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Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2 (vuoden 2008 painos)

– tekijä: Robert J. Sawyer (Tekijä), Robert J. Sawyer (Kertoja), Jonathan Davis (Kertoja), Audible Studios (Publisher)

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"Robert J. Sawyer, the writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans, the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax, his trilogy about our world and a parallel one in which it was the Homo sapiens who died out and the Neanderthals who became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deeply rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization dramatically, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that has made other choices. In Humans, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughan, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin." "As we see daily life in another present-day world, radically different from ours, in the course of Sawyer's story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction."--BOOK JACKET.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Humans: The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 2
Kirjailijat:Robert J. Sawyer (Tekijä)
Muut tekijät:Robert J. Sawyer (Kertoja), Jonathan Davis (Kertoja), Audible Studios (Publisher)
Info:Audible Studios (2008)
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I am so frustrated.
This series has potential, yes, but there are so many problems.
The sub-plot is globally important, but it's the sub-plot.
I like Mary, but she gets on my nerves(I also can tell that the author is a man from the way Mary is written).
The frame story in this novel got on my nerves.
The dialog did not get any better, and the frequent religion talk continued.
I wouldn't be this frustrated at these bad things if I didn't really like some of the story, but there's only so much that can be forgiven. This may be where I leave this series off, unless I can find a good deal on the last book, no matter how frustrated I may be at never knowing more. ( )
  Noeshia | Oct 23, 2020 |
I love Robert J. Sawyer, but this was not his best work. Parts were interesting and moved the overall storyline forward, but that's about the only purpose this book served. I will move on to the final book in the series eventually, but will take a long break before doing so. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
Continuación al mismo nivel que la anterior, sin se sobresaliente es entretenida. ( )
  maxtrek | Jan 30, 2019 |
Note: This review is from several years ago, I'm guessing 2005 or 2006. Clearly I had a very different reaction to Humans[bc:Humans|337008|Humans (Neanderthal Parallax, #2)|Robert J. Sawyer|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1388561714s/337008.jpg|327441] than to Hominids[bc:Hominids|264946|Hominids (Neanderthal Parallax, #1)|Robert J. Sawyer|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1389614019s/264946.jpg|1500323]. I have no idea whether the quality of the two books is really that different, or the change is in me, or whether Humans simply doesn't work out of sequence, but would work better if I read them in order.

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 kind of humans and Neanderthals from an alternate timeline. The Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, having safely returned home to the more civilized Neanderthal dimension, must of course get back, as quickly as possible, to our dimension and Mary Vaughn, geneticist and One True Love of Neanderthal physicists from alternate dimensions. And, also, incredibly naïve and stupid in how she tries to preserve DNA evidence of a rape in exactly the place that some of the logical suspects would most readily find it and recognize it.

There's a frame story here about Ponter's guilt-tripping afterwards, but it adds nothing. The first part of the book alternates between Ponter working to get back to our dimension, and Mary Vaughn accepting an extremely well-paid job in the US, both to get away from the scene of the rape, and to help prepare for the possible return of Ponter and many more Neanderthals. Once Ponter and a diplomatic delegation arrive, we get the necessary reminders of how much less civilized we are than the Neanderthals, and the critical events brought about only by Mary Vaughn's lack of common sense in evidence-preservation occur. And then Ponter takes Mary to the Neanderthal dimension, where Mary meets Ponter's children, Ponter's male partner, Ponter's late wife's female partner, etc., with predictable angst all around. The whole wavers between mildly interesting and annoying, and it's not really helped by the threatened end of human intelligence (our kind of humans) due imminent magnetic field reversal. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Volume 2 of Sawyer’s Neanderthal trilogy was pretty good. I think where it fails is in its making this reader curious about the events of the two cultures clashing nicely and then shifts over to a soap opera of sorts. That, I was not thrilled with!

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 goes on, there is an assassination attempt (which fails) and the solution the ambassador has for the assassin is surprising to say the least.

Instead of shutting down the “portal” between the two worlds, the ambassador brings over the best and brightest of their generation to our Earth for further cultural exchange. She guesses rightly that the High Gray Council would not shut it down and leave them stranded. This was great! I could hardly wait to see how our Earth scientists, sports fiends, artists and so on deal with the new and exciting world of the Neantherdal.

And then he drops it. Sawyer drops it. Oh my!

Throughout the narration we have Ponter talking to his shrink (“personality sculptor”) which I thought a good vehicle from which we could quickly move through the story. The rest of the book however deals with Mary’s frustration and guilt she feels over a rape that happened back on Volume One, and Ponter’s response to it. We also have Mary falling madly in love with our caveman with a somewhat explicit sex scene in a hotel room.

But the love triangle of sorts – man-mates, woman-mates, Mary, her lover, and what about the rapist and her ex, all come together.

Hey, what happened to all those artists and scientists?

Bottom Line:

The book flows well, easy to read and Sawyer sets us up to get the skinny on the relationships between a human and a Neanderthal. But why keep us guessing on the other stuff? Plot points dropped, questions lay waiting for answers.

Recommended for only the most rabid of Sawyer fans. But hey, I’ll read Hybrids anyway. I want to see what happens next!


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"Robert J. Sawyer, the writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans, the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax, his trilogy about our world and a parallel one in which it was the Homo sapiens who died out and the Neanderthals who became the dominant intelligent species. This powerful idea allows Sawyer to examine some of the deeply rooted assumptions of contemporary human civilization dramatically, by confronting us with another civilization, just as morally valid, that has made other choices. In Humans, Neanderthal physicist Ponter Boddit, a character you will never forget, returns to our world and to his relationship with geneticist Mary Vaughan, as cultural exchanges between the two Earths begin." "As we see daily life in another present-day world, radically different from ours, in the course of Sawyer's story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction."--BOOK JACKET.

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