“When I asked around for a recommendation for a sci-fi book I was told to go no further than Foundation and Asimov. My only previous foray into SF was the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I found it refreshing that Asimov can pack a punch in his writing, some of the text is so loaded and provokes you into reflecting. Not many writers around who can do that.
A minor problem with the books I have read so far in this series is that it gets difficult to identify with the characters in the book. So often we read books where we root for the protagonists and the tragedy of the characters moves us or their triumph..... Identifying with characters is what binds us to books on fiction.
With the Foundation, its radically different. Characters are there to make up the numbers and further the plot, nothing more. You need to identify instead with the grand concept of Hari Sheldon, i.e. his foundation era, marching relentlessly through a predestined preordained path, taking a gazillion living beings from the darkness of barbarism and anarchy into a stable peaceful galactic era.”
lonsharim wrote this review Wednesday, February 2, 2011.