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Strange Music

Strange Music

A Pip & Flinx Adventure

by Alan Dean Foster

Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine

Del Rey

Sci Fi & Fantasy

Pub Date 07 Nov 2017


Growing up I loved the Pip and Flinx adventures - I read and reread the novels, loving every minute. I was happy to have the opportunity to review Strange Music. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. It had only a shadow of a plot - finding a human interfering in the development of a world not yet part of the Commonwealth. Flinx is pure ego with no ingenuity. And as to the villains, well they are as textbook as can be. Where is Alan Dean Foster’s trademark humor and creativity? Where is the plot? It is almost as if he’s gotten tired of two of his most beloved creations and is simply making the motions. I have to admit that towards the end the novel improved significantly, but it doesn’t make up for the lackluster bulk of the novel

It pains me, but I can’t give this novel more than a 3.

3 / 5

I received a copy of Strange Music from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Unlikely duo Pip and Flinx return to right another wrong in this all-new sci-fi adventure from one of the genre’s living legends.

Empathic Flinx and his minidrag, Pip, have saved the universe more times than they can count, but the return of an old friend pulls the duo from their retirement and plunges them into a story of intrigue and imagination. The planet of Largess has recently opened itself to trade with the human-dominated Commonwealth. But when the daughter of a powerful chieftain goes missing, authorities believe a covert agent to be the cause. They need someone to track down the princess and roust the troublemaker, and to do so without alerting the whole planet to their involvement. Can Pip and Flinx, perpetual fish out of water, save the day?

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