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Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Jan 02, 10

Read in January, 2010

This is actually the second prequel to the Foundation Trilogy, and the last book Asimov wrote (see the Author's note in Prelude to Foundation for the chronology of the series vs. when actually penned).

As I read 'Prelude' first, and got accustomed to the later writing style of Asimov before getting to the Foundation Trilogy, it was easy for me to rejoin Hari, Dors, and Raych. The book is separated in sections by character focus, similar to others of the series. Each section jumps forward in time, and it is one of the things I appreciate about Asimov...the way he will jump ahead and lead you into the new section (although sometimes I didn't want the gaps in time...I wanted more details, more of what happened with the fallout of the resolution of the previous section).

Hari ages through the book, and loses loved ones in the process. I felt the loss, and didn't want it to happen (especially Dors), but the additional emotion made it more enjoyable for me. A continued practice was the notes from the Galactic Encyclopedia at different parts of the book...I always liked those...

Lots of gaps are filled, and it makes it very satisfying for a fan of the series...and even as a prequel, I didn't feel cheated by reading the rest of the series and coming back to this one. The last section jumped a bit back and forth with the time aspect, and I felt it lost the flow just a bit, but not so as to distract from the overall entertainment.

I've got Foundation and Earth left to read, and then I'll go on to the robot series...certain to read the history of Daneel...
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