Jean M. Auel Message Board
Marieskey posts on 8/2/2011 4:33:46 PM
I'm so sorry to have to agree with most of the postings. I just finished the book and can't help wondering about all of the loose ends! Ms. Auel refers to some of them in passing, but then totally drops the ball. So much time and space was wasted on repetition that could have been used to really complete the series. It's almost like Ms. Auel is planning another book (?) or is expecting someone else to pick up where she left off. The latter would probably be a dismal failure, much like the follow up to 'Gone With The Wind'. What happened to Durc? Ms. Auel even comments on her own website that her fans wanted some follow up on that matter. What about the rest of the Clan? And the hinting that Ayla will be the next First - what happens with that? I could go on and on. I realize that you can never totally finish a series - there will always be a story line that could be further explored, but this was such a disappointment. After waiting so long it was almost like Ms. Auel just wasn't as passionate about writing a story any more, and just wanted to get it done with to fulfill a deal with someone (either herself or publishers or ?). I absolutely enjoyed the other books in the series, but this last one makes we question if it was even written by the same person. It really breaks my heart to have to say that.
Bill K posts on 8/1/2011 8:02:47 PM
All I can say is Jean Auel miss a golden opportunity to rap-up the series. Ayla could have heard news about Durc becoming a leader of a new ban of mix's. Jondalar and Ayla could have form a new cave, after been force out for fighting and could not be part of the Zeladonii any more. They could have had the new cave a day ride from the Lanzadonii. A small group of zeladonii would go with them. Wasn't Jean always talking about too many people in one area and resources being limited. After setting up the new cave, Ayla people she was born to, find her. After following stories about woman name Ayla from different people that she had come in contact with. Ayla could have a baby boy. I can dream that the way it could have ended.
Blueberry posts on 8/1/2011 5:57:25 PM
Oh, woe! Another batch of disappointed readers! I have to agree with all of you as I was disappointed, even shocked at the poor quality of this last one.
Anthea Fisher posts on 8/1/2011 5:44:40 PM
After waiting so long for the last book so disappointed,I kept reading thinking it was going to improve, but it was not to be :-(
Pat posts on 7/28/2011 8:35:26 AM
Boring, boring, boring and more boring!! what a disappiontment to the end the series. Extremely hard work to finish this book and kept thinking the other books were so good something has to happen soon to make me want to finish this book - but alas no, absolutely nothing new happened. Just relieved when I did finish it and could throw it in the recycling - not that it's worth recycling. Complete waste of money and time spent reading it. Poor Ayla - what a sad ending.
amalya posts on 7/25/2011 2:19:29 PM
I don't undersand how the editors could allow a book like this to be published. If this was Auel's first book, it would have never seen the light of day. I am so disappointed, and a little bitter, even!
sherry williams posts on 7/22/2011 5:02:20 PM
hi i have been readin mrs auels books sense 1984 and i have enjoyed them all!This last one however was so boring i was falling alseep reading it!there was no reference to what had happened to durc?Orif she found out where she came from so many things could have been added to tie everything together better !Th oainted caves was the most dissapointing books of hers i have ever read! If mrs auel was to write another book about aylas origins i would buy it though. sincerely sherry k williams
G posts on 7/22/2011 5:37:06 AM
I didn't believe it was possible but Jean actually managed to write a book that was more boring and repetitive than plains of passage.
I practically skimmed through the whole thing and even left it halfway through to read a fantastic set of books by another author.
Unfortunately, I went back to it - ho hum. There wasn't a single plot that hadn't already been done to death in other books and once you removed the Ayla wants to do X, Alya thinks about doing X, Ayla talks to others about doing X, Ayla does X, Ayla then goes on to tell how she did X to every person she meets. Jondalar also tells every person in the book how Ayla did X etc etc etc plus all the names and ties (groan) there's not much substance left.
Still - I could be glad I purchased this book if I knew the money would go to hiring a half decent editor just in case she ever decides to write another one. Then again, if she does write another, I wont be reading it anyway.
James Taylor posts on 7/19/2011 6:22:37 PM
I eagerly awaited this book for eight or nine years. I now realize I wasted that time when I should have been seeking a new series to persuse. This book is the worst of the series and I'm sorry I waited for it. I quit after about seven chapters as I simply could not wade though any more.
Nicole posts on 7/19/2011 8:30:46 AM
Slow, repetitive, boring, and in the end nothing really happens. You wont miss anything if you don't read this book. This must be the worst in the series.
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