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Hominids af Robert J. Sawyer
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Hominids examines two unique species of people. We are one of those species; the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they became the dominant intelligence. The Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but with radically different history, society and philosophy. Ponter Boddi, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe. Almost immediately recognized as a Neanderthal, but only much later as a scientist, he is quarantined and studdied, alone and bewildered, a stranger in a strange land. But Ponter is also befriended-by a doctor and a physicist who share his questing intelligence, and especially by Canadian geneticist who share his questing intelligence, and especially by Canadian geneticisty Mary Vaughan, a woman with whom he develops a special rapport. Ponter's partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a messy lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around and an explosive murder trail. How can he possibly prove his innocence when he has no idea what actually happened to Ponter?… (mere)
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Titel:Hominids
Forfattere:Robert J. Sawyer
Info:Publisher Unknown, 891 pages
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Nøgleord:Alternate History, Science Fiction, Adventure, Fiction, Abooks

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Hominids af Robert J. Sawyer

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    Kin: Descent of Man af Gary Frank (hobreads)
    hobreads: Another author's take of contact between Neanderthal man and modern humankind.
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    West of Eden af Harry Harrison (MikeBriggs)
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I've had this one on my to-read shelf for 5 years and finally got around to reading it. It was interesting, and I enjoyed it, but I don't feel any pressing need to finish the series. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
Just finished reading this out loud to my husband. I downgraded my original rating from 5 stars to 4 because the novel is less impressive on re-reading: the plot moves slowly and has a few small holes; some of the writing is awkward and redundant. However, it's still an incredibly imaginative tale. What would happen if Neanderthals had become the dominant primates, instead of us? And what would happen if a quantum computer could open a portal between the two parallel timelines? It's a brilliant idea, and I enjoyed all three books in the series. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
This book has problems. I want to explain those first, then move on to why I will be attempting to read the next book.
My first problem is that the author introduces Mary in a graphic sexual assault scene. Most authors would introduce her beforehand and then lead up that scene or introduce her in the aftermath because that is not an acceptable entrance for a female lead no matter how important to plot her assault may be. Take note potential authors, introduce us the day before or the day after the assault so that we have a good idea of the character, not just her trauma.
My second problem is the constant religious talk between characters in one section. Everyone we meet is somehow in science-based careers and I'm just not buying that the top people on this project are all devout of some faith or another.
My third problem is the dialog. I get it, these are scientists, they are more likely to be awkward individuals, but this awkward? I don't buy it.
My fourth problem is that the author is clearly using the Neanderthal culture to critique ours and it can be a bit preachy. It didn't bother me much, but I'm sure it will be glaringly bad for others to read through.
My last problem is that the science that the Neanderthal parts are based on is outdated and a bit fond of pulling the odd non-consensus idea in. I can see from the sources page in the back that what he pulled from was all written in the 90's, so that explains a lot. Back then we didn't know that we definitely interbred through genetics. We also didn't know quite a bit that we do now about some early art sites. The newer bits of data that I know from classwork does not agree with the hypotheses of the characters in the story. (I am beginning to feel like I will never be satisfied with a book that has Neanderthals in it unless I write it.) I'm leery of the physics talk in this story as well, not because I know anything on the subject, but because I know how wrong the anthropology parts are very likely to be.
Now, from all that, you would think I did not like this book, but I really did. I love the clash of cultures and the concept of two universes in which different forms of humanity rose to the current level of technology. The dealing with difference in sexuality and religion and even scientific interpretation is really interesting. I could tell that the author put effort into using scientific literature to form a lot of his worlds, and I really appreciated that, even if I disagree with his sources. I do have some feeling for the characters, though they do need to be fleshed out more. Overall, I have to rate this book as mediocre, but I have to say that I can see the potential for the story to get better, or for it to have been better with better editing. I will attempt to read the next book because of this, though I give no promises about my ability to finish. ( )
  Noeshia | Oct 23, 2020 |
A fantastic book and the start of a great series. I love RJS and had heard this was his best series. While it may not be my favorite RJS book, it did not disappoint.

Highly recommend. ( )
  cgfaulknerog | May 28, 2020 |
So disappointed by this book. It started out seeming very promising, but then it wasted all its potential.

I love fish out of water stories. I love alternate societies that are used as a commentary on our society. A lot of this was done well here. Honestly, this is the only good portrayal of a polyamorous person I've seen in published fiction. But it didn't go far enough. Never did the polyamory/monogamy divide become an issue. Never was Neanderthal society used to critique rape culture, which should be a NO-BRAINER given that a main character gets graphically raped at the beginning of the story. What was the point of that if not to offer a contrast to sexual power dynamics in Neanderthal society? But apparently that was there for needless drama, not social commentary. Gross.

The science was beautiful, really it was. I totally believed a lot of Neanderthal society as an extension of what we know from fossils and DNA. But it absolutely strains credulity to think that 1) a total surveillance state wouldn't be abused for political gain, 2) eugenics is actually effective at preventing most violent crime, and worst of all, that 3) such a technologically advanced society could arise without agriculture. You fail economics forever, goodbye.

The Neanderthal characters were likeable and good but the human characters were really lacking. If you don't like any of the humans in a story and it's not Bambi then you're in trouble.

In sum, this kind of story is only effective if the contrast society to our own has its own problems. Setting it up as a utopia is boring and breaks my suspension of disbelief. ( )
  dreamweaversunited | Apr 27, 2020 |
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Hominids examines two unique species of people. We are one of those species; the other is the Neanderthals of a parallel world where they became the dominant intelligence. The Neanderthal civilization has reached heights of culture and science comparable to our own, but with radically different history, society and philosophy. Ponter Boddi, a Neanderthal physicist, accidentally pierces the barrier between worlds and is transferred to our universe. Almost immediately recognized as a Neanderthal, but only much later as a scientist, he is quarantined and studdied, alone and bewildered, a stranger in a strange land. But Ponter is also befriended-by a doctor and a physicist who share his questing intelligence, and especially by Canadian geneticist who share his questing intelligence, and especially by Canadian geneticisty Mary Vaughan, a woman with whom he develops a special rapport. Ponter's partner, Adikor Huld, finds himself with a messy lab, a missing body, suspicious people all around and an explosive murder trail. How can he possibly prove his innocence when he has no idea what actually happened to Ponter?

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