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Flinx Transcendent by Alan Dean Foster
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I've been a fan of these books since the very beginning, so it is a lot of fun to see the return of the Tar-Aiym Krang and other bits and pieces from Flinx's past. Its a bit of a stretch to see him as the savior of the universe, but this isn't the first series to make 1 person the answer to everything. How they get to the solution and who goes along for the ride is the fun part of this book. I enjoyed the characters and the writing, and the sci-fi leans a little bit more to the 'hard sci-fi' side than is usual for Foster, which just makes it better. Definitely worth reading, though I'm sad to see the end of this saga. ( )
  Karlstar | Nov 12, 2013 |
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 person alone can save the day. Because everyone thinks that Flinx has to be the one to save them, no one else bothers to do anything other than observe the situation. There's this assumption which pops up several times that if Flinx fails, the galaxy will be destroyed. Never mind that they have a generation or two to find another solution. Flinx is the "chosen one" so only HE can save them all.

I guess I was naive in thinking that Foster would pull in all the scientists that Flinx has met over the years - Humans, Thranx, and Aann alike - and then pull in all of the major alien artifacts that've been mentioned and everyone work together to save the universe. Not so.

There is definitely an ensemble cast with many characters re-appearing, but no one except Flinx ever seems to do anything at all.

I'm glad to finally get resolution a series I've been reading for the last 20 years, but I'm sad that it ended on such a sour note. Nostalgia just wasn't enough for me to enjoy it this time. ( )
  Melanti | Mar 30, 2013 |
read 2010 Wraps up the series ( )
  bblackman | Aug 30, 2011 |
FLINX
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
Wraps up the series in a very satisfying way. Ties together all the various plotlines assembled over 13 years. Very good book. ( )
  dswaddell | Jul 9, 2009 |
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To the friends of Flinx and Pip, who have waited patiently (okay, sometimes not so patiently) for more than a third of a century to see him finally get some closure.
The three of us thank you.
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Insofar as he knew, Flinx was the first unofficial, uninvited representative of his species to set foot on the AAnn homeworld of Blasusarr.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345496078, 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 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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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, he must seek out an ancient sentient weapons platform, dodge oblivion-craving assassins, and escape the bloodthirsty AAnn--all while venturing to places where the laws of physics fear to tread!… (more)

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