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marred by a great deal of pedestrian inaction
on 20 August 2014
An intriguing start to this first Asimov novel, marred by a great deal of pedestrian inaction, and spoilt by a final moment of suspense-of-disbelief that annoyed rather than built a satisfying conclusion of tension. Asimov is an excellent storyteller and particularly in building story through dialogue. But in this, the dialogue was less of a well-crafted structural device for propelling the story than it was a barrier to building any tension, and by the time the final turning point arrived it was akin to someone letting the air out of a particularly saggy balloon at the stage in the party where only the few die-hards are left lolling about amongst the litter strewn about as apparent evidence of a good time, as always hoped for, but really the picture telling of a sad fizzle of events soonest departed from. Shame - but... we all have to start somewhere, somehow. I still - and always will - love Asimov, the father of great science fiction.