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
This is sci-fi for congenital idiots.
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
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
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
This is a 2004 Hugo Award nominee for Best Novel. No, really, it is. You can check the website.
It's also the second of Sawyer's three novels about our kin...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
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
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
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
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
A little much on the Mary / Ponter love story, as well. Way predictable.
I'll stick with it through the third book, but have lowered expectations and understa...more
Although there is some discussion of religion and an attempt at a philosophical dilemma for dramatic purposes, it all felt like setup to the thi...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
Robert Sawyer grew up in...more