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Sliding Scales (Pip & Flinx #9)

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The ninth novel in the New York Times bestselling Pip & Flinx series by one of science fiction's most popular and prodigious storytellers. The daring pair have braved countless dangers to emerge victorious. But now Flinx attempts something that may be impossible for the heretofore undefeated hero. His mission: to take a vacation.
Paperback, 257 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Del Rey Books (first published 2004)
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With this book, I'm entering the final third of the Humanx Commonwealth series (this is book twenty of twenty eight) and it's a bit of a sidebar to some extent.

At this stage in the series, Flinx has the weight of the fate of the Galaxy on his young shoulders and, as if that weren't enough, he also doesn't know if (view spoiler) at the climax of the previous book. Understandably, he's feeling pretty depressed.

Noticing this
Nov 07, 2009 John rated it liked it
Sliding Scales is the third to the last book in the Pip & Flinx SF adventure series and it shows. Foster, the author is obviously getting tired of Flinx as a protagonist, because in this book he makes his star character almost incidental to the plot.

The story in broad strokes is this: Flinx decides to take a vacation on the world of Jast, a place that has seen few humans. More importantly, the Jastians find themselves in the Aann sphere of influence, though they themselves are pacific. When
Mar 30, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing
As always, I love any commonwealth book by Foster. I am currently reading the Pip & Flinx series in chronological order, not published order. Every new alien sentient that Foster creates is a brand new treasure. The aliens in this book prove just how strange an occurrence it was that humanity ever encountered the Pitar, a race almost identical to mankind.

There is only one plothole that bothers me in this book.
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May 27, 2010 Abby rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Cheryl Shorter
Feb 13, 2016 Cheryl Shorter rated it really liked it
Shelves: room-living, fa-jk
If you think for once Flinx is actually going to take a little vacation time, you've never actually understood his unique character at all. Thinking he might just go take some time to relax and enjoy life for a short time period would truly give him some relief from his worries over how to save not just Humanx kind, but also the rest of the galaxy along with all the different sentient beings extant. This would entail going somewhere off the beaten path where no one would bother him or even think ...more
Ruan Peat
Oct 26, 2014 Ruan Peat rated it it was amazing
When you think there is nothing new he finds a new way to see the world, and you find folk you would never believe helping and supporting him, mean while he tries to remember what the problem was in the first place, nice change of pace and with a great underlining thread of danger.
Interesting and memorable story about....losing memory.

With his memory lost, Flinx is almost peripheral to this story, but in a good way. Interesting exploration of Aan culture, as well as a fascinating ecology of the planet Jast.
Cary Spratt
Aug 19, 2013 Cary Spratt rated it it was ok
Let me start by stating that I have not read any other Pip & Flinx books. I think I acquired this one in a box of books from a garage sale, and I decided I ought to read it before sending it on its way.

This is mostly a stand-alone story with only brief references at the beginning to presumably the previous books in the series. Flinx goes on vacation, then gets injured & develops amnesia, so for the majority of the story even he doesn't know anything about his history. It's an "okay" stor
Mar 12, 2016 Matt rated it liked it
Much like previous books. A bit more heavy-handed than others. Flinx being saved by a deus ex machina is starting to get old. Hopefully he's going somewhere interesting.
James Willey
Jan 28, 2016 James Willey rated it liked it
Concise easy to read storytelling.
Flinx takes a vacation from all his problems. He chooses an odd planet that is under Aann influence, gets caught in a plot to bring the planet under full Aann control, and loses his memory. We learn a lot about the alien Aann culture. Flinx uses his mental talents a bit at the end.

I wanted for Flinx to develop and use his psionic talents. The series is now something like 13 books and his mental talents are still unreliable and pretty much useless; this was a very, very, very big disappointment t
Sep 30, 2015 Mrklingon rated it really liked it
Alan Dean Foster's Pip series (and the Humanx consortium) is a great, untapped Space Opera - every story has twists and turns, and the Pip-verse is full of rich detail that rivals Star Wars/Star Trek or the Barrayaran saga. I'm both surprised and glad these have not made it to film - I'd rather enjoy Foster's imagination without seeing it adapted into opblivion.
Nov 13, 2013 Kevin rated it really liked it
Flinx gets amnesia and joins an artist colony on a planet populated by the reptillian Aan and a race resembling the dancing mushrooms from "Fantasia." What's not to like? I doubt this contributes much to the overall story arc -- or does it? I won't know until the end. Four more books to go. Five if you count Bloodhype.
Nov 03, 2012 Bruce rated it it was ok
A Pip tale. That about says it. The first few were good but lately these have turned into oaters.
Jul 05, 2013 Amelia rated it really liked it
This was a nice change in being more friendly with the AAnn species. A quick read.
Jul 07, 2007 Glennis rated it liked it
I liked this one since you learn more about the AAnn.
Jul 22, 2008 DaNela rated it it was amazing
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Pip & Flinx adventure story #12
Oct 10, 2013 Dan rated it liked it
Was kind of a filler book IMHO
Jul 03, 2008 Scor rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I love Flinx stories!!!
Ronald Marcil
Pip & Flinx Adventures #8
Good series.
read 09.27.05
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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