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TurdAndChavis
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Has anyone read the Foundation series?
My brother in law recommended it to me. I’m currently reading Blood Meridian. I like Sci Fi and fantasy. He said Foundation was a great series.

Has anyone read it and agrees?


fdanon
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
Yes, it’s one of the classics science fiction series written by the GOAT. Super interesting and tv series coming out on apple later this year.


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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
I absolutely loved it. You will want to read the main three - Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation. Each is only like 225 pages so really easy to get through.

I haven't gotten around to the rest of the books in the series though. Planning on rereading it and maybe picking up rest of the series later this year.


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MSTiger33
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
Just started my reread. Love this series.


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blueridgeTiger
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
I read it many years ago - I recall it being one of the greatest by GOAT SciFi writer.


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squid_hunt
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
I think it's an interesting concept, but couldn't stand the book. I quit less than halfway in. I'm a big Asimov fan, which is why I picked it up, but couldn't finish.

After reading the reviews on here, I may have to go back and try it again.


gpburdell
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
Not yet, but I bought all the books a few months ago. I read many of the Asimov Robot books when I was younger and liked them.

I've always heard Foundation is great. With the Foundation TV series starting later this year, I'm planning to read the first book before it starts.


auyushu
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
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think it's an interesting concept, but couldn't stand the book. I quit less than halfway


I didn't hate the books, just thought they were average (I read the first three). I loved the concept, but really didn't like the constant switching of characters and POVs/timelines.

I also found the second book extremely predictable with the plot reveal, which made it pretty meh.

I think if I had read it when I first started reading sci Fi and fantasy I would have been more impressed.


DukeSilver
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
Enjoyed them and an pretty hyped from the limited looks at the apple tv show coming out.


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lsuoilengr
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
I listened to the books on tape


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iwyLSUiwy
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
Just posted this in the Sci Fi thread before I saw this post...

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Im tryng to finish the Foundation trilogy before the series starts. Should finish up book one tonight.

So im guessing that the show is going to use all 3 books for one season. There is no way you could do a show based off the 1st book. There is ZERO character development and it jumps around and is semi-hard to follow for an easy read.

I love Asimov, and I can definitely see how this influenced Star Wars, but its probably my least favorite book of his that i've read so far.



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iwyLSUiwy
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
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I didn't hate the books, just thought they were average (I read the first three). I loved the concept, but really didn't like the constant switching of characters and POVs/timelines.


This is kind of my feelings on the 1st book. There is no fluidity at all. No character developments. Its an easy read but im contantly thinking about how certain things tie in to the rest of the book. I have 20 pages left in the 1st book and i've yet to find a character that I actually like or even know enough about to like.


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LSU2NO
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
Yes. Asimov wrote five (?) Foundation books and five Robot books (I,Robot). Then he merged the two series into one. It was mind-blowing for me as a kid.


thatguy45
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
It's good. Thing is first 3 are combinations of novellas/short stories Asimov's wrote in the 50s so you wind up with different characters, time jumps, etc.

Once you hit books 4, and 5 they are actual novels he wrote in the 80s to connect Foundation with the robot books. There isn't time jumps and the main characters remain the same. I found the last one (Foundation and Earth) to be the best one. It's a genuine space odyssey.


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PaulMainieriEmbolism
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
7 foundation books written by Asimov. 2 prequels and 2 sequels.
I enjoyed the prequels and sequels much more than the original series.
I remember Foudation and Earth I could not put down.
This post was edited on 7/9 at 1:24 pm


mdomingue
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
It is great. Classic sci-fi. Read it years ago. Been thinking of rereading it.


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Ace Midnight
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
It's the gold standard for a speculative serial. Having since been compiled into novel-length volumes, it would be perfect for a multiple season treatment by a streaming service. Assuming those folks were committed to preserving as much of the tone and lore of the original work with "as little as possible" adjustment to modern times, it could be great.

The only knock I have and it is one that is shared by the giants of Huxley, Heinlein, etc., is that it is getting quite dated by now. That is unavoidable, but something to bear in mind - you have to put yourself in a 1950s/1960s mindset to really enjoy it and pretend the next 60 years of history hasn't happened yet.


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rickyrickk
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
Yes, it’s one of the classics science fiction series written by the GOAT


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Sneaky__Sally
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Member since Jul 2015
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re: Has anyone read the Foundation series?
So Apple tv release date is actually in 2 weeks for this - doing some reading it looks like they won't be sticking directly to book 1 storylines and will be making some significant changes to the series for production.

This is actually pretty necessary for this series to be translated to tv so the audience can follow characters given the time jumps of the story.

ETA: It almost looks like this is starting with a lot of prequel stuff - no spoilers but it doesn't appear to start with the Foundation storyline unless its just not giving it away in the trailer
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