Book Reviews

On this page you will find reviews of books that I have read. They aren’t in any particular order, I’ve just put them in the order that I have reviewed them.

The rating will be on a scale of 1 to 10 and the reviews will tend to be short and crisp without a summary. In essence, it will be just a small opinion piece. The title of the book will link to the Goodreads page for that book. Feel free to add me on Goodreads if you like.

Foundation by Isaac Asimov  (rating – 9/10)

Cover of 'Foundation', the first book in the series of the same name by Isaac Asimov.

Cover of ‘Foundation’, the first book in the series of the same name by Isaac Asimov.

What can I say about this brilliant book? Never have I read something so astute and stunning in its conception. A very well written book takes you on a journey into the future, one that is not so Utopian as you might have thought. However, there is much hope because of the visionary genius of one man and his plan for humanity.

The book is not dark or action packed or mysterious. It is not even a grim prediction of the future, nor is it a glowing vision of things to come. It is a stark and run-of-mill account of what life might be like 50,000 years into the future and that is what makes it so amazing! There is no single hero, and no single story, mainly due to the fact that it was not meant to be a novel at all, but a collection of short stories about the distant future. However, the narrative is not disjointed at all and it has interesting parallels with the history of our own world.

Foundation is a simple, yet powerful story that is told in a way that you can immediately identify with it and it becomes part of you. One of the advantages of having so many heroes is that we can all choose our favorites and see ourselves in them. It doesn’t talk about the technology of the future as much as it does about the effect that this technology will have on humans of the future. It talks about civilization and it talks about the relationship that we have with technology and how it shapes us. It talks about knowledge and teaches us its importance. But most importantly, the book shows us that every civilization must fall and that the foundation for a new one must be laid over the ruins of another.

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