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The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
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Feb 19, 11

bookshelves: reread, 2011
Read from February 16 to 19, 2011, read count: 2

First read April 2009.
Sometimes you just need some caveman politics, cultural studies, and soft-core porn to comfort you in rough times. Or at least I do. (Also? This book was the fifth in a buy-four-get-one-free at the library book sale.)

Rereading February 2011 in anticipation of the last book in the series coming out this spring.

This book does not need to be 800+ pages long! If only Auel didn't have Ayla tell and re-tell the same stories every time she meets a new character - stories that readers of the series have already "seen" happen and heard retold in the previous book - it would be much more bearable.

How many pages do you think got used up by characters formally introducing themselves with all their ties and affiliations? How many times do we have to hear Ayla explain about being raised by the Clan, how she found Whinney, Wolf, etc.?

And is anyone else getting tired of Ayla and Jondalar being so perfect, high-status, and right about everything? And have all their foes be crazy-jealous and/or drunks?
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