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Nov 12, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of classic sci-fi
Recommended to Eric by: Sword and Laser
It's always good to read something that helped mold a genre you love -- in the case of science fiction, that means reading Heinlein, Bradbury and Asimov. What's even better is when that classic turns out to be more interesting than anticipated.

In this particular case, that seems to be in spite of itself. It tries really hard to be very boring, in a number of ways.

1) Consistently telling instead of showing, to the extreme that there were literally no action sequences in the entire novel, a nove
Jan 18, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the longest time, I swore that I had read the Foundation series - and shame on me for lying about it, but I really did think that I had. Being in a sci-fi state of mind recently, I decided to try re-reading them - and this, the first book in the series, was entirely unfamiliar to me. So that's kind of cool - re-reading books has a certain charm, but there are never any real surprises. Though I suppose I'm getting old enough, and have defiled enough of my brain cells by now, that the ol' memo ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Jlawrence rated it really liked it
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What's remarkable about Foundation is how captivating it is despite all the things it's got stacked against it, for example:

- Almost entirely consisting of people sitting in rooms talking
- Tinges of imperialist apologia
- Apparently no women of real import in the galactic future
- Thin characterization
- Various anachronisms

It's a novel of ideas, sure, but Asimov is more interested in seeing how the ideas play out in various situations than he is in the ideas themselves (it's noteworthy that the no
Nov 08, 2012 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This holds up well for an older sci-fi book. Of course it's Asimov, so you would hope it would. The fact that nuclear power is the pentacle of energy technology 12,000 years into the future could seem dated, but I thought it was kitschy and gave some insight into the times this book was written.
The book is actually more of a series of short interconnected stories with a common theme and each one follows the same story arc pattern which did feel a little repetitive by the end. Overall a good read
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