Praise for Alan Dean Foster and Reunion, a Pip and Flinx adventure
“Bestseller Foster has created yet another entertaining adventure story in the far-flung reaches of a far-future outer space. . . . Using the traditional cliff-hangers and narrow escapes of classic SF adventure page-turners, and propelling Flinx from one crisis to another, from moral dilemma to deus-ex-machina, Foster enlists multiple formulas for a surefire . . . reading experience that should appeal to space-opera fans.”
“Flinx’s trek through the deadly desert and his encounters with the AAnn make for a good read.”
For Phillip "Flinx" Lynx, this was Mission Impossible. He's learned how to thwart the plots of nasty reptilians and nullify the forces of pure evil, but taking a trouble-free vacation seems beyond his means. The tenth Pip and Flinx novel puts our 24-year-old telepathic hero and his mini-dragon protector in full-time peril.
Flinx and Pip, that daring duo of man and "minidrag" (a flying snake), take a break or try to from fighting the forces of evil in Foster's surprisingly dark ninth entry (after 2003's Flinx's Folly) in an SF series usually considered light on substance but heavy on fun. Philip "Flinx" Lynx, the young Commonwealth hero, is exhausted. He may hold the key to saving the universe, but he doesn't care. He broods over Clarity Held, the injured girlfriend he left behind in Flinx's Folly. Teacher, his ever-helpful ship-mind, suggests a vacation. Unfortunately, Flinx travels to Jast, a planet caught in a rising conflict between two sentient species, the mushroom-like Vssey and the reptilian AAnns. An ambitious AAnn secondary administrator, Takuuna, wants Jast allied with the Empire at any cost, including subterfuge, terrorism and murder. His mistrust of "softskinned" humans leads to an attempt on Flinx's life, but Chraluuc, an AAnn artisan, finds Flinx and nurses him back to health as the outcast artists of Tier courageously welcome him into their family. Foster exhibits a keen eye for depicting alien art forms and injects a cohesion lacking in some earlier installments, giving the series a much-needed energy boost. Agent, Vaughn Lee Hansen at Virginia Kidd. (Oct. 26) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Recovering from a stressful mission on the world of Nur, Flinx of the Commonwealth and his minidragon, Pip, embark on a rare and dangerous mission: a vacation to the quiet, non-Commonwealth planet Jast. Their arrival, however, leads to their involvement in murder, rivalry, and intrigue. Foster's ongoing tales of a pair of adventurers-one human, one not-enjoy a diverse following owing to the appealing heroes and fast-paced plotting. Libraries owning other series titles (Flinx in Flux, Mid-Flinx) should add this to their collection. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Adult/High School-On the run, the young human Flinx and his companion, Pip, an Alaspasian flying snake, arrive on the planet Jast for a "vacation," but find it under the influence of the AAn Empire, enemy of the Humanx Commonwealth. Inspector Taruuna, assigned to Flinx as guide (and watchdog), attacks him and leaves the "spy" for dead. Rescued and given shelter by the Tier, an AAn artists' colony, Flinx recovers but has lost his memory. The situation is further complicated by the beginning of local resistance to AAn control. Foster does a wonderful job of creating an alien world: the varied life-forms on Jast use air-filled bladders for locomotion. The sentient Vssey, tubular and tentacled, make decisions by consensus reached after lengthy discussion, infuriating the reptilian AAn; they believe in hierarchy and survival of the fittest. Flinx and the Tier find common ground despite major cultural differences; he and Craluuc, a female artist, form a particularly strong bond. When Taruuna learns that Flinx is alive, the Tier must decide whether to defy the order to turn him in. Familiarity with previous Pip and Flinx books is assumed. Flinx's final defense against Taruuna may seem a bit out-of-the-blue, but it is in line with the character's evolving abilities throughout the series. An entertaining, imaginative adventure with a likable protagonist.-Sandy Freund, Richard Byrd Library, Fairfax County, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.