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.