Back in early 2008 I had finally managed to collect all of the issues of Astounding within my target range, January 1930 to December 1955. Shortly after that, I began reading the very first issue. I had intended to read through the entire Clayton era to start with, but I made hardly any headway, owing to the overall poor quality and repetitiveness of the stories.
As I read I also took some notes, mostly sketching down a short summary of each story along with what I thought of it. I read the first two issues completely (January and February 1930), along with part of the March 1930 issue. The following article is a revised version of my original notes.