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elaine posts on 5/11/2011 12:23:27 PM I was also very disappointed in this book, too much repitition, and did not finish any of the story lines. The so called experiment they did with Ayla's mystery root was a farce. Ayla already knew what it would do, how was watching her try it for the third time any help to the rest of them. And come on!! Jondalar and Marona, and them Ayla and Larimar. NO WAY!!
Mindy posts on 5/10/2011 7:19:31 PM I have waited a very long time to be disappointed! I am a third of the way through "The Land of the Painted Caves" and I am having to force myself to read this so called history lesson. It repeats itself so many times that I have started scanning it instead of reading! How horrible to wait all these decades to be so let down!! I was afraid she would get caught up in the sex thing again but that would be better than this nothingness. And I paid way more for this book than any of the other. BOOOO!!
kracine posts on 5/9/2011 9:08:41 PM Hey Bert...good idea...but that sort of thing has been going on for years in the form of Fan Fiction. There is alot of it out there. Perhaps now that the series is over, we can prevail on those fan fiction writers to take up the current story lines..or gaps...and keep going.

Maya posts on 5/9/2011 3:48:41 AM Oh no......what a huge disappointment. It took a lot of will power to get to the end of Land of the Painted Caves, I got bored and skipped chapters, most of the book seemed to be covering old ground. Skipping 4 years in the middle....well I put the book down and didn't pick it up again for a week. But I finally finished it and instead of feeling sad that Ayla's journey had ended, I felt deflated. Bert I like your idea....I think someone with good knowledge of the series and a fresh perspective is much needed!
Bert posts on 5/8/2011 11:07:52 PM Alright all you critics, including me. I feel Ayla is too good to let it end as it did in these Panted Caves. Now is the time to step up and get permission from Jean to use her characters for a few spinoffs. While we were waiting for the book, I saw many opportunities fostered by your thoughts of how Jean would guide the last installment. What I see is her way of letting us use our minds to give Ayla the chance to visit Durc, thank Brun, slap Broud around a bit, and maybe see Baby's grandkits. Jean has provided us with hundreds of tales if our imagination can intercede in one of the painted caves and show Ayla something that starts her mind wandering back to CotCB times or maybe Mammoth Hunters. Maybe even a journey to visit Yorba. What do you think about this path instead of continueing to stone Jean, which I really want to do, too. Let me hear from you. Bert
Sharlo posts on 5/8/2011 9:31:26 PM I've been waiting forever for this series to finish and have the final book waiting to be read after I finish the first 5 again (for a refresher). The first 2 books were by far the best and I agree how repetetive the narrative became from book 3 onwards however I continued on out of interest and fondness for Ayla'a journey. I am disappointed to read all the reviews of the final book but will read for closure. I disagree with comments re JK Rowling and think her books are fantastic but let's face it neither of them are Tolkien. He will always be in a storytelling league of his own!
Darwin posts on 5/8/2011 3:06:50 PM I wonder if Jean Auel reads these messages and comments from her fans? And will say something about them. I surely would if it was me.
Julie posts on 5/8/2011 2:06:59 PM I usually read a much anticipated new book in a day or two. This one took me nearly a month (even skipping over page after page of boring, repetative, useless descriptions). I also went looking for more, that's how I found this site. I was hoping that it wasn't the final book. Very disappointed.
Darwin posts on 5/7/2011 8:09:32 PM After reading Painted Caves, and posting my previous message - where I agreed with Jill on all the open quesitons and loose ends that left us all hanging. I decided to start from the beginning and am reading Clan of the Cave Bear again - amazing how I am picking so much more up on my second go around. However, One thing stands out like a sore thumb - on the first page of the book where it describes the characters it says Durc "is the future of the human race"!! What the heck - this never came out at all. He was gone after the first book never to be seen again. Let down big time.
michel posts on 5/7/2011 12:24:04 AM Jean Auel should have stopped after her third novel. The land of the painted caves is a huge desappointement. As an example: she bring back the episode when Jondalar and Ayla discuss if Jondalar should take Matagan as an apprentice. This has been solved in ''The shelters of stone''
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