I wasted my money on Jean Auel's latest book

Have you started it yet? The opening scene was actually pretty good, the lion hunt, so I was hopeful. I lost hope quickly.

I payed less, because I got two discounts at Barnes and Noble. I shelled out less than twenty bucks, and I still got shafted.

I even liked Shelters of Stone. I’ve read a lot about those “caves” in what is now France.

Someone upthread mentioned that Jondalar screwing around on Ayla, in the new book, was not necessary. But she gets back at him by finally participating in a Mother Festival with another guy, and making sure Jondalar sees. You’ll never believe who it’s with either.

A 14 year old Larry King?

No, I haven’t started it yet. I have a pile of library books which I need to finish first.

$29.99 was the cheap price, which I secured because I ordered and paid for the book a month in advance. Not sure, but I think the rrp here is $39.99. And they wonder we we buy most of our books online. :mad:

I’ve often thought that this series is another example of Walton’s Law - where each sequel is half as good as the one before, until they become homeopathically good. It’s a shame really as I quite enjoyed the first couple of books but the series really went down hill in the last couple. I doubt I’ll bother with this one at all.

I enjoyed Auel’s first book, The Clan of the Cave Bear a lot.
I also enjoyed her second book, The Valley of the Horses,
but it was a cut below TCCB. Her third book, whose name
escapes me, was a low-budget Cro-Magnon soap opera.
I put it down after about 100 pages and have not picked
another of her books since. I have always intended to reread
TCCB, though. Damn Internet has sidetracked me for the
last several years.

The third was The Mammoth Hunters. She lost me with the fourth book Plains of Passage which was nothing more than endless descriptions of flora & fauna between sex scenes.

Haven’t got the new one yet; I loved the first 3 but the last 2, not so much. Sounds like this last one isn’t worth the effort, which is too bad, I love these kind of books and especially love sequels, where I can really get to know the characters.

Yeah, I pretty much bought it because it’s a) a guilty pleasure (well, it was, now it’s not really that anymore) and b) the end of the series. It’s not very good.

This one has endless descriptions of caves and paintings, and travelling between them, so there is that, I guess.

Wait, so are Ayla and Jondalar polyamorists now?

I’m loving this thread! I discovered these books sometime in 7th grade, I think.

I loved CCB, liked VoH quite a lot, and was “meh” on MH. PoP really lost me too. Yeah, I GET it, the guy is massively endowed AND massively talented, and Ayla is the Earth Mother Incarnate, and puts Edison (and all of this worker bees) to shame with her inventiveness. But in PoP, nothing happened. And nothing happened, and still nothing happened. Or at least, that’s how I remember it.

My mother & I read Clan of the Cave Bear together and really enjoyed it. The Valley of Horses was slow-going, but that’s where she met Jondalar and others, so it held promise. I’m still embarassed to mention The Mammoth Hunters. We both read it, and Mom even loaned it to a friend of hers who returned it in disgust. Really?!? More “throbbing members?” :rolleyes:

I tried Shelters of Stone but do not plan to shell out any money for this new one. I’m surprised there wasn’t a revelation that Ayla was the physical Mother Earth herself. :rolleyes:

Nope.

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This one felt like work - at least in all the others, when I hit a sex scene, I knew I could skip pages (or not, depending upon how I felt about sex scenes on a given day). This one just felt like I was slogging through it.

And part of me wants to go check PoP and see if I remember right that there’s an almost word for word description of the wonders of the cattail plant and how much it can be used that’s reused in LoPC.

I’m super surprised Jondalar cheated on Ayla considering how her vagina is the Awesomest Cro-Mag Vagina ever.