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Orphan Star by Alan Dean Foster (1977)

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In this, chronologically the 3rd story featuring Pip and Flinx, our young red-headed vagabond, accompanied by his tenacious and deadly mini dragon, sets out on a journey to discover his roots.
Pip, unsure of his parental origins, seeks to discover who and where his real parents are. His official full name is Philip Lynx but it is really his adopted name. He was raised by Mother Mastiff as described in For Love of Mother-Not and is not really sure of his origins. He travels from place to place, in pursuit of the belligerent Conda Challis who wants to use Flinx's psi powers to unwrap the mystery of some rare and expensive crystals that have a hidden secret. These crystals affect the behaviour of anyone who possesses them, and Challis wants to exploit these properties without being affected himself. Also Flinx travels to Earth in the hope of finding information about his history in the records there. He then travels to a planet held under special Edict, and discovers strange bear like natives that have been partially domesticated by a bitter and twisted woman, using them to serve her corrupted ends.
Flinx is caught up in the middle of all this political wrangling and brings his own solution to the situation.

This is another engaging story by Foster, with less technical blabber than The Tar Aiym Krang and is thus more accessible. It makes for a fun and captivating read!
 

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Thanks for the review AE. Sounds like I would like this one. I'm thinking I should read the Pip and Flinx books in order (it's very many years since I read a couple out of order). Do you think that reading them in order adds to the enjoyment, and is advised?
 

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Thanks for the review AE. Sounds like I would like this one. I'm thinking I should read the Pip and Flinx books in order (it's very many years since I read a couple out of order). Do you think that reading them in order adds to the enjoyment, and is advised?
Well I wouldn't say its essential to be honest. Characters from earlier books are mentioned but they dont play a part in them. I would say read 'For the Love of Mother Not' first as that provides Flinx's backstory. But its not essential. Theyre not sequential. A bit like Terry Pratchett's Discworld books or Ian M Banks' Culture Novels.
 

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This isn't a particularly bad book, but neither is it a particularly good book.

The writing is fluid, so no problem there. It's just that it's very much a pulpy space fantasy that I felt would probably appeal better to younger readers than myself.

I also hadn't realized this was part of a series, so I may have missed further meaning in some of the references.
 
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