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Flinx's Folly (Pip & Flinx #9)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,751 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster delivers the eagerly awaited new Pip and Flinx novel featuring a certain twenty-four-year-old with red hair, growing powers, and a loyal sidekick who just happens to be a flying mini-dragon. Sure to delight longtime fans and win new ones, Flinx’s Folly follows Flinx on a thrilling quest to unravel the mysteries of his mind ...more
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Published November 4th 2003 by Del Rey (first published March 1st 2002)
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Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During the course of his previous (mis)adventures, Flinx has inadvertently inspired a Death Cult who are out to make their inspiration and honorary 'founder' a martyr to the cause.

Don't you just hate it when that happens?

Whilst fleeing from his 'acolytes', Flinx runs to his ex-lover Clarity Held for a shoulder to cry on. Her current boyfriend isn't too happy about this and joins the unofficial 'We Hate Flinx' anti-fan club.

While all this is going on, two old friends reappear (view spoiler)
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Fluff, but it's Alan Dean Foster fluff, which means it's well written and fun.
Brent Ecenbarger
Unfortunately for Pip & Flinx fans, Alan Dean Foster has fallen into a bad habit of placing the protagonist (and his pet mini-drag) into seemingly deadly situations only to have him rescued by characters that were otherwise absent from the plot of the current story. Following multiple rescues in that manner in Mid-Flinx, and similar instances in Reunion , I was not shocked to see that the same development was utilized in Flinx’s Folly but I was disappointed. That sense of cheating employed b ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars really. This installment is not quite as pulse quickening as the previous books in the series, but rather a slow crescendo. What at first seems more of a romance story than anything having to do with the awesome world building we are accustomed to in the Humanx-Commonwealth universe, the story suddenly takes turn half-way through and delivers the sense-of-wonder we science fiction fans crave, and in heaping portions. Much of this is in the form of exposition, but that does not detract ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-to-read, 2016
In this book Flinx's unpredictable abilities are starting to cause real trouble for him, so he takes off to visit an old friend. This friend is surprised to see him as he hasn't kept touch. However, they begin spending a lot of time together and Flinx is able to share much of what concerns him. At the same time, the interest other entities are taking in him comes into focus while a jealous lover of Flinx's friend becomes unreasonable and troublesome.

I was thinking how much I'd love to see Truzen
Flinx's empathic powers go out of control as his dreams about a monstrous evil beyond the Great Emptiness are projected to everyone around him. After escaping from the hospital and being chased by a doomsday cult, dedicated to a cleansing death for the whole universe, Flinx visits his old flame Clarity Held to talk about his troubles. Clarity's fiance, a scheming corporate suit, becomes homicidally jealous. He is about to kill them both when Flinx's old mentors show up and save them. Deus ex mac ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two books in a new series, two deus ex machina's to end them. Still fun, but a bit tiresome. Also, the sitcom-like refresh of circumstances was both telegraphed and annoying. Hoping the future ones are better.
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction

Just never could get into this one. I am not sure if I've out grown the writer, or if he's just not writing the way he used to however long ago it was when he started this series. After all I did start reading these a couple of decades ago.
Mike S
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-sci-fi
Another great installment in the Flinx series, I recommend you read the entire series in order if you can, but if not the books I've read are quite able to stand on their own.
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Good as all Flinx books are - best read in order
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Slow start, but great book overall. The whole commonwealth series is worth checking out.
read 09.26.05
Leland Gilsen
Dec 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Should have been titled Foster's Folly. Could not read this, really boring. Foster finally tried to write dialog. Appears to have been a mistake. The theme of the novel is pure bunk.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 9 is the reunion tour... which seems very satisfying to someone who has read these novels over the course of a couple decades.
May 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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R. L. Bunch
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a surprising book, and worth reading.
Pip & Flinx adventure story #8
Jul 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amusing, light sci-fi. A nice easy read.
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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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