A Reader's Diary

Monday, April 03, 2006

Contest info and Review of Hybrids

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Today's review:

Hybrids, Book 3 in the Neanderthal Parallax triology by Robert J. Sawyer (science fiction)

Setting: Ontario, Canada; New York, USA; and the corresponding locations on the parallal Earth of the Neaderthals.

Summary: Mary, the Homo sapiens genticist, and Ponter, the Neaderthal physicist, are stuggling to find a way to be together between two different worlds, and a way to have a hybrid child together. When they learn of the existence of a banned technology that would help them to conceive, they are forced to deal with the dilemma of selecting the traits that the child would have - including the capacity, or lack thereof, for religious belief. Meanwhile, this same technology catches the attention of someone with less peaceful intentions. As the Earth of H. sapiens experiences a magnetic pole reversal, it appears that one or both worlds may be in serious jepardy.

My thoughts: A very good read. So many different aspects to the story: magnetic fields, religion, genetics, social behaviour, etc. The plot kept me guessing at every turn, while still maintaing a strong direction. Very dark at times, yet at others almost too rosy. This novel has the ability to appeal to a wide audience. I enjoyed this trilogy so much that I will likely seek out more modern science fiction to read (I normally stick to the fantasy side of the fantasy-sci fi genre).

~Happy reading!


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