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The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel | Hardback

Released on 01 January 2010

Author: Jean M. Auel | Format: Hardback

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The triumphant finale of the hugely successful Earth's Children? series

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 disappointing and boring

| | See all haslethazel's reviews (5)

have all other books in the series and have read them several times avidly although found could miss first 200 pages of plains due to lack of action.with this i was expecting some further character development and interaction.however very little happens and i found i did not really care about the people anymore.also pages on pages of `a horse painted on this wall and a bison on this wall` drove me to tears.i wish the series has ended with the previous book as i feel a little cheated

 Downward spiral continues.........

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An enormous disappointment. We all know that The Shelters of Stone was a let down after the first four wonderful stories and ever the optimist, I was hoping that after the debacle of book 5, Ms Auel would have returned to her original form. The book is split into three and the second section is extremely dreary. Ms Auel was enthralled with her tour of caves in France, but fails to communicate that in this story, I apologise for my own rambling review, but I am struggling with this book.

It seems as though it was edited by three very different people and does not feel written by Ms Auel AT ALL! There is no flow to the story, I felt nothing for any of the characters. Jondalar is a mere shadow until the final third of the book when he goes from nothing to irritating and back to nothing in a few short chapters. Ayla spends the first half being annoyed with everyone without us finding out why she is experiencing only this emotion when she never has before. I do not know this Ayla and frankly after this book, I am sorry that my original Ayla has been completely obliterated. Some characters from the last book are briefly highlighted, built up and then their tales are not concluded. This is a shallow story with one dimensional characters - if we go on to find out that it was in fact written by a 15 year old student as 'fan fic' or that this book was banged out in a month by another author using Ms Auels' notes, I would believe you.

If you are a die hard fan I know that you will not take my advice not to read this book, but I am warning you that it will ruin the first four excellent books. I wish to erase this book from my memory and end the story with Ayla and Jondalar finally reaching the Zelandonii and leave it to the imagination there. I am angry that this is the story that was finally published, it lets us all down and seems to be purely a money making exercise. Finally, the UK version has quite a few typos, spelling mistakes and in one case a gender swap twice in once sentence. If this book was any good, those errors would be worth something, but I doubt that there will be a revision due to lack of demand. I will be offering my copy for sale as I hope to recoup some of my losses, the time wasted...... cannot be returned. It is April 1st tomorrow, maybe this book is an April Fools Prank???????

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Well i agree with the other reviews on this book, Im not even half way through and im getting bored i think its a rather big let down from the other books and being the last one i would of thought there would be a bit more action and excitement like there was in the previous books, Ayla and Jondalar seem to have gotten boring and there's way to much about the landscape and paintings and i found there where a few bits repeated so far, Overal it seems Jean M Auel has let herself down a tad its a shame she's ended a great series of books this way but by all means buy the book to finish off your collection but we all have different opinions and im sure there will be many fans out there that will think different but this book i will not be reading again as i do with the others.

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AuthorJean M. Auel
PublisherHodder & Stoughton General Division (GB)
Year2010
ISBN9780340824252
FormatHardback - 672 Pages
Illustrations2 maps