Jean M. Auel Message Board
Donna posts on 6/14/2011 1:59:46 PM
Also, I don't feel anyone's whining about the truth in these reviews! If given the opportunity, I could have definately written a better book! When there is such a strong and powerful saga like these stories, the ending needs to deliver, and it did not as far as I'm concerned. So, it's a huge disappointment to many readers as you can plainly see here. It's not that hard to describe a cave as JA did numerous times. So, I bet many people would wish they could re-write it. It should have been 10 times better than it was!
Paul Echols posts on 6/14/2011 1:58:01 PM
The book was light weight compared to the past efforts by Ms Auel. She is older and I think it is time to let this series run its course and die. If by chance she does find a co-author so be it I will give it a try. Works for Cussler. Nor holding my breath. Too many good books out there that I am not getting to or have not discovered yet.
Donna posts on 6/14/2011 1:47:47 PM
Well we're all intitled to our opinions but I don't see how you came up with Ayla not having a major "loss" in this book. I thought the loss of a child was a huge loss, not to mention the lack of love she received from Jonde after the affair. This book was lacking so much for the Ayla we all came to love. She deserved much better! But, that's how I saw it. I'm disappointed, to say the least.
Lisa Daum posts on 6/13/2011 11:59:24 PM
Unlike a bunch of other posters on this site, I LOVED The Land of the Painted Caves. After all that Ayla has been through in her life I was relieved that she found some happiness and that there were no more huge losses in her life.
If all the people that hated it think they can write a better book, then they should try doing it. It's much more difficult than whining on this website.
lorraine posts on 6/13/2011 1:41:57 PM
I have just finished the last in the series and am so dissapointed.After waiting so long, could not believe how repeditive and downright boring the whole thing was. Did'nt even feel as if it was by the same author, read like a cheap chic flick. No continuity from book 5. Been reading these since 1980.....totally gutted.
Anwen posts on 6/11/2011 9:37:20 PM
I was also somewhat disappointed in "The Land of Painted Caves". I was hoping that Ms. Auel would be able to complete the series as planned and we would see Ayla throughout her life. I was truly upset by the circumstances of the "Mother Festival" and feel it was not up to Ms. Auel's usual par.
I do know that Ms. Auel has been in poor health and there have been other family circumstances that have very likely been extremely stressful for her and more than likely the cause of her health problems.
I'm wondering if she might consent to another author - with her overseeing - might write a couple more of Ayla's stories and possibly give us a more satisfactory end to Ayla's tale.
donorma posts on 6/11/2011 7:07:34 PM
Tedious,too many words. The story such as it is could have been told in a couple of hundred pages and saved alot of paper. As the old saying goes, see one painted cave and you have seen them all. I was hoping for one last contact with the Clan, but it didn't happen. Maybe we have come to expect too much, the previous books having been so great. Can't help but being disappointed though.
john posts on 6/10/2011 9:22:00 PM
Having just read the the land of the painted caves, any comments I can offer will not be good. Jean you have lost your fantastic writting skills and should start writting for TV soaps cause thats what this book was like :(:(:(
Irene posts on 6/10/2011 7:54:12 PM
I just finished Land of the Painted Caves and did not want it to end. I thought this book was fabulous. As I closed the book I thought to myself can't wait for the next one. It is too bad that it is the last one.
Dee sanders posts on 6/9/2011 11:30:04 PM
What a phenomenal disappointment
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