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Karen posts on 1/9/2012 2:51:43 PM Just finished reading the final book. I started it about 9 months ago and really got stuck on reading details about plants, landscape, and caves. However, I found it all was a good chance to practice some speed reading and really ended up enjoying the final book. I think we all need to remind Ms. Auel that we LOVE the characters and the evolution of human relationships more than some of the intense details. This book could have been about 2/3 the size and been enough to satisfy. I am, though, very glad to been involved in reading of this series.
meagan posts on 1/8/2012 5:57:13 PM I was so dissapointed in this book if there is a 7th book i feel as if the 6th could completely be thrown out. It seemed so pointless.
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.
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