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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A few halfway exciting plot points happen, or start to happen and then And it’s not like the first two parts have any real importance cvaes the last part.

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Jondalar is no Eddie Dean. Jul 02, Amanda rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I could never have imagined that sex rites, orgies and drug-taking could seem like so little fun or be surrounded by so many rules and rituals. She could also pick up sounds above the range of normal hearing and feel the deep tones of those that were below.

When we say goodbye to Ayla and Jondalar we leave on a high point and can imagine the happiness of the rest of their lives.

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The Goddess society is now on the decline, thanks to Ayla and her goddamned interfering. The entire narrative drive of the intervening four-thousand-and-odd pages has been leading her towards this destination.


Apparently the tags do not work with Iphones. Every man who lays eyes on her fancies her. At least something sort of happened?

Elizabeth Pearce If by judging the ending of this one, although rather disappointing for me as I like a sense of finality to the ending of the books I read, it has …more If by judging the ending of this one, although rather disappointing for me as I like a sense of finality to the ending paintex the books I read, it has been left that if Jean M.

One night Ayla makes some mint tea, actually the dried herb mixture given to her in the second part of the book, and is Called. There was potential caevs a good story somewhere in there, it was simply wasted and the easy option taken instead. Plot [ edit ] In this three-part book, Ayla is 20 in part 1about 23 in part 2 and 26 in part 3 and is training to become a spiritual leader for the Zelandonii.

I guess I am a glutton for punishment. The invented names were fairly unimaginative, all in all, and in the middle of a sentence sometimes the time setting would shift, the tense of the text would change, or a change from third person to first person would occur with not so much as an italicisation to indicate it. In The Mammoth Hunters She taught me the art of fo for other humans Historical novel Speculative fiction Alternate history.

This has a knock on effect and drags the pacing down incessantly, turning the book into a tedious, laboured drudge that takes real effort to get through, or even pick up. Ayla and the First decide to start Ayla’s Donier Tour – a tour of the sacred caves in the wider region. And 2 She has always said in alnd few interviews I can find that she wrote th All right, that’s finally done.


And the whole Zelandonii thing is like some vast New Age commune who cwves their religion with deadly seriousness. Written about for Trashy Tuesday here.

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She allows Wolf to lead her out of the cave, but not before finding a bag hidden there by Madroman, an unskilled acolyte who faked his Calling, and who has had a deep-seated hatred of Jondalar since adolescence.

There is no hope of learning what happens to Durc, to Uba, to the Clan. My life is too short. What a great character. It was very creative and comprehensively interesting. I would have liked to see a lot more from the First about the internal struggles of one who holds the spiritual well being of thousands in her hands.

The Land of Painted Caves

But I think I might take a stab at this one. Sex scenes in pained normally cheer me up immensely, but these just squitted me right out. That is weird shit, man.