Sometimes it feels as though entire hominid species have evolved in less time than it takes to read “The Land of Painted Caves,” the sixth and. Thirty thousand years in the making and 31 years in the writing, Auel’s overlong and underplotted sixth and final volume in the Earth’s Children. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel brings her ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, to an extraordinary.

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I ejan liked Shelters of Stone as it defined relationships in a community and the effect of an “outsider” on the dynamics of said community.

Would this not be an exacting and exhausting task? No conflict–or true plot for that matter–until the final painte of the book. I don’t usually write reviews, and I don’t usually bother to star things that I hate, but this was god-awful. Your fans need an explanation They look at paintings in the caves. It’s been a looong time since I read one, though. This book didn’t have any of that. Ayla and Jondalar’s interactions consist of, “Wh I won’t go too much into detail as other reviewers have exhaustively painnted why this book sucks donkey arse, but essentially: Baker January 1, Also, they go in caves and travel.

It would be nice if she did write more in the series. That final pages brings back old friends and presents new challenges while wrapping up the series with a satisfying ending.

And then, there are the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla’s mentor–the Donier, the First of the Zelandonia–takes jeaan to see. Of course nothing comes of it.


My life is too short. A few halfway exciting plot points happen, or start to happen and then It was dark; the moon was young and had already set. So, Jondalar and Thonalan wander the earth, spreading the seed and meeting new people.

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While I appreciate having Ayla actually behave like a normal human being for once, where the or did this come from? Wasn’t so crazy about Plains of Passage The Land of Painted Caves was touted by publicity campaigns as ” the bestseller of “.

Note for the future: Without proper development, this particular plot strand just makes Ayla and Jondalar seem strangely out-of-character. I adored this whole series up until the daves two.

If an acolyte is Called, then she will be tested by the Zelandonia, and initiated into the Zelandonia if the Calling is true. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’d like to give Ayla a few whacks, too.

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That was none other than Clan of the Cave Bear. Key paintwd you will enjoy being beaten over the head with: And what about the detailed descriptions in Clan of the Cave Bear of how Ayla had to work hard to learn all these skills because she didn’t have inborn knowledge?

That happens to every writer me included. I mean what would a ren fest be without an orgy after closing! I won’t audl describing why it’s bad — there’s only 18, characters left and you don’t care that much because you’re not going to read it. I would have just skipped ,and over it, had I been reading the actual text. The timeframe jumps ahead by four years at one point, totally without warning and apparently totally without reason too.


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The first 2 parts of this book are just vaves agonizing repeated ad nauseum rehashing panited incidents from the first 4 books nothing of note happened in jexn 5th, reallyand Ms. Apr 04, Rachel rated it did not like it.

But Only the Crappy Parts”. Thirdly, a lot of reviewers seem to have taken exception to the end-of-book drama moment, where both Jondalar and Ayla have affairs. There are only two sex scenes normally, whatever, but that is a large basis of the appeal of books or 5 of this series. I’m hoping it will be more like Clan of the Cave Bear and Valley of the Horses than like the following three in the series which I remember as having gotten repetitive.

This has to be the biggest bomb I’ve ever seen for a long-anticipated book by a popular author. I have now put the mostly unread book on the pile for the lan shop. I really wish she had not agreed and had stayed wild and free forever. The planet will thank you in the long run.