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Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Jan 19, 12

bookshelves: a-rated, a-owned, fiction-science
Read in January, 2012

The first story is essentially a continuation of the Mule storyline. The tale is fraught with half-truths and plot twists, which hold up quite well until the end. The finale scene of the first story's main story (not the epilogue) has the taste of a B-movie set piece: ill-conceived, poorly foreshadowed twists and turns that end at a very unsatisfying conclusion. In many ways, this feels like the inevitable conclusion of the Mule storyline: he had to be dealt with, but there were no good ways to deal with him.

The second story is more interesting and introduces the incomparable Arkady, a fantastic little side-character who is both clever and lovable. The plot is also fairly clever and has a somewhat more believable finale. Like the second book, Foundation and Empire, the stories in Second Foundation are a mixed bag, but still well worth the read. If nothing else, Arkady is quite entertaining!
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