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Subject: Have You Ever Read ...?
Date Posted: 7/5/2010 7:27 AM ET
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I thought we could use a thread to ask questions about specific books.

I'd like to read about early man. If I were to read just one HF novel on the subject, which would you recommend? The 3 that appear interesting to me are below, but please feel free to recommend something else.

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel
  • Beyond the Sea of Ice by William Sarabande (I was interested to learn that William Sarabande is a woman, whose real name is Joan Hamilton Cline.)
  • People of the Wolf by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
Date Posted: 7/5/2010 8:27 AM ET
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I've read these books and enjoyed them all, but I think The Clan of the Cave Bear is the best.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 8:30 AM ET
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Genie,  My Mother read and loved Clan of the Cave Bear.  I trust her judgement, and is very excited by the fact that a new book in this series is due, I believe in the spring.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 8:44 AM ET
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Genie..I've read "Clan" and "People", and enjoyed them both. If memory serves (always touch and go anymore) there is quite a time difference. 

The Gears write about the first inhabitants of the North American continent.  I think it's believed that early man showed up around 18,000 years ago, give or take.

Auel has a group of Neanderthals interacting with a group of Cro-Magnon, and the Neanderthals seemed to have disappeared by 35,000-40,000  years ago,  I can remember when I first read Auel, I was fascinated by her ideas of how these two groups may have viewed one another. 

So: if you want to go farther back in time, pick Auel. 

If you want to read about North America's first people, pick the Gears.  I don't know about Sarabande (I didn't even know he was a she!) but the Gears are anthropologists/archaeologists and put their knowledge to work in their books.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 10:41 AM ET
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I loved The Clan of the Cave Bear books.  Absolutely loved them!  I enjoyed the Sarabande books as well.  There are several of them, I believe. I haven't  read the Gear books, but I have the first two on Mt. TBR.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 11:27 AM ET
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I've read Clan of the Bear Cave but none of the others, so I can't help with comparison.  But I liked Clan of the Bear Cave, and the next book The Valley of Horses, was even better.  I thought the quality dropped off a little in later books, but I still enjoyed them.

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 1:40 PM ET
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I've read Clan of the Bear Cave but none of the others, so I can't help with comparison.  But I liked Clan of the Bear Cave, and the next book The Valley of Horses, was even better.  I thought the quality dropped off a little in later books, but I still enjoyed them

I completely agree with Sharla, except the last one was pretty bad, as I recall.  But, I'll still probably read the newest one ;)

Date Posted: 7/5/2010 2:00 PM ET
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Thanks, y'all! Does anyone have Clan of the Cave Bear on their shelf? I'd rather order from my buddies.