The Shelters of Stone

The Shelters of Stone The Shelters Of Stone Opens As Ayla And Jondalar, Along With Their Animal Friends, Wolf, Whinney, And Racer, Complete Their Epic Journey Across Europe And Are Greeted By Jondalar S People The Zelandonii The People Of The Ninth Cave Of The Zelandonii Fascinate Ayla Their Clothes, Customs, Artifacts, Even Their Homes Formed In Great Cliffs Of Vertical Limestone Are A Source Of Wonder To Her And In The Woman Zelandoni, The Spiritual Leader Of The Ninth Cave And The One Who Initiated Jondalar Into The Gift Of Pleasure , She Meets A Fellow Healer With Whom To Share Her Knowledge And Skills But As Ayla And Jondalar Prepare For The Formal Mating At The Summer Meeting, There Are Difficulties Not All The Zelandonii Are Welcoming Some Fear Ayla S Unfamiliar Ways And Abhor Her Relationship With Those They Call Flatheads And She Calls Clan Some Even Oppose Her Mating With Jondalar, And Make Their Displeasure Known Ayla Has To Call On All Her Skills, Intelligence, Knowledge, And Instincts To Find Her Way In This Complicated Society, To Prepare For The Birth Of Her Child, And To Decide Whether She Will Accept New Challenges And Play A Significant Role In The Destiny Of The Zelandonii Jean Auel Is At Her Very Best In This Superbly Textured Creation Of A Prehistoric Society The Shelters Of Stone Is A Sweeping Story Of Love And Danger, With All The Wonderful Detail Based On Meticulous Research That Makes Her Novels Unique It Is A Triumphant Continuation Of The Earth S Children Saga That Began With The Clan Of The Cave Bear And It Includes An Amazing Rhythmic Poem That Describes The Birth Of Earth S Children And Plays Its Own Role In The Narrative Of The Shelters Of Stone

Jean M Auel, n e 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

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  • The Shelters of Stone
  • Jean M. Auel
  • English
  • 09 March 2017
  • 9780553382617

10 thoughts on “The Shelters of Stone

  1. says:

    Now in its fifth incarnation of The Clan of the Cave BearThe Shelters of Stone, the decline is quite noticeable here, there is no real plot just Jondalar taking Ayla back to his home after being away for half a decade Obviously missing the family , still his future mate is rather nervous understandably, her background raised by Flatheads as the Cro Magnon call their disdained rivals, the less developed Neanderthals They on the other hand kindly referred, as the Others, the newcomers, are taking over the territories of the long established Neanderthals who have inhabited the lands for 200,000 years And are not anxious to leave, nevertheless the static Flatheads are having trouble competing, haven t changed in those hundreds of thousands of years The newcomers numbers are increasing, the original inhabitants, the opposite survival of the fittest is the law of nature, their rivals strive to progress, always making better spears, knives, shelters, rafts etc., guess who will prevail Arriving in an area after many tough adventures, crossing frozen glaciers, wide rivers, high mountains, not to mention battling wild dangerous animals, and unfriendly people which someday will be the modern state of France He Jondalar, is greeted by his mother Marthona, brother Joharran and sister Folara, and lesser relatives However he needs to explain a missing close memberYet not all are happy he s return especially bringing a foreign woman, along with her strange horses, and even stranger ways Whinney, Racer and the lethal, giant wolf named improbablyWolf, she too seems dangerous maybe some kind of evil spirit..This group live under cliffs not large caves, rock shelters and very well indeed.The uneasy girl feels uncomfortable, they stare at the clothes, listen as she speaks with a weird accent and the unusual, living among her animals, this is not the Zelandonii custom, Jondalar s people, can she ever assimilate Morona the beautiful, spoiled former love of Jondalar hates her, does anything to embarrass the foreign girl Anyhow the couple needs to rest after the endless hardships of traveling together, Ayla wants to stay and belong, the teenager is desperate, having no people of her own, her man simplyreturn to live as before Still dark secrets are hidden , too painful to reveal , the past never forgotten, the memories constantly on her mind.The Clan raised the orphan, fed the little girl, gave a family to her, for a short time , taught her to be a healeruntil she was able to take care of herself The exile was involuntary, but Ayla somehow survived with the help, companionship of her animals in a lush valley, and later meeting Jondalar her lover, important a friend The novel has familiar characters and situations, that is a pleasure On to the sixth and last in the series, may it be good

  2. says:

    A Prehistoric Clip ShowOkay, guys, that was really funny Switching the novel with this fan fiction Brilliant joke You got me Now, where s the real novel UhTHIS is the novel Summary Ayla and Jondalar return to his home Everyone loves Ayla Ayla and Jondalar tie the knot Ayla gives birth to the hellspawn and somehow her name sounds better than Twilight s Renesmee but only just barely.Oh, yeah, and EVERY SINGLE STORY FROM THE LAST BOOK IS REPRINTED So don t bother even READING the previous four books at some point in this book, Ayla or Jondalar will tell you it.I don t know whether I should be p ssed that I spent all this time listening to the book equivalent of a 90 s clip show or I should laugh my ss off at the ridiculous joke of this being published Or cry thinking about how many trees this piece of sh t destroyed on its route to the bookstore Or rage about the number of books that were rejected to make room on the bookseller list for THIS.I ve done my raging about this series it s been a ridiculous, over the top, barely concealed Mary Sue fanfiction y ride But I almost want to go back to all the previous books and bump up the ratings by a star or two YES, a star or TWO With ALL the complaints I ve had for the last three books and if you ve read my reviews, you know THAT is a laundry list , those books look like literary GOLD next to this piece of Mammoth defecation.Gone are any attempts at making Ayla a realistic character Gone are any attempts to take this story to the next level, to have ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING that was foreshadowed in the previous books Gone are any attempts to treat the reader with intelligence.I am SHOCKED that this book took 12 years to write I would have given 12 days that would be PLENTY to pick through the last four books, copy all the stories from there and paste them into this waste of paper, sprinkling a bunch of senseless research, bad sex, and Ayla Sue prancing around, telling someone off for their bad behavior.Ayla is the biggest Mary Sue I ve ever read She is such a flagrant Mary Sue, I had to check to make sure that this wasn t fanfiction I wouldn t be surprised to see this characterization from a thirteen year old girl on the internet, but from a 60 woman You coulda fooled me Ayla is the sexiest, most attractive, most intelligent, most competent woman that the world has ever seen She could heal cancer with willow bark tea she can wear boy s underwear a big Zelandani no no and a top with her boobs hanging out, and no one will mutter a peep about her indiscretion in fact, women will imitate her and every man will get a huge boner for her and yes, this does happen Everyone gasps in admiration about her ability to tame animals, produce fire, use a sewing needle, use stitches to heal wounds everything she says is as if from the Mother s lips She rushes into the town drunk s home to rescue his starving family, and the crowds cheer She heals a stupid boy that was hunting rhino, and the Zelandani roar Ayla could blaspheme the Mother, destroy their religion, and burn the entire shelter to the ground, and STILL the ENTIRE Zelandani race would cheer her on.Oh, but POOR AYLA is humiliated when Marona dresses her in boy s underwear image error

  3. says:

    I can t believe we had to wait 12 years for this book It is a far cry from The Clan of the Cave Bear, which was captivating in its detail and character development This book is in sore need of an editor There is too much detailed description, and the pace moves incredibly slowly Ayla is too perfect of a character, and the characters who don t like her are inevitably drunks or jealous bitches I feel really committed to this series, since I really loved the first two books, and liked books 3 4 just fine, but I was so disappointed in this book I am not sure what happened my guess is that Jean Auel doesn t really want to write these any, so procrastinates by doing incredibly detailed research is this really necessary at this point She has done probably 20 years of research when all is said and done , and phones in the actual manuscript If book 6 ever comes out since it s already been 6 years since this book was released , I will read it too, although my expectations have been greatly lowered after reading Shelters of Stone.

  4. says:

    Total Crap Enough of Pleasures and discriptive scenes of ice age Europe Some new information and a plot would have been great The series has gone from one of my favorite books Clan of the Cave Bear to something I almost didn t finish The series started crashing with Plains of Passage where Jondalar and Ayla Pleasured themselves across the continent while righing wrongs, curing injustice and improving life styles in their spare time Shelter just bombed Can t remember a single scene from the book, nothing happened I think Ayla got drunk once, puked, and swore never to do that again it could hurt the baby whatever , snore

  5. says:

    Utter crap Pretend the series ended with Plains of Passage and Ayla and Jondalar had a baby and lived happily ever after.

  6. says:

    I couldn t wait for this book to end Repetitive repetitive repetitive Auel uses the same phrases and descriptions so many times throughout all five books that it drove me batty How many formal introductions of the same characters do there have to be How many times do you have to tell the story of how Ayla acquired her animals, found Jondalar, was raised by flatheads, etc etc etc Did Auel really need to write out the really long mother song multiple times And the thing that drove me insane the most were the sex scenes The same sex scenes have been described repeatedly in the last four books and every time one came up it disturbed me and grossed me out I am not a prude by any means but these books are supposed to be historical fiction not creepy ice age erotica I do not need to hear about Ayla s folds and hard nodule or Jondalar s tumescent manhood Telling me once how Ayla learned to cleanse herself after pleasures is enough, you don t have to tell me every freakin time I could go on and on but I think you get the picture that this series of books really annoys me I don t know if I will read the next one if when it gets published If I do it will only be because I don t like to leave a series unfinished.

  7. says:

    Auel has written a beautiful saga about prehistoric man, and if I weren t so attached to her characters and their fate, I would have chucked this book long ago Sadly, this is the worst of the five mainly because it lacks plot and interest Auel spends 200 pages on their first day with the Zelandoni, about 600 on the first month or so, then suddenly the last months whizz by in, maybe, 100 pages She is redundant not only from her previous books, but within the book itself She makes the same detailed statement 4 or 5 or 6 times How many times can she tell us, in great detail, of Ayla s special language for the horses Too many times I love the premise of this book I love the first 4 books tho they are also quite detailed and redundant to a lesser extreme This book just annoyed me greatly Yet, I still like it in a way because it sets up the conclusion of her series I still want to know what happens to my favorite prehistoric family Auel leaves you wanting to know Ayla and Jondalar s future, and that s even with an obnoxiously boring book I look forward to book 6, and I will remain optimistic that she can give us another page turner.

  8. says:

    hindsight being 20 20, I would have wished that Auel had spent an ADDITIONAL 12 years revising this book and gotten a better editor instead of dumping this horrible parody of our beloved Ayla on her fan kingdom Not even a brief thank you for your patience on her dedication page to all of us who put her financial portfolio in the stratosphere these 20 years It apprears she took her loyal readers for granted in a big way It s obvious from the writing that she doesn t care about her characters or fans any That s her right It s also my right not to buy any books from her not that she needs the bucks.This book was an insult to her fan s intelligence She wrote it like we had complete amnesia about Ayla s previous exploits It was like she was concerned with making the last 4 books understandable to a brand new reader as if any new reader to Auel would pick up book 5 from her series on purpose My biggest gripe and they are legion is the spooky feeling that Auel didn t really write this book It s hard to put a finger on, but the writing just doesn t have the same punch as the last 4 I think she simply lost her momentum and interest for the story in 12 years It s obvious that her interests lie with the archaeology anthropology aspect than with the creative writing aspect and it shows.I still give Auel kudos on her prior masterpieces she deserves them, but I ll be very cautious about anything else she writes from this point forward, and I won t buy her books sight unseen I ll read them from the library first Jean, I hope you read all these reviews and take them to heart We love Ayla s story, but are real disappointed in this offering Fire your editor, and spend time with your character s lives Use your prodigious research to enhance the story, not detract from it Comment Permalink

  9. says:

    This book took me longer to read that the previous four books not because it wasn t interesting to read Rather, I didn t want the book to end Certainly, this book has some fill that could have be cut but it doesn t distract from what is overall, a great read Ayla and Jondalar cross a great glacier dividing northern Europe to return to Jondalars people who live in natural spacious stone caves Ayla is accepted by his people, well most of them Of course, there are a few flies in the ointment in this regard, but it adds to the story Ayla has become preganant during their trek from the plains and over the glacier We anxiously await the sixth, and final book in the Earths Children Series Apparently, Jean Auel is close to completing the book she has been working on for several years now Despite people telling me the first book was the best and later ones were not as good, I could not disagree I found each of the books entertaining, informative, and capable of bringing tears to my eyes as Ayla faces this or that challenge I will surely miss her when the final book is out and I have read This is a wonderful series of books Malcolm

  10. says:

    1 The Clan of the Cave Bear 2 The Valley of Horses 3 The Mammoth Hunters 4 The Plains of Passage 5 The Shelters of Stone I was worried that this book would have conflict After reading the blurb I was scared it was gonna be like The Mammoth Hunters, which was my least favourite in the series But this book was great I love it as much as the rest of them But I am still looking forward to finally finishing this series The books are so long

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