Asimov returned to this series after many years to continue the Foundation story, and it is apparent that he forgot how to write good science fiction in that time. The basic premise of the story is that Golan sets out to find Earth to confirm his decision for Galaxia at the end of book 4. The resulting story is mostly one boring conversation after another between Golan and his traveling companions about pointless minutiae. Furthermore, Asimov has thrown in a good dose of gratuitous sex to fill in the lack of story, aggravating me further. I always considered such tactics to be the mark of an uninspired author. If Asimov wants to write about topless women standing there to offer herself to his little band when they go planet hopping despite all reason and logic to the contrary, then he should focus on selling his story to junior high school boys. I on the other hand like a bit more realism to my science fiction. The first 4 books were way better than this one. After laboring through 75% of this book, I no longer have the will to finish it. I don't care if they find Earth, and quite frankly I think Asimov made this story up on the fly to reach his page requirements for his publishers.
One of the best.
This is a must listen to book for any medical student interested in oncology. It provides a lot of the history of the highlights of medical oncology over the years and acquaints the reader with a lot of the famous names in the field and why they are famous. It tries to take you back and put the world into the perspective of these people and the challenges that they faced. Although it does mention specific therapies and general mechanism principles, it is not a scientific textbook on therapies, so do not expect that level of detail. I found it very easy to listen to and very enjoyable.
I have only listened to the first couple of chapters and I was surprised at the amount of language used in the story. I doubt the language is historically accurate and is probably added for effect for modern day readers. I find it detracts from the story for me. The second problem is that this is a very seedy view of medieval life with graphic descriptions of violence and sex. Even though it is my first time listening to one of Cornwells books, I did not expect this is a historical fiction. Other buyers should be aware of this in case they don't enjoy these elements.
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