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  • Unbound
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0345454553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345454553
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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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.


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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By General Pete VINE VOICE on April 12, 2003
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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 VINE 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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2 of 2 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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Format: Kindle Edition
I recently was given a kindle by my wife and have come to love the opportunities of reading it provides me.
Having always been an avid reader the possibilities for fresh material is endless.
This book however was a return to my childhood.
I remember our town where I grew up having a small library where I would take refuge many a day.
Cool in the summer and warm in the winter along with the many books it created a world where a young boy such as myself could experience the adventures of lifetimes.
I started out reading mysteries and having soon exhausted our small supply was searching the library for new material to fill my imagination.
The librarian Mrs Thorn who had grown accustomed to my daily presence and after a stern warning on how books were to be treated often helped me find new ones.
She always had the latest mystery that arrived to the library waiting to show me and would smile at my excitement.
One day seeing me roving she asked if I had read anything from science fiction?
When I replied to the negative she took me to that section and a whole new world was opened.
I remember finding this book that day and while it was the cover art that attracted me I opened the book I never turned back.
A special boy, other worlds, adventure AND mystery.
It was magical.
Flinx and Pip through the imagination of Mr Foster opened a new chapter in my life. (pardon the pun)
This story had such a way of unfolding and the characters developing that every page keeps you waiting for the next.
Back then it was so hard to get that next book I would be waiting impatiently it seemed like forever.
Now I return to these stories and find them timeless and can gather them together to unfold before me seamlessly.
If you haven't read this and the books to follow I ask "What are you waiting for?"
You shall not be disappointed.
It is with great pleasure I recommend it to you.
Michael Collins
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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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Format: Kindle Edition
I remember picking up this series when I was a kid. I've always been a fan of Alan Dean Foster, and I credit him with my love of sci-fi and fantasy today. The Spellsinger series was how i got my feet wet (I think, that was 30+ years ago!) but the Humanx commonwealth and Flinx series were also part of that love.

I got it as a nostalgia trip, and while it doesn't hold quite the same level of interest for me now (blame my jaded tastes as I grew up) I still enjoyed it and will continue reading the series.

This is Flinx and his friend/pet Pip's introduction. Quite a lot of back story, and while Flinx seems a bit 2D here, he's a 16 year old boy, so expecting a depth of personality may be a BIT much. He reacts much the way you'd expect a lad of that age to act in such circumstances.

A fast paced and (mostly) well written piece, this is a good quick read and a lead into the larger Flinx books.
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