I will be the first to admit that Jean Auel can write about Ice Age Europe and bring it to life. ✎What she cannot write is romance, and therein lies t...moreI will be the first to admit that Jean Auel can write about Ice Age Europe and bring it to life. ✎What she cannot write is romance, and therein lies the problem.
If you ever try to do what I am doing; that is reading this series (for a second or third time) back-to-back...don't. It was so much better the original way - when you had to wait for each book to come out , waiting through the five or more year gaps!
The repetitive nature is extremely annoying. I swear she just copied and pasted some parts from the last book into this one without changing a word.
The romance is actually a love triangle and a very very lame one(horrible word I know, but I can't think of one better) with the males characters weak, whinny and overly bedazzled by Ayla. These are interesting looks into cavemen as the earliest metrosexuals. Jondular is especially annoying with his ability to flagellate himself and then nearly raping Ayla. His bemoaning of his love for Ayla and how he is not worthy, is just incredibly...icky!
There really is a lot of good served up alongside of the bad in this novel, you just have to be patient and pick through emotionally volatile idiots and repetitive descriptions to get to it.
No this book is not perfect and perhaps it might seem a bit immature in places to some readers, but in the long run this will turn out to be one of th...moreNo this book is not perfect and perhaps it might seem a bit immature in places to some readers, but in the long run this will turn out to be one of the books that you may end up thinking of as a classic.
There are 6 books in the series:
☛The Clan of the Cave Bear, 1980 ☛The Valley of Horses, 1982 ☛The Mammoth Hunters, 1985 ☛The Plains of Passage, 1990 ☛The Shelters of Stone, 2002 ☛The Land of Painted Caves, 2011
While every book seems to go a bit down hill from this first one (at least the last 3 books seem to in my opinion) they actually provide a platform in which Ayla our main character grows.
This first book truly show how the author had researched the Ice Age ( Europe during the Upper Paleolithic Age) to write this and you can tell that she did her own physical research too.
The story is an interesting one, beginning with an earth quake to finds our main character, a Cro-Magnon child lost at about 4 years old. After being mauled by a cave lion she is found by a group of Neanderthals and her life is saved.
She now grow up in a very difficult situation which ends up sort of - modern man vs prehistoric man. If you read this book, towards the end you will see why I say it like that.
The growth of the character Ayla shows very dramatically in this first novel,especially if you consider she was only about 11 or so when she had her first child. Through out the series you will see her growing more and more as she goes off to find "her own people".
Most people felt that the last book was a cop out, I happened to find it a gentle conclusion after so many long years waiting. I hadn't been happy with the last several books so the last one did not surprise me at all.
Please tell me there is going to be another book???
Wow - what a wacky book. Sometimes I would find myself laughing like a maniac and sometimes I would...morePlease tell me there is going to be another book???
Wow - what a wacky book. Sometimes I would find myself laughing like a maniac and sometimes I would find myself nearly in tears.
I just have to find out what is in store next for Margie, Blake and the kids.
At one point while reading this, I thought that the author had bitten off more than she could chew and that all of the story lines couldn't possibly come together and make sense as they eventually did. And I felt that even if they could come together it was going to be a hurried and unsatisfying ending. It was not. The author did a wonderful job of tying up all of the loose threads (well except for Margie's marriage).
The writing style seems to be a mish-mash of so many other wacky style private investigator books, only better. There is plenty of mistakes made (some quite stupid) but there are also plenty of smart things happening.
The characters are a bit more mature than the usual ones you find in books like these, what with all the main characters and secondary characters having young child.
This was a great opener for what I hope to be a fairly long running series. This could a series that has plenty of room for story and character growth. Unfortunately what with the author's other series not running as long as I would have hoped, so I'm not going to count on it.(less)
Have you ever started a book and after a couple of chapters thought to yourself that this drivel just wasn’t for you? That is what I first thought ab...more Have you ever started a book and after a couple of chapters thought to yourself that this drivel just wasn’t for you? That is what I first thought about The White Magic Five and Dime, but something kept me reading and I quickly became engrossed in this book.
At first the sarcasm and hidden self pity from Alanis was just a bit too over the top …until you read further and really get a feel for our protagonist. Initially I was annoyed with see all of the 80’s TV and movie references but it soon became fun to try and figure them out.
The story is a mystery and a very good one at that. I wonder how many other readers will have an easier time figuring out who done it and why, than I did, but I didn’t catch on until the real killer was actually revealed. Anything else I say about the big reveal will ‘spoil’ the story so I am not going to say anything more.
So many secrets, so many cons…this is going to make an excellent series and I am certainly going to be along for the ride.
I had forgotten that Blaze was Harlequins sexier imprint, so if you like books in which the supposedly extremely smart ‘heroine’ jumps on the cowboy a...moreI had forgotten that Blaze was Harlequins sexier imprint, so if you like books in which the supposedly extremely smart ‘heroine’ jumps on the cowboy a mere few hours after meeting him, then this is the book for you! This book, in the first 50% was about 43% sex…and very hot sex! Sex on the floor, in a bed, out of doors, in a shower…you name it they enjoyed it! Then again, this book is only 224 pages long so the author really doesn’t have all that much time to build a relationship between Zach and Jeannette.
Jeannette is a contract lawyer in Virginia; she is 30 years old and at the top of her profession. Zach, 36 is a lawyer also, but he is trying out being a ranch hand to atone for what he thinks is a major fault that he had when he was at the top of his profession, also as a contract lawyer, back in California. Amazing that two such young people can be at the top of their professions and be so rich, but what do I know!
The last third of the book will deal with both of them reconciling themselves to the fact that they aren't perfect, will not be able to please everyone and that life is too short to waste either trying to make others happy or beating yourself up over the past. This was a light, fast, fluffy, pleasant and not too taxing, vacation read. (less)