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The End of the Matter by Alan Dean Foster
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In this 4th Pip and Flinx novel our young telepath and his pernicious pet seek out Flinx's father. Also they hear of the discovery of a rogue black hole that threatens a sector of space. Flinx journeys to Alaspin which is the home of Pip who goes off on a sabbatical for a while... This time Flinx is joined by a strange blue alien called Ab who seems to speak gibberish yet may hold a clue to stopping the rogue star. If he can be understood. While on Alaspin Flinx encounters a large friendly giant and his female companion. This giant is none other than Skua September, one of the main characters in the Icerigger trilogy of books! He also bumps into Truzenzuzex and Bran Tse-Mallory, first seen in The Tar Aiym Krang, Foster's first novel! Another fun romp across space.

Foster never fails to deliver! ( )
  sf_addict | Mar 26, 2014 |
An enjoyable read with some engaging characters, but it was a bit dated by its dealing with "collapsars" (black holes), plus I felt it was way too blasé in how it dealt with the many people who were killed in the story. ( )
  NogDog | Aug 15, 2011 |
Judging from the title, maybe this was intended to be the last of the Flinx and Pip (his mini dragon) books. Flinx goes to Pip's homeworld, trying to find about his past from the mysterious Skua September, while trying to stay alive, somewhat Han Solo fashion, always avoiding the law and bounty hunters. Good sci fi in a Star Wars type setting. ( )
  Karlstar | Dec 5, 2009 |
See For Love of Mother-Not. ( )
  TadAD | Jun 22, 2008 |
Enjoyable for the reunion with Bran-Tse Mallory and Truzenzuzex, the archaeology setting, and the character of Ab (who fooled me on first time reading at age of 16!) ( )
  wfzimmerman | May 2, 2007 |
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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!

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Take a God-sized bottle of hundred-proof night, spill it across a couple of dozen light-years, and you have the phenomenon humanxkind called the Velvet Dam. A dark nebula so dense that no near star was powerful enough to excite it to glow, the Dam drew an impenetrable curtain across a vast portion of the stage of space. No sun shone through it to the inhabited region known as the Humanx Commonwealth. No broadcasts, transmissions, or birthday greetings could be sent from beyond the vast ebony wall.… (more)

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