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Flinx in Flux (Pip & Flinx #5)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,099 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
ALTERNATE COVER ART for ISBN 0-446-82977-3
When Flinx, no stranger to galactic intrigue, found an unconscious woman on a riverbank deep in the jungles of Alaspin, he took it in stride. When he learned that the woman, Clarity Held, was a brilliant scientist abducted from a remote outpost on inhospitable Longtunnel by a group of fanatic assassins, he tried to help the beautif
Paperback, ALTERNATE COVER ART for ISBN 0-345-34363-8, 324 pages
Published July 1988 by Del Rey (first published June 1988)
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Jan 29, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While taking Pip's offspring back to their homeworld, Alaspin, Flinx stumbles across the unconscious and badly injured body of a young woman. Being a good chap, he decides he's not going to let her get eaten by Alaspin's native fauna and takes her back to his ship to see if he can't help heal her and get her home...

This is the set-up for this fantastic book and you wouldn't believe where it goes from there. Suffice it to say, it involves eco-terrorism, genetic engineering, gunfights, kidnapping,
Aug 21, 2015 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
It's been a long time since I first read this book. And it was fun to read it again. The narrated versions of the books are very well done. In this book, which has Flinx on Alaspin returning Pips babies to the wild, Flinx finds himself wrapped up in an adventure related to a beautiful young woman he finds injured and in danger. She is at risk from a group of extremists. While Flinx spends time with her, he experiences his first romantic entanglement. Over time, and additional dangers and adventu ...more
The first 3 or 4 books of this series were out when I was younger, and Flinx fired my imagination with his psionic talents, his flying, venom spitting snake, pip, and him being an orphan raised on the streets.

This book advance Flinx's story a minuscule amount, just enough to get you to read it. There is also an interstellar evil introduced briefly, that Flinx is supposed to save the universe from (as of book 13 this still has not happened). This book marks a change in the series; at this point t
Al "Tank"
Apr 01, 2015 Al "Tank" rated it it was amazing
Another in the superb Flinx and Pip series.

This time Flinx finds himself playing rescuer to a beautiful and intelligent woman. Flinx, now 19, is immediately attracted to her, even though she’s a few years older, which drags him out of his normal reticent ways. Especially, when she gives him signals that she likes him as well.

Thus starts another adventure for Flinx, his pet mini-drag Pip, and one of Pip’s children, a small mini-drag called ‘Spark’.

This story has all the great writing I’ve come to
Brandt Anderson
Dec 21, 2014 Brandt Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Pip & Flinx is always an enjoyable read. Only issue is his abilities. Either they are non-existent or all-powerful. I don't mind them being on the erratic side, but not if there is a huge difference in capabilities. Also, curious as to know why Flinx had to spill the beans about the Bear people. The chick he told shared his genetic experiment secret with someone else which caused himself to become captured for an experiment. So I would hope that he is a little more careful with the Bear peop ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun book. Foster tells a good tale and keeps things moving—sometimes a bit much exposition in the third-person omniscient point of view, but it's easy reading and goes fast. Reminds me of why I liked these as a teen, and good enough to keep reading and see what he's done with the series since.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 21, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alan Dean Foster is one of my top 5 favorite writers, and the commonwealth books are my favorite works. These are great quick reads, you are almost done before you realize you started. Flinx & his pet dragon Pip are great heroes. Very recommended
Mar 27, 2013 Walter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked up on a whim. Haven't read Flinx in years and never did finish the series. What good fun- I am now starting from the beginning and having a great time.
May 27, 2010 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The first one I'd ever read of the "Flinx and Pip" series. Very good. Lead me to read the entire series.
Feb 04, 2012 Bruce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Passable airplane reading. Otherwise soap opera. Sans the soap.
Nov 21, 2009 Doc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loving the way that Flinx is evolving as a person and as a character.
Mike S
Oct 03, 2016 Mike S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
I really loved this installment, so far this is the best Flinx book I've read, but I haven't been reading them in order, this one convinced me that it's worth the effort to acquire all of the books and read them in order, so I am doing that now. For some reason I just love this series, I don't think it could have been written any better, Foster's imagination is so great and his writing style is so natural, he creates worlds I would love to visit. Anybody who likes any of the Flinx books should r ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Hedia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book! I love all the Flinx books.
Leland Gilsen
Dec 10, 2015 Leland Gilsen rated it really liked it
To love, or not to love, that is the question. Unexpected (sorta) ending. Still "conversations' between characters sound more like lectures than how people talk.. a regular failing of Foster.
Mar 05, 2015 Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I thought this was a pretty good entry in the series.

Slightly...clumsy? Handling of the relationship between Flinx and Clarity, but despite that? I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
I enjoyed this book. The underground world Foster created was just fascinating with huge similarities to the depths of the Marinaris Trench in the Atlantic. I did get tired of Flinx’s waffling - “I like her, but if she finds out what I am she’s going to hate me, so I’ll just push her away...” and I got tired of Clarity’s “childish terror of the dark”. If you have a phobia, you have a phobia. Nothing childish about it at all. But overall, this was the most flushed out and solid book in the Pip an ...more
Nov 16, 2014 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
2003 grade B

Series book F5

Flinx age 19-20
Mar 14, 2009 Belenen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a terrible start, so much sexism I almost quit reading -- "my little gengineer," REALLY? I can't count the number of times the clever female character was called little and small -- not in reference to zir size, either! and the narrator went to ridiculous lengths to excuse zir confidence and assure the reader that ze wasn't arrogant. But after a chapter of that, the sexism was dropped and the amazing creatures, cultures, and plot took over. The last half of the book was very enjoyable.
Cheryl Shorter
Feb 03, 2016 Cheryl Shorter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: room-living, fa-jk
Flinx & Pip are back on Alaspin to loose Pip's children into the wild, but on their way back they stumble onto a girl in trouble. In saving Clarity are they getting into more than they bargained for? This time Flinx might just be in love.
Lorrie Gipson
this was a really good one but it leaves you hanging
May 09, 2012 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
It's a Flinx book by Foster - need I say more>?
Pip & Flinx adventure story #6
George Riggs
Apr 22, 2012 George Riggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Somewhat hard to follow the science
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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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