Jean M. Auel: The Valley of Horses



Ction did you now it was Broud s organ that created her son Durk but you Pilgrimage (1920) know what Even that I could buy She is by herself she must invent or die She loves animals and has been tending them since she was a child so it isn t unexpected for her to continue this into her adulthood The calendar thing is also hinted at back in the first book when Ayla peppers Creb with uestions about days and counting Yes Ayla is getting close to Mary Sue territory but this is her story I ll believe itUNTIL Auel adds Jondalar Who is Jondalar Let me introduce you to himMeet JondalarJondalar is the most attractive strong intelligent sexy wonderful skilled muscular thoughtful generousind man you will EVER meet He is MINDBLOWING in the sack but WATCH OUT Most women can t take it ALL eyebrow wiggle if you Shapely Ankle Preferrd know what I mean His blue eyes are enough to make the cave panties wet He is the BEST toolmaker EVER and NO I do NOT mean thatind of tool HE LOVE SO MUCH AND SO HARD THAT NO ONE CAN ENDURE IT Jondalar is freakin God incarnateAnd THAT is the beginning of what Sword at Sunset kills the story THAT is what makes this book which could have been interesting absolutely dreadful Because once Jondalar walks onto the set the story ceases to be about Ayla and instead becomes about JondalarHey I don tnow if I ve mentioned itdid you Fair Play (Zephyr Ranch know that Broud s organ created Durk The Clan believed it was a battle between totems but Ayla is pretty sure it s a man s organ that creates babiesI don t mind Ayla finding companionship I don t mind her finding love I DO mind it when the whole story s emphasis is on a man we ve only just met and have no real reason to like I NEVER liked Jondalar EVER The author tries to sell me on how wonderful he is by having EVERYONE gush about him and trust me EVERYONE does but I went into convulsions every time I had to hear all the wonderful things about this tool And this is the man Ayla ends up with I would ask for an exchangeSo while Ayla is busy trying to survive I get stuck listening to Jondalar and his doofus brother doing stupid and pointless things on their spiritual journey I get to hear a bajillion arguments the two of them have about where they should go No Jondalar let s go to the mountains No Thonalan we should head to the river Let s stay with these people No we need to move on how awesome Jondalar is and how much they want to bonk women Oh and as if the latter weren t enough I get TWO fairly graphic sex scenes of Jondalar with some chick on her First Rites and Serenio or some other woman whose purpose was only to provide another sex scene to show Jondalar s Mad Skilz in the cave bedroom and Thonalan falls into insta lust with some woman whom he can t even converse with for several pagesBTW I have to mention it but there is a horse sex scene in this book Yes a horse sex scene And it turns Ayla on And Ayla being so bright and intelligent doesn tnow WHY she feels all horny likeNone of this ends up mattering because a plot contrivance sends Thonalan and Jondalar back into the wild and completely negating the last billion pages Caveman Time Wasting Thonalan is an idiot and tries to chase after some meat that a cave lion stole REALLY and is illed Ayla comes to the rescue and FINALLY FINALLY after nearly 34 of the book Ayla and Jondalar meetAt this point I was actually pumped FINALLY there was a point to Jondalar Finally we would get around to what has been alluded to since the first book But NO Instead now we get hastily contrived resolutions to the language barrier Creb comes to Ayla in a dream and POW she speaks Jondalar s language Jondalar getting a hard on nearly every other time he sees Ayla along with groin pains which tells me he needs to see someone about his urinary tract infection Ayla wanting Jondalar to sex her up but Jondalar not doing so because he thinks she is in healing training Or something Oh yeah and also during this whole time Jondalar hardly talks about his dead brother and when he finds out it was Ayla s cave lion that illed Thonalan and she chased the cave lion away he is like Wow you must be a spirit to have such control over animalsDid you now that Broud s organ created Durk Ayla isn t totally sure but she thinks it is a man s organ that makes a baby not a fight between totemsWhen the two FINALLY talk it over Jondalar initially can t get past his Ew she had sex with a flathead Flathead cooties But this doesn t last too longAyla is the PERFECT woman with the perfect breasts perfect lips perfect hair perfect ba donka donk Jondalar is pretty sure we wouldn t remember this or figure it out for ourselves so he makes sure to remind us OFTENAfter a few sex scenes that get repetitive to the max which is NUTS yes there have been about 6 in this book but I wouldn t think the sex would get repetitive THAT fast Jondalar says he is going awayand a dream changes his mind He declares his TWOO LURVE to Ayla and Ayla reciprocates They talk endlessly about wanting to pleasure each other Ayla suddenly learns how to deep throat and the book ends with a hint about meeting the Mammoth Hunters The Clan of the Cave Bear was uniue interesting and captivating The characters were well created the story was fantastic the setting filled with great details although at times these got to be a little excessive It s become one of my favorite booksTHIS book however is a disgrace It took all the things I loved about The Clan of the Cave Bear set them on fire and chucked them over a cliff The characters become obnoxious the story becomes a standard not well written or interesting romance research is presented for the sake of research and sex replaces good character moments and character growth The best parts of this book are the Ayla chapters in the first half They are solid well constructed and bear the most similarity to the first book Once Jondalar enters the story full time the story s uality drops drasticallyNormally I would give up on this series right here but I have a death wish This book has oddly enough been a delight to listen to mostly because of the heaps of WTFery in it Therefore I am going to continue my journey with The Mammoth Hunters and eep my fingers crossed that it is better and secretly hope it is notADDENDUM I ve rated this three stars mostly because I want to see how The Mammoth Hunters is before putting a solid rating in placeand YOU thought I was going to take this time and tell you how it was Broud s organ that created Durk HAH. Ey of Horses Jean Auel uses her thorough understanding of human nature and her powerful gift of storytelling to continue the saga of Ayla and to once again with exuisite and accurate detail re create the world as it truly might have been.

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Ayla s adventures volume two The writing is as bad as it was in volume one I detailed all the problems I had with it here with the addition of hackneyed sex scenes It makes me almost sad that generations of young girls had their introduction to porn literature through this crap It s enough to put you off of both sex and readingYou might wonder why I read the second volume when the first volume was so bad It s a good uestion and I m not sure myself I ordered it on before I had the time to really think about it I guess my favourite parts in the first volume were the survival bits I liked when Ayla was all alone and had to learn to manage on her own And since the first volume ends with Ayla being The Temple of the Golden Pavilion kicked out of the Clan Inew there would be a lot of that there Also I needed some closure I needed Ayla to get some good caveman loving at last and I was told there would uite enough of that whether it was good however remains debatableIn the Valley Of Horses we have two parallel stories In one we have Ayla who finds a cave tames a horse learns horse riding tames a cave lion invents a laptop basically The Secret Life of Birds kills time while waiting for some 350 pages for LL Cool Jondalar to arrive and give it her goodIn the other story we learn about Jondalar who while on some unspecified self discovery journey is sexing his way through the prehistorical world All the ladies love him which is why it is taking him so long to run into Ayla He needs to teach a couple of cavewomen the pleasures of the Mother s Gift This is all to show us that Ayla is in for a treat when LL Cool Jondalar finally finds his way to her There are some crutch secondary characters that need to die after serving their purpose in moving the plot along so that the main two can finally meet Initially Ayla and Jondalar can t communicate properly due to Ayla only speaking Neanderthal which is of a sign language really She eventually picks up a few words and they have very basic troglodyte like conversations but eventually the author tires of writing it so she makes Ayla have a dream in which she suddenly remembers her original language and from then on she and Jondalar can conversely freely which is pivotal to all the romantic complications they are about to have like who wanted to have sex with who Ayla acts so cluelessly it s baffling I d really expected a little from someone who invented a calendar and tamed a freaking Cave Lion younow But all is well that ends well and finally Jonalar can show Ayla the one skill he truly mastered and it is not tool making but foreplay They all live happily ever after or that is until Volume 3 which I started reading and read about 30 pages before I realised what I was doing and stopped myself before I caused some serious damage to my mental health What in the was I thinking reading this series First book was boring and now this was doubly worse Julie Grippo you warned me I did skim than 60% of the bookThe whole book was porn Good porn Nope Bad caveman porn Just lots of wetness between the slit barf There are so many things wrong with this book I d have the longest review ever Horrible plot Didn t get to the point Who were the cavemen Who wasn t a caveman So confusedBurn it for firewood throw it at someone you hate use it for self defense use it as a step stool use it as a life preserver Just forget about using it to actually read She walks away alone a figure in the vast savage uncaring desolate almost empty region of what is now the Ukraine expelled by her adopted Neanderthal cave dwelling band Ayla at 14 is forced to leaves her small beloved child Durc behind cursed by the only people the Cro Magnon girl can remember into the unknown what the young fearful woman believes will be a final fatal fleeting journey With a few belongings the prehistoric teenager has told by the female who raised her to find her own The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering kind the Others and advised to go north but the scattered tribes are so rare that it is almost impossible to encounter them An unseen spot in the steppes the object slowly travels in the glacial cold for weeks then a blizzard strikes hard the despairing human almost welcomes the freezing endYet somehow Ayla survives but it doesn t matter her destruction is near predators roam by looking for aill until finding salvation a beautiful hidden valley that protects the wanderer from most of the deadly elements and feeds the girl plants trees fruit game fish the experienced able hunter will not starve and a herd of gentle magnificent horses already live there their running about is thrilling in this paradise a river meanders by its sparkling waters beckons and a safe place discovered a small cozy cave above the stream a hole in the wall that a warm fire will make habitable reached by climbing a steep slopeSurvival is not living though the abandoned girl has many dreams and nightmares she needs human companionship but her only friends are a mare she raised from a foal Whinney how she got her name is obvious and a Cave Lion cub Baby why that alias is easy also to understand the animal eventually will grow to be a gigantic male 800 lbs Years pass Ayla prospers all the tools clothes shelter and food she wants are available still not uite happy the now woman will have to leave her safe comfortable home to meet her own species if the sad girl can ever get out into the hostile world and take a big chance but her pet friends have grown left to follow their new mates seldom come back to visit Two devoted brothers with the same mother but not father unexpectedly arrive in the area from a faraway cave to the west the adventurous men went in a primitive boat down to the sea on The Great Mother River the Danube a hazardous lengthy trip just to see where it concludes Jondalar 21 at six feet six inches tall towers over everyone blond hair blue eyes handsome face women are always looking up to and falling in love with and a few inches shorter Thonolan 18 different color eyes and hair still almost eual to his sibling in charm and features the now morose man has suffered a devastating lossAyla and Jondalar have great feelings for each other when they meet yet hide them showing little apparent emotion not trusting both recently acuainted strangers reallyThe second in the very popular Earth s Children series is almost as good as the first The Clan of the Cave Bear while the magic cannot uite duplicate the level of the original because of its uniue aspects this one does deli. This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content• An exclusive preview chapter from Jean M Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves on sale in hardcover March 29 2011 • An Earth’s Children® series

Ver what fans of these books want entertainment in an exotic setting a place and time that no one today will ever experience or maybe even wish to either Dad Sohow s the bookMe Hmn Well I like the first two thirds or so that s all survivalist nerd stuff But after that it New Penguin Cookery Book kind of turns into caveman pornLater that weekDad SoI borrowed your bookMe OhUncomfortable silenceMe Sowhat did you think of itDad Well you were right the first two thirds is for survival nerds After that thoughUncomfortable silenceMe Caveman pornDad Not just that Bad caveman porn This book will forever be in my heartI wish I could read it again for the first timeUNFORGETABLE I didn t mind that it devolved devolved get it hehehe anyway I didn t mind that the book turned out to be porn for women who pretend they don t like that sort of thing because its soooo low brow but what I DID mind was that it became CLICH porn Oooo he s a man whose been with tons of women but never felt True LoveOooo she s a woman who s been raped in a way sanctioned by her culture and never had an orgasm Ahhhhh he s a man who yearns to love a woman who is his eualAhhh she s a woman who is good at everything but good sexOooooh he teaches her what real sex feels like and gets her off on the first roundOooooh they have simultaneous orgasms the first time they Make LoveAhhhh he s so big He hurts women with his hugeness and always has to hold backAhhhh she s the only woman who can totally fit his huge manhoodOooohh Aaahhhhh Oooooohh Aahhhhhhh YES YES YES YEEEEEEEeeeeEEEEEEEEeeeeeeEEEESChrist someone get me a cigaretteI had way too much fun writing this I loved this book soooooo much Ayla is my hero There were some things but didn teep it from my favorites list I love Whinney and Baby my heart soared so much And when Ayla and Jondalar met I was so happy I loved going on their journey of learning about one another while he healed It was just awesome and I m glad I got to read it Happy Reading Peeps Mel Earth s Children is a uniue and wonderful series about pre historic man The people s who created the famous cave paintings SpoilersThe story starts out with 2 different people in 2 locations We start out seeing that Ayla was Wrong Pong kicked out of the clan These are another species of people that died out the Neanderthals She goes looking for her people and has to find a place to shelter for the winter She finds a cave and sets up her stores to make it through the long winter on her own She traps a horse and her foal The mother dies She raises the young horse and it helps her She also tames Wolf a baby wolf pup she finds They find living in the valley lovely Eventually she finds a lion cub and she then raises that and they make for one unusual family The lion is a cave lion so Baby gets huge as big as the horseMixed in with this we see a village advanced of humans over in the region of France Jondalar and his brother are making a trip across the continent on foot over to the Ukraine area The cross glaciers and meet many different tribesOne day they run into a cave lion and it s family Ayla is around and it s Baby who she let go to make a family She stops Baby fromilling Jondalar but his brother is Dealmakers Guide To Commercial Real Estate killed She takes the big man home with her and heals his woundsJondalar falls in love with this strange woman who can talk with animals it seems Everything about her is amazing to him He can t stay here so at the end they decide to head back to his villageThere is so much to this story I gave the bare bones There is so much history and how they lived I love Ayla There is a lot of sex too but it s very repetitive and it s okay in this book but by the time you get to book 4 you never want to read another sex story again It s all the same I mean it feels like the same scene on repeat It s a masterful story but the Mammoth Hunters is my favorite I love how Ayla deals with life She is strong and smart and just does what she has too There is no choice I would love to be like her Ouch I ve nevernown a series to go so downhill in the second bookWhen I read The Clan of the Cave Bear I was swept up into a prehistoric world filled with spirits survival and a wonderfully intricate belief system After the end of that book Ayla is out on her own battling the elements wild animals and her own loneliness It sounded so promising But parallel to following Ayla we also follow two men Jondalar and his brother Thonolan unsure of how they will fit in to Ayla s tale What disappointed me with this seuel were two main things 1 Nothing happens Seriously It s over 500 pages a I ve never seen a series take such a downturn so fastWhen we last saw Ayla in The Clan of the Cave Bear she had been banished sentenced to death by the clan leader Broud who hated her The Valley of the Horses takes place immediately after as Ayla begins to wander the steppes in pursuit of her people Eventually she settles in a valley populated with horses While she is there she befriends a horse and ekes out a livingOhMyGodI don t think I ve ever seen a series shoot itself in the foot so early on I ve seen series suffer burnout the author tossing up his or her hands and saying I just don t give a damn any but usually this occurs oh say six books in the series after he or she has drug the main characters all over the universe to death and back again At this point I figure the author is thinking Looks like I can t write anything but another teenaged emosparklyvampire series might as well milk this one as best as I can before I hit the unemployment line I now Frank L Baum of the Oz series would agree with me if he were alive The Valley of the Horses should be the sixth book in the series by that reckoning The amount of WTF in this book is near critical levels Characters bounce all over the place problems that were hinted at in the first book appear here 10X worse and generally the story stops being about the person I became invested in it stopped being about AylaNow that s not to say there aren t good parts Sure you might need a electron microscope in order to find them but they are still there The Ayla sections of the first half are excellent exactly what we ve come to expect and love from The Clan of the Cave Bear Ayla journeys across the steppes Ayla must try to fend for herself to find food and clothing and shelter Sure she has started accumulating a rather eye brow raising list of inventions the calendar horseback riding animal domestication flint reprodu. Ampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M Auel’s bestselling series • A A with the author about the Earth’s Children® seriesThe Valley of Horses is the second in the great Earth's Children® series In The Vall.

Jean M Auel née Jean Marie Untinen is an American author best known for her Earth's Children books a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro Magnon people with Neanderthals As of 2010 her books have sold than 45 million copies worldwide in many translations Auel attended University of Portland and earned an MBA in 1976 She receiv