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The Sum of Her Parts

(Tipping Point #3)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  145 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
In this thrilling science fiction adventure—the triumphant conclusion to the Tipping Point trilogy—New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster returns to a near future in which genetic manipulation and extreme body modification have changed profoundly what it means to be human.
Dr. Ingrid Seastrom was once a respected American physician. Whispr, whose body has been
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2012)
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Joe Jungers
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok - so that wasn't the ending I expected.

The ending seemed a little rushed, but I can see how the protagonists ended up where they did.

Not a bad read.

Also - Meercats rock.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Shelves: net-galley
This has been a difficult book to rate. Once again I find myself torn in between a not so good two stars and a very good four stars, which ultimately leads to the conclusion that three stars is the most accurate. I had an interesting journey with this book and it made it difficult to form my thoughts on this. Now I will share that journey with you. Now, to start, I do want to point out that this is the conclusion to a trilogy. I did not know this when I received the book for review and I have no ...more
I shelved this as "gave up on" because I only skimmed through it lightly to get the gist of how the series concluded. Having powered through the first two books I at least wanted to find out what the MacGuffin really was and whether I should have cared about it or any of the characters.

Spoilers, I guess:

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Bill Mackela
Nov 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The Sum of Her Parts (The Tipping Point Trilogy Book 3)
Alan Dean Foster
This is the final segment of a 3 part story. The picture of the world that was portrayed in the first book, "The Human Blend" was quite intriguing. The future was one where global warming had fulfilled all of the dire warnings we have been hearing for years. The oceans had risen which flooded the low-lying coastal cities. To combat the rising water, some cities had been built on stilts or floats. The warmer climate had drive
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Sc-fi set in the near future on earth. Urban sc-fi? This review is for the series as a whole. I think the 3 books would have worked better if they were condensed into 1 book. There were a lot of characters, information about randomn melds, and senseless killing (for ex. Mole burning down an apt building) that I could have done without. The overall story is about a family doctor who discovers an impossible metal chip like device in her young patient's brain, and a street thief who steals a thread ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Sum of Her Parts is book three of a trilogy and unfortunately I haven't read books one or two, but, I did read the blurbs, reviews for those books and with statements made in this book, get the idea that being human in this futuristic world means, mostly likely, you have had 'manipulation' or melding done to make you 'more' than before. Scientist Dr. Ingrid Seastrom and Whispr, a professional thief who has been altered to be cadaver thin are on a quest to find a super secret compound that ho ...more
William Bentrim
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing

The Sum of Her Parts by Alan Dean Foster

This is volume three of the Tipping Point Trilogy. My biggest complaint is that I haven’t read the previous two books. This is a quest for truth in a desert populated by widely varied mutants.

Dr. Ingrid and Whispr, a meld, spend a lot of time ducking and weaving through an enormous number of adversaries. A meld is apparently a genetically or surgically reconstructed being. I would know for sure if I didn’t have another complaint. That complaint would be a
You need to read the first two books in this trilogy before reading The Sum of Her Parts. There is no recap and there are no flashbacks to prior events to help readers new to this world. It’s possible to understand what’s going on in this third book without reading the other two books but it’s frustrating enough that I wouldn’t recommend it. And it’s such a good story that it’s worth reading all three books. If a sci-fi, dystopian, near-future, mystery/thriller about futuristic genetic modificat ...more
Jens Walter
Es ist geschafft. Ich habe, allen Phasen, in denen ich einfach aufgeben wollte, zum Trotz, tatsächlich die Reihe abgeschlossen. Und wie befürchtet, ist es ganz am Ende noch mal interessant geworden. Die letzten 40 oder 50 Seiten. Von 350. Des letzten Bandes der Reihe.

Was den drei Büchern gut tun würde, geht über eine Kürzung weit hinaus: Foster hätte aus der Idee einen gestrafften Band machen sollen. Das wäre dann auch kurzweilig gewesen.

Der dritte Band macht Anfangs das weiter, was sich durch d
May 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
The story goes on and on...and finally, suddenly, ends. IMO, this trilogy could have used less middle and a longer ending. Our odd couple of protagonists goes on and on in their ill-conceived quest. They encounter all sorts of diverting people and critters, and various bad guys manage to get put out of the way. It's so full of logic gaps that you just have to suspend disbelief. Then they reach their objective and get their answers, all in the last 40 pages. Loose ends are tied up, but I didn't f ...more
Mark Isaak
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
The ending was not completely satisfying. It did not focus on the main "body shaping" SF theme of the books, but switched to a different, more moralistic theme. And it made parts of what went before seem pointless by showing that something the heroes struggled to avoid was really to their favor. Still, it was an entertaining read with interesting ideas.
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
glad to finish the series but still think it would have made one good book - turning it into three diminished its story. if he put it all in one book, he would have left out the junk.

all in all, I liked all three
Mary Rowe
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Nicely done and enjoyable tale although I have not read the prior stories in this saga. Well written as other Alan Dean Foster books. Enjoy!
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this conclusion of the trilogy, but things just came together too neatly and too quickly at the end of the book.
Al Menaster
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Third and lest in this trilogy. Pretty good, but weirdo ending.
VJ DeLisle
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
part of Human Stain series
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The end of the trilogy. Great un expected ending. The aliens and all. The series dragged at moments. but overall a lot of fun to read. DR. Ingstom a great character
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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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