Tarneg 1 Trembling with fear, Ayla clung to the tall man beside her as she watched the strangers approach. Jondalar put his arm around her protectively, but she still shook. Ayla thought, gaping at the man in the lead, the one with hair and beard the color of fire. She had never seen anyone so big. He even made Jondalar seem small, though the man who held her towered over most men. The red-haired man coming toward them was more than tall; he was huge, a bear of a man.
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Now, Ayla is quivering in fear, afraid that this Other is going to see her and immediately know, somehow, that she lived with the Clan and hate her this is only 1 of the many continuity conflicts in this story.
Before I start my ranting, I need to say the good things about this book or I will completely forget them and start censoring profanities. At points, I was almost transported back to The Clan of the Cave Bear : learning how the Mamutoi hunt, make clothes, and go about their day-to-day lives; getting a peak into their religion; learning their social structure.
The plotline with Rydag was actually not that bad. It gave Ayla a way to see what her child might have been like, to explore the motherliness of her character. My favorite was Ranec; he was such a jolly guy, so friendly, outgoing, clever, witty, and smart. And many of the other clan were pretty well done.
This book has all the stuff we saw in Valley of the Horses. We are treated to at least six really bad sex scenes the wording in each is almost identical, the sex is uncomfortable and not sexy at all, the times people have sex is really odd. Auel steps away from the story to go into Textbook Mode, describing concepts these people would have no knowledge of permafrost, homogeneous crystalline silica or flint, asides into what would happen thousands of years later, etc. Ayla invents the needle, domesticates a Wolf cub, possesses shamanic powers that the Mamut spiritual leader of the Mamutoi encourages her to use to "see visions", and generally grows to be an even bigger Mary Sue than even the first two books made her out to be and that is a feat, lemme tell you.
But none of those elements really compare to the most horrible thing that nearly destroyed all the good things this book had going for it. What did the most destruction to the goodness of this book was one of the absolute stupidest, most inane, childish, disgusting, vapid, retarded Big Misunderstandings in the world of Big Misunderstandings. I can live with the info-dumping even if it is terribly boring, distracting to the "plot", and way above the knowledge of the characters.
But when an author resorts to having her characters act like lobotomized chimpanzees in order to drive a plot that should have been wrapped up in no more than a chapter and probably more like a paragraph I draw the line! He eyeballs her, makes constant jokes about bedding her, and makes it so that generally everyone knows what he wants.
Eventually, the Mamutoi agree to adopt Ayla. At her adoption ceremony, Ranec kisses her and tells her he wants to bed her. Meanwhile, Jondalar stands in a corner and pouts and complains and whines, "How could she be going with another man when he was waiting for her? No woman had ever chosen someone else when he wanted her. Oh, right, it was just after having sex; you were asleep. Normal human beings would approach each other after the incident and have it out.
But nooooooooooooooooooooooo! Instead, Ayla and Jondalar begin a painful, stupid, nonsensical "falling out". They stop having really bad sex and talking about the origin of babies, which was a great disappointment to me, as I enjoyed counting the times in the last book that that topic appeared.
They sleep on opposite sides of the bed. All the while, they both have googly eyes for each other, lust after each other, dance around talking to each other Yes, I did say "worse".
And you know what? And do you want know how it is resolved? And she does her Clan kneeling before him. And you know what else? If THAT is how you are going to end this plot You could have had some conflict with characters who think that the Clan are a bunch of animals and not the mustache twirling Friebag who immediately is converted to Ayla-ism when Ayla saves his wife from labor. You could have had some interesting stories just with Ayla and Jondalar living with the Mamutoi.
I will NOT let this be the book series that breaks me.
The Mammoth Hunters
Auel takes readers back to the dawn of mankind and sweeps them up into the amazing and wonderful world of Ayla, one of the most remarkable heroines ever imagined. Over 30, years ago, in a world we know but would not recognize, a young girl of five plays by herself on a creek bank. Suddenly, her world shifts, as a cataclysmic earthquake leaves her an orphan in a harsh Ice Age landscape. They must journey to find a new place to live. She is starving and half-dead from a wound on her thigh made by a cave lion defending her cubs.
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Now, Ayla is quivering in fear, afraid that this Other is going to see her and immediately know, somehow, that she lived with the Clan and hate her this is only 1 of the many continuity conflicts in this story. Before I start my ranting, I need to say the good things about this book or I will completely forget them and start censoring profanities. At points, I was almost transported back to The Clan of the Cave Bear : learning how the Mamutoi hunt, make clothes, and go about their day-to-day lives; getting a peak into their religion; learning their social structure. The plotline with Rydag was actually not that bad. It gave Ayla a way to see what her child might have been like, to explore the motherliness of her character.