Search Results: "Alan Dean Foster"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FALSE MIRROR by Alan Dean Foster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Once again, minimal plot, little sense of purpose, battle scenes that lack visceral impact, and no attempt whatever at a suitable conclusion: Foster fans only."
Second of Foster's mediocre interstellar war yarns (A Call to Arms), as the squid-like Amplitur (whose slaves are compelled by their implacable Purpose) battle the Weave confederation (their human allies are the best soldiers in the business, but too barbaric for full membership). Read full book review >

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DIRGE by Alan Dean Foster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 6, 2000

"Okay for series fans, otherwise bland and dispensable."
Second prequel (Phylogenesis, 1999) to Foster's Commonwealth yarns (the Flinx series, etc.). Read full book review >

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REUNION by Alan Dean Foster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2001

"Conclusion: the author's aiming to spin things out indefinitely."
After five years, the Flinx and Pip far-future series reappears (Mid-Flinx, 1995). Read full book review >

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PRIMAL SHADOWS by Alan Dean Foster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"Manic, overheated travelogue, with astonishingly bad prose: McCracken's 'individual eyebrow hairs struck repeated blows for follicular independence, twisting and curling violently in all directions like helectites on the wall of a limestone cave.'"
Veteran fantasy writer Foster (Kingdoms of Light, 2001) attempts a comic, contemporary adventure story with painfully awkward results. Read full book review >

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TROUBLE MAGNET by Alan Dean Foster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 28, 2006

"With little or no development of the alien-menace issue, this, like all Flinx's recent adventures (Running from the Deity, 2005, etc.), is no more than another lengthy, lightweight sidebar; still, Foster's largely adolescent audience will likely be satisfied."
Another adventure for Flinx—Philip Lynx, the product of illegal eugenics experiments, who has the ability to perceive and project emotions—and Pip, his venomous flying-snake sidekick. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1978

"May the Force preserve us from more of this stuff."
A spinoff of the main people, androids, and other marketable trademarks from Star Wars. Read full book review >

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RUNNING FROM THE DEITY by Alan Dean Foster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Flinx flinches."
Addition to Foster's series (Flinx's Folly, 2003, etc.) starring Philip Lynx (Flinx), whose ability to project and receive emotions grows steadily more powerful and unpredictable. Read full book review >

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INTO THE OUT OF by Alan Dean Foster
Released: Oct. 15, 1986

"Mole's the pity that Foster simply isn't skilled enough to put this one across with the necessary conviction; still, horror regulars might experience a shudder or two."
Hard-working but mundane horror yarn from the veteran author of science-fiction mediocrities. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 4, 1998

"Inventive and packed with flavorsome incident, but lacking propellant: a pleasant but far from compelling saunter."
First of a fantasy trilogy, from the author of Mid-Flinx (1995), etc. The tall herdsman/warrior Etjole Ehomba of the Naumkib tribe lives by the sea. Read full book review >

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THE CANDLE OF DISTANT EARTH by Alan Dean Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2006

"The sort of facile diversion an old stager like Foster could dash off in his sleep—and probably did."
Wrapping up a trilogy (The Light-Years Beneath My Feet, 2005, etc.) about a group of alien abductees trying to find their way home. Read full book review >