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Moth was a beautiful planet, the only one with wings - two great golden clouds suspended in space around it.Here was a wide-open world for any venture a man might scheme. The planet attracted unwary travelers, hardened space-sailors, and merchant buccaneers - a teeming, constantly shifting horde that provided a comfortable income for certain quick-witted fellows like Flinx and his pet flying snake Pip. With his odd talents, the pickings were easy enough so that Flinx did not have to be dishonest ... most of the time.In fact, it hardly seemed dishonest at all to steal a starmap from a dead body that didn't really need it anymore. But Flinx wasn't quite smart enough. He should have wondered why the body was dead in the first place... BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Alan Dean Foster.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 01-20-09

The First of the Flinx and Pip Novels AT LAST!

This story introduces the Listener to the "Humanx Commonwealth" and draws a wonderful picture of Moth. Flinx is young in this story, although written first this is later in the seres than, "For Love Of Mother Not" which comes first in Flinx's life. Either Novel stands on its own. The Story is a Rip Roaring Space opera/car chase that is a mystery as well. Flinx is introduced to many people who will influence him throughout the series Great Listen Highly recommended!

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3 out of 5 stars
By David on 03-01-10

Feels like a prequel

This is a consistently enjoyable read. The characters are very nicely imagined and well drawn and the plot is clear, engaging and fairly satisfying. There is some nice detail about the worlds we encounter, enough to feed our imagination and bring the whole milieu into focus for us.
This is the first book I have read in the series. It does feel as though it is an adventure put together, competently, to introduce us to characters with whom we are destined to become more familiar over time. So there is a certain superficial quality to the whole thing as if the author is determined not to spend a moment more than he needs to in the service of providing some back story for later books. Still it was great fun.
My one more serious criticism is that the book should have been edited more expertly. There are quite a few awkward uses of language and even a couple malapropisms which I do not think were intended to establish character or style. The author is a better story teller than he is a word smith.

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