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Flinx Transcendent: A Pip & Flinx Adventure (Pip and Flinx Novels) Hardcover – May 19, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Pip and Flinx Novels
  • Hardcover: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345496078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345496072
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Flinx and his feisty minidrag, Pip, reunite with old friends for one final slam-bang universe rescue in the 14th title of one of science fiction's longest running series. After the devastating events of 2008's Quofum, Flinx is at his most self-destructive. His malaise is compounded by his knowledge of the Great Evil that threatens to destroy all intelligent life, a monster only he can defeat. On his way to that fateful confrontation, dodging dark agents of the Order of Null, Flinx negotiates a temporary peace between the human Commonwealth and the AAnn, reconciles with his one true love, Clarity Held, and reunites with his old mentors Truzenzuzex and the sociologist-soldier Tse-Mallory. Once the story picks up steam, the pace never slows. Flinx fans will delight in seeing familiar faces come together for one last grand adventure. (May)
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From Booklist

In the conclusion of Foster’s long-running series, Flinx finally gets to unleash his mental powers to save the universe. With Pip faithfully at his side, Flinx has challenged himself to visit the AAnn home world, an endeavor that may be suicidal but certainly will be interesting. Unfortunately, a minor slip-up arouses official suspicion; he has to send Teacher (his ship) away and fend for himself. Hiding on AAnn, he is discovered only by a remarkably open-minded AAnn youth. The subsequent adventures are steeped in the over-the-top danger and triumph that series followers expect. When Flinx finally leaves AAnn, he is reassured that sentient life is worth saving and feels ready to find the relics of long-dead civilizations with which he might neutralize the great evil bent on destroying everything in its path. Before the inevitable showdown, he picks up some old friends and his beloved Charity Held. All loose Flinxian ends are tied up before the end of the entertaining trip Foster has led readers on since 1972 (see The Tar-Aiym Krang to start all over again). --Regina Schroeder

More About the Author

Alan Dean Foster's work to date includes excursions into hard science-fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He has also written numerous non-fiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as having produced the novel versions of many films, including such well-known productions as "Star Wars", the first three "Alien" films, "Alien Nation", and "The Chronicles of Riddick". Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first "Star Trek" movie. His novel "Shadowkeep" was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia. His novel "Cyber Way" won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first work of science-fiction ever to do so.

Foster's sometimes humorous, occasionally poignant, but always entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major SF magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "Best of the Year" compendiums. His published oeuvre includes more than 100 books.


Customer Reviews

Much of the book is endless banter irrelevant to forwarding the plot.
David Randall
I think ADF did a great job tying up the loose ends that are scattered throughout the adventures.
Amazon Customer
Yep, I enjoyed reading this book from start to finish, and am very glad that I did.
Kurt A. Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Stepp on August 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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I too have read Flinx since the beginning. Those early books were what addicted me to the series. In the last few years Foster seems to have just lost sight of what made the series special to me, and from reading other review, special to many other fans.

This book could have easily dropped the whole first half, when I saw the Null arc reappear I groaned, muttering, "not again. Geesh, just drop them."

They added nothing to the overall series and are rather flat as villains. I just wanted to get on with the cool stuff, Tar-Aym weapons platform, Tse Mallory and Tru, stuff like that. Even Syl seems to drag the book into less than satisfying directions.

Overall I wish we could have notched the whole thing down a few steps from "Flinx has to save the whole universe" to "Flinx goes places and sees and does truly amazing things."

I also feel rather sad for the people in the Universe they lured the EVIL BLOB into. Wonder if that is how it got into OUR universe?

I wonder if I am just haded with all the extra years of reading SciFi since Tar-Aym Krang came out, and all the new science we know now. Perhaps people today just can't get the same thrill out of books like Splinter of the Minds Eye, one of my all-time favorites.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Travis Cobbs on May 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I had a hard time deciding between 3 and 4 stars here, because I really did enjoy the book, and it's the first Flinx book in a LONG time with a truly satisfying ending. But ultimately, there were too many niggling problems for me to go with 4 stars.

SPOILERS below.

First of all, the good things. It was incredibly refreshing that he finally stopped waffling about Clarity. The overall storyline/plot was good, and had plenty of the wonder and awe that ADF started things out with in The Tar-Aiym Krang. As mentioned above, the ending was truly satisfying (at least to me).

And now, the not-so-good things.

First and foremost, the first half of the book was completely unrelated to the rest, and everything gained there was ignored thereafter. It didn't have to be that way. The amazing result he achieved COULD have been incorporated into the rest of the story, but it wasn't. The first part could literally have been a separate volume, and while people would have complained about ADF ignoring the big story for yet another book, it wouldn't have stood out as being any worse than other recent Flinx installments (although perhaps a bit short; I can't remember where that part ended as far as page number).

Secondly, there were some gratuitous bits that added nothing to the storyline. WHY wasn't the bomb scene cut out during editing? WHAT did it add to the story?

Thirdly, it's starting to get old the number of times Flinx finally makes his mind up to do something after lots of waffling, only to be IMMEDIATELY thwarted by unexpected outside events. (This led to the entire first half of the book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott P. Weiner on June 5, 2009
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I've been reading this series for a VERY long time and when I read each book I find myself getting impatient for it to move along.

This book spent the first half on something that had no bearing whatsoever to the conclusion of the series.

I'm afraid that ADF just throws filler into these books because he doesnt know what else to do with the character.

Please let this be the last book. ADF is an excellent writer but lets start on something that has more meat and less fluff.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Randall on September 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wretchedly written. Initial set-piece on Aann homeworld has nothing to do with the remainder of the book. Order of Null are incompetent villains, hence provide no drama. Much of the book is endless banter irrelevant to forwarding the plot. Doesn't even get to the main plot until the last the last third of the book, and that is basically "Flinx sticks his head into a variety of old machines until he saves the galaxy. The End." Tying up every single plot point in the series is grotesquely dull.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ReadsALot on May 21, 2009
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I thought that this was a nice conclusion to the series. It was fast paced and did a fairly good job of pulling things together. I was, however, disappointed in the explanations of how the "three" were pulled into the resolution. It seemed to me that Mr. Foster (or perhaps the editor??) wanted to streamline the book a bit and pulled out the detailed explanations of the relationship between the "three" ... I didn't feel as if the "why" of each was fully explored. In spite of that, I enjoyed this book. I very much enjoyed Flinx's time on Aann and the very ending. I was chuckling as I closed the book. So .. well done Mr. Foster! Thanks for the adventure - I wouldn't have missed it.
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