Goodread Monday – Foundation


Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page TurnersTo participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

Foundation (Foundation #1)
By Isaac Asimov
Publisher: Spectra
ISBN13: 9780553803716
Pages: 256
Genre: Science Fiction


For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future — to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire — both scientists and scholars — and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation.

But soon the fledgling Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Mankind’s last best hope is faced with an agonizing choice: submit to the barbarians and be overrun — or fight them and be destroyed.

I have noted some very mixed reviews for this title. Until recently I admit that I was unaware that this was part of a collection. And I dare call myself a fan of sci-fi!? Well that might be because I have a deep appreciation for the genre, but it is normally a total hit or miss. But when I love a sci-fi title, I tend to really love it. Have you read this book? If so have you continued with later titles? I would love some insight into this one. Please feel free to link reviews if you have them! What has been on your tbr for a while?

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42 thoughts on “Goodread Monday – Foundation

  1. I read the fist one because my boyfriend really liked it. Not so much for me, it wasn’t the writing or the plot for me, it’s because it jumped in time so much. I just started to figure things out then bam changed if everything. He said he doesn’t think the second one does that, so I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series or not.

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  2. I read and loved all of the Foundation series back in my youth, and actually have this one on my Classics Club list for a re-read. I loved Asimov – he has been so influential on sci-fi for decades and you still see references to his stuff in modern books and films. He can read as somewhat dated now though, but I still think he’s more than worth reading to see where many of the sci-fi conventions started…

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  3. I started reading this one when I was a kid, but I thought it was really dry, so I stopped. Maybe I would like it now, but I’ve never gone back. There is a story Asimov wrote called ‘Nighfall’ that I enjoyed.

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  4. I read this as a kid and was not impressed- but that might be because I was a kid. Would I enioy it/ get more out of it as an adult? Probably, but I admit it looks dry and nt my thing. I hope you like it though!

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  5. I have read Foundation. Do I remember it well (at all), no. Ha! It was during my first time in 11th grade when I was in a constant state of drugged out. I made a second go at 11th grade, successfully sober, ha ha, but with no second go at Asimov. I should probably reread it. I have read i.Robot, and I liked it a lot. I always intended to read more of the Robot books, but never got around to it. Maybe that can be a challenge for me next year. 📚

    I will tell you an embarrassing story, though. I read and loved The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, in fact I read it twice back to back, but for some reason I was always mixing up Asimov and Bradbury titles. I was at a college party when I was still in high school; all cocky that they were talking about Asimov and I had read “Asimov”, and was spouting my knowledge of… you guessed it, The Martian Chronicles. What. An. Idiot. 😂

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  6. The Asimov Foundation series might be my husband’s all time favorite. That said, I could totally understand how it may not resonate as much with people today in terms of the writing and style. (Did I just make my husband sound old?) Although thematically it feels pretty current “… can see into the future — to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare” 🙂

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    1. I think the odds might be in my favor. I tend to prefer the older sci-fi and can usually settle into the dated writing easily. The theme is certainly promising. I heard the trilogy only gets better. I think I need to make time for this soon!

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  7. I’ve read the first two books (Foundation & Foundation and Empire)!! It’s part of this big fat book containing the first trilogy. I’ve stopped after the second so I could have a break from this series and then complete it around May! This is a book that is STRONGLY centered around IDEAS rather than CHARACTERS. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up emphasizing that in my review in the future. Book 1 was better than its sequel (partly because I was saw the ending coming from a mile and the format of the story was changed). It’s definitely worth checking out. All sci-fi fans pass through this series as a ritual, rumors say. 😀 😀 Hope you enjoy it when you get the chance. 😉

    – Lashaan

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    1. I believe I read a review you posted at some point? Or am I confusing it with someone else? I am intrigued that you enjoyed the first book better. Everyone else has told me the second is an improvement! So now I am really ready to jump in and explore 🙂

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      1. I believe you might be referring to Trang’s review of the first book! She actually finished reading all three books, and I also believe the first one is her favourite! Maybe people like the fact that there’s actually a “villain” that appears from start to finish in the second book. And maybe they also “prefer”? the new format in the sequel. I thought the first book had the perfect structure for the type of story it had. It also laid out something really fascinating and thought-provoking too. I guess the fact that introduced all that made it much more fun, and better than the second for me. Oh, of course, there’s those two other things I mentioned in my previous comment! 😀 I’m sure you’ll find it just as intriguing and quite different from what you’ve been reading lately!

        – Lashaan

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