The Day of Dissonance

The Day of Dissonance
Season of the Spellsong #3
Alan Dean Foster
Fantasy
1 Star
dtb, 235 pages

Wizard turtle sends pothead boy and crew off to find him some magic medicine. Cross oceans, face death, etc, etc. Get the medicine, turns out to be aspirin, which pothead boy had in his pockets when he was transported. Gets a little more into Foster’s desire for Furry and also introduces the fantasy of hot girls, who are minors. Foster was a real bastard with this series. Should be ashamed to have written it.

The Hour of the Gate

The Hour of the Gate
Season of the Spellsong #2
Alan Dean Foster
Fantasy
1 Star
dtb, 217 Pages

finishes the storyline of the ancient evil. A country of bugs had somehow gotten hold of a military computer full of weapons technology. Ends with the baddies setting off a nuclear bomb in their own camp. Kind of hard to come back from that. Spellsinger boy is a whiner and Foster is constantly referencing songs by groups without giving any lyrics, expecting his audience to be familiar with them. Written for an age group, not for good literature.

Spellsinger

Spellsinger
Season of the Spellsong #1
Alan Dean Foster
Fantasy
1 Star
dtb 275 pages

a 24 year old prelaw student, who is a complete pot head, is whisked to another dimension by a powerful wizard [a turtle] to be that worlds savior from an “evil menace”. The guy is an idiot, and can supposedly work magic through a kind of guitar. Very rarely. And the world is populated by anthropomorphic animals, and humans are a very small part of the big picture. So it comes down to this: this novel is a story for Foster to admit his secret love of furry’ism, pot and 80’s music.

Drowning World

Drowning World
HumanX Commonwealth
Alan Foster
SF
2 Stars
315 pages

yet another novel of the commonwealth. And guess what? You have several different species all stranded together on an inhospitable world who must rely on each other to survive. Also guess what again? Another sentient being is found in plant life. Surprise!

Man, Foster needs to stop. His stuff is becoming as rote and as badly written as Edding’s stuff was before he died.

Codgerspace

Codgerspace
Alan Foster
SF
3 stars
309 pages

5 retirees find an old alien spaceship buried on earth. The AI is confused, after 1million years, and turns to them for commands. Also has a story about the AI’s of earth leaving their duties and searching for non-human intelligent life.

Funny and light and serving absolutely no purpose beyond a little humor. Good read.

Trouble Magnet

Trouble Magnet
Pip & Flinx #11
Alan Foster
SF
2 stars
272 pages

Flinx gets involved with some gang kids while trying to decide if humanity is worth saving.

Basically, Foster slaps on the name of Pip and Flinx to sell this mediocre Commonwealth novel. A bit of action, and very little whining by Flinx, make this book mediocre instead of abysmal.

Foster appears to have run out of ideas, real ideas, for Flinx and this novel really shows that. Nothing original, nothing exciting, no advancement of the “Must stop the BIG BAD Thing that will destroy us all” plot [which is really lame imo anyway], in fact, so much nothing happens that without Foster’s name on it, this book would have died before ever getting out into the wild.

I just want this series to end now. Foster has ruined it completely by trying to milk it for close to 30 years. Shame on him!

Running from the Deity

Running from the Deity
Pip and Flinx #10
Alan Dean Foster
sf
1 star
255 pages

Pip goes to a low tech world to hide and get repairs. Instead of staying hidden in his ship, he goes out and makes contact with the natives, setting a war in motion. He, and the A.I. of the ship, stop the war and take off.

This was PATHETIC! Nothing but Pip feeling bad for himself and doing stupid things and feeling bad about those, etc, etc. Foster has totally lost the FUN that started this series. Boooo!

Candle of Distant Earth

Candle of Distant Earth
Taken #3
Alan Foster
SF
2 stars
262 pages

The gang all make home to their respective homeworlds. However, Walker and George both decide, just as they find our solar system, that they have “grown” and that now they want to travel. Gee, wish they had decided that before they set out with a whole fleet! And the Villinji who kidnapped them and has been chasing them, well, what do you know? He has a sudden change of perspective and sees that maybe other sentients aren’t just “goods” to be sold. How heartwarming .

Foster forced this ending and it didn’t fit with everything that had gone on before. Glad I never bought these.