Foundation - Isaac Asimov I often find it difficult to rate books like this. On the one hand, I can see why this is a classic and why Asimov is one of the greatest science fiction writers that ever lived. The ideas in Foundation are certainly ahead of its time and I can appreciate the great things that stories like this did for its genre. On the other hand, books like this really show their age. It's so hard to read now and not have the experience biased by external factors like culture and language. For example, I wholly agree with a reviewer who used the cigar puffing old boys' club metaphor to describe the characters' interactions in this book. I also noticed the distinct lack of any female characters.

While I recognize its merits, I can't say I really enjoyed reading this book. It's very different from the stories I normally enjoy which are character-driven. I like seeing protagonists develop over time, as opposed to the style of Foundation which jumps around a lot.