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       Karen posts on 2/13/2012 6:21:21 PM

They say 'Where there's smoke there's fire.' I know the following 2 quotes from Ms Auel are from 2 different articles, but I do so want there to be a 7th book, I'll grab on to any little hint of one more to come, however slim the chances. The Earth's Children series is finished, but Auel has been hedging about whether "The Land of Painted Caves" is the last book. There's more in the outline that has guided her all these years, and she can't stand the thought of living without Ayla. She has ideas -- a children's book set in France, something about the beginnings of agriculture -- and is helping her children prepare to run what she calls the family business. Her daughter Lenore is her secretary, and e-book deals and movie rights could keep everyone busy for another generation or two. "They're going to have to take over at some point," she says. "The Land of Painted Caves," the sixth and supposedly final book of her multimillion-selling series, comes out in March. But Auel says she has not stopped thinking about her heroine Ayla and her adventures in prehistoric times. "To be honest, I don't feel like I'm through," the author, 74, said during a recent interview. "I still have some material and I'm going to keep on writing. It's what I do."

       Petr Vavruch posts on 2/13/2012 3:56:55 PM

I can't find it. Brouds_Destiny has 107,000 results in Google. Help!

       Ken Hales posts on 2/13/2012 3:37:17 PM

Google Brouds_Destiny -- This is a post by Stephanie25 that has ten chapters plus an Epilog. There are many problems with the timeline on this story, but it does tie up loose ends and seems to be a good story.

       kracine posts on 1/24/2012 11:12:54 PM

Book Seven is an Urban Legend. I don't believe it will ever happen.

       b3llad0na posts on 1/24/2012 2:52:32 PM

....she's writing a SEVENTH book...?!?!?!?? Are you serious? How long will it take her to finally hack THIS one out? I, for one, do not plan to run out and spend good money for a first edition of it - after the tremendous disappointment that Painted Caves proved to be, Ive lost any enthusiasm for the series.

       Suzy posts on 1/22/2012 10:16:08 AM

I'm very sorry I let criticism of book 6 keep from reading it for so long. I got it for Christmas and read the first 5 over (for about the 10th time) and then went straight into LOPC. I found myself pleasantly surprised - I really enjoyed it. For me I felt it really finished the series quite well. Were there a lot of dangling threads? Yes, there were, but for me, that's what fan fiction is for and there's a lot of it out there. I especially Anita Moran's 6 books, which cover Durc, the mammoth hunters and even a new group who are fascinating. She writes under penname avmoran on the ecfans website. There's a ton of other authors there too, another favourite being redback. Check it out if you want more. But I'm really having a hard time understanding why there is so much criticism about book 6. I thought it was great and I'm hoping the rumors about a book 7 are true. Thank you Jean Auel for such a monumental series. I understand the big gap between books also, as I've learned there were some big finds of new painted caves in between books 4 and 5 and in between books 5 and 6, and she has skillfully included most of this in those books. I'd also recommend donsmaps for tons of fascinating background about the Earth's Children series. Now I'm going to read book 6 again, slower, as the first time through I couldn't put it down once I'd started and finished it in 4 days. There are some inconsistencies, and these I really don't understand, as anyone who's faithful to the series spots them right away, and how could all the people working on these books miss them? There should be a way of addressing these issues for subsequent reprints of the books. Again, thanks JA for a fascinating glimpse into our ancestors.

       Ed posts on 1/21/2012 4:02:50 PM

Norma, I have to agree with you at least in part. Jean's style is to have detailed descriptions of the flora, fauna, landscapes, customs and religions. We should have expected that. Also, in the Shelters of Stone she set the stage my describing the trials that one must go through to become Zelidonia. Although I would have liked to have seen closer on many other things that she set the stage for in the previous books.

       Norma posts on 1/19/2012 8:32:09 AM

Just read the other reviews and I must heartily disagree! I just finished the "Painted Caves" book and LOVED it! So much better than the last two which were not much more than sex novels. This one provided enormous insight into the lives of our ancestors as they probably were lived. Wonderful book!!! Almost as good as Valley of the Horses, my favorite of the series.

       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.

       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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