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Phylogenesis (Founding of the Commonwealth #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  823 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In the years after the first contact, humans and the insect-like Thranx agreed to a tentative sharing of ideas and cultures desite the ingrained repulsion they had to overcome. However they never planned for a chance meeting between a misfit artist and a petty thief.
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Del Rey (first published 1999)
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Fred D
Mar 26, 2009 Fred D rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: science-fiction
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Greg Heath
I made the mistake of reading the fantastic "Drowning World" (which is 4 books out of sequence) prior to this, and as such I'm probably biased in my judgment of Foster's first installment of the Founding of the Commonwealth series. Whereas "Drowning World" is utterly alien through-and-through, "Phylogenesis" is a very subdued first contact story. Foster still gives us a taste of the exotic, though, in his descriptions of the Amazon wilderness and the Thranx protagonist's home colony. The Humanx ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Felix rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF and A.D. Foster fans
Shelves: science-fiction

Finished reading this book today. I was looking
for another Alan Dean Foster novel to read because
I really enjoy his writing style and having read
the Dammned Trilogy in the past which I really
enjoyed I wanted to start reading another series
of books by him.

I wasn't disappointed :-)

This book started out very well, captured my interest
in just a few pages and it was an enjoyable and funny
read throughout. I just thought that the ending was
rather abrupt and was unexpected (the reason for
rating 4 out of
This was a wonderful first look at a new universe with new races. This is a story of first contact between two species, and between the most disreputable people that each had to offer. As I read, I couldn't help but think the Thranx were extremely cute in their strong need to be polite at all times. The humans in the story were less pleasant, and I could not empathize very well with the main (human)character.

I will probably read the next book in the series very soon, and cannot wait to learn mor
Good descriptive writing. I just wasn't super into the story or characters. I did like the ending or I'd have given it 2 stars.
Alan Dean Foster's Pip & Flinx books have been favourites of mine for many years but it dawned on me that I have never read book one of the Humanx Commonwealth. Well I am delighted to have rectified that omission as it was just so wonderful. I loved every word and the characters were so well written I was sorry to reach the end and have to leave them behind. Guess my bank account is going to take a big hit in the near future as I get the rest of his Commonwealth books.
Well, I am going to read his second novel called "Dirge" ...Just got to get a hold of it. This novel, while bringing in the whole exotic alien element, it also brings you a very colorful local petty thief, Cheelo Montoya whose gritty lifestyle contrasts comically with the main character-an alien Thranx named Des. Enjoyed it much more that i thought i would and I really liked his style of writing.
Eric Westrope
A fairly decent ADF novel, but unlike some of his other works I had a bit of trouble reading all the way through it. To me, it seemed to be lacking something. I really did have force myself go keep reading it to finish the story.
La historia se desarrolla de una forma poco creíble, salvo el protagonista el relato carece de personajes realmente interesantes. Realmente parece una historia para niños de 8 años.
Better than I thought it would be seeing as it is more of prequel to how the Humanx commonwealth came about. I am looking forward to more especially the Pip and Flinx series!
I didn't make it through the whole book. The premise seemed good, but the writing was just okay. Didn't seem worth the effort of reading it.
Not particularly innovative or thought-provoking, but a nice piece of entertaining S-F.
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