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. 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. 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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It’s been a looong time since I read one, though. That happens to every writer me included. No relationship went forward or back I only wish I didn’t have to suffer through the first pages to get to it.

The rest of the book wa 2. I don’t know if it’s because I’m older now and more jaded or what, but getting through this particularly aue first two-thirds was a chore. I’m sure if that they did so the series could be reduced to three books total and would not have lost anything fo value.

What you may call it becomes very annoyed, especially since he now believes that sex makes babies, and delivers a terrific beating to the party in question, meanwhile bellowing “He’s making MY babies! They travel a lot. The Land of Painted Caves is a poorly written, repetitive, tedious, unenjoyable mess. Many of the criticisms levelled at this book by other reviewers have a certain amount of truth to them.

I love to read series, but I think it’s better for all concerned if the books are written over a shorter auell, even if that means the research has to be shallower.

This brings me back into a neat circle to my initial point.

It’s like she wrote many little segments each as a standalone and then just stuck them together. There are only two sex scenes normally, whatever, but that is a large basis of the appeal of books or lamd of this series.


I found typos and strange grammatical errors throughout but they got more frequent and worse towards the end of the book, really giving the impression that the actual plot really was just hastily tacked onto the end. Without proper development, this particular plot strand just makes Ayla and Jondalar seem strangely out-of-character.

Which is ironic, since we don’t see a lot of sex in this book.

The Land of Painted Caves (Earth’s Children, #6) by Jean M. Auel

How many times do you have to repeat something? I can understand Jondalar’s attraction to her. As though Auel realised toward the end what a stinking pile of shit this book is, she decided to revive it by making Ayla carry out what consists of an intentional suicide attempt by trying out the Clan roots used by the Clan Mog-urs – and drinking nearly the entire contents of the bowl, after letting Zelandoni have the tiniest of sips. I am only sticking it out to finish the series.

I actually got pretty excited at that prospect, it sounded like it could be a significant event in the lives of these people, something that might make a good plot point.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jun 15, Lisa rated it it was ok. HardcoverFirst Editionpages.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

The last section, where there is a lot more detail about Ayla’s training and the action really picks up although in a way that was repetitive from previous works in the serieswas the most interesting and enjoyable. And that Mother’s Song might have actually been a clever piece of prose, had she not beat me to a pulp with it But really, there’s nothing to spoil.

What about the time and energy all of this took, on top of which she was now aauel the one she believed would follow in her footsteps? It would have been far more interesting if there would have been a few scenes with Marona sorry if I spelled it wrong and WHY and HOW he decided to “relieve his needs” with her. Flat characters acting out of character.

There really is no plot to this book. The timeframe jumps ahead by four years at one point, totally without warning and apparently totally without reason too. Quotes from The Land of Paint Spellbinding drama, meticulous research, fascinating detail, and superb narrative skill combine to make The Land of Painted Caves a captivating, utterly believable creation of a long ago civilization that serves as an astonishing end to this beloved saga.


I was left feeling another book was in the pipeline, but this is the end. Lots of repetition from previous books, from this book and not much action. Yes, there is an end but I love them and want to see them go on having adventures and grandchildren View all 32 comments. Large chunks of the book are stories from the previous five books or reiterations of events that occurred earlier in the story.

Ayla goes off and does it with someone else, during a festival where it is proper to do it with anyone you like. Very dis I heard horrible things about this book, unfortunately, because I was so looking forward to it, and even though my expectations had a damper put on them, I was eager to complete the story.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M Auel: Bad sex award extract

I was so upset that Ayla was so encouraged to become Zelandonii one who serves the mother. Other books in the series. Even, with a more severe editor eliminating all the repetition and unnecessary chaff from this book, something could have been produced that would have been half as long and at least concise and acceptable enough to pass muster.

All the good guys love Ayla and Jondalar. I’ve tried to come up with a good summary without giving away too much. Baker January 1,

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