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Title:Orphan Star
Authors:Alan Dean Foster
Info:New English Library Ltd (1983), Paperback, 208 pages
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In this, chronologically the 3rd story featuring Pip and Flinx, our young red-headed vagabond, accompanied by his tenacious and deadly mini dragon, sets out in a journey to discover his roots. Pip, unsure of his parental origins, seeks to discover who and where his real parents are. His official full name is Philip Lynx but it is really his adopted name. He was raised by Mother Mastiff as described in For Love of Mother-Not and is not really sure of his origins. He travels from place to place, in pursuit of the belligerent Conda Challis who wants to use Flinx's psi powers to unwrap the mystery of some rare and expensive crystals that have a hidden secret. These crystals affect the behaviour of anyone who possesses them, and Challis wants to exploit these properties without being affected himself. Also Flinx travels to Earth in the hope of finding information about his history in the records there. He then travels to a planet held under special Edict, and discovers strange bear like natives that have been partially domesticated by a bitter and twisted woman, using them to serve her corrupted ends. Flinx is caught up in the middle of all this political wrangling and brings his own solution to the situation. This is another engaging story by Foster, with less technical blabber than The Tar Aiym Krang and is thus more accessible. It makes for a fun and captivating read. ( )
  sf_addict | Mar 26, 2014 |
The continuing adventures of Pip and Flinx. I liked the addition of Skua September, one of my favorite recurring characters from the early Commonwealth novels. Nothing fancy or complicated here, just good alien planet adventures. ( )
  Karlstar | Dec 5, 2009 |
See For Love of Mother-Not. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 22, 2008 |
Pip continues his search for information on his parents. In this adventure he is given a job which leads to clues about his mother. Flinx gets to kill bad people and Pip uses his extra powers to search for the truth no matter how ugly it may be.

This Pip and Flinx book was much easier to stick with than others I have read. Usually I start the books over and over until suddenly it catches.
  sara_k | Oct 6, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345324498, Mass Market Paperback)

One man in the Universe holds the key to the mystery of Flinx’s past–and that man is trying to kill him!

It is a strange childhood for a kid, to be adopted by the restless Mother Mastiff and raised in the bustling marketplace of Drallar. Flinx never knew the mom and dad who abandoned him years ago. In fact, his birth has always been shrouded in mystery. But Flinx eventually discovers that his unknown parents have left him a curious legacy–extraordinary mental powers that are both a marvelous gift and a dreaded curse.

This double-edged legacy will lead Flinx, along with his loyal protector, the mini-dragon Pip, on a harrowing journey in search of the truth . . . about who he is and where he comes from. It is a daring adventure that brings him to another world–and into the clutches of one of the most evil and powerful men in the galaxy. . . .

Orphan Star is the newest addition to the Del Rey Imagine program, which offers the best in fantasy and science fiction for readers twelve and up.



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