Book Review / February 24, 2022
Book Review - Foundation's Edge / Foundation and Earth

Foundation's Edge / Foundation and Earth

Books 4 and 5
By: Isaac Asimov

Book Review

Very disappointed in books 4 and 5 of the Foundation Series. Asimov wrote them over 30 years later, but that doesn't mean they have to be disappointing. It would be hard to connect to the masterful ending of book 3 in the series, but book 4 unnecessarily dilutes the charm of the first three books by introducing a dramatic shift in the plot.

To be fair, the first half of book 4 was actually pretty good. If I could rate that independently, I would rate that 4 out of 5 stars. However, from the middle of the book to the end, it steadily declines, and by the end of the book it is dragging bottom.

I started reading book 5 wondering if Isaac Asimov could rescue the plot line. I found myself internally cheering him on as I read hoping it would get better. However, it actually got worse. Book 5 was fairly long, and it really lagged and at the same time getting farther and farther away from the charm of the original trilogy. The attempts at connecting the plot to the original trilogy felt feeble and contrived.

Another factor that really ruined books 4 and 5 was that Asimov introduces sexual themes whereas the original trilogy had none of it. Nothing was explicit, but it just wasn't necessary. I wonder if he felt that this was necessary for him to be a good author during the 1980s. Either way, it was another detractor.

I would have loved to see Isaac Asimov that the Foundation series to the conclusion of the seldon plan with significant twists and turns. But alas, it wasn't meant to be.

Book Review / Feb 24
Book Review - Foundation's Edge / Foundation and Earth

Foundation's Edge / Foundation and Earth

Books 4 and 5
By: Isaac Asimov

Book Review

Very disappointed in books 4 and 5 of the Foundation Series. Asimov wrote them over 30 years later, but that doesn't mean they have to be disappointing. It would be hard to connect to the masterful ending of book 3 in the series, but book 4 unnecessarily dilutes the charm of the first three books by introducing a dramatic shift in the plot.

To be fair, the first half of book 4 was actually pretty good. If I could rate that independently, I would rate that 4 out of 5 stars. However, from the middle of the book to the end, it steadily declines, and by the end of the book it is dragging bottom.

I started reading book 5 wondering if Isaac Asimov could rescue the plot line. I found myself internally cheering him on as I read hoping it would get better. However, it actually got worse. Book 5 was fairly long, and it really lagged and at the same time getting farther and farther away from the charm of the original trilogy. The attempts at connecting the plot to the original trilogy felt feeble and contrived.

Another factor that really ruined books 4 and 5 was that Asimov introduces sexual themes whereas the original trilogy had none of it. Nothing was explicit, but it just wasn't necessary. I wonder if he felt that this was necessary for him to be a good author during the 1980s. Either way, it was another detractor.

I would have loved to see Isaac Asimov that the Foundation series to the conclusion of the seldon plan with significant twists and turns. But alas, it wasn't meant to be.

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