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Mid-Flinx (Adventures of Pip & Flinx) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Dean Foster
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Book Description

Where Flinx and his flying minidrag Pip went, trouble always followed--that law had governed their lives through years of unsought danger and galactic intrigue. Now an evil rich man was out to kidnap the minidrag for his personal zoo, and Flinx and Pip were on the run again--this time into uncharted space, on a random course they hoped would foil their pursuers.
They found more than they bargained for when they landed on Midworld, a verdant planet covered by an immense jungle, hosting an incredible variety of plant and animal life--all of it unknown and all of it deadly. And now they were in real trouble. Their hiding place was in danger of discovery, and their only hope lay with this bizarre and untamed planet . . . if it didn't kill them first!

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The delightful characters and arcane world-building in Foster's latest Flinx novel (Flinx in Flux, etc.) should thrill the author's fans. While Foster's plotting lacks subtlety?most readers will be a step or three ahead of the characters?the ever more improbable predicaments in which interstellar adventurer Philip Flinx and his pet minidragon, Pip, find themselves prove invariably engaging. Events become especially strange when Flinx, fleeing a shady businessman who insists on buying Pip, explores an unnamed jungle world, quickly discovering that the planet's ecology is intensely interdependent. The few humans who long ago emigrated there survive by their wits and through the aid of the fascinating furcots, whose symbiotic relationship with the humans is, unfortunately, more pondered than explained. The planet and its various indigenous defenses prove useful to Flinx as he, Pip and several locals are pursued not only by the ruthless businessman but also by factions from previous books in the series, such as the ruthless AAnn. While the main cosmological discussion here?involving the possibility of a physical manifestation of evil?seems to exist mainly to set up a sequel, the joie de vivre with which Foster approaches each of Flinx's quandaries results in a robust space adventure.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The spawn of sophisticated alien bioengineering experiments, Foster's series hero Philip Lynx--Flinx for short--is 20 in his seventh adventure, and his empathic abilities and poison-spitting pet snake, Pip, continue to land him in trouble. Touring the planet Samstead, Flinx crosses paths with a bullying aristocrat who insists on acquiring Pip for his menagerie. Using his own precocious wits as well as Pip's deadly fighting prowess, Flinx narrowly escapes to the safety of his orbiting spaceship and flees into uncharted space. He makes a haphazard landing on an unknown world almost completely enveloped by luxuriant rain forest and forges a bond there with the human descendants of a lost expedition. He adapts to the marvels of his new environment until his persistent enemy catches up with him. The prodigiously productive Foster has honed his narrative style until it is so consistently absorbing that newcomers to the Flinx saga will search out earlier installments, and both they and seasoned fans will be gratified by Foster's hints of more to come. Carl Hays

Product Details

  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345406443
  • Publisher: Del Rey (March 5, 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with a carniverous planet August 19, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This 1996 entry in the popular science fiction "Flinx" series is non-stop action space-adventure from first page to last. Flinx, the product of illegal genetic experiments, who grew up an orphan on the streets, has the useful but stressful and uncontrollable ability to read emotions in those around him.

As the story opens, Flinx, 20 and the owner of an interstellar space craft with a unique drive, is at loose ends, looking for peace and quiet on a backwater world. But the local bully takes a shine to Flinx's longtime companion, an empathic and poisonous flying snake, or minidrag, and insists on buying it.

When the situation becomes life-threatening, Flinx and his snake, Pip, flee the planet, instructing the space ship to fly into random uncharted space. The ship takes them to a supposedly undiscovered planet, covered with jungle a mile thick. Flinx exits his lander - and is nearly killed by a huge, transparent flying creature.

But something draws him on to explore this lush and beautiful world where the flowers have hidden teeth and even the water may reach up and grab you. For the first time in years, his headaches are gone. Risking death with every cautious step, he is finally rescued from a most ingenious botanical predator by a band of humans - descendants of a lost colony ship long forgotten.

These humans have companions, not pets, but apparently native creatures whose lives are bound inextricably (unto death) with their particular human. And they and the humans have some sort of peculiar empathic relationship with the planet.

Meanwhile, Flinx's enemies are hot on his trail -- no sooner is one set apparently neutralized than another appears.

Foster has a lot of fun with the creation of this life-teeming world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars For ADF Fans February 6, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is another novel from Foster's Humanx Commonwealth universe. Here, his series hero Flinx smashes headlong into Midworld, a strange super-green plant-dominated world that was the subject of a previous standalone non-Flinx novel. (One thing that ADF excels at is creating cool worlds with fully realized environments and deadly flora and fauna, such as in Cachalot and Sentenced To Prism.)
On account of evil scientists having messed with his fetal DNA or something, Flinx is this young guy that has a few mind powers rattling inside his skull. So he's got this empathic ability plus a few other latent talents. Also his best friend is a non-sentient Alaspinian mini-drag, basically an extremely venomous flying snake with its own low-grade empathy skill. In any case, a rich psychotic merchant on a backwater colony world sees Pip the mini-drag and demands to buy her, but Flinx refuses to sell, and then has to flee when the merchant goes all postal. Luckily, Flinx has this rockin' spaceship that he acquired in an earlier novel from some super-aliens, so he zooms off in a random direction and ends up on Midworld, a planet which is not on any Commonwealth charts and which is the home to a small long-lost now-adapted group of human settlers.
There, a wandering Flinx meets a trio of the neo-natives and agrees to help them, since an accident has separated them from their Home Tree and they need assistance in getting back. But then the monomanical merchant catches up, because no one can say no to him.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars where's the next one? July 29, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love all of foster's pip-and-flinx book's and am waiting fro the next. There are still a lot of unanswered questions fro all of his books that I wish he qwould answer. If anyone has heardf of qa new Flinx book please tell me???
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flinx in holding pattern November 15, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A good read but after raising many fascinating questions about Flinx and his universe in the preceding books, ADF proceeds to answer absolutely none of them in this book. I love Flinx and Pip, I will read anything he chooses to write about them, but I was disappointed by this book. It mainly functions for me as a promisory note, that Mr. Foster is still thinking about Flinx, and intends to continue writing about him as a character. Worth reading if you love Flinx, but it's just not quite up to the standards of the others because it's running in place.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flinx finds new friends and saves them as they save him November 10, 2001
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Flinx ends up in Midworld after fleeing a planet being chased by a local merchant/crazy who for some reason feels he must possess Pip. As usual, Flinx finds new friends and saves them as they save him. The Midworld flora and fauna were very interesting, however, the whole story was a little thin. Basically, Flinx ponders the reality of the great evil he has learned of, while admiring the beauty of this new planet. Obviously, Mid-Flinx is merely a placeholder while Foster ponders how to wrap up his big idea about the nature of evil. Also, this is the last Flinx book to it doesn't look like we'll find out the answer for a while.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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In a sequel of the Flinx and Commonwealth books, we find Flinx and Pip fleeing from a would-be kidnapper and landing on the jungle planet of Midworld. This book came as rather a disappointment to followers of the Flinx saga as hinted in chronology set forth in "Flinx in Flux". Not only do we not find out Flinx's "purpose" but this seems to be a rehash of "Midworld". As a rabid Foster fan, I really wanted this to be a continuation, rather than a sidestep in this series. But it still holds all the good qualities of Foster's works and should be included in your ADF library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like Sci Fi with interesting characters you love to grow with this is the series for you.
Published 56 minutes ago by Elizabeth Cornman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great tie up and lead on.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Enters Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars thumbs up
Great story
Published 1 month ago by RL W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-Flinx
Love the Author, his books never disappoint from beginning to end. Makes you want to read the next book in the story line.
Published 2 months ago by patricia pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Low on the food chain
I loved this book. ADF took Pip and Flinx and set them on a planet that, although beautiful, almost every form of life is carnivorous. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the next books in the series
Good read, very awesome book, can't wait to very to this next book, so many questions unanswered, loving every book so far.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I would recommend the Pip and Flinx books to any classic sci-fi fans. I would further recommend anything by Alan Dean Foster. He's one of my favorite authors.
Published 10 months ago by Chandra Harwood
5.0 out of 5 stars MID-FLINX
Published 16 months ago by Lester R. Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alien Planets are Foster's Speciality.
My favorite of the Pip and Flinx series.
Foster is a master of creating alien life and ecologies, and Midworld is
his masterpiece. Read more
Published on August 18, 2012 by Doug Dandridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read
I loved this book because it was such a different adventure for Flinx. I won't bore anyone with a plot summary because other reviewers will supply that kind of thing. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Jwb52z
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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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