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Title:The Tar-Aiym Krang
Authors:Alan Dean Foster
Info:Del Rey (1972), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 251 pages
Collections:Audio Book, Your library
Rating:*****
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The Tar-Aiym Krang by Alan Dean Foster

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This is Alan Dean Foster's first novel and chronologically the second Pip and Flinx book. I found it ok, not as compelling as For Love of Mother Not which was written in the 80s (that book is an introduction to the character Flinx and his minidrag Pip.) This book, though having its good adventure parts, often drags in technobabble and is less prosaic than later works, more stiff in parts. Still its an entertaining read and I will read others in the series. Basically Flinx is a young man living on the planet Moth under the care if his foster mother called Mother Mastiff and he has psi-powers. He also has a pet mini dragon called Pip, a ferocious and loyal fighter. Flinx is approached by 2 strangers who request his services as a guide around the city. Really they are trying to find the mysterious artifact called the Krang, which was left behind by the belligerent race The Tar Aiym. Thus begins an adventure in space to find and decipher the mystery of the Krang. ( )
  sf_addict | Jan 14, 2014 |
The early Pip and Flinx books were excellent. It's too bad Foster let the series deteriorate. ( )
  particle_p | Apr 1, 2013 |
Ah! Apart from Andre Norton, this was my favorite sci-fi book when I was a teenager. I remember the drug store I bought it in, and going back to look for the sequels. A great book by a great writer. ( )
  Inky_Fingers | Nov 24, 2012 |
I struggled with getting through this slim 200 page book, and not just because I was busy, tired and distracted with various other goings on. Given how much I enjoyed his fantasy book Spellsinger earlier in the year, this was a disappointment. Whereas that book was highly entertaining, with prose that felt fresh and engaging, this book seemed clunky and at times dull. It is poorly written, and I would be tempted to say it seems to be aimed at more of a YA audience than an adult one (though that's no excuse). While a couple of the characters stood out, others were cardboard and one particularly found the infantilization of the female characters annoying. ( )
1 vote iftyzaidi | Aug 25, 2010 |
In the early parts of the series, including this one, all of the Pip and Flinx books were good, fun reading. Nothing deep or overly complex, but still good stuff. ( )
  Karlstar | Dec 3, 2009 |
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Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034530280X, Mass Market Paperback)

Moth was a beautiful planet, the only one with wings -- two great golden clouds suspended in space around it.

Here was a wide-open world for any venture a man might scheme. The planet attracted unwary travelers, hardened space-sailors, and merchant buccaneers -- a teeming, constantly shifting horde that provided a comfortable income for certain quick-witted fellows like Flinx and his pet flying snake Pip. With his odd talents, the pickings were easy enough so that Flinx did not have to be dishonest ... most of the time.

In fact, it hardly seemed dishonest at all to steal a starmap from a dead body that didn't really need it anymore. But Flinx wasn't quite smart enough. He should have wondered why the body was dead in the first place...

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Moth was a beautiful planet, the only one with wings -- two great golden clouds suspended in space around it. Here was a wide-open world for any venture a man might scheme. The planet attracted unwary travelers, hardened space-sailors, and merchant buccaneers -- a teeming, constantly shifting horde that provided a comfortable income for certain quick-witted fellows like Flinx and his pet flying snake Pip. With his odd talents, the pickings were easy enough so that Flinx did not have to be dishonest ... most of the time. In fact, it hardly seemed dishonest at all to steal a starmap from a dead body that didn't really need it anymore. But Flinx wasn't quite smart enough. He should have wondered why the body was dead in the first place ...… (more)

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