|Plot Summary of Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax|
|"No one ever said visiting another world would be easy. For Physicist Ponter Boddit, trying to build a quantum computer, it nearly drowned him. His disappearing causes furor on his world and causes his fellow Scientist Adikor Huld to be accused of murder. On the other world where Boddit shows up, he finds something completely impossible, it is populated by humans.
Ponter Boddit is a Neanderthal from a world where they never died out, but humans did. Now he is on Earth, alone, and quite confused. Is there anyway for him to ever return home to his family, friends, and way of life? Or will he forever be stuck to remain this media and scientific wonder boy? He finds humans while at first disgusting in some ways and their world full of unpleasant smells and violence. He also sees things he never imagined like religious thought, music in new ways, and wondrous art. Still Boddit long to go home and wondered how Huld would complete the work without him.
Adikor Huld in the meantime must find some way to fight the murder charge. The problem being of course, murder was not something that happened among them. It was so rare, he had to go to archives to find examples. Violence was something that simply did not happen. Unless the person was seriously derange. In those cases, it was clear, there were witnesses and a body. But Huld had no body, and only a large puddle of water where he friend once stood. Could he recreate the displacement and bring him back? Was Boddit even alive?
Nancy Louise, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Hominids: Volume One of The Neanderthal Parallax|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- on a parallel earth in another dimension
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- Male Alien
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- bulging muscles
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- mostly dialog
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