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He was just a freckle-faced, redheaded kid with green eyes and a strangely campelling stare when Mather Mastiff first saw him an the auctioneer's block. One hundred credits and he was hers.

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.

About the Author

ALAN DEAN FOSTER has written in a variety of genres, in¬cluding hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm, as well as novelizations of several films including Star Wars, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from an early-twentieth-century miners’ brothel. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Adventures of Pip & Flinx
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345346890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345346896
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

This should be the first book to be read in the Flinx/Pip series.
David Randall
Got my husband and sons (10 &11) to read and they agree you should read these books.
supergreen
I would recommend the Pip and Flinx books to any classic sci-fi fans.
Chandra Harwood

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Adam Missner on September 29, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For Love Of Mother-Not is Flinx's first adventure (chronologically in Flinx's life). Foster goes back in time to Flinx's adoption by Mother Mastiff, his discovery of Pip, the explaination for the source of Flinx's Talent (a shadowy group of scientists monkeying around with human genes to create a "super-human"). As far as Flinx adventures go, this one is right on target. Mother-Not is also a useful history for those wanting to read the entire Flinx series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on August 17, 2003
Format: Unbound
I re-owned this book as a consequence of having to clean all my books out of my father's house and found myself again in possession of all the books I had hoarded as a pre-teen and teenager. I remembered liking this series a great deal and decided to see how it stood the test of time.

Surprisingly well, is the answer. Although _The Tar-Aiym Krang_ remains my favorite in the series, FLOMN is a nice portrait of the hero as a young boy. Particularly well-done is the way that he bonds with Pip and Mother Mastiff. More character than adventure, but that is not such a bad thing.

I will be holding on to this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By General Pete VINE VOICE on April 12, 2003
Format: Unbound
I just love about 95% of books by this author. I finally decided to see if I could find the first book in probably his most popular series.
Mother Mastif didn't know what stopped her on the way to her shop and drew her to a slave auction. Quite without meaning to she buys a boy named Flix who has some..rather interesting abilities. Then things get really interesting as the book goes on.
My impression what I love most about this series, (other then the action and humor that drip from every page) are the names of the charecters.
With names like Mother Mastif
Flix
Pip
My personal favorite an ex-solider named Makes Peace you know that you are in for a treat.
I know that this sounds quiche but this not typical science fiction. I don't give just any old science fiction a 5 star review it has to be really really good. But to Quote Lavar Buurton "Don't just take my word for it". Go out and get yourself a copy of this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first in the Pip series and in my opinion, the best. I'm very glad it's been re-released for another generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on December 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I pick this book up every few years and get caught up in it again and then have to follow through with the rest of the books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Van Gastel on June 22, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"For Love of Mother-Not" is the 1st adventure of Pip and Flinx in the Humanx universe. Alan Dean Foster goes back in time to tell the story of how Mother Mastiff and Flinx met, and also how Flinx first encounters his mini-dragon, Pip. We also get to see the emergence of Flinx's "Talent". The book takes place on Moth, the homeworld of Flinx and Mother Mastiff. Most of the story is about Flinx and Pip chasing down some shadowy characters who have kidnapped Mother Mastiff. We get to visualize some different areas of Moth, and some of the local wildlife. The book was an enjoyable and easy read. Onto the next adventure of Pip and Flinx.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ceilthegreat on June 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Love this book, best in the series. The other books vary from very good (Mid-Flinx, The Tar-Aiym Krang) to not-so-great (Reunion-what was he thinking?) but this is the only one I keep coming back to. Delightful.
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This is the first of the Pip and Flinx stories. Pip is an Alaspinian mini-dragon. Flinx is an orphan with interesting talents. Flinx is the unwitting target of both law enforcement and an underground outlaw group. Avoiding entrapment by either group is the gist of the story.

I have enjoyed the Pip and Flinx stories over the years and have carefully kept them for my grandson. I was delighted to find this first volume to set the scene for the later books.

Flinx and Pip have a relationship that is beyond the boy and his pet type. They are interdependent, more so than Flinx realizes. The story is the beginning of a coming of age saga. It is classic, old school scifi and I really liked it.

I recommend the book.
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