Humans (Neanderthal Parallax #2)
I shouldn't have gone on with the series. Now that I'm two thirds of the way through I feel like i should finish it. Just to see where this train wreck is going. It's the book equivalent of slowing down while passing a car wreck, hoping to maybe see a decapitated head.
Another reviewer called out this book as basically being an extended liberal strawman argument. Yeah, it is that.
My friend Ceridwen said something about a part of a Sawyer book she read being like so...more
I found the characters to be even more cardboard cutouts than in the first novel. Also, the sharp insight and extrapolations based on science were notably lacking in this one.
Of course, Neanderthals are good in every way. Handsome men with giant units, they are great and sensitive lovers of course, sweet new-age men who pull together for the good of all.
Who wouldn't love this contrived utopia where no animal has ever go...more
The book picks up where Volume 1, Hominids, left off. Humans could somewhat stand on its own, but go ahead and read Hominids first.
It was fun to read about Ponter and the new ambassador and how they deal with the alternate Earth (us). As the story go...more
I'm slightly more than halfway through the book. It's the 2nd in the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, and it's "no longer available" from Amazon.com, which is driving me crazy, because I want to OWN this book. Short of never returning it to the library from which I borrowe...more
Neanderthal physicist Ponder Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughn, in this sequel to Hominids, winner of the Hugo Award for best novel, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin.Robert J. Sawyer, an award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in this trilogy about our world and a parallel one in which Neanderthals became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer...more
What makes this book so great (as well as some of his others) is the ideas he brings forth from within the main plot. There were some ideas and situations that I was no...more
questo può sembrare solo un libro di fantascienza, ma è tutt'altro è un grande libro di riflessione sulla nostra società, sul nostro modo di vivere, sulle nostre abitudini, tradizioni, convinzioni
sfruttando l'idea dell'esistenza di un mondo abitato da Neanderthal, l'autore ci pone un confronto di due società che partendo dallo stesso punto nella storia hanno scelto due strade completamente diverse di sviluppo, e sinceramente la nostra società non ne es...more
The Neandertals' world is a little too perfect in many ways - they get to be scientific yet environmentally sensitive. It's hunter gatherers vs. over-populated agriculturalists, and we...more
As in the first book, Hominids, there is plenty of fascinating (to a science idiot like myself) anthropology, physics, hypothetical technology, and hunter-gatherer sociology. Great stuff.
This time around it's marred somewhat by a romance novel storyline between between a woman from our world and a Nea...more
The anthropological research for this book is pretty shitty--currently cringing my way through the bar scene at the paleo anthropology conference--glad there is a Native American there to explain basic anthropological concepts to the tenured faculty attending the conference, who appear to arguing that native Americans weren't clever en...more
One of the main characters has a daughter. In the first book, the authors says she's 19 years old, an adult. In the second book--which takes place after the first--he says she's 18 years old, and just becoming an adult. Discrepancy!
I think Sawyer changed his mind about her age after the fist volume was already published. I'm not sure if the discrepancy is corrected in later editions; I hope i...more
Sawyer, despite weaving assassinations, violent crimes of passion, existential guilt, copious internal struggles and the fate of consciousness itself into his plot, simply doesn't generate any drama here. It's quite a feat. Also, too many characters have become mere sock puppets for certain arguments. And the focus on the Mars-Venus dynamics of the relationship between Mary and Ponter is quite possibly the least intere...more
The ultimate moral quandary in this particular book and one of the major ones in the series revolves around the sterilization of criminals and those with genetic diseases and disorders. Arguments are presented both for and against and the reader is more or less left to decide which side they personally come down...more
In this book Ponter Bonditt ( Neanderthal physicist) and Mary Vaughan (human geneticist) continue to develop their relation ship .
A permanent portal is created between their two worlds and both cultures travel to the other side to see if the grass really is greener on the other side.
Mary grapples with the confusing Neanderthal relationships while also trying to deal with her rap...more
By looking at the alternate world where Neanderthals became the dominant human species, rather than homo sapiens, we can easily see many roads not taken, and the consequences that followed. Things like overpopulation, slavery, and certain livestock born diseases would not exist if we were still hunter/gatherers. There would also be mor...more
Humans picks up where Hominids left off with very little time having passed between books. Ponter is working with a personality sculptor (or a therapist) and speaking of a crime he committed while in our world. Most chapters begin with their conversation, and the story follows as a flash-back. The style was a bit disconcerting as I prefer to rea...more
(One week later) I give up, even as the science gets more interesting, the characters be...more
Some of it is just annoying. For example, in this book a main character in the story is a female PhD Geneticist who works at York University in Toronto. She is offered a job in Rochester, NY, and asks "That's not far from here, is it?" Doh! It's across the lake from you lady! While in Rochester it is suggested that sh...more
I had to wait a day or two before I wrote the review for this book.
The first was was amazing and offered such possibility for the exploration of a new world.
This one is such a disappointment.
What it ends up being is a weak romance/rape/revenge novel.
If you're into that kind of thing, you'll dig this series.
If you're a caucasian male and enjoy feeling responsible for all the ills of the world, this will tickle your guilt as well.
I finished it and am curious to see if the last one rede...more
Robert Sawyer grew up in...more