5.0 out of 5 stars Flinx and Pip again
When I picked up the newest in Alan Dean Fosters Flinx series I was very glad that he was continuing with the special duo of pip and Flinx and he adds on to the mystery of One Philip Lynx nee Flinx we are left waiting to find out more about the threat to man and thranx kind from a coming darkness I can't wait for the next book.
Published on May 9 2002 by windchimes50
3.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Start the Series Here
As big a fan of Alan Dean Foster that I am, I have yet to read any of the Pip (a mini-dragon) and Flinx books. I think I actually have at least one more of the series in a box somewhere, but have yet to read it because I wanted to get the whole series before I started. I would have been better off starting at the beginning.
The story is quite good. I found myself...
Published on June 16 2004 by Lonnie E. Holder
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3.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Start the Series Here,
This review is from: Reunion: A Pip and Flinx novel (Mass Market Paperback)As big a fan of Alan Dean Foster that I am, I have yet to read any of the Pip (a mini-dragon) and Flinx books. I think I actually have at least one more of the series in a box somewhere, but have yet to read it because I wanted to get the whole series before I started. I would have been better off starting at the beginning.
The story is quite good. I found myself zipping through the story from the beginning to the end. However, without the background of the previous books, I know I was missing a lot. Why was Flinx digging through computers on Earth? Why was his background unknown to him? I know, it was a big mistake to start a series with the last book, but many authors try to make their series books stand on their own enough that you lose little by not having read the previous books. Forget about that premise here. You need to read the previous books in the series to know what is going on. I did appreciate the references to stories I have read, such as "Cachalot" and "Midworld." I enjoyed both novels and would recommend them.
I did enjoy the ending of this novel (which was awesome and excellent, and made me want to read about the alien ship - which is one of the best features of this book), but it left a lot of questions unanswered. I also realized that the ending of the story is but a prelude to the next Pip and Flinx story because the chase is still on at the end of the book.
For now my rating is three stars, but only because of the hanging ending. The story is well-written and fast-paced, but leaving the story for two years without a sequel seems like bad planning. I should point out that the next Pip and Flinx book, "Sliding Scales," is expected to be out later this year. A well-written follow up to this book could easily change my rating to at least four stars and possibly five.
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, old-fashioned page turner,
This review is from: Reunion: A Pip and Flinx novel (Mass Market Paperback)Why have I aged from a twelve year old kid when I first read Tar-Aiym Krang to thirty-seven while Flinx is only six years older? It doesn't seem fair... But anyhow, this continuing adventure of Pip and Flinx is typical old school sci-fi page turner stuff. The inside cover sites a Locus review that states that this book "make(s) for a good read". That's not exactly earth-shattering high praise, but it's fair and accurate. If Alan Dean Foster's writing didn't have a special nostalgic place in my heart, I would probably trash this book, but come on, it's Pip and Flinx - what's not to love?
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum,
This review is from: Reunion: A Pip and Flinx novel (Mass Market Paperback)I agree with most of the other reviews. This book while it does start true to the original Flix/Pip forumla nothing of real content is divalged. It is good for what it is but nothing comes of it.
My impression-I liked this book, but like I said nothing really happened. You should read it if you are a big fan of this serise however.
3.0 out of 5 stars These books are turning into the X-Files,
This review is from: Reunion: A Pip and Flinx novel (Mass Market Paperback)Another Pip and Flinx novel. In Reunion Flinx is essentially grown up and is still searching for the reason for his existence (and understanding of his powers). He returns to Earth a using his powers befriends and tricks a woman so he can gain access to information about the Meliorare society who genetically enhanced him. Just as he is about to get the information he is looking for, it is stolen and he is forced to chase the thief across the galaxy. In the very surprising conclusion, a Tar Aim artifact is found as is Flinx's sister. Overall, I am getting pretty bored with Pip and Flinx. Come on Foster, throw us a bone here and let something actually happen. These books are turning into the X-Files, all hints at big things with no substance.
1.0 out of 5 stars Fosters worst book so far,
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This review is from: Reunion: A Pip and Flinx novel (Mass Market Paperback)The Flinx-novels are fun but the latest is very uninspired.There is nothing new to be learned about our hero.the whole action seems very coincidental.it reads like a first draft for a book.the ideas are not worked out and the writing is rather poor.
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing,
This review is from: Reunion: A Pip and Flinx novel (Mass Market Paperback)I've been reading Foster's books for many years, and enjoy following the adventures of Flinx and Pip. But I almost didn't finish "Reunion". I was very disappointed with the novel. It seemed like a short story padded with a bunch of ten-dollar words. Foster totally lost me when he used the word "yclept". It was so out of place in the context. Lyrical word-pictures when the hero is trying to save his rear gave me mental whiplash. I did finish it, but was left feeling that the story really hadn't advanced much. This was just a way-stop at a motel from hell when I was expecting a nice hotel, ...
Hope the next one is better!
1.0 out of 5 stars A rewrite of the Tar-Ayim Krang with a few new characters,
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans only,
This novel feels rather like a short story with filler. Pip and Flinx fans should certainly read it, as it develops Flinx's understanding of the Meliorare society and himself (although, as is traditional, it raises more questions). Besides, after such a long wait, anything will be a nice read. If you have never read a Pip and Flinx novel, however, *please* don't start with this one - you'll get entirely the wrong idea about this charming series.
2.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Pip & Flinx Book,
Unfortunately, it feels like something of a place-holder. It resolves very little, as far as the characters are concerned. Flinx figures out a _little_ more about his family, but that hardly seems to justify a whole novel. He explores an interesting planet, but it seems unlikely that the planet will be of continuing interest. The plants of Midworld apparently get in touch with some other aliens, but none of the characters in the book are aware of this in the slightest; in effect, the _real_ story in the story mostly takes place off-stage.
It would have been nice to have some tension added in involving Flinx being reacquainted with some of the Church characters that we actually _liked_, as opposed to just the dysfunctional family members that are rather unlikable.
Hopefully the next episode will come along sooner, and be a bit more satisfying.
3.0 out of 5 stars Setting the stage,
There is no particular reason to read this book right now, unless you are desperate for a fix of Flinx. On the other hand, there is no reason not to do so.
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Reunion: A Pip and Flinx novel by Alan Dean Foster (Mass Market Paperback - Feb. 26 2002)
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