I’m a day behind on posting the Book It! for October. Mostly because I was hoping to finish the 3rd novel in the Foundation Trilogy last night. I didn’t get finished, but I’m close. That 3rd book will just have to be a finish for next month instead.
The Invisible Intruder
The Invisible Intruder by Carolyn Keen is #46 in the Nancy Drew mystery series. This mystery follows Nancy and a group of friends as they go on a ghost hunt and uncover a plot to trick land owners into selling at low prices. If you enjoy Nancy Drew mysteries, this is a good one.
The Foundation Trilogy contains the novels Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. Together, they comprise a story considered to be one of the landmarks of sci-fi’s “Golden Age” in the 1940’s and 50’s. The trilogy begins in the distant future when man has created a Galactic Empire that has thrived for 12,000 years. Unfortunately, it appears an end to that Empire is fast approaching and could lead to thirty millennia of barbarism. Enter renegade psychohistorian Hari Seldon. Hoping to shorten that interval, Seldon convinces the Empire to allow him to enact a plan which he hope will minimize that dark age to a mere thousand years.
It has been a while since I read some real science fiction. I’ve been doing a lot more fantasy lately, but I really enjoyed reading Foundation. It was like reading a good history. The touch of adding “excerpts” from the Galactic Encyclopedia at the beginning of the chapters was a very nice touch. Particularly because it allowed Asimov to explain terminology for some concepts he had created without interrupting the narrative of the book. If you’re looking to give serious sci-fi a try, this is a good place to start.
As with most series, I didn’t love the second novel as much as the first. I think this is because I had figured out about halfway through who “the Mule” – this book’s big bad guy – was. But even knowing that, the plot moved quickly and was still interesting.
Books I’m Actively Reading
Hopefully you’ll see these books in the finished books section next month.
Books I’ve Put Aside and Plan to Finish Later
Let’s be honest. It’s been so long since I started a couple of these they will probably either become DNF (Did Not Finish) books, or I’ll have to start all over. I feel like such a slacker.
I feel like I’ve barely had time to read lately. Do you have times that you suddenly seem too busy to read?
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