The Neanderthal Parallax is a trilogy of novels written by Robert J. Sawyer and published by Tor. It depicts the effects of the opening of a connection between two versions of Earth in different parallel universes : the world familiar to the reader, and another where Neanderthals became the dominant intelligent hominid. The societal, spiritual and technological differences between the two worlds form the focus of the story.
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This was just as enjoyable to read as Book 1 in the series Hominids , and very deftly carried the story along on a few expected paths but also a couple of surprising ones. Sawyer found in this world-building exercise a perfect framework on which to hang social commentary, and he does an amazing job of representing both viewpoints of us Homo sapiens and the other Neanderthals as the two cultures begin a deeper interaction.
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Robert J. Sawyer, the award-winning and bestselling writer, hits the peak of his powers in Humans , the second book of The Neanderthal Parallax , his trilogy about our world and 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 assu Robert J. 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 fast-moving story, we experience the bursts of wonder and enlightenment that are the finest pleasures of science fiction.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 31st by Tor Books first published February 1st More Details Original Title. Neanderthal Parallax 2. Toronto, Ontario Canada. Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Humans , please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Humans Neanderthal Parallax, 2. Nov 04, Greg rated it it was ok Shelves: sf-fantasy-and-other-dorky-shit. This book is pretty terrible. 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 This book is pretty terrible. My friend Ceridwen said something about a part of a Sawyer book she read being like someone who just took an Introduction to Ethics class deciding now going on and on about things.
As if they've had some grand epiphany, but really it's just the sort of shit that really isn't that deep. Unless you just never thought before. Yeah, it's like that, too. This book was nominated for a Hugo Award.
Let me repeat that, this book was nominated for a Hugo Award, one of the biggie awards in the Sci-Fi world. Ok, I'm going to repeat this one more time, this book was nominated for a Hugo Award. Once more, this book was nominated for a Hugo Award and the slightly less worse first book in the series won multiple 'prestigious' awards. For better or worse, this is the book I'm going to think about anytime I see people whining about why Sci-Fi doesn't get the respect it deserves, and how it is just as good in quality as Literary Fiction.
Maybe it is, but maybe you need to stop putting shit like this up for awards. Maybe hacks like Larry Niven's shouldn't be held up as being anything other than shit-writers who happened to read a couple of science books. Giving nominations to books like this aren't helping the case of getting good sci-fi writers out of the genre ghetto. I feel like I need to finish the series.
I know I don't have to, but I feel committed. Maybe I'll just read the plot synopsis of book three on wikipedia. According to the author bio on the ebook edition of this that I read, Robert Sawyer is one of the most popular and respected authors in Canada.
Poor Canada. This would be pretty much the equivalent of James Patterson announcing himself to be the pinnacle of literary quality in America. Were there good things about the book? Um, yeah. There were still some decent ideas, but they were mostly ones laid out in the first book.
There wasn't anything really new added here, in the good ideas department. Last night, I started reading the third book. I read two chapters of it. I shouldn't have started. The second chapter or maybe it was the first , had a long paragraph about how great Kentucky Fried Chicken is.
It read like ad copy. There are quite a few product placements in these books. I have no evidence, but the way he gushes over certain products it sounds like he is being paid to mention them.
Just saying. Which products were placed in this particular book? I don't remember, I think it might have been free of that sort of annoyance.
Although Coke is loved by the Neanderthal Romantic-Lead. Please no more inter-human-species sex. Just say they slept together. I felt very dirty after reading the sex scene in this book. Like I should sandblast off all my skin if I was ever going to feel clean again. It's better that way for everyone.
It also allows you the author to have one less embarrassing moment where you try to give thoughts to an adult female. They don't think like thirteen year old boys, and they have better words for body parts than a giggling eight year old. I wouldn't recommend reading this.
View all 11 comments. Feb 16, Laurie rated it really liked it. I really love this author and want to read everything he's written. His books are so good that at first I thought his writing was nothing special, generic. This is because I become so wrapped up in his stories and the worlds he creates, I can't extricate myself enough to see his "style" or comment or even remember his particular wording. From page 1, I am immediately absorbed.
Hominidos. El paralaje Neanderthal.
This was just as enjoyable to read as Book 1 in the series Hominids , and very deftly carried the story along on a few expected paths but also a couple of surprising ones. Sawyer found in this world-building exercise a perfect framework on which to hang social commentary, and he does an amazing job of representing both viewpoints of us Homo sapiens and the other Neanderthals as the two cultures begin a deeper interaction. I have published a longer review on my website. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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