Jean M. Auel Message Board
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.
Jan Parr posts on 7/17/2011 7:42:32 AM
Having read all of Jean Auel's books, I really looked forward to reading this sequel but was very disappointed. It it as if the author wanted to get it over with so she filled the pages with repetition of "introductions" and "Mother Song". Overall one of the most boring books I have ever read. I feel cheated.
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