Book Reviews of Humans (Neanderthal Parallax, Bk 2)

Humans (Neanderthal Parallax, Bk 2)
Humans - Neanderthal Parallax, Bk 2
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
ISBN-13: 9780765346759
ISBN-10: 0765346753
Publication Date: 9/15/2003
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent read!!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
If you are into alternate history, this trilogy is for you!! It's very well written. You fall in love with the characters, the world is very well developed and the entire trilogy is richly evolved. From the beginning to the end it is full of really great action, science, human interaction, and surprises. I liked it so much as well as adding the physical books to my collection, I also obtained the ebooks.
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Have reall enjoyed this series,it is different from what I usually read and have the book on hold.
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enjoyed it. ponter is the man.
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Just as good as the first one in the trilogy.
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This one is much like the prior novel (which you should definitely read first), only now travel between universes is easy, and the language issue is essentially solved.

The rape scene in the first book is now the basis for other things, though it's still kind of smarmy-feeling.

More inter-societal philosophy exchange; and politics which runs entirely too smoothly.

It's a reasonably enjoyable book. It gets up to four stars. But the "new ideas" of the prior novel really aren't here.

4 of 5 stars.
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Good book. The story bogs down a little bit, but still worth reading if you read the first one.
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Robert Sawyer appears to take great pains, if not pleasure, making the reader think about our basic assumptions of ourselves and our civilization(s). He does this by deliberating posing questions from an offworld visitor - in this case another kind of human (home neanderthalis) instead of off-world alien. Whether or not you believe the sci-fi part is possible (don't want to open up another can of worms in quantum vs. string physics!), can a rational and scientifically based culture co-exist with our more emotional and political nations? The discussion at the Vietnam Memorial illustrates this dicotomy for our homo sapien stand-in, Mary. He even brings in that scientific argument about the nature of the universe: do we really need either a Big Bang or a creator, or has the universe always been present?

Lotsa questions that some may not enjoy thinking about. So if you like ray guns and rampaging or benevolent aliens, this is not the series for you. But if you don't mind re-examining yourself, then jump in and join the debate.
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Some of the events are fantastic and improbable, but Sawyer handles the pace well. A great ending and a satisfying read.
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This 2nd book in the trilogy is entirely focussed on the developing romantic relationship between Ponter and Mary.