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A Good Book but not as good as the first two books.

  • Aug 2, 2004
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Not quite as good as the first two books in the series. And you definately need to have read the first two books first to enjoy it. It was pretty good just the same, much better than most sci-fi books on the market.

Mary and Ponter decide to have a baby, the only problem is their chromesome counts do not match making it virtually impossible through conventional methods. They then find out about a banned device in Ponter's world that may make having a baby possible. Unfortunately, the same device becomes a threat to the "Barast" world as it gets into the wrong hands. Since this trilogy started I had been expecting someone to try to wipe out the Neanderthals so the only surprise is that it took to the third book for the threat to occur.

The book also questions the validity of religion. Is there really a G-d or is G-d created by the human brain? Sawyer also goes into more detail about man-man and woman-woman relationships than he had in the first two books.

The book does scream out for a sequel but the series was only billed as a trilogy.

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review by . September 20, 2003
HYBRIDS is somewhat of a disappointment as the concluding novel of Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax trilogy.HOMINIDS, the first novel in the trilogy, was a very well done novel about the accidental opening of a portal to an alternative universe where Neanderthal's became the dominant hominid. It explores the Neanderthal society and the various differences between the two cultures, human and Neanderthal. There is also very good character development in HOMINIDS, which really drives the rest of the trilogy.HUMANS …
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Canadian writer Sawyer brings his Neanderthal Parallax trilogy to a close, leaving some loose ends that beg for a follow-up further exploring the interaction of two parallel worlds: the overcrowded and polluted one we're used to and another inhabited by highly intelligent and civilized Neanderthals. In the earlier books (Hominids and Humans), physicist Ponter Boddit got translated from the Neanderthal world to ours, where he fell in love with geneticist Mary Vaughn. The couple joined with people of good will from both worlds to keep the link open. Now, though, it's time to consider the implications of such a continuing connection. If people have trouble getting along because of such distinctions as sex and race, how will they be able to co-exist with members of another species? Some individuals see anyone different as a rival, a threat that must be destroyed. Others coldly calculate how to seize new territory for "humanity." Sawyer's characters are less interesting for who they are than for what they are-or what they represent. Still, his picture of the unspoiled Neanderthal world is charming, and he raises some provocative questions. If, for example, only Earth-humans have brains capable of religious belief, should Ponter and Mary genetically design their child with that ability or not? It all amounts to some of the most outrageous, stimulating speculation since Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land questioned our tired, timid conventions.
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ISBN-10: 0312876904
ISBN-13: 978-0312876906
Author: Robert J. Sawyer
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
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