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Subject: The Plains of Passage - Earth's Children #4
Date Posted: 4/14/2008 2:49 PM ET
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Has anyone read this?  I really enjoyed the first 3, but I'm bored to tears with this one.  I'm only on about page 60, but it's taken me a week to get there!  Does it get better? 

I would hate to give up on it mostly because I have the 5th book on the way!

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 2:55 PM ET
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Keep going if you enjoyed the first few... I love this book and have reread the whole sieries many times. That being said there is a lot of descriptions that can sometimes seem long...

HTH

Naomi

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 3:18 PM ET
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I accidently read this one twice - the entire time I was reading it the second time, Dh kept saying "You've read that before" and I poo-pooed him. When I got to the end, I realized he was right. Blush.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 3:34 PM ET
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Mimi - You got through it twice? lol

Did it start out slow for you?

there is a lot of descriptions that can sometimes seem long...

VERY TRUE!  I almost gagged when the mammoths were mating.  I felt like I was right there and that I was intruding.  I'm really starting to get sick of all the plant descriptions.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 4:34 PM ET
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Shana, I absolutely loved the first two.  Thought them brilliant.  But dang, I slogged through the third.  I never went back to the series after it.   On the other hand, my dear friend who introduced me to them, would start all over again from #1 each time a new one came out.  She agreed 3 was slow, but still, she enjoyed it very much.

 

 

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 4:43 PM ET
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Bonnie, I thought 3 was a little slow too.  4 has been painful!  But, I just got the 5th book in the mail so I don't know what to do!  I was hoping when I posted this at least 5 people would jump on and say, "Oh, it gets soooo much better around page 65."    LOL

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 7:51 PM ET
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Depends on how much you like lots of hot sex?!  The Mammoth Hunters was a little better.  The last one that I waited years to read The Shelters of

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 7:52 PM ET
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Stone was a real disappointment.  None of the later ones are near as good as the first couple books.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 8:28 PM ET
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I thought that the whole series was very interesting, a little slow in spots, but the entire storyline made up for it.

Date Posted: 4/14/2008 9:56 PM ET
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I may be mis-remembering.  Which was the one where she and the guy treked and treked and treked forever it seemed across the glacier?  Was that Plains?  That is the one I couldn't bear.  I believe it was the one where she stopped her birth control. 

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 12:45 AM ET
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As I recall....and it''s been years...Plains of Passage went on and on and ON.....

I think I got thru it eventually, but I can't swear to it.  Wish I could be more encouraging...but I can't.  I more or less gave up on the series about then.  I know I eventually bought the next one at a library sale, but I know I never even tried to read it...yet.....

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:22 AM ET
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Well, for me, the first three were better than the last two of the series. Yes, Plains of Passage does go on and on but keep going because they do eventually meet several different groups of people and it becomes more interesting in those parts as well as the end when they cross the glacier.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:02 AM ET
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Plains of Passage was my least favorite of the series. I agre with Sheila about the glacier crossing.  I guess this book spends a lot of time setting up.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:16 AM ET
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Which was the one where she and the guy treked and treked and treked forever it seemed across the glacier?  Was that Plains?

Yes, this is the one.  All that has happened so far is some mammoths mated (it was disgusting, but Ayla & Jondalar seemed to enjoy it), and they made dinner.

I guess this book spends a lot of time setting up.

Yup.  A whole lot.  I'm going to give it a little while longer, but I don't know if I'll make it! :o)

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:20 AM ET
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Ohhhh...I really didn't like this one.  Yes, this is the one where I quit reading them.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 1:41 PM ET
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any news of when the 6th is coming out?

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 4:14 PM ET
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I don't remember it being difficult to read, but then I apparently don't have great recall about this one :)  I didn't really like the last one.

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 4:33 PM ET
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I love this series, but Oh MY GOODNESS!! I usually skip the stuff I find boring-  i.e.- anything that doesn't move the story along.  So I skip all the descriptions of plants and wildlife and just skim over how they make the tools and houses and clothes and stuff.   Maybe try that?  The next book is WAY better.  :)

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:02 PM ET
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I did the same as Beth. When some of the plant descriptions started seeming repetitve a skimmed a couple paragraghs. The Shelters of Stone is much better.

Grinned when I saw this thread today. I just ordered three of these in the bazaar and am watching for the other two.  I borrowed the series several times and decided it was time to just get them for my shelf.

Is there plans for another book?

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 8:45 AM ET
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I started the series years ago and liked it, but I had to force myself through the last book, I thought it was awful!  It seemed like she kept setting up scenes that could become something more, and then just let them dangle, it felt like it never went anywhere. Just my opinion, but  I was really disappointed, especially compared to the first two books. 

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 12:32 AM ET
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Auel gets too descriptive in her books and it makes it boring to read.  Half of her later books would be about the landscapte, etc.  Read them but it was hard getting through all the language she uses that mean absolutely nothing to the reader.



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Subject: plain of passage
Date Posted: 4/28/2008 8:44 PM ET
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I have read the series, and plains of passage does get better.   Keep reading. :) The second time I read it skipped the boring stuff.



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Date Posted: 4/29/2008 3:02 PM ET
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I couldn't do it.  I quit! :-(   I haven't done that in a long time.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 12:28 AM ET
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I didn't have that problem with this book...it was Shelters of Stone that just drug on and on and on...but at least I know how to skin an animal and cure the hide :P

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I posted this book a few days ago in Hardcover if anyone is interested in it.  I will be honest here, I could not get into it, but you may be able to!

Heather

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