Flinx Transcendent

Flinx Transcendent From one of the most brilliant imaginations in science fiction comes Flinx Transcendent Alan Dean Foster s thrilling conclusion to the series that began over thirty five years ago the epic adventures

  • Title: Flinx Transcendent
  • Author: Alan Dean Foster
  • ISBN: 9780345496072
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From one of the most brilliant imaginations in science fiction comes Flinx Transcendent, Alan Dean Foster s thrilling conclusion to the series that began over thirty five years ago the epic adventures of Flinx and his flying minidrag companion, Pip Flinx is the only one with even the tiniest chance of stopping the evil colossus barreling in to destroy the Humanx CommonweaFrom one of the most brilliant imaginations in science fiction comes Flinx Transcendent, Alan Dean Foster s thrilling conclusion to the series that began over thirty five years ago the epic adventures of Flinx and his flying minidrag companion, Pip Flinx is the only one with even the tiniest chance of stopping the evil colossus barreling in to destroy the Humanx Commonwealth and everything else in the Milky Way With time running out, Flinx is a man in search of a solution and in search of himself His efforts take him to the land of his mortal enemies, the bloodthirsty AAnn, where chances are excellent that Flinx s discovery and summary execution will eliminate all his demons and doubts in one masterstroke The way Flinx is feeling, that might not be the worst imaginable end After years of searching for his father, he finally has and must bear the truth And now he must also seek out an ancient sentient weapons platform wandering around somewhere in the galaxy and then communicate with it, a powwow that could very well fry his already frazzled brain Then there are the oblivion craving assassins determined to stop Flinx before he can prevent total annihilation With a future that rosy, it s no surprise he s flirting with disaster Still, Flinx is no quitter, and he s got something else going for him an uncanny ability to improvise and triumph or at least survive in impossible situations He s certainly been through enough of them, and now he s going to need every ounce of that know how, because he s venturing to places where the laws of physics fear to tread, where no one s ever been, to do what no one s ever done, and where his deadliest enemy is so close it s invisible.

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    1. It's funny how this is supposed to be the end volume in the Pip and Flinx series but I started reading it with an ace up my sleeve. I got an ARC for the one that comes after. :)So I'm reading this awesome volume that goes ahead and wraps up all these huge BDO's and story threads, between his sister, the Aann, his favorite girl, and so much more, putting a huge bow on top and letting Flinx BATTLE IT OUT with the HUGE HUGE big-bad that's eating galaxies. Woah. I mean, it's not like we've not seen [...]

    2. So, finally, I've read the last of the Pip & Flinx sub-series of Alan Dean Foster's larger Humanx Commonwealth series (it's a bit like Terry Pratchett's Discworld series with its series within series). I first entered this wonderfully imagined world in my early teens (I'm currently forty) so it's been a while. Foster closes the book with the following dedication page (I suppose I better slap a spoiler over it) and it felt like he was talking to me:(view spoiler)[To the friends of Flinx and P [...]

    3. Author Alan Dean Foster brings a 35 year saga to an end with the final adventure of Pip and Flinx and does it in a tone of positivity, joy, and compassion that is, well, transcendent!If you like your science fiction serious; if you like your adventures arch, then Foster won't fill your need. Philip Lynx, Flinx for short, is a very serious young man with the weight of galactic civilization on his shoulders. He, somehow and someway, is the key to halting a parsecs-large, galaxy devouring nothingne [...]

    4. Finally, the last novelor is it? Many of the unanswered question thorough-out the series are answered in this book.And as usual, full of character, twist and turns and hope. I love Mr. Fosters writing, and this series especially. Will he save the galaxy? Will Clarity and Flinx finally get married? What about the Mother Mastiff? And yes, the answer to what happened to the scientist on Quofum. I can say one thing, I would not be surprised if another adventure pops up down the road, or is that wish [...]

    5. As far as deus ex machina endings go, this wasn't super egregious. All the same, thoughyou build up a potential solution for what? 6 books or so? THROW it away 85% of the way into the LAST book. Have the characters scramble for a brief, obscure reference made to a potential mystery back in book.what? 7? 8? And bring THAT back about 90% of the way into the final book to save the day with some mythical, reality bending tech that justyou plug into it, tell it to do this thing and it just completely [...]

    6. I was disappointed that after 5 or 6 books of nothing but wandering around, Foster didn't get right to looking at ways to defeat the evil nothingness. Sadly, the first 1/3 of the book is pointless soul searching (again). Flinx has just barely started thinking about a solution halfway through the novel and they start out on their journey 2/3 of the way through. Not much time to resolve things.One common plot device used that I hate is that of "the chosen one" -- the idea that one person and one p [...]

    7. This one gets three stars in my book, but only barely because it was closer to a 3 than a 2. I've read many of the Pip and Flinx books over the years and had a certain nostalgia, so when I saw this one I was interested to see how things would turn out for them. I'm not sure why Foster spent the first third of the book perhaps on the Aaahn home world when events there had little to nothing to do with the rest of the book. The characterization wasn't great fact, downright abysmal in regards to the [...]

    8. I first met Flinx and Pip when "his" paperback publishser did a special promotion at a local bookstore, giving free copies to anyone who bought other SF/Fantasy novelsIt's taken 35 years to let the poor boy finish saving himself, the Humanx Commonwealth, and finally, the entire Milky Way. I read these stories for the plot and a little (and a little can go a long way!) characterization--the author has insisted on giving us much more in the last few books but I have accepted it and trudged through [...]

    9. The book has a good story line but it's too long, and Flinx's girlfriend can be very annoying, a lot of time is wasted on redundant conversation by several poorly developed characters, it's a shame the author didn't do a better job, the story line has a lot of potential. I don't think I'll read any more Flinx books unless the author takes a break from writing them for several years, and they're half as long at most. Not recommended unless you're a die-hard Flinx fan.

    10. Great possible end to the Series.Only didn't read two of the series. This most recent wrapped them all up quite nicely. A pleasure to read and definitely space science fiction at its finest.

    11. I'm slogging through this long-delayed wrap-up of the Pip & Flinx adventures and not having that much fun, though there are moments, and it's fun seeing these long-running characters back in action. But Foster just recycles semi-mindless plot-elements, like he had leftover notes back from when the series was new and vital.Or so I dimly remember. Long time since I read one of these, and I think they were pretty lightweight even back in the day. I'll likely finish this one, but enough is enoug [...]

    12. I have read the Flinx series since Jr High. For Love of Mother Not was one of my first sci-fi books. I have a painting that my Mom painted of Pip when I was 4 years old. That being said, the last few Flinx books have been a complete dissappointment. To the point where I questioned why I still read them.And now I have an answer. This is what I was waiting for. The last few books have had Flinx wandering the galaxy looking for motivation to save it. He was lonely and a total downer. He had some ad [...]

    13. When one has been faithfully reading a series for thirty-five years and the final volume finally arrives, one's expectations are bound to be unrealistically high. (Such as King's DARK TOWER.) FLINX TRANSCENDENT is about twice as long as the other Pip & Flinx novels, but that's because it's more like two novels shoe-horned together than one longer narrative. Once the first-half concludes, the promised resolutions are finally addressed and satisfactorily wrapped-up. I don't believe that all of [...]

    14. Foster finally brings a series I started in the late 1970s to a satisfying close, and recaptures the thrilling huge concepts of ancient alien artifacts and unimaginable engineering feats and other gosh wow geeky cool stuff reported in the first few books of the series so many decades ago. Four stars only because I am so much older now and one can rarely go back to the days of youth when everything was new and wonderful. This volume comes very close however.

    15. Well, that was a satisfying end to the series. Flinx travels all over the galaxy, gets himself into untenable positions from which he has to extricate himself, and gets to save the universe. Along the way he makes new friends and spends time with old ones. Old enemies show their faces as well, and things are wrapped up quite nicely. The only real question is, once he's saved the universe, and now he knows about his parents, what is he going to do?

    16. The last book of the Flinx series. Flinx finally has to battle the horror he has been watching / dreaming of for so long. The books moves along well, and we get to see old friends, and some rivals also, as the climax appoaches. And then of course, is the big question, what will he do after he has dealt with the issues at hand?

    17. Last in a very drawn out series, it can be read alone, but you'll end up going back to the beginning to find all the past references. So glad to get a conclusion on this, but many of the previous Flinx books are hard to get a hold of. I loved the last line, but no one will laugh longer than the true Flinx fan.

    18. A good end to pleasant series. I was hooked despite of the total self-absorption of the main character. I guess, he was more of a typical man than he thought:) I am sorry for the adventures to have finished and to say good-buy to the many fun worlds.

    19. I had trouble getting through this bok. Although I enjoyed the early Pip & Flinx books I felt that the series dragged on much too long. I felt like I'd been there read that for much of the book.

    20. Like many concluding volumes to a series, Flinx runs into many old friends and enemies in this volume, and particularly the friends are nice to meet again. Although it has been years since I read some of the volumes in this series the hints (and at times not subtle hints) laid in previous books much earlier in the series cause admiration for the writer to have thought of the various points at the conception of the series or soon after. I do wonder if the author ever dreamed of having as many boo [...]

    21. Is this the end?Flinx re-energised in his quest to stop the Evil Darkness destroying the Universe connects with his love, Clarity and his close friends. Defying death and the Order of Null, they set off to contact the ancient alien weapons that might be able to do the job. Excellent wrap up of many loose ends. But Flinx's last words in the book are not only perfectly illustrative of his personality but give hope for further adventures. Lovely conclusion.

    22. I have been reading the adventures of Flinx and Pip for a long time. This latest and last book (supposedly) by Alan Dean Foster has some high notes. Flinx sojourns in the homeworld of the AAnn is interesting, but at teh same time its generally irrevelant to the plot. I think Foster wants to show what the AAnn homeworld is like so he uses Flinx for this purpose.He interweaves clues to the resolution of the great evil that is threatening the universe from several earlier books in his Commonwealth [...]

    23. About 35 years ago, Alan Dean Foster started the saga of Flinx, a young orphan living on the planet Moth with Mother Mastiff. This introduction took place in "For the Love of Mother-Not" and started the reader on a wild ride through multiple planets encountering diverse species including the insectoid Thranx and reptilian AAnn. Foster's fertile imagination peopled his worlds with disparate definitions of civilization, odd characteristics to the forms of speech used and made the reader stretch on [...]

    24. So far this is the weakest of Christine Warren's Others series that I have read. Ada Markham still can't quite accept that her best friends have all turned to or into Others and is feeling quite resentful in her loneliness. Fate conspires against her when she is attacked by a vampire and turned into one herself.Vladimir "Dima" Rurikovich is an elite member of the European Council of Vampires and is in America on a covert mission - to find an escaped vampire fugitive who is murdering humans wanto [...]

    25. Having finally reached the end of this trip, I'm not sure how satisfied I am with the ending. Granted, I just finished it and haven't taken any time to reflect on it, but for all the culmination of events leading up to this I feel as though it was a mostly predictable ending. I was really hoping for a whiz-bang woo-hoo tie in with all the different entities Flinx had an association. With the exception of Mahnahmi showing up (I'd actually forgotten all about her) I felt it was just what was expec [...]

    26. This ninth novel in the Pip & Flinx series is the last, bringing to a climax the overarching plotline of the whole shebang, the ultimate confrontation that will determine the fate of the characters and of our cluster of galaxies. While the language is at times overly flowery, overly pedantic, underly (well, it should be a word) conversational, the book holds up. And given the chore of winding up a series begun so long ago and involving so many civilizations, Foster has done an admirable job. [...]

    27. As one can tell by my reviews, I like series books which can stand on their own. I have read many of the books on and off through the years but it has been several years since I read one. It was sad to read that this was the end of the series but Flinx and Pip deserve the downtime. You get to revisit many of the worlds and characters for a fitting conclusion and one that leaves an opening to further adventures

    28. Wraps things up reasonably, but not really in any satisfactory way. Flinx doesn't grow. Clarity doesn't grow. There's nothing particularly interesting about the various plot machinations and SF-isms. All in all, this entire series of books beyond the original trilogy could have never been written and the world would not have been a poorer place. Really wish that Foster had had something interesting to say here, but such was not the case.

    29. The little story at the beginning about the AAnn is in some ways more interesting than the BIG SF story that contains it. In trying something no human has done before, Flinx discovers a lot about the Aann--almost his last discoveries! Then he moves on to even odder alien civilizations to try to save the universe; a fitting climax to a terrific SF series of over a dozen novels! (Some violence.)

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