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Reunion: A Pip and Flinx novel (Adventures of Pip & Flinx) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2002
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Flinx is on earth to hunt down classified information about the Meliorare Society, the sect of renegade eugenicists responsible for his telepathic gifts. To get into a top-secret installation, he uses his powers to charm one of the key security people so he can gain access to their AI program. However, the file with the information he's looking for has been taken, and he barely escapes.
In an effort to hunt down the file, Flinx and Pip end up on a dangerous trek across the galaxy into the heart of AAnn space. When their shuttle crashes on a desert planet, Flinx and the minidrag soon find themselves up against native dangers and a nest of reptilian AAnn soldiers. But that's only the beginning for Flinx, because before it's over he will discover an ancient mystery and face an old foe who may turn out to be his most dangerous enemy yet.
Reunion is the eighth novel in the series and it is less a complete book than a continuation of the story. It's clear that Foster has bigger things in mind for Flinx and Pip. The novel is a page-turner, with lots of action to keep things moving. Fans of the series will find revelations in the book that make Reunion a must-read. However, those new to the series will wonder why they would want to read about a hero who seems, at best, morally questionable based on his first actions in Reunion. A bigger problem still is that the entire book seems to be just a teaser for the ninth novel, and if it takes another five years to arrive, that's a long tease. --Kathie Huddleston --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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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But as much as I enjoyed reading it, I can't help but think that it is just what it says it is, "another Flinx novel." I have to wonder, after all the soul-shattering revelations and grim destinies that ADF keeps subjecting his hero to, if he actually intends to resolve the series! If we have to keep waiting five years between Flinx books, it may be several decades before, as it is stated so succinctly on the author's web site, "Flinx turns fifty, the reality and ultimate threat emerging from the Great Emptiness makes itself known to the civilizations of the galaxy, and the Final Confrontation commences." To put it bluntly, the tone of Reunion falls flat for me. Maybe it's partly the fact that Flinx persists in being so obstinate about retaining his independence from authority, so adamant about being independent. In his persistent mission of self-discovery, he is so obsessed with the plain facts of his life that he completely ignores the subtler but more profound clues that the universe keeps throwing into his life. After a while, it becomes hard for me to empathize.Read more ›
Unfortunately, this particular novel seems more like a filler. It reads more like the first couple of chapters of one of the better books in the series. You are waiting for the real focus of the story to emerge, then suddenly find yourself with only twenty pages left in the book to read. Worse yet, you discover that instead of the characteristic inventiveness of other books in the series, you are treated to some particularly non-inventive (though larger in scale) elements in this storyline.
At the end you are left wondering what happened to the rest of the book, and why Foster seemed to have cut short the story and constructed a rather quick ending that left it feeling unresolved. Perhaps he had another more interesting project on the line and had to wrap this one up right away.
In any case, the book is fun and readable, and taken as an interim transition to a more interesting forthcoming story sometime in the future (hopefully), it's not bad. If you're a fan of the series you're sure to like it, though you'll definitely be left a little unsatisfied.
The setup of the book is such that the meeting with Mahnahmi is apparently supposed to be a surprise, but only to those who haven't read the editorial reviews above. Frankly, I would have preferred that Flinx come face-to-face with her much earlier in the book. As it is, the first half of the book is fairly dull. Foster seems to have found a new thesaurus, judging from the number of dubious adjectives that sprinkle the pages, but that doesn't make the action any more interesting. MID-FLINX did a much better job describing camouflaged dangers on an unknown world, and had more of a plot to boot.
REUNION is surprisingly lacking in interesting characters; the few humans who appear are mere plot devices, lacking any meaningful contribution to the story. The cynical and ambitious AAnn, when they appear in the narrative, are far more plausible than the humans.
The rush of action at the end of the book hints that more sequels are upcoming. Presumably this novel was intended to prepare readers for those future adventures. I would recommend that avid followers of the series read this book; first-time browsers should instead start with an earlier, worthier selection like THE TAR-AIYM KRANG.
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This book is unnecessarily wordy until the last 80 pages. It is also another egregious example of Alan Dean Foster's failure to avoid contradictions of extreme importance. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GerryR
This author is so great, everyone young at heart will enjoy all his books. I have been reading syfi for years and he has always been right on in the style of his stories.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
For those of you that don't know Alan Dean Foster is the one that wrote the first 3 star wars movies but was nice enough to give Lucas the credit because he used his idea's he also... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Slip
If you like Sci Fi with interesting characters you love to grow with this is the series for you.Published 17 months ago by Elizabeth Cornman
Since it was next in the series, I had to read Reunion to see how the story progressed. Unfortunately, after I finished it I was still waiting for the story to progress. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Tony