Mid-Flinx by Alan Dean Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As light adventure goes with a young man (now 20) who only desires to be left alone and far from civilization thanks to the bad side-effects of his empathic-telepathy, the whole novel has the feel of a side-quest.
Not really a searching-for-oneself thing, either. He just happens to be doing his own thing when jerks appear. You know the type. More money than sense. Deep rage and disrespect. A desire to put a minidrag in a zoo and look at this weak-looking kid here with one now kind of guy.
Fast forward to a few space hops, some soul searching and visions about a great evil on the other side of the galaxy that only Flinx (and a few artifacts) can fix, and a ginormous man-eating jungle.
Chase, chase, chase, horrible deaths, chase, interesting humanoid aliens, chase, love interest, chase, and eventually a few new surprises along the way.
Flinx sure as hell can get into some interesting fixes!
Aside from a few over-story developments that really seems to make this series hold together in a really BIG and COOL way, this is still just a pretty decent adventure novel in strange locations while meeting strange people. More than that, it's nothing much. BUT it's decent and fun and I sure as hell want to see what the big thing is. :)
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