HonuNeek, December 31, 2011 (view all comments by HonuNeek)
I have read all the books in this series, and started in the 9th grade with Clan of the Cave Bear, and now I am in my late 30's. I loved the series, and waited for each one to come out. The Land of Painted Caves seems like a sell-out, it is very boring, written for people who have never read a page from the other books and have zero interest in a story line or plot. The book constantly referred back to previous story-line information more than once for the same event, which not only seemed like space filler, but made the story even more boring. I felt like the fans of her series were treated like idiots. I was an idiot to spend my hard earn money on something I thought would be captivating, interesting and have a dramatic ending. DO NOT READ, it will be very dissappointing. The other reviews for hard cover are right, the only drama or constant dialogue was in the last 40 pages, and seemed to be thrown together because the publisher said, "hey you need something more than writing about painted mammoths in 20 different caves for 600 pages". It feels like J. Auel, put all her research together, and publisher said I need the book in a week, and therefore no story was told. I can not believe editors read this and thought this book was anything to compare with her previous books. I feel cheated and wish I had not thrown away my receipt, because I would definitely take this book back. The plot lines they did start never even finished. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!!!! If you stop at Book 5, you will have ended the series better than wasting time with Book 6. If I were the author I would re-write a second version that actually was interesting and inline with the others. And yes this has been done before in books and movies.
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Diana Bennett, September 22, 2011 (view all comments by Diana Bennett)
I have been reading Jean Auels books for almost 30 years and have to say I am sad to see the end of this series. I have always been excited by the prospect that a new book was in the offing, but to realize there will be no more is a saddening moment for me. But about the book, it is truly up to her speciality it fills you with the anticipation of how will they advance she is truly a master of her art I have truly enjoyed ayala and have been glad to see the progression in her life
Thank you Jean this truly has been a labor of love for you and a treasure for me to behold
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winter reader, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by winter reader)
Sadly, "The Land of the Painted Caves" is a disappointing addition to the "Clan" series of books. The endless, detailed descriptions of the various caves and their artwork becomes tedious and extremely boring in a short while. Ms. Auel's editor did her a disservice by not strongly suggesting she delete or severely shorten the bulk of these descriptions. Perhaps Ms. Auel could have salved her desire to share her intimate knowledge of actual caves by writing a separate tour guide or archeological/artistic documentary on them rather than embedding them in a book of fiction. Readers are warned to be prepared to skip perhaps hundreds of pages of description; for followers of the series, the book can still be enjoyed, but, keep your finger wet to turn past the lengthy descriptions.
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beezermommy, March 27, 2011 (view all comments by beezermommy)
I am so beyond excited to see that Jean Auel has written a sequel to Clan of the Cave Bear. Both my daughters read this series, and I look forward to discussing this w/them. Hooray!
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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 series (The Clan of the Cave Bear; etc.) finds Cro-Magnon Ayla; her mate, Jondalar; and their infant daughter, Jonayla, settling in with the clan of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonaii. Animal whisperer and medicine woman Ayla is an acolyte in training to become a full-fledged Zelandoni (shaman) of the clan, but all is not rosy in this Ice Age setting; there are wild animals to face and earthquakes to survive, as well as a hunter named Balderan, who has targeted Ayla for death, and a potential cave-wrecker named Marona. While gazing on an elaborate cave painting (presumably, the Lascaux caverns in France), Ayla has an epiphany and invents the concept of art appreciation, and after she overdoses on a hallucinogenic root, Ayla and Jondalar come to understand how much they mean to one another, thus giving birth to another concept — monogamy. Otherwise, not much of dramatic interest happens, and Ayla, for all her superwomanish ways, remains unfortunately flat. Nevertheless, readers who enjoyed the previous volumes will relish the opportunity to re-enter pre-history one last time. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
by Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review),
"As with her other books, Auel spins her tale with credible dialogue, believable situations and considerable drama. More than that, she deftly creates a whole world, giving a sense of the origins of class, ethnic and cultural differences that alternately divide and fascinate us today. Among modern epic spinners, Auel has few peers."
"[T]he millions of readers who have been with Ayla from the start will want to once again lose themselves in the rich prehistoric world Auel conjures and see how this internationally beloved series concludes."
by Library Journal,
"[T]he book is compelling and will be in high demand by Auel's fans."
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