5.0 out of 5 stars Valley of Horses
I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I will as soon as I have finished the Clan of the Cave Bear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valley of Horses,
This review is from: The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two): with Bonus Content (Kindle Edition)I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I will as soon as I have finished the Clan of the Cave Bear.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Valley of Horses,
This book by Jean Auel is a wonderfully written book.you really get caught up in the story.
Very well written.
2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED,
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read,
This review is from: The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two) (Mass Market Paperback)These books are in a series and I enjoyed reading all of them. They give a fairly accurate account of early history, I think.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leonarda da Stoneage meets He-Man,
This review is from: The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two) (Paperback)After reading Clan of the Cave Bear, of course I had to read The Valley of Horses to find out what happened to Ayla.
Although I felt sometimes reminded of "The Island of The Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell, I found the author's descriptions of Ayla's life in the valley interesting and this is the only reason why I give this book four stars.
The story of Jondalar and his brother was often boring and towards the end of the book, I skip-read most of it. I find Mighty Hung Jon one of the most irritating characters I've ever encountered in a book. It would have done the story a lot of good if he hadn't been created as such a (physically) perfect specimAn.
The book as a whole would have profited from more thorough editing, especially the deletion of unnecessary and boring descriptions (e.g. of boat building). 100 pages less would have made a big difference!
All in all, I found it a nice, easy read for a lazy Saturday. The story is mostly predictable. No challenge whatsoever, except (sometimes) of my patience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first one, but enjoyable,
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This review is from: The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two) (Mass Market Paperback)Ayla's character is still strong and interesting. She survives years on her own in a land of beauty and danger. This part of the book is good, but the rest of the book details the travels of Jondalar, a physically perfect specimen with the mind of a 16-year old. His inner struggle with life-long prejudices and worries over social status become boring. And contrasting with the first book, this second book introduces numerous graphic sexual encounters that add nothing to the story. While the "Clan of the Cave Bears" is a wonderful book for teenagers, this one is definitely not. The best way to read it is to skip every other chapter and just follow the story of Ayla's survival.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fascinating!,
By A Customer
The novel certainly held my interest from beginning to end. Auel's descriptions sometimes do get a little lengthy, but she weaves them into the plot with a great deal of skill and knowledge,making the reader feel like she is part of it all. Spellbinding! Couldn't put it down!
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1.0 out of 5 stars 20th century cheap soap opera thrown into prehistoric times,
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This review is from: The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two) (Mass Market Paperback)Let me be mild.
This book is bad.
There, I've said just about all you need to know, but for the purposes of explanation, I point to our main character, the oh-so-perfect Ayla, demonstrating all the perfect qualities of modern "liberated" woman, but somehow in prehistoric times. Ayla can do everything- as a metaphor, this is great; for any sense of realism, this is ... For all the botanical and geological details the author throws at us, she seems to love to project her own attitudes onto a totally different time scale where none of this makes sense.
Then, when our two perfect protagonists, the powerful, empowered Ayla and the sensitive, caring, Jondalar, meet up, they mate (in excruicating detail)and I'm sure they produce the most perfect little blue-eyed blonde haired little baby who then spawns a new race of supermen.
As for Ayla's "discoveries", I'm waiting for her to create a supercomputer and start programming artificial intelligence to travel to other planets.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up to the Bear!,
This review is from: The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two) (Mass Market Paperback)This is an enjoyable book that follows Ayla's life after the Clan. Her relationship to animals is enchanting. I enjoyed the progression of Ayla's relationship to her eventual pets and her unique attitude towards them. I found this to be the most compelling aspect of the story.
If you do not enjoy sex scenes you will not enjoy this novel. There are many.
The story of the new hero Jondahar is enjoyable although he is a bit tired at times.
If your a fan of Ayla and you want to know what happened after she was banished from the clan you will enjoy this book. I can see how it wouldn't appeal to someone not familiar with the heroine.
A solid book.
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The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two) by Jean M. Auel (Mass Market Paperback - Nov. 1 1984)
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