Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book Review: The Land of Painted Caves

After 30 years, Jean Auel has finally written the final book in her Earth's Children Series: The Land of Painted Caves. I came across this historical fiction series a few years ago on a receommendation from former a patient and I fell in love! According to Goodreads Earth's children is "...a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals".

I loved every single one of these books, although I will be the first to admit they are not exactly well written. At over 750 pages, The Land of Painted Caves had a lot of repetition-not just to bring you up to speed from the previous novels but within it as well. That gets a bit tedious. Now I really like to read LOOOONG novels, but this was a bit much-too much thrown together-almost like watching a whole season of a TV show you used to love. I'm glad I read it, and would recommend the entire series, but don't expect the most amazing literary experience. I realize that may sound harsh, but it's my blog and I get to say what I want! I should reiterate though- I did enjoy this book-maybe because I had been waiting a few years for this one to come out (not 30 years, but maybe 2-3)-but I did enjoy it! 

(p.s. I read it on my Kindle and thank goodness because 750 pages in hardcover is TOO heavy!!)

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