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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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
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. :)
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.
This is the first chronological novel of the Pip and Flinx series, a series about a boy with strange telepathic abilities and his pet killer snake. In this novel, scientists who created Pip want to get him back and proceed with kidnapping his adoptive mother to get to him. He then goes on a quest to rescue her and figure out what these people want. Along the way he learns more about himself as well.
The pacing was pretty good in this book and it did a great job of explaining where Pip and Flinx came from and the relationship with Flinx's adoptive mother. It is very much in the style and caliber of the other P&F books I've read, and I found it to be fairly quick and enjoyable. The "evil" characters in the book didn't have as much development as they could have, but I didn't find that it detracted from the story all that much.
The narration was top-notch and I have no complaints with it.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
In my humble opinion this book is the best of the series. You are introduced to Flynx,Pip, and Mother Mastiff. Mother Mastiff is a great character, very human, flawed, loved by Flinx. The story is fun, full of action, and touching, a great beginning to the series.
An interesting YA prequel to a long running (though now complete) NA SF series.
For Love of Mother-Not by Alan Dean Foster, read by Stefan Rudnicki, published by Audible Studios (2009) / Length: 8 hrs 15 min
This is (chronologically) Book #1 of 14 in the completed "Pip & Flinx" series, all of which are available on audio. If you prefer to read in publication order, it is #5.
This is probably my favorite of the Pip & Flinx adventures that I have read (I am currently a little over half way through the series.)
Flinx: His ethics aren't what I would consider acceptable, specifically regarding other people's property. But considering his lack of true parental guidance, I guess it's to be expected. He is such a complex yet essentially likable character though.
Mother Mastiff: Very interesting as a fictional character, but not someone I would entrust with an actual child. She does really love him, and makes some unselfish decisions to try and protect him.
Let me start by saying that I spent many years in the Pacific NW of the US (where it rains a lot), and I think I would go crazy living on a planet where it rains nearly constantly.
This is not a "central" world; so, although there is lots of tech that is more advanced, it is mostly the little things. A favorite piece of tech is the oil based version of a water bed (it sounds nice & toasty, and I'm writing this in the Fall). And I really like the large riding bird that Flinx eventually rents.
The book doesn't really try to get you up to speed on all the details of the vast Humanx Commonwealth. That's actually OK, because Flinx's "world" is much smaller at this point. I never felt like I had a firm grasp on the details of the market area Flinx grew up in, however; but once we got out into the forest, the descriptions were great.
This is the first book, chronologically, in Flinx's story, but it was not written first. In a way, it is just a much longer version of all the prequel novellas being written now days to fill in a character's backstory. But there is also a fully developed adventure here as well.
That mix means that we jump fairly quickly through Flinx's childhood before getting to the main body of the story. I really like the beginning, with his meeting Mother Mastiff. The rest of his childhood seemed a bit rushed. The last hour is very engrossing, and does a good job of setting things up for the remaining books in the series.
--The moment when Flinx first takes Mother Mastiff's hand
--There are some interesting perspectives on who are "good people" vs "bad people" and how outward behavior and attitudes can be one thing while your goals can be another.
CONTENT NOTES(?): Children can be "adopted" from the government by paying a fee (i.e. slavery, although they don't like to call it that). Abuse, by some, of the process and the children is hinted at. / There is a group of people who basically feel that any horror is justified if it is for the greater good. / Flinx is a teenage boy and experiences the usual physical & emotional responses to an attractive older woman.
I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT: Some swearing / I don't think it is a good idea to give a small child complete freedom. / Theft
Character voices differentiated = Yes, mostly through mild accents & manner of speaking. It is not strong for minor characters. He has a very deep voice, so neither the child nor female voices sound authentic; but they are acceptable. / Phrasing, Pacing & Pronunciation = The non-dialog parts are a bit flat / Emoting = Good enough, for dialog / Speed = Slow. I listened on 1.5, rather than my usual 1.25, and it is still a touch slow.
There was a small repeated section
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
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.
"a good adventure yarn"
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
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