I figure these need a separate post from the book review as they are not really related to my liking Jean M. Auel's "The Land of the Painted Caves" - just things I noticed about myself since finishing the book...
Unfortunately, I'm not her editor (nor am I qualified to be), I just feel these things need saying.
1) I think she could have, nay, SHOULD have started this book as part three and kept going. A couple of chapters could have explained the few years that transpired in the first two sections, leading up to Ayla recieving her calling.
This also would have allowed her to have a bit of fun and conflict with the characters Brukeval, Madroman, and Laramar that would have added some much needed colour to the book as a whole. Instead, she only glazed over the issues and let the characters run away unfinished and unfulfilled. Well, maybe Laramar was feeling fulfilled until Jondalar got a hold of him (hee hee - ok, I'm bad, but you can read part three and get what I mean about that)
2) The more I think about the third part of the book, the more I believe most of the first two parts were not written by her. Maybe she did the research and had an assistant fill in the blanks.
3) I find myself wanting to read the rest of the book...even though I know I finished it. This is a sure sign that an authour has left a work unfinished. I'd even be willing to argue that it is a feeling as though she stopped the book in the MIDDLE. This feeling is driving me bonkers.
hmmm...maybe it's time I made a foray into the world of fan fiction and wrote a new ending that won't leave me so "blech!"