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Die Spur der Tar-Aiym

(Pip & Flinx #14)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,146 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Es rast durch die Galaxie heran: Das Große Böse - eine Macht, die immer schneller wird. Sie droht nicht nur, das Commonwealth zu zerstören, sondern die ganze Milchstraße. Und es gibt nur einen, der den Hauch einer Chance hat, das Böse aufzuhalten: Flinx. Doch dazu muss er zunächst auf die Heimatwelt seiner alten Feinde, der Aann, reisen. Auf die Echsenwelt namens Blasusarr ...more
Published by Bastei Lübbe (first published January 1st 2009)
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It's funny how this is supposed to be the end volume in the Pip and Flinx series... but I started reading it with an ace up my sleeve. I got an ARC for the one that comes after. :)

So I'm reading this awesome volume that goes ahead and wraps up all these huge BDO's and story threads, between his sister, the Aann, his favorite girl, and so much more, putting a huge bow on top and letting Flinx BATTLE IT OUT with the HUGE HUGE big-bad that's eating galaxies.


I mean, it's not like we've not se
Paul E. Morph
So, finally, I've read the last of the Pip & Flinx sub-series of Alan Dean Foster's larger Humanx Commonwealth series (it's a bit like Terry Pratchett's Discworld series with its series within series). I first entered this wonderfully imagined world in my early teens (I'm currently forty) so it's been a while. Foster closes the book with the following dedication page (I suppose I better slap a spoiler over it) and it felt like he was talking to me:

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Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Camille, Brian, Kevin, Tom
Recommended to Jeff by: Saw it in the library
Shelves: science-fiction
Author Alan Dean Foster brings a 35 year saga to an end with the final adventure of Pip and Flinx and does it in a tone of positivity, joy, and compassion that is, well, transcendent!

If you like your science fiction serious; if you like your adventures arch, then Foster won't fill your need. Philip Lynx, Flinx for short, is a very serious young man with the weight of galactic civilization on his shoulders. He, somehow and someway, is the key to halting a parsecs-large, galaxy devouring nothingne
Candida Rodriguez
Finally, the last novel...or is it?

Many of the unanswered question thorough-out the series are answered in this book.And as usual, full of character, twist and turns and hope. I love Mr. Fosters writing, and this series especially. Will he save the galaxy? Will Clarity and Flinx finally get married? What about the Mother Mastiff? And yes, the answer to what happened to the scientist on Quofum.

I can say one thing, I would not be surprised if another adventure pops up down the road, or is that w
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
As far as deus ex machina endings go, this wasn't super egregious.

All the same, build up a potential solution for what? 6 books or so?

THROW it away 85% of the way into the LAST book. Have the characters scramble for a brief, obscure reference made to a potential mystery back in book....what? 7? 8?

And bring THAT back about 90% of the way into the final book to save the day with some mythical, reality bending tech that plug into it, tell it to do this thing and it just c
Nov 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, sci-fi
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 p
This one gets three stars in my book, but only barely because it was closer to a 3 than a 2. I've read many of the Pip and Flinx books over the years and had a certain nostalgia, so when I saw this one I was interested to see how things would turn out for them. I'm not sure why Foster spent the first third of the book perhaps on the Aaahn home world when events there had little to nothing to do with the rest of the book. The characterization wasn't fact, downright abysmal in regards t ...more
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I first met Flinx and Pip when "his" paperback publishser did a special promotion at a local bookstore, giving free copies to anyone who bought other SF/Fantasy novels...It's taken 35 years to let the poor boy finish saving himself, the Humanx Commonwealth, and finally, the entire Milky Way. I read these stories for the plot and a little (and a little can go a long way!) characterization--the author has insisted on giving us much more in the last few books but I have accepted it and trudged thro ...more
Mike S
May 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
The book has a good story line but it's too long, and Flinx's girlfriend can be very annoying, a lot of time is wasted on redundant conversation by several poorly developed characters, it's a shame the author didn't do a better job, the story line has a lot of potential. I don't think I'll read any more Flinx books unless the author takes a break from writing them for several years, and they're half as long at most. Not recommended unless you're a die-hard Flinx fan.
Ted R Turner
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great possible end to the Series.

Only didn't read two of the series. This most recent wrapped them all up quite nicely. A pleasure to read and definitely space science fiction at its finest.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent finale to the 14 book Pip and Flinx series, plus a handful of short stories, and a bunch of side and prequel novel. Foster has created a fantastic universe with great characters, interesting planets and cultures, and cool science/ science fiction. I still have a few Humanx Commonwealth novels to read and a new Pip and Flinx novel has just come out. Life is good. Check this series out.
Peter Tillman
I'm slogging through this long-delayed wrap-up of the Pip & Flinx adventures and not having that much fun, though there are moments, and it's fun seeing these long-running characters back in action. But Foster just recycles semi-mindless plot-elements, like he had leftover notes back from when the series was new and vital....

Or so I dimly remember. Long time since I read one of these, and I think they were pretty lightweight even back in the day. I'll likely finish this one, but enough is en
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Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When one has been faithfully reading a series for thirty-five years and the final volume finally arrives, one's expectations are bound to be unrealistically high. (Such as King's DARK TOWER.) FLINX TRANSCENDENT is about twice as long as the other Pip & Flinx novels, but that's because it's more like two novels shoe-horned together than one longer narrative. Once the first-half concludes, the promised resolutions are finally addressed and satisfactorily wrapped-up. I don't believe that all of ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foster finally brings a series I started in the late 1970s to a satisfying close, and recaptures the thrilling huge concepts of ancient alien artifacts and unimaginable engineering feats and other gosh wow geeky cool stuff reported in the first few books of the series so many decades ago. Four stars only because I am so much older now and one can rarely go back to the days of youth when everything was new and wonderful. This volume comes very close however.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was a satisfying end to the series. Flinx travels all over the galaxy, gets himself into untenable positions from which he has to extricate himself, and gets to save the universe. Along the way he makes new friends and spends time with old ones. Old enemies show their faces as well, and things are wrapped up quite nicely. The only real question is, once he's saved the universe, and now he knows about his parents, what is he going to do?
Richard Van Dijk
The last book of the Flinx series. Flinx finally has to battle the horror he has been watching / dreaming of for so long.
The books moves along well, and we get to see old friends, and some rivals also, as the climax appoaches. And then of course, is the big question, what will he do after he has dealt with the issues at hand?
Tina Bartholoma
Last in a very drawn out series, it can be read alone, but you'll end up going back to the beginning to find all the past references. So glad to get a conclusion on this, but many of the previous Flinx books are hard to get a hold of. I loved the last line, but no one will laugh longer than the true Flinx fan.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A good end to pleasant series. I was hooked despite of the total self-absorption of the main character. I guess, he was more of a typical man than he thought:) I am sorry for the adventures to have finished and to say good-buy to the many fun worlds.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I had trouble getting through this bok. Although I enjoyed the early Pip & Flinx books I felt that the series dragged on much too long. I felt like I'd been there read that for much of the book.
Brent Ecenbarger
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pip-flinx
The original ending the Pip & Flinx series, Flinx Transcendant does a very solid job of wrapping up the long running quest of Flinx to combat the giant devouring force headed towards our galaxy that will devour all life as we know it. One of Foster's best choices in making this threat (which as a concept I'm not a huge fan of, the stakes feel way too big and reduce some of the personal element) was that it wouldn't arrive until hundreds or even thousands of years after Flinx's death. In a bo ...more
Like many concluding volumes to a series, Flinx runs into many old friends and enemies in this volume, and particularly the friends are nice to meet again. Although it has been years since I read some of the volumes in this series the hints (and at times not subtle hints) laid in previous books much earlier in the series cause admiration for the writer to have thought of the various points at the conception of the series or soon after. I do wonder if the author ever dreamed of having as many boo ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is this the end?

Flinx re-energised in his quest to stop the Evil Darkness destroying the Universe connects with his love, Clarity and his close friends. Defying death and the Order of Null, they set off to contact the ancient alien weapons that might be able to do the job. Excellent wrap up of many loose ends. But Flinx's last words in the book are not only perfectly illustrative of his personality but give hope for further adventures. Lovely conclusion.
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series strongly evokes my childhood, but Flinx is such a Mary Sue / Jesus figure -- and Clarity is called just a cosmetician(!), that it kept dragging me out of the tale.
Patricia Litz
not bad, would try another foster book
Jun 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Flinx fans; foster fans
I have been reading the adventures of Flinx and Pip for a long time. This latest and last book (supposedly) by Alan Dean Foster has some high notes. Flinx sojourns in the homeworld of the AAnn is interesting, but at teh same time its generally irrevelant to the plot. I think Foster wants to show what the AAnn homeworld is like so he uses Flinx for this purpose.

He interweaves clues to the resolution of the great evil that is threatening the universe from several earlier books in his Commonwealth
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
About 35 years ago, Alan Dean Foster started the saga of Flinx, a young orphan living on the planet Moth with Mother Mastiff. This introduction took place in "For the Love of Mother-Not" and started the reader on a wild ride through multiple planets encountering diverse species including the insectoid Thranx and reptilian AAnn. Foster's fertile imagination peopled his worlds with disparate definitions of civilization, odd characteristics to the forms of speech used and made the reader stretch on ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
So far this is the weakest of Christine Warren's Others series that I have read. Ada Markham still can't quite accept that her best friends have all turned to or into Others and is feeling quite resentful in her loneliness. Fate conspires against her when she is attacked by a vampire and turned into one herself.

Vladimir "Dima" Rurikovich is an elite member of the European Council of Vampires and is in America on a covert mission - to find an escaped vampire fugitive who is murdering humans wanto
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having finally reached the end of this trip, I'm not sure how satisfied I am with the ending. Granted, I just finished it and haven't taken any time to reflect on it, but for all the culmination of events leading up to this I feel as though it was a mostly predictable ending. I was really hoping for a whiz-bang woo-hoo tie in with all the different entities Flinx had an association. With the exception of Mahnahmi showing up (I'd actually forgotten all about her) I felt it was just what was expec ...more
This ninth novel in the Pip & Flinx series is the last, bringing to a climax the overarching plotline of the whole shebang, the ultimate confrontation that will determine the fate of the characters and of our cluster of galaxies. While the language is at times overly flowery, overly pedantic, underly (well, it should be a word) conversational, the book holds up. And given the chore of winding up a series begun so long ago and involving so many civilizations, Foster has done an admirable job.
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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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