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Jed posts on 1/6/2012 5:05:45 PM After reading the previous five books in the Earths Children series several times and immensely enjoying them, I was quite excited to see book six in an airport shop while waiting for a flight home. I thought to myself what a wonderful boon it would be to an already great vacation. With high expectations I eagerly attacked this new jewel as soon as I had boarded and found my seat. That's it, the end. Book six is as boring and as pointless as this post. What a let down for myself and I imagine so many other devoted Earths Children readers. How did the editors let this slip by? No excitement, creativity, fantasy, no hook, nothing, blah. If I had wanted a book about the caves of Europe, I would have looked for a book on the caves of Europe. Let down, I feel so let down.
Ed posts on 1/2/2012 3:02:02 PM I wrote to Mrs. Auel several years ago and she responded. She was working on book six at the time and said "I'm now thinking there will be a seventh". If there is, it might tie up the loose ends.
Suzy posts on 1/2/2012 11:13:37 AM Jessica, Anita Moran uses the pen name avmoran on the ecfans website. Google Earth's Children or ecfans and it should be there. She actually wrote 6 books, one a massive one called Danug's Passage. She resolved nearly every dangling thread from the original series.

Tammy posts on 1/1/2012 6:28:53 AM The time lapse was the paramount problem - TOO many fams drew their own conclusions - which was obviously NOT MET. The second major problem was the VERY POOR PROOFREADING!!! I found sooooo many mistakes that I finally went back to the beginning and started red pencil editing. WOW! TRY IT! If y'all know these books as well as you say?!? TRY IT!! You'll be astounded. Finally - there was no SOLID conclusion. The story just sort of wandered off. BIG boo-boo! A creative writing 101 mistake. SAD!
Carol posts on 12/31/2011 6:22:22 PM I have not read#6 I was going back over my collection and I have two Plains of passage differnt covers. why is that?
lynette posts on 12/24/2011 8:45:54 PM number 6 wasn't nearly as disappointing and boring as number 5, that 20 year break was serious mistake for ms. auel!
bullymama posts on 12/20/2011 1:52:22 PM Number 6 was TERRIBLE!!!...a MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!! How can anybody say there was nothing more to write about.....ridiculous!! What about a reunion with Durc??? Why couldn't that be a part of the book? Certainly it would have made a lot of sense!! Ayla just became too perfect and Jondalar became a jerk....and the ENDLESS cave explorations..BORING!!!! After 31 years I expected far more from Ms. Auel, especially after waiting 10 years for this book.There are no words to express my disappointment after LOVING this saga for so many years:-(
Jim posts on 12/11/2011 6:14:16 AM Having enjoyed all 5 previous books I bought Land of the painted caves hardback. Mistake. It is monumentally boring. Ms Auel is either resting on her laurels or just tired. Either she or someone else should write a proper end to the otherwise epic earth's children adventure.
Jude posts on 12/9/2011 3:23:40 AM We all waited ten years for The Land of Painted Caves - and it was a PROFOUND's like Jean Auel lost her entire train of thought, or her notes, and was struggling to write SOMEthing just to finish the series. I expected far better.
Toni posts on 12/3/2011 7:06:51 PM Missy, read the book! It's one of the best bookd I ever read! You won't be short of things to write in your report!
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