dinsdag 29 maart 2016

Isaac Asimov: Foundation and Empire

Hi everyone

Foundation and Empire is the next book in the Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov.
You can find my reviews on the previous novels here.
This book has 282 pages and I got it from Bol.com.

“Led by its founding father, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation has survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Yet now it must face the Empire—still the mightiest force in the Galaxy even in its death throes. When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire’s glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope for the small planet of scholars and scientists lies in the prophecies of Hari Seldon.
But not even Hari Seldon could have predicted the birth of the extraordinary creature called The Mule—a mutant intelligence with a power greater than a dozen battle fleets… a power that can turn the strongest-willed human into an obedient slave.”

I am really enjoying the series. . It’s quite different from the books I’m used to because I’m just starting out with SF and this is kind of a nice, gentle way to dip my toes into the water.

It’s fast and thrilling without a boring moment in the whole novel. The Mule is a very intriguing character and I wish Asimov made more of a point of his characterization. 
His interesting ideas and the plot are amazing and they make the books worth reading.
But I do not love it; I find it to be rather superficial and almost light-hearted. Aside from that, there’s not much character development or world-building. His writing is full of clichés and bad dialogue.

It’s a relaxing read, and that’s about what I expect from this series by now.

3 STARS

Happy reading.
Helena

Time to relax.