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The End of the Matter (Adventures of Pip & Flinx Book 5) Kindle Edition

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Accompanied by his faithful minidrag Pip and a most troublesome alien called Abalamahalamatandra -- Ab for short -- Flinx set out for Alaspin, the ruggedly primitive homeworld of his flying snake.

There he hoped to find the giant man with the gold earring who somehow held the key to Flinx's mysterious past and to the strange powers he possessed. Chasing down his heritage was trouble enough, but Flinx didn't know what real trouble was until he realized that the Qwarm -- a deadly assassin squad -- were three steps behind him with a contract to kill.

But the minidrag's homeworld did not offer safety and Flinx had a terrible time just staying alive ... a matter complicated to no mean degree by a collapsar already set on an unstoppable death course across the galaxy!

About the Author

ALAN DEAN FOSTER has written in a variety of genres, in¬cluding 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, as well as novelizations of several films including 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.

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  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (March 26, 2002)
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2002
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBFOJG
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adam Missner on September 25, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The End Of The Matter picks up just after where Orphan Star leaves off. Flinx, now owner of a space ship, returns to Moth to continue his search for his lineage. After a few of those events that Flinx always finds himself in the middle of, he ends up with a new pet, a strange alien named Ab. Flinx, Ab and Pip then head off to another world in search of a man who bid on Flinx when he was a child slave. That man, Skua September (fresh from the Icerigger trilogy), saves Flinx just in time for his friend Tse-Mallory and Tru to show up in search of Ab (of all things, amazing coincidence). At any rate, it gets a little far-fetched as Ab eventually saves several populated planets from being sucked into a black hole (of sorts). Still, this is solid SciFi adventure and worth a read as part of the larger Flinx series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
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This book is in my favorite series of sci-fi stories. Flinx and Pip. As with the rest of the series it has a great story, with a good mix of Plot, Charicter developement, and technology. In this story, flinx finds out about his past... and why he cant find out more. to find out what he finds out, I would suggest reading the book- YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 1998
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Flinx meets Skua September (famous pirate/hero character from Foster's Icerigger series) and wind up in a fast paced adventure that puts them on a course of destruction. They wind up saving the galaxy after an incredible series of adventures! I loved it! My two favorite Foster characters in one adventure after another! What more could a Foster SF fan ask for!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Van Gastel on November 2, 2011
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"The End of The Matter" continues the adventures of Flinx and Pip after the novel "Orphan Star". Flinx returns to Moth with his new spaceship built by the Ulru-Ujurrians. He is continuing his mission of trying to find out who his parents are, or more specifically his father now. On Moth, Pip and Flinx save a strange alien, Abalamahalamatandra (Ab) from a couple of assassains, the Qwarm. Ab joins Pip and Flinx, as they head to Alaspin, the homeworld of Pip and his fellow minidrags'. Flinx has heard that the day he was sold to Mother Mastiff, there was a gentleman with a minidrag who had also bid on him. This lead is on the planet Alaspin. Once they land on Alaspin, they head into the jungle with two new companions they meet on the planet. Flinx, Pip, and Ab go from one adventure to the next as they encounter Skua September and his lady companion, and Truzenzuzex and Tse-Mallory from an earlier book. They eventually leave Alaspin to attempt to save 3 worlds from an encroaching collapsar.

This book is a great addition to the Flinx and Pip series by Alan Dean Foster. Foster builds on the backstory of Flinx in this novel, as we continue to learn more about Flinx and the persons who have influenced his young life. I also enjoyed the return of Tru and Tse in this book, and their interactions with Flinx and Sku. On to "Flinx and Flux".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jwb52z on December 16, 2011
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I love this series, so the only problem I had with this book is that I would prefer it had chapter demarcation so I can know I'm near the end of a chapter before I actually get there. The book itself was good. I'm reading the series in publication date order instead of "in book time" order, so to speak, so I've already read the "next" one chronologically in Flinx's life. I'm glad that after Love of Mother Not, it goes back into regular order for the rest of the series as the author stopped writing things out of order. I read them in publication date order because that's how they would have been read originally, so it's more of what I think of as an authentic experience. I would recommend this series to anyone if you like adventure or science fiction or both in a book. I still think it should be mandatory in a Kindle book that they have chapter demarcation at the bottom of the screen. Other people will do a more thorough job of plot details, so I feel like a simple endorsement is all that is really necessary at this point unless and until reviews are deleted at some point.
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By PCB on May 18, 2011
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But...don't you just love that "but"....not the best of Alan Dean Foster. My all time favorite of his is Sentence to Prism, I also loved Nor Crystal Tears. I have enjoyed most of the Flix and Pip series but eventually got tired of the constant search for Mom & Dad. Still, most of them stand on their own and are a good read. Perhaps I am too demanding of Mr. Foster, I know what he can do and am critical when he is not perfect.
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GREAT book!! I love the Pip and Flinx adventures!! While I enjoyed all his books Alan Dean Fosters's earlier Pip and Flinx stories were superior to and far better to many of his later Pip and Flinx books which seem to suffer from series it is - writing for the series rather than the book (simple story with no real resolution or meaning written to continue the series rather than the story). This book is one of his better stories.
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By M. Howard on November 27, 2013
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I've never read anything by ADF that I didn't like and the Flinx and Pip arc may be at the top of the list. This book also marks the return of Skua September from "Ice Rigger", a truly memorable character. Best to start with the "Tar-Ayim Krang and just keep devouring the books. If you haven't met Flinx and Pip, you are missing something enjoyable.
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