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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Mother's Love-not!

Just finished For Love of Mother-not, the prelude to the Pip and Flinx/Commonwealth books by Alan Dean Foster which was written in the early 80s. Foster's first novel, in 1972, was The Tar-Aiym Krang and is very much a hard SF space opera type romp. He later expanded the universe it is set in by adding more books in a series, and then he decided to write a kind of prequel, a book to explain how Flinx, and his mini dragon, came about.

For those not familiar with the series Flinx is a young lad with a Talent. He can perceive the emotions of those around him and detect someone's presence or change of mood, and he is accompanied by Pip, a kind of flying snake which shares a similar talent in as much as it can detect when Flink is angry at someone or in trouble. The story is set on one planet, Moth, but the other books are much more set in space, with various alien cultures- rather in the vein of Larry Niven's Ringworld.

Despite reading like a young adult's fantasy at times this book is a fun tale with decent characters and is a good introduction to the series.

3 comments:

j purdie said...

Sounds interesting. Not read anything of A D Foster but I quite like Niven (especially Niven and Pournelle together) and if it's similar to his work I might pick up a second hand copy if I see one.

Larry said...

Yea I suppose it does compare to Niven in some ways, but this particular book is a bit juvennile. Still good but not so hard SF as the earlier books in the series. Later books in this series focus on Pip and Flinx, but the defining books from the 70s were more space opera with various alien races and big spaceships with odd names. The Taar Aiym Krang from 72 is his first novel and he later expanded it to form the universe in which pip and flinx occupy.

mffanrodders said...

Agreed, this does sound interesting. I grew up on Alan Dean Foster in the 80s, but i haven't read anything of his for a very long time. I must look into aquiring some.