Jean M. Auel Message Board
Darwin posts on 6/23/2011 11:50:07 AM
I think the first three books, Clan of the Cave Bear, Valley of the Horses, and The Mammoth Hunters are the best of the series. From there the story line seems to decline to me. As a couple others have mentioned, I really do hope someone with good writting skills picks up the story and can carry us into Ayla's golden years. Because it is such a classic read and deserves a classic finish.
Doggy posts on 6/21/2011 8:10:01 PM
When I finished LOPC, I started the series again, to get the bad taste out of my mouth and heart.
I am almost done with mammoth hunters...
I will read through SOS and STOP...and create my own ending from there. I will retreat into my own imagination and watch as Ayla finds Durk (who will be the leader of his own clan, rich with full clan AND mixtures), See her find her original people, Get to know Jonayla and witness the birth of her little brother, Maybe even see Jondalar invent the wheel...wherever my imagination leads me, it's bound to be a darn sight more satisfying than where LOPC took me.
Please...Please...Is there anyone out there with real talant who can give us some good satisfying fan fiction???
debc251 posts on 6/21/2011 1:44:54 PM
Bob, email me at my name at yahoo and I will let you know about the books available in the formats you asked.
I really did not appreciate this last book, it was redundant and left the characters in a bad place.
Paul Echols posts on 6/20/2011 2:56:56 PM
I think all of the books are available for the kindle or kindle app for Pc/laptops and tablets
Bob posts on 6/20/2011 1:36:22 PM
Is there a place I can buy the set of books as a download in HTML or RTF.
I am getting old and my eyes just don't work on the small print in the books. I have the complete set but just can't read the print.
Sabrina Walker posts on 6/19/2011 12:21:00 AM
Just finished the last book of the series...can't tell you how disappointed I was. The one before that was predictable...and I waited about 10 years to read that. Now this. I feel cheated and robbed of time.
The first 2 books were good. From there, it was all down hill. I'm glad I'm done reading them. I can't be disappointed any more.
Darwin posts on 6/18/2011 11:06:35 AM
Another question that has been posed through out the series is who are Ayla's real people. It would be nice to know that, and where they live. And even perhaps knowing what her and her parents were doing at the time of the earthquake. Do all of her people have talents like her. Would she go back to her people. So many open questions !!!!
carole f posts on 6/17/2011 11:53:07 PM
painted cave was way too long & redundant. i skipped through the last 500 pages hoping to find out what happened to durc & the clan. if jean wasn't up to finishing the series with her fan's anticipated closure she should not have even bothered. this must have been a huge amount of stress for her, however, she should have come up with a lot less fluff & a much better ending & i wouldn't have minded 750 pages! it would be wonderful if she (or someone else) completes this series with an ending that satisfies her readers.
Darwin posts on 6/15/2011 3:33:57 PM
As I said before, I agree the story, and legend, of our heroine Ayla is very disappointedly unfinished in the Land of the Painted Caves. She did her year alone learning the cycles of the Sun and Moon, but that was about it as far as learning something new. Well, confirming a man had a place in making babies was big too – but we all knew that was coming. But, I don’t think the cave paintings did much at all in developing her potential power and talents that have been building up in the Children of the Earth Series – especially the first three books. It is evident she is a very talented Healer, a strong Leader, an Innovative Thinker, a Searcher, a Caller, a Traveler, and as Mamut said in Mammoth Hunters, and the First as well, many yet to be discovered and developed attributes. And from Shelters of Stone, it is evident that she will become a very powerful Zelandoni - the best of the one who is first. I can see Ayla becoming much more that all of these virtues combined, especially with her having seen a vision of the future for the human race – our modern times of houses, roads, automobiles, and airplanes, when she was in the cave with Creb.
Also, I can’t see how the series can finish without Ayla seeing the Clan again, or at least her son Durc – who according the Clan of the Cave Bear was suppose to be the future of the human race. We have to know how he turned out.
All this, and more, was left dangling at the end of a very fascinating and exciting story line – so very sad.
Rosie posts on 6/15/2011 10:59:10 AM
Having just completed the final book in the series and read the reviews, I have mixed feelings. While I enjoyed the book, it was repetitive and not as well written as others in the series. I agree that the reader is left hanging, there is so much more story to tell. Perhaps another writer could take up the torch to let us see Ayla as she matures as a Zelandonia, the future of Jonayla, and how the people evolve socially and technologically.
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