Flinx's Folly Book Summary and Study Guide

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Allan Dean Foster
Del Rey, Nov 2003, 24.95, 272 pp.
ISBN 0345450388

The outlawed Gengineer Melianare Society biomanipulated Flinx's neurological system giving him the ability to read minds and projects emotions. He is a very powerful empathic telepath who many races take a very deep interest in, which is why he travels under false credentials. The viru-ujurians, who are under indictment, gave Flinx a ship that is unlike any in the Commonwealth. They would like him to use it to keep him safe.
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He is a very lonely twenty-four year old man who is only emotionally bonded to Pip, an Alesphinian minidras snake who regards Flinx as his bondmate and protector. Needing someone to confide in about his dreams where he is the key to saving the universe from something that is coming in the distant future, he travels to the planet New Riviera. There he connects with his old girlfriend Trinity in the hopes she can help him figure out if his dreams are a premonition of things to come. While on the planet, he has to deal with Trinity's boyfriend who is trying to kill him. He also must contend with a group that knows what Flinx is dreaming about is true and want to eliminate him so the cosmos will be destroyed.

With every Flinx and Pip adventure, readers come one step closer to learning how Flinx will grow into his mental powers. Many races and people believe he is the key to saving the universe from a threat that is not fully understood. The way they protect him from his myriad of enemies is quite interesting but not as fascinating as the blossoming romance of Flinx and Trinity who is bonded to Pip's offspring. FLINX'S FOLLY is space opera at its finest.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   mind control (scifi) Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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