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Patrimony: A Pip & Flinx Adventure (Adventures of Pip & Flinx) Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2008
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
GET ON WITH THE STORY Mr. Foster!
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Foster is a great writer and this book is part of a series that is really outstanding. I love the 'aliens' he comes up with that are a lot more possible and realistic that most SF... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue
This is a great story and I have enjoyed all of them so far.Published 5 months ago by Morgan J. Hall
I love this series, puerile though it is. Mr. Fosters imagery really suits my sensibilities. I find his writing holds up over time. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lee Findley
Another great A.D. Foster book in the Flinx & Pip series. I have been reading this series since it began, maybe 20 or so years ago. Read morePublished 11 months ago by John J. Baglione
I have liked the adventures so much that I thought I would introduce my grandchildren to this series. I was very disappointed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Delores Gomez