Thursday 6 February 2014

The Land of Painted Caves

I'm currently reading the last of the Earth's Children Series by Jean M. Auel.

I'm not done, so this isn't the official review, but I have to say, WTF? I started reading these books when I was eleven. Now that I'm not eleven, I'm wondering if they were all written as though we're stupid readers. I don't usually mind lots of detail, but come on, do you need to point out that not only did so-and-so have rope in their carry-bag all the time, but that you never know when it will be needed?

And sometimes I wonder if Auel's trying to "dumb down" the thought processes of the people of the time.

Case in point: Ayla leaves her baby sleeping in a meadow under the protection of Wolf while she pokes around the nearby shrubs for roots etc. She comes back and Wolf's growling at the grass. "Was something wrong?"

Really? Not, "What was wrong?" but "Was something wrong?"

Uh, your wolf's fucking standing over your baby and growling at something in the grass. Get your sling-shot out!


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