Kristen_Ayla, August 10, 2007 (view all comments by Kristen_Ayla)
My granma loved these books, then my mum got into them, telling me every time she got a chance how much she loved these books, when I first picked up the clan of the cave beer, I was deeply in love, I found cold lonely nights more interesting than ever, Indulged in my lovely series of ayla, my only problem with this books series is that I find it hard puting them down. please info me when the 6th book is finerly out!. Thank you Jean M Auel for a great read.
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whoseblues1, June 28, 2007 (view all comments by whoseblues1)
This is the 5th book in the Earth's Children series (2002). After an extensive gap (12 years) between the 4th and 5th installments in the series, Auel offers up a very long, repetitive book with no real plot. The main characters finally arrive at their destination after the endless trip related in The Plains of Passage, we meet a boatload of new characters (to whom the same stories must be told and the same explanations given, over and over), and we get a lot of information about everyday life in this new place. But nothing . . . ever . . . really . . . happens. This book seems to be an extensive stage-setting device, with Ayla's intellect and other powers coming to be recognized over time by Those Who Count, positioning her to do Big Things in the next installment -- that is, if it ever comes. It's been 5 years since this one was published, and the next book still isn't out. Without it, all of this stage setting is pretty much for nothing, in my view. Knowing this, if I were deciding whether to read these 750 pages (and devote that precious commodity, my limited reading time, to them), I'd wait to make the investment until Auel gets around to publishing the 6th book instead. Until then, IMHO, there's nothing here you really need to know.
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by Kirkus Reviews,
"It's been 12 years since The Plains of Passage and, although it sold as well as its predecessors, many fans felt a let-down in the series, with the action delayed by hundreds of pages. Here, once again, Auel shows her riches of research, with suspenseless but readable passages of flora, fauna and landscape....Auel clearly has one more installment to add to her Ice Age saga. Her fans can swim through this behemoth and hope that the next volume doesn't take 12 years."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Here, once again, Auel shows her riches of research, with suspenseless but readable passages of flora, fauna and landscape....Auel clearly has one more installment to add to her Ice Age saga. Her fans can swim through this behemoth and hope that the next volume doesn't take 12 years."
The fifth installment of Jean Auel's Earth's Children® series, which began with The Clan of the Cave Bear, is one of the most hotly anticipated books in publishing history. In The Shelters of Stone, Ayla and Jondalar complete their epic journey across Europe, join Jondalar's people, the Zelandonii, and face new and perilous challenges.
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