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He was just a freckle-faced, redheaded kid with green eyes and a strangely campelling stare when Mather Mastiff first saw him an the auctioneer's block. One hundred credits and he was hers.For years the old woman was his only family. She loved him, fed him, taught him everything she knew -- even let him keep the deadly flying snake he called Pip.Then Mother Mastiff mysteriHe was just a freckle-faced, redheaded kid with green eyes and a strangely campelling stare when Mather Mastiff first saw him an the auctioneer's block. One hundred credits and he was hers.For years the old woman was his only family. She loved him, fed him, taught him everything she knew -- even let him keep the deadly flying snake he called Pip.Then Mother Mastiff mysteriously disappeared and Flinx took Pip to tail her kidnappers. Across the forests and swamps of the winged world called Moth, their only weapons were Pip's venom . . . and Flinx's unusual Talents....

Title : For Love of Mother-Not
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ISBN : 9780345346896
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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For Love of Mother-Not Reviews

  • Bradley
    2019-01-02 07:44

    This isn't my first Alan Dean Foster read. I've read a few SW novels. But this is my very first ADF read when it comes to his own unique stories.I did decide to read his Pip and Flinx novels in chronological order, first, and I'm not sure this was a precisely wise idea. It wasn't a bad idea, but I got the distinct impression that a stormcloud was on the horizon and I really didn't know what was to come. Hence, Flinx almost felt like a special snowflake. You know. A Mary Sue. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that if it's done well and it's not exactly as if it was especially pronounced here. Indeed, I just felt like we were strolling down backstory lane and getting to know an (unknown) character's life and history from early childhood through YA and gradually unfolding what makes him special.This was great! Seriously! It was a light adventure! Not light for the characters, but definitely a light adventure for us. Alien worlds, alien characters, mysterious and somewhat sinister organizations, quirky new friends, and a quest to save a beloved old woman. (Not to mention saving himself.)And best of all? Pip! The quasi-telepathic flying serpent that befriends Flinx early on, who spits acid and is a best bud for all the novels. :)I'll be honest here. I made lots of internal comparisons between this and Steven Brust's Talos novels, but it's only superficial. ADF started writing these before Brust even though this particular novel came out the same year and Brust's first. But it's hard to ignore. Telepathic communication buddy novels with small dragons, whether SF or Fantasy, has a very particular feel. :)Anyway! It's pretty perfect for wanting a light and fast and fun read, especially if you're tired of neigh invincible angry chicks with swords and world-shattering destinies. Go for something classic for a change. :)

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    2019-01-10 02:46

    My first foray into re-reading Alan Dean Foster. We meet Pip and Flinx for the first time. Chronologically the first book of this particular series, in publishing order book four or five.I don't recall reading this before and all my others reading of this author lies easily 20 years in the past, so I can't say how it fits in with the other Flinx books. It was an easy, entertaining read. Perfect as brain candy for the beach. Fast moving plot, likeable characters, good suspense, believable story.Reading order for Alan Dean Foster is here. I will continue!

  • Paul
    2019-01-09 09:01

    I almost gave this one five stars out of a sense of nostalgia but then I realised the younger me probably wouldn't have done so and a more level head prevailed. I read quite a bit of Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth series when I was quite a bit younger but there were a few I missed back then and there have also been a fair few new volumes released since then, so I'm currently making my way through the entire series in chronological order (which is quite a bit different from publication order, as Foster loves to go back and fill in gaps).The Commonwealth series, like Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, is made up of a number of smaller sub-series. This is the first Flinx book, chronologically. At the start of this book, Flinx is a small child being sold on an auction block. A cantankerous old lady known only as Mother Mastiff feels compelled to purchase him and raise him as if he were her own son. Over the course of this book, Flinx goes from early childhood to his late teens and along the way it becomes clear that he's no ordinary kid.Flinx has a 'Talent', you see, and due to this Talent he is being hunted by two separate parties... neither of which want to be his friends. One of these parties makes the mistake of kidnapping Mother Mastiff (his 'Mother-Not' from the title) in order to gain leverage over Flinx. Big mistake.Don't worry too much, though; Flinx gains a couple of unlikely allies along the way...P.S. The Flinx books would probably have the loathsome 'Young Adult' label slapped on them if they were published today. Fortunately, the majority of them were published before people lost the ability to tell the difference between a genre and a target demographic. (Cranky old man rant mode OFF...)

  • J L's Bibliomania
    2019-01-02 09:47

    I read and enjoyed Alan Dean Foster’s stories of Flinx and Pip when I was a teen/college student. This was the mid-80’s and there were a half dozen books or so. They’ve recently been re-released (and apparently several more books have been written). My younger son, the voracious SF-Fantasy reader, picked up a few from the library, so I decided to give it a re-read.I typically like to read extended series in the order they were written, not the order things occur chronologically in the series. Even when the book is earlier in the series chronology, later written books tend to have spoilers because the author assumes that you have already read the previously published volumes, or because they feel they have to explicitly show the tie-in to the other books. I also typically find it jarring to go from the prequel written with a writer’s mature voice back to the chronologically later books by the fledgling author (Mercedes Lackey and Katherine Kurtz are two good examples of this).From reading the front covers of the books my son brought home, it appeared that For Love of Mother-Not was the first book in the series. And it is, it is the origin story of how Flinx met Pip. The book is plot driven, adventures and peril abound, but I found the book lacking something and the digressions to other points of view disruptive. And then I went to Mr. Foster’s website and discovered that For Love of Mother-Not was actual a prequel, written in the mid-80’s and not actually the first Flinx story. I don’t know if that explains my sense of missing something, but when next I return to this universe, I will go back to The Tar-Aiym Krang, which is the first book in the Commonwealth Universe.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-01-04 08:42

    In an attempt to fill in some of the blanks in the Flinx backstory, Foster published this prequel to the events that took place in The Tar-Aiym Krang. It tells how Flinx was adopted, about his relationship with Mother Mastiff, about his beginning uses of his talent, and provides some context about his enemies -- information that was sort of alluded to in Orphan Star and The End of the Matter is more explicitly handled here.Its also a really good action adventure novel, as Mastiff is kidnapped and Flinx has to use all of his skills to find her. If you are a big reader of the series, this book does have some information that is not quite on all four corners with books that were written before this one, but which chronicle events that took place after this book. But, to me, that is the author's choice. He is reinventing the story as he sees it. We are along for the ride, and if you overlook those issues, its a sweet ride indeed.

  • Got My Book
    2019-01-22 02:42

    Also posted on my blog Got My Book. An interesting YA prequel to a long running (though now complete) NA SF series.BOOK DETAILS:For Love of Mother-Not by Alan Dean Foster, read by Stefan Rudnicki, published by Audible Studios (2009) / Length: 8 hrs 15 minSERIES INFO:This is (chronologically) Book #1 of 14 in the completed "Pip & Flinx" series, all of which are available on audio. If you prefer to read in publication order, it is #5.SUMMARY:This is probably my favorite of the Pip & Flinx adventures that I have read (I am currently a little over half way through the series.)CHARACTERS:Flinx: His ethics aren't what I would consider acceptable, specifically regarding other people's property. But considering his lack of true parental guidance, I guess it's to be expected. He is such a complex yet essentially likable character though.Mother Mastiff: Very interesting as a fictional character, but not someone I would entrust with an actual child. She does really love him, and makes some unselfish decisions to try and protect him.WORLDBUILDING:Let me start by saying that I spent many years in the Pacific NW of the US (where it rains a lot), and I think I would go crazy living on a planet where it rains nearly constantly.This is not a "central" world; so, although there is lots of tech that is more advanced, it is mostly the little things. A favorite piece of tech is the oil based version of a water bed (it sounds nice & toasty, and I'm writing this in the Fall). And I really like the large riding bird that Flinx eventually rents.The book doesn't really try to get you up to speed on all the details of the vast Humanx Commonwealth. That's actually OK, because Flinx's "world" is much smaller at this point. I never felt like I had a firm grasp on the details of the market area Flinx grew up in, however; but once we got out into the forest, the descriptions were great.PLOT:This is the first book, chronologically, in Flinx's story, but it was not written first. In a way, it is just a much longer version of all the prequel novellas being written now days to fill in a character's backstory. But there is also a fully developed adventure here as well.That mix means that we jump fairly quickly through Flinx's childhood before getting to the main body of the story. I really like the beginning, with his meeting Mother Mastiff. The rest of his childhood seemed a bit rushed. The last hour is very engrossing, and does a good job of setting things up for the remaining books in the series.HIGHLIGHTS:--The moment when Flinx first takes Mother Mastiff's hand--There are some interesting perspectives on who are "good people" vs "bad people" and how outward behavior and attitudes can be one thing while your goals can be another.CONTENT NOTES(?): Children can be "adopted" from the government by paying a fee (i.e. slavery, although they don't like to call it that). Abuse, by some, of the process and the children is hinted at. / There is a group of people who basically feel that any horror is justified if it is for the greater good. / Flinx is a teenage boy and experiences the usual physical & emotional responses to an attractive older woman.I COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT: Some swearing / I don't think it is a good idea to give a small child complete freedom. / TheftNARRATION:Character voices differentiated = Yes, mostly through mild accents & manner of speaking. It is not strong for minor characters. He has a very deep voice, so neither the child nor female voices sound authentic; but they are acceptable. / Phrasing, Pacing & Pronunciation = The non-dialog parts are a bit flat / Emoting = Good enough, for dialog / Speed = Slow. I listened on 1.5, rather than my usual 1.25, and it is still a touch slow.There was a small repeated section

  • An Odd1
    2019-01-17 06:54

    "But I don't want to be different," he insisted, almost crying. "I just want to be like everyone else." p245. The plaint of many a teen, but in a sci-fi setting. Easy to care for characters in a believable chase cross-country, saved more by smarts than deus ex machina luck. No odd omens or peculiar prophecies - straight action, motivated by different honest convictions. In the marketplace of backwater planet Moth, Flinx, now 16, was raised the last eight years by Mother Mastiff, now 98. Gene-manipulating scientists from the aged Meliorare Society kidnap first his mother-not as leverage to control their subject #11 and his erratic mental powers of sensing emotion, then his telepathic catalyst, shoulder-riding stray Pip, a venomous Allaspinian mini-dragon. When her beloved pets are killed in crossfire, tough attractive fishing lodge manager Lauren adds her driving, shooting, and wildlife expertise to the red-haired lad's quest. Two Peaceforcers pursue mere days behind, and aim to "fix" "the monster". Alien names are easy to spell, and relate to known words. Slickertics are synthetic raincoats necessary in constantly damp climate. Flinx rides to the forest wilderness atop an ostrich-like stupava, then steals a hovercraft-type mudder. Lauren drives a jet boat across The-Blue-That-Blinded, until a giant penestral fish threatens to swallow them and their craft. They follow the enemy aerial skimmer with their own, and awaken a sated herd of monstrous horned Devilope to crush the laboratory buildings. Typos:p109 cummunity is communityp163 speciman is specimen p242 exposion is explosion

  • Meggie
    2019-01-23 07:52

    I came across this audio book series by accident and decided to try it out. The starting point for Flint and his flying dragon Pip was well developed and enjoyable from the beginning till the end. I liked Flint. He was a smart young boy and I'm looking forward to read more about his adventures.

  • Debrac2014
    2018-12-30 08:38

    Interesting story that left me with many questions! What other talent does Flinx have? What happened that flung him far from that warehouse?

  • Janet Martin
    2019-01-17 07:37

    Hooked me on this series from the first word! There are lots of reviews that synopsize and analyze this book, so I won't bother

  • Camille
    2019-01-07 02:53

    I immediately was caught up in this story and it became a page turner for me. It slowed down a bit during the forest part, but quickly became a page turner again after he reached his destination... I liked the writing, the plot and characters... I look forward to reading more in this series.

  • Purpleallison Hoffman
    2019-01-03 11:04

    This book was very "meh". I kept waiting for it to get exciting. Or at least to a point where I couldn't put the book down. But it never got there. The story wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either.

  • Matthew Link
    2019-01-11 07:44

    Par for the course for ADF. An enjoyable read. Nothing of earth shattering brilliance, but he's always good for an enteraining story.

  • Gedvondur
    2019-01-14 06:51

    In my estimation, Three Stars is a good book, well worth reading. I've always loved Foster's Commonwealth universe and my introduction to it was The Tar-Ayim Krang, the first Pip and Flinx book. For the Love of Mother-Not, was written later, but set before Krang, and takes a look at the genesis of Flinx on Drallar and explores his relationship with Mother Mastiff. I freely admit, I've probably read all of the Commonwealth books at least three times each, but the Pip and Flinx books I've always found especially endearing. I recommend you read them all and if you have any sci-fi interested teenagers, you can't go wrong with Pip and Flinx.

  • Lesa O'Hara
    2019-01-05 07:42

    Great book!Good book. Just enough mystery to add to the well built characters the author has invented. I can't was to see how flynx and pip continue their journey. I will be sure to buy more books by this author and gladly recommend him to other readdrs

  • Jen King
    2019-01-06 08:44

    I read this whole series quite a few years ago and am enjoying re-visiting it. It's not as 'great' as I remember - it tends to run a little 'shallow' on character and plot, but is still an enjoyable quick read.

  • Keturah Barchers
    2018-12-25 05:40

    I've read this book four times now. Never boring.

  • Jonathon Baugh
    2019-01-17 03:59

    Fun sci-fi from the early 80s. A decent origin story with fun characters and a playful world.

  • Dasha
    2019-01-09 05:51

    This is #1 in the series. Very good.

  • Susan Ferguson
    2019-01-10 04:45

    Flinx is an orphan who remembers very little about his past except that it was a good life with plenty to eat and time to play.

  • Tony Hisgett
    2019-01-15 03:51

    I came across this book on a second hand stall, I had read the ‘Spellsinger” series about thirty years ago and loved it, so I thought I would give it a go. I enjoyed the start of this book but towards the end it began to drag a bit. It seemed to turn into a collection of incidents rather than a coherent story and it became a frustrating read.

  • Mike S
    2019-01-21 11:00

    I really enjoyed this book, both because it was a good story with a lot of potential for development, and because I've read a couple of of other Flinx books over the years. So I'm really having a good time savoring the story and anticipating reading the whole series in order. Foster has a great imagination, creates convincing characters, and created an intriguing tale starting with this book.

  • Aelvana
    2019-01-12 03:59

    He was just a slightly unusual boy with a very unusual pet: a flying snake with a very deadly venom. Flinx has grown up under Mother Mastiff's care, and when she's kidnapped, he sets out to rescue her. But the adventure will prove to be more than he anticipated, the stakes higher, and the mysteries deeper. After all, what could anyone want with him?The story of yet another adolescent boy and his pet has enough twists to keep everything fresh. Flinx's unstable and unpredictable Talent is only part of the story: he's fast, clever, and as stubborn as the woman who raised him. When she goes missing, he takes it very personally, and goes all-out to get her back. And the pet in question is an extremely lethal miniature dragon named Pip, who can spit venom so corrosive it eats through metal in seconds. Nor is the plot as simple as "bad guys took Mom and the good guys get her back." Flinx has gained the attention of more than one outside agency, and those agencies have vastly different agendas for Flinx. The interesting thing is that neither group is easier to root for: the "mad scientists" want a better life for Flinx than the people who would spare him from their grasp. But both groups have underestimated what Flinx and Pip can do together.Overall this is an enjoyable read, and a very quick one. The dynamic between Flinx and Pip is a lot of fun, and the unanswered questions leave wide horizons for future novels. I rate this book Recommended.

  • Al
    2018-12-30 07:57

    Orphan Flinx is adopted (bought) by a quarrelsome old woman who owns a small shop. Her shop is located in the only large city on a planet where it rains most of the time (sounds like the Pacific Northwest). She becomes the mother he never had.One night, he "hears" a lonely thought using an unreliable "talent" for feeling emotions and traces it to a strange winged snake in a garbage heap which immediately "adopts" Flinx as his new owner (buddy?). He names it "Pip". Well, it turns out that Pip is a very dangerous snake that can spit a highly corrosive neurotoxin when threatened.When his "mother" is kidnapped and spirited across the mostly wild planet, Flinx and Pip pursue to rescue her.This is the first book in a rather extensive series. It sold very well as did the series. The writing is very smooth and moves along without boring pauses.I recommend it to science fiction fans who like to read of struggles and personal mysteries. The reader ends up knowing where Flinx comes from and how he acquired his talent, but Flinx only gets a couple of hints.A great set-up for the series.

  • Kevin
    2019-01-03 03:46

    An enjoyable read with warm interesting characters you will care about. I am "re-reading" this series now in series order as most of them are available in audio book format. For me this is science fiction from the days when there was still sense of wonder and optimism about the future. That wonderful pulse pounding feeling is sadly lacking in much of today's nihilistic fiction, and this series fills that void very well.Having said that, I would not recommend this book as an introduction to the series. It works very well as a prequel, but one should first experience the semi-hard science space opera crescendo of the books written earlier in the series, The Tar-Aiym Krang, Orphan Star, and The End of the Matter, and probably some of the non-Flinx stories in the same Commonwealth universe before reading this one, in my opinion. Though there is plenty of action and a very rich background and setting, it is still a lower key thrill ride than other books in the series, more of a pleasant visit with old friends. 3.5 stars.

  • Alex Simonet
    2019-01-20 11:04

    The first book in the Pip and Flinx series provides an engaging if not thought provoking read within the much visited (often sullied) realm of science fiction. A (very) short coming of age story, it introduces our hero Flinx as a young (you guessed it) orphan with 'a bit extra' through his childhood as a wilful youth in the misty city of death that is Drallar. Characterisation in these kinds of novels is often hit and miss not an integral part of the book so credit is due to Foster who crafts the beginnings of a likeable if roguish character. The story itself is quite fast paced, never really slowing down in its 200 pages which I suppose can only be seen as a good thing based on what it is trying to achieve - the prequel for a badass guy and his flying pet snake.Written out of continuation with the next books in the series it sets it up rather nicely for book 2 - The Tar Aiym Krang and so far in my reading of the series hasn't created any jarring discrepancies as others have mentioned. Overall a worthwhile read for any avid science fiction fan. Happy Reading!

  • Alice
    2018-12-25 04:50

    This is really Book OneThis book covers Flinx's childhood and how he was adopted by Mother Mastiff. The boy seems to have a few unusual abilities and a very mysterious background. As he reaches his teenage years, he acquires a mini dragon from a alien planet who he names Pip. This is fortuitous as Pip enhances Flinx's empathy and protects him when the chips are down. His 16th year is a danger filled adventure.Now with all of this, chronologically For Love Of Mother Not is the first book and the Tar-aiym Kang (supposed to be book one) is truly Book Two as it picks up with Flinx being 17 years old and more in control of his self. I am very glad I bought the first two books together as I particularly prefer to read my series in order. This looks to be a Sci-fi series that would appeal to anyone who had a fondness for the Harry Potter books, both adult and child.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-26 10:05

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story of Flinx and Pip. I've never read a book by Alan Dean Foster that I can recall, but I liked his style. I understand that this book is a prequel to a whole series of books about Flinx and Pip. Flinx is adopted as a young boy by an old woman who runs a shop. She pretty much lets him run wild and learn on his own, but gives him a warm and loving home. As he gets older, he realizes that he has a "Talent," he can read people's emotions, but not in any consistent way, he just gets flashes when he least expects it. He comes across a flying snake (dragon), adopts it and names it Pip. When his mother is kidnapped, a sixteen year old Flinx goes on an adventure to get her back. There is an organization trying to get to Flinx for his unrealized potential (his talent) and government agents trying to stop them. Flinx and Pip work together to outwit all of them. I'd like to read more Pip & Flinx adventures, I'm sure they'll be outstanding.

  • Brent Ecenbarger
    2019-01-24 03:04

    The first (chronological) book in the Pip and Flinx series is a briskly paced story with likable main characters and flat/unpleasant supporting characters. The main character (Flinx) is interesting enough, and his flying snake adds some fun but the villains are cardboard and aside from a girl that helps the pair out the good guys aren't much better. Mother Mastiff in particular was cringeworthy at the end, unable to impart even the half truths to keep her adopted son safe from two separate groups that are hunting him.The discovery of both Pip and Flinx's abilities as well as a great sequence on a lake both made this worth reading. Foster also makes up for under developed characters with an abundance on interesting alien life forms.

  • Dan
    2019-01-23 04:53

    I really enjoyed the main character and I am looking forward to more of his adventures and seeing how he grows. Wish I had run across these books sooner!On a side note I dislike how the books in the commonwealth universe have been categorized on GR. What should be done is someone needs to go through all the books and redo the whole category. They should all be under the "Commonwealth Chronology" with a second category if they are in a specific series.For example For love of Mother-Not should be under For love of Mother-Not(Commonwealth Chronology #8, Pip & Flinx #1) instead of For love of Mother-Not(Pip & Flinx #0)You can simply use the authors own website to get them all in order under Data/chrono data in the left column.