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Forward the Foundation by Isaac Asimov
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Feb 27, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adventure-suspense, biography, science-fiction
Recommended for: Golden Age Science Fiction fans
Read from February 27 to 29, 2012

Just finished reading Forward the Foundation and I honestly don't recall reading it previously, which makes me wonder if my memory is on the fritz. I had a copy for Nook and the OCR job on it was rather dismal. Still, it was readable. Then around page 320 or so, ending a dramatic section I turn the page and I'm back about 120 pages starting all over again. Talk about confused. It was about 120 pages later I come to the last few pages of the novel. Seems like the story ended with those last few pages but what a shock to be anticipating well over 100 pages to go and skipping through a repeated section I find I'm finished. Such is life I suppose.

The novel is essentially a biography of Hari Seldon. Adventure, suspense, political intrigue, family dynamics, scholarly politics and antics, a few fights, and is a nice prelude to his famous Foundation trilogy, filling in the back story. As always in Asimov stories there's a few “wow”s and sometimes things you're pretty sure about but doesn't come out for quite a while so you do keep wondering... Foundation trilogy fans would enjoy the back story.

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