This wasn't a book, it was a series of short stories.
John deserved better than this cr*p. He deserved a full book.
And what the hell is up with the lan...moreThis wasn't a book, it was a series of short stories.
John deserved better than this cr*p. He deserved a full book.
And what the hell is up with the language? I don't know if J. R. is trying to go for a younger audience, but when I as my 20 year old niece and 24 year old nephew about this language they give me the old "WTF" look we all know from these books.
So essentially Xhex rapes John, then John does it to Xhex - sad. This was the most unromantic of these book and yes I have read them all; most of the good ones (the first 3 or 4 in my opinion) many, many times...these last few I truly don't even remember reading, though I know I did!
Mostly I just kept wanting to put this book down and do something else amusing ...like scrub a toilet. Skimming this book was the way to go and even that took away too many hours of my life that I will never get back. *sigh*(less)
This was a bit of a difficult book to get into and to understand. The first few chapters are somewhat confusing, but as soon as you understand the dia...moreThis was a bit of a difficult book to get into and to understand. The first few chapters are somewhat confusing, but as soon as you understand the dialect, sort out that Dave is a dog, and Charlie is no longer with us...then everything else falls into place.
The characters are well fleshed, but the story is a little predictable. It is a romance novel through and through, with all the cliches this genre has to offer. Yet, it still held my attention, made me cry in parts and keeps me thinking that no matter what happens - there is always a chance that love will find you again, and that the second time around can be as wonderful and fulfilling as the first one.(less)
Because I have followed the series from the beginning, I knew exactly what I was going to be getting with this book. I knew that this was not going to...moreBecause I have followed the series from the beginning, I knew exactly what I was going to be getting with this book. I knew that this was not going to be hot hetro sex, but I knew that Ms Ward could tell a good story and I figured that the sex would be told well too. I was wrong. Not only was the sex a bit more graphic than the norm it was a bit more explicit than I had expected.
This is basically a series for mainly women readers; this book might have been written more for gay men. I don't think I'm a prude but there it is.
The drama and angst plus the cliched 'mistakes each of these males made, reminded me of some cheesy 1980 drama series or a soap opera. This is not what I expected for these two worthy males.
The urban street slang is getting tiresome to decipher. The fact that the language goes back and forth from Urban to Olde English (for lack of a better term) is headache inducing. Not everyone reading these books are 20 somethings.
The other aspect of this book that bothers me is that it is following in the footsteps of the last few books -it reads more like a series of novella's than one continuous novel. Most of these side stories have no relationship with each other or the main theme and seem to serve no purpose other than to be page fillers.
I read this book AFTER I read The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood so I knew that the intro of Marisol was a waste of readers time because even in the next book her story doesn't end. Unfortunately, her story just takes up valuable space and keeps us hanging. A good marketing ploy to keep us coming back for closure, but a bad one as far as the authors fans are concerned.
I admit I will most likely (probably definitely) be reading the next book after The King, just to see how the new 'regime' will work out.(less)
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.