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Foundation and Empire Kindle Edition
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|Foundation (Book 1)||Second Foundation (Book 3)||Foundation’s Edge (Book 4)||Foundation and Earth (Book 5)||Prelude to Foundation (Foundation Prequel 1)||Forward the Foundation (Foundation Prequel 2)|
|Experience the complete genre-defining Foundation series.||The story of our future begins with the Foundation. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.||The third novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series.||The fourth novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series.||The fifth novel in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece, the Foundation series.||The first of two prequel novels in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece.||The second of two prequel novels in Isaac Asimov’s classic science-fiction masterpiece.|
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- ASIN : B000FC1PWK
- Publisher : Spectra (June 1, 2004)
- Publication date : June 1, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 4966 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0553803727
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #260 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Azimov recognized that following the path of a historian’s predictions lacked dramatic tension, at least once the first book had established Seldon’s prescience. The second half of the this book introduces a person that Seldon could not foresee, the Mule. The Mule sees himself as guiding the galaxy on an equally valid path toward legitimate order. Of course, some want to stop him, either to restore the Foundation or to put history on its proper path.
As in the first book, almost all of the “action” takes place through set-piece conversations. This makes the series surprisingly theatrical – though I suspect the forthcoming television series will deliver blockbuster action instead.
If you liked Foundation, you’ll like this book and the third, Second Foundation. Asimov’s Foundation books became more irregular in quality after the original trilogy.
This particular episode struck me as dull. It was well written, but predictable, not particularly descriptive (either of characters or the environment), and far too Empirical.
Character development throughout the series is quite weak. That's probably because the characters change rapidly, necessitated by the jumps in time.
Overall, yes, I see why this is considered "classic". It's jut not really what I'm looking for in a good fiction novel. I compare writing to others, like Frank Herbert & Edgar Rice Burroughs and find this trilogy lacking.
A quick refresher on the background: The psychohistorian Hari Seldon was able to mathematically foresee the future of human society in the Milky Way. It wasn't pretty. Socio-economic forces were to cause the total collapse of the Trantorian Empire and lead to 30,000 years of anarchy and barbarism before a new empire restored peace and order. However, Seldon saw an "alternate path" that could reduce the duration of the Dark Ages to a single millennium. He established two societies (called Foundations) to bring this change about.
In Foundation, we learn how the fledgling First Foundation established itself after Seldon's death and how it grew powerful. In F&E, Seldon is long dead and the First Foundation faces much more serious threats: a war with the dying but still powerful Trantorian Empire and a war with a mutant leader called The Mule who possesses incredible powers. The part about the war with the Empire is a straightforward narrative with a couple interesting twists. The second part about The Mule takes place a few decades later and is written in the style of a mystery, sort of like the first two Robot novels.
Since The Mule is an individual of extraordinary power, Seldon's psychohistorical predictions for the First Foundation are in jeopardy because they deal only with masses of people and large scale socio-economic forces. Hence the second part is a more exciting read. :-) Also, until the end of the second part the Second Foundation is a mysterious society on the other side of the Galaxy about whom we know next to nothing. Although I guessed the nature of The Mule's powers, I did not guess his identity and it was a great surprise for me when it was revealed at the end. The events of the last two chapters are stunning and really make you want to rip into the third book. Yet F&E doesn't end on a cliffhanger and is quite satisfying in and of itself. This unique blend is a testament to Asimov's genius as an author. Also, you'll learn why the mutant calls himself The Mule and it's quite enlightening!
With novels written later, Asimov tied together three series into one huge one! I recommend reading the entire 14-book series in the following order: the four Robot novels, the three Empire novels, and the seven Foundation novels (the original trilogy plus two prequels and two sequels). So far I've yet to read the last three Foundation books (Second Foundation, Foundation's Edge, Foundation and Earth), but so far most have been excellent and all have been well above average.
Every child needs to read Asimov's books.
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It's dated a little with the amount of smoking especially cigars in the dialogue!
Not too far in yet and was a bit slow but it is getting great again!
I got the first as a gift and order this the day after finishing it.