-46159-2
Bloodhype (1973), ISBN 0-345-25845-2
Trouble Magnet (2006), ISBN 0-345-48504-1
Patrimony (2007), ISBN 978-0-345-48507-6
Flinx Transcendent (2009), ISBN 978-0345496072
"Fantastic Sci-Fi Novel"
I thought this book was extremely well done. I enjoy Flinx's personality. Although he does have a special "talent", it is his intelligence that gets him through most of the adventures in this book and I love a protagonist with a brain. :)
This is a really great read, err. listen. I could hardly stop listening. Must read for any sci-fi or fantasy fan.
"Foster delivers another great pip & flinx story"
"A good start to the series"
Alan Dean Foster's style has always been to start a story with an interesting yet plausible premise then direct it to an ever and ever outrageous conclusion. The funny thing is, as you get sucked into the story you never quite see how outrageous it has become. This was not the first book he wrote in this series, but it is the start of the story line. Therefor Foster had to fit the story within pre-existing story restrictions. It was well done and tidy, not needing to have read other stories to understand this one, and not feeling like there was no ending.
"pip & flinx"
Thank goodness someone put the order the books should be read in. Otherwise you can get very confused. Thanks
"Flinx and Pip Begin"
If you're a fan of the Flinx and Pip books, you'll love this. If you haven't yet caught the Flinx and Pip bug, this is a great place to start. This book takes us back to where Flinx first turned up as a skinny little red headed slave that was bought for only 100 credits by ... well, you know who bought him. If not, listen to the book.
These are not, repeat NOT young adult books. The protagonist is a young person, but one with ... well... abilities. Nuff said. No spoilers here. The books deal with the universal themes of good and evil, moral complexities, what motivates people and so forth. The writing is deceptively simple. I loved this book. Also, I've long been a fan of Alan Dean Foster's work. I believe him to be one of the very best SF writers of all time, right up there with Heinlein, Clark and Asimov.
The narration by Stephan Rudnicki is spot on. I thought he did a terrific job on his reading of this story. All in all a terrific listen.
"Second Book Better"
This was my first Pip and Flinx book. For Love of Mother-Not makes a good introduction to the series, but I found the next book (in chronological order) Tar-Aiym Krang, to be a more captivating listen. Pip and Flinx series is adventure / space oriented science fiction. Overall, the characters and universe presented are promising.
This story is about a boy named Flinx. He has been created genetically by a bunch of outlaw scientists known as the Meliorare Society. They are tasked with creating an evolved human being. Their order has aged over the years and many have died off after becoming villanized by the central government. When the society loses contact with their experimental charges they are eager to follow up on the ones that showed the most potential and being lawful isn't a concern. Flinx is introduced in this book as he is put up on auction by the government so that someone might adopt him. Being a prequel novel, this story is about how Flinx grew up, met his companion Pip, and found his new adoptive mother. The protagonist is a strong spirited youth. He is smart, quick witted, calculating and very mature for his age. He also has a talent for empathy. When people threaten his new family and friends there isn't a place on the world of Moth that can stop him from saving those he loves.
Moth is just one civilized planet in a galactic empire. This book takes place on the planet Moth, but in the next book Tar-Aiym Krang there will be more discussion of the planets and alien races beyond. While I enjoyed this book, I found the ending a little vague. I listened to Tar-Aiym Krang directly after and enjoyed it much more.
"A flying, acid-spitting SNAKE??"
Actually, I think this is probably a "young adults" book. Who cares? Foster is a first-rate wordsmith, crafting a solid storyline and moving it right along. The characters are nice to know (for some) or great to hate (for others), but constantly credible... including Flinx the flying, acid-spitting snake. Yes.
This is not great literature, but a pleasant pass-time. As such, recommended.
"easy book to listen to"
the story line was slow to develop and the ending seemed to hurry to a conclusion
probably it sets the stage for other flinx adventure in the series.
not real sure
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