Best Pre-History Fiction

Best novels set in that long period before history was written down.

For novels written about ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc., see Best Novels Set in the Ancient World
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I see Ms. Auel's latest in the adventures of Ayla, The Land of Painted Caves, has 25 copies up for grabs in GR's First Reads program.


message 2: by Linda (new)

Linda I don't know what the first reads program is. I'll have to check it out.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's under the arrow at "explore," listed as "giveaways." I found it fairly high up under the "recently listed" tab. Should be fairly high up under "popular authors" as well.


message 4: by Betty (new)

Betty Excuse me but since when do Sense And Sensibility or the Irish Rebellion of 1916 belong in the pre-history category!?!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads For that matter, both House of Echoes (seems to be set at an English manor house) and Beard (about the World Beard and Mustache Championships) seem odd choices for this list.

You want me to remove anything, Linda?


message 6: by Linda (new)

Linda Yes, please. This is strange. I'm the one who originally made this list and I haven't been back to look at it for quite a while. I didn't even realize that some of these books had been added. Some of the ones I'm seeing don't really fit this category, do they? Although they may be wonderful books, they aren't PREhistory.


message 7: by Betty (new)

Betty I just feel that OT additions dilute or 'crowd' what is otherwise an interesting list and focused resource for books of a particular subject.

...btw I just remembered that my sis has an old copy of Reindeer Moon (with the alternative cover) - I should borrow it! :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Which books would you like removed, Linda?


message 9: by Linda (new)

Linda You're right, Betty.

Susanna - I guess we want to start be removing House of Echoes, Irish Rebellion, and Sense and Sensibility.I haven't looked any further to see what else may have gotten put in here accidentally. How can they be removed?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It'll need a GR Librarian; I can do it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Alrighty, I removed House of Echoes, Irish Rebellion, and Sense and Sensibility.


message 12: by Linda (new)

Linda Actually I have the Librarian status too, but I never use it for anything. I don't know how to remove things so thanks for doing this :-)


message 13: by Linda (new)

Linda Now I'm seeing other ones too. I don't know if people are doing this by accident, or what, but here are some more I found that don't belong on this list:

*Beard
*At Road's End

There may be more, I'll look again when I get a chance. Thanks, Susanna!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Linda wrote: "Actually I have the Librarian status too, but I never use it for anything. I don't know how to remove things so thanks for doing this :-)"

No problem!

It's pretty easy, actually; go to where it says "edit" under the list title, and at the bottom of the options it will say "remove particular books."


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed Beard. Couldn't find At Road's End on list (I'm pretty sleepy!).


message 16: by Linda (new)

Linda At Road's End is number 11. Thank you very much :-)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I got it; thanks for telling me where it was.


message 18: by Katrina (new)

Katrina Deleted The Color Purple as it's not pre-history.


message 19: by Debbie (last edited Feb 15, 2013 10:27AM) (new)

Debbie I think someone got confused on what list they were on. Deleted Comanche Moon, Comanche Heart, Kiss of Crimson, Midnight Awakening, Pleasure Unbound, Lover Revealed, Dead the World, Lover Unbound, and Lover Eternal - all westerns or paranormal romances.

Also deleted Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.


message 20: by Linda (new)

Linda LOL! Yes, they were definitely on the wrong list, weren't they? Thanks for cleaning up :-)


message 21: by Garth (new)

Garth I'm glad The Clan of the Cave Bear is at the top of the list.

I don't know if you've read many cave man novels, but most of them are pretty awful. The Clan of the Cave Bear is a notable exception. A little over the top at times, but it's a fun way to learn about how life might have been for our ancestors.

Here's a post I wrote about The Clan of the Cave Bear for Newsworthy Novels, a blog that matches novels to today's headlines (this post was for an article about a new study on Neanderthals): http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/...


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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books to the list at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 24: by Susan (new)

Susan Susanna wrote: "You add books to the list at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes.""

Sorry, I am new to all of this. This was the first time I have added a book to any lists (other than my own account). Thanks for the instructions.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem. It's not as obvious as GR seems to think.


message 26: by SMi (new)

SMi There is a duplicate: The Plains of Passage (Earth's Children #4) is currently listed as both 4 and 68.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I combined duplicates - that should have gotten it.


message 28: by posthuman (last edited Aug 12, 2019 04:32PM) (new)

posthuman Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson is a wonderful story in this setting


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