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The whimsical adventures of sometime thief and con artist Flinx and his empathetic pet minidrag, Pip, are winding to a close in this penultimate installment (after 2006's Trouble Magnet) of their 35-year-old series. When not helping Bran Tse-Mallory and the Eint Truzenzuzex save the galaxy, Flinx has spent much of his life wondering about the identity of his father. Now he's traced his origins to the planet Gestalt, thanks to the dying words of a survivor from the Merliorare Society, a renegade eugenicist group. As if the native dangers of Gestalt weren't enough, Flinx is also being hunted by an assassin hired by the mysterious Order of Null. Flinx and Pip will have to survive ambushes, accidents and a deadly feud between rival groups of philosophers before they eventually find the information Flinx is after. Their breakneck journey will entertain the duo's many fans. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including 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 and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films including Transformers, 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. He is currently at work on several new novels and media projects.

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  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 30, 2007)
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W964UO
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Floored on October 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Supposedly this is the penultimate Pip and Flinx novel. Alan Dean Foster is presumably winding up for some sort of grand finish that will hopefully leave all of the fans who've stuck with the series through the years, satisfied. Based on this novel, frankly I doubt it will happen, but I am willing to plug on and let myself be surprised.

Over the last few years Pip and Flinx have become, well... mechanical. There seems to be a formula to writing one of these novels and Foster doesn't seem to bother trying to break it. In each novel recently there is the "New World" with "A New Species of Alien" there is the "Evil man / Bounty Hunter / Criminal Mastermind" who is out to get Flinx, and there are a number of highly formulaic action sequences. This book has all of these things. If you were expecting a return to the quality of earlier Pip & Flinx novels you will be disappointed. If you were expecting the book to greatly advance the plot you will be disappointed.

However I did notice one interesting difference between this novel and past Foster novels. In no other book have I ever seen Foster kill off so many secondary characters i.e. people who befriend Flinx. I wonder if Foster is preparing himself for his next book? If so he might be better served trying to retrieve the joy he must have once had in writing a good book. The final Pip & Flinx book should be a labor of love, not just a job that he spends a couple hours a day on and doesn't really give a damned about.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W Jordin on May 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Patrimony (2007) is the thirteenth SF novel in the Flinx series, following Trouble Magnet. In the previous volume, Flinx lands on Viseria and intervenes in a conflict between street kids and an Underhouse master. In the resulting fight, he meets a dying man who claims to be the last member of the Meliorare Society who hasn't been mindwiped. He also states that he knows Flinx's father and mentions the planet Gestalt.

In this novel, Flinx and Pip arrive at Gestalt on the Teacher. The ship control and shuttling landing procedures are very informal. Then Flinx encounters a dangerous animal on the landing field, but is rescued by an administrator with a big gun.

Gestalt is not much like any other planet of his experience. Although the humans are living among the Tlel, their relationships are quite casual and mostly friendly. However, some Tlel have philosophical differences with each other that can also endanger humans.

Although his first inquiries are fruitless, Flinx begins to look for local humans that match the Meliorare Society profile. He has a few false leads, but finally identifies one person who might be his father. He arranges for a flitter and a native guide.

In this story, a local personage of quite evil disposition discovers that an offworld visitor matches a wanted notice from the Order of Null. Norvin Halvorsen starts tracing Flinx, but is always a step behind his quarry. Finally, Halvorsen is forced to use other means of tracking his prey.

Halvorsen attacks the flitter containing Flinx, Pip and Bleshmaa, the native guide. Flinx manages to damage Halvorsen's flitter and cause it to return to base.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Erik Nakor on November 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Alan Dean Foster has taken the MacGuffin technique to an extreme level. For approximately three decades spanning 13 novels we have been teased with the MacGuffin i.e. Flinx's father's identity. It is only important to Flinx and does nothing for the individual stories in each novel or the overall fight against the great evil. Now that we FINAlLY have resolved this MacGuffin we can move on to the main order of business viz. looking for the Tar Aim Krang and figuring out a way to combat the galaxy destroying great evil.This book does not compare with the quality of earlier novels such as BloodHype or the End of Matter, seems more like a repeat of mediocre novels like Running from the Deity or Trouble Magnet. Most likely it could have been a couple of introductory chapters of Flinx Transcendent. I have been a fan of the Flinx saga spanning decades but my patience is running short. No more forays into different derivates of the Midworld story, we need to get on with the main plot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Krueger on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been a reader of all the Flinx series books and I must say this one is disappointing. While the question of Flinx's father is finally answered, there was not really any Flinx & Pip action to speak of. The book is mostly filler and bad filler at that. This is really a short story that was stuffed to make it novel size.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keith Blodgett VINE VOICE on February 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Another in the line of Flinx books that tells us little and takes us nowhere. This is beginning to feel like a really bad video game in which you are forced to accept numerous annoying side-quests to pass a single door and get on with the story...


Flinx has something to do, we've know that for a LONG time. How about we get on with it already? These last few books feel thrown together more to keep people reading and money flowing than any urge to expand the story. We resolve some of Flinx's parentage which was something but hardly enough to justify what's really just a large novella.

Here's to hoping the next book goes SOMEWHERE. Because if it doesn't it will be the last Flinx story I read...
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