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Foundation
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September 1, 2012
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Eric
Sep 20, 2012 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
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Jlawrence
Sep 11, 2012 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
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