Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Short Book Reviews


Humans/Hybrids by Robert J. Sawyer - These two books are parts 2 and 3 of the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy. I read the first part Hominids last month. They are all nicely paced and plotted SciFi thrillers about a gateway opened between two worlds, ours and another world that is populated with modern age Neanderthals. These are not primitive cave men; in fact, one of the lead characters is a Neanderthal physicist. It's all a frame to hang the outsider-looking-in-at-our-world upon and the author uses the device well to comment on our human nature. Sawyer's is a liberal view and one that I enjoyed much. Entertaining on several levels. Tho, I thought the 2nd book repeated a bit too much from the first. There's some laughs along the way, neat science and a couple of rather silly plot points. For those that have not read any Sawyer and are unsure about committing to a trilogy, try the authors Mindscan. Recommended.

3 comments:

Schleproq said...

I found these books interesting but was really put off by the fact that the author was making the statement that all White males are evil and violent and the only way to save them was to castrate them.

Thanks.

David said...

Ummm. I believe you're generalizing here. Only one white male rapist/villain is castrated. Ponter Boddit is a white male, a main charerter and a hero.

Schleproq said...

Point taken.

A more accurate statement might be that the author generally feels that any homo sapien of European decent is probably even unless they are Canadian.