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2.0 out of 5 stars Earths Children 5, 18 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
I was so looking forward to this after reading the previous 4 brilliant books in the series. The plots were so full of drama and Jean seemed to bring Ayla's world to vivid life. However, this book never really got going. The once colourful descriptions seemed so drawn out as to be interminable. The more I read the more I was waiting for the plot to begin. They arrived, they were accepted, they went to summer camp, they came home,the baby was born. That was basically it with a few minor dramas along the way. I was so disapointed and felt just a little bit cheated. I see Jean has now written the next book but I'm not sure that I want to read it if it follows in the same vein. Overall, very very disapointed.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2011 12:23:20 GMT
SnagglePuss says:
Agree with this comment. Have just re-read all the books from the 1st one (which was the best) in anticipation on the 'new'/last one, but the amount of repetition (especially the impossibly Perfect sex scenes!) gets very wearing and is very UNoriginal. I realise that in theory each book has to be capable of standing alone, but ...

Posted on 2 Jul 2011 00:39:53 BDT
POLLYWOTSIT says:
I read all the reviews before buying this book, and have to say I was quite put off, especially by this particular review by Kipper (no offence) It's a good job we don't all have the same opinions. I went ahead and bought it anyway, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was some time ago that I read the previous ones, but this book when mentioning the past had me reliving the books too. I found the descriptive parts not nearly so time consuming and detailed as in previous books, and didn't skip any, which I had been prone to do in the past. I'm just about to order the final one, just to see how it all ends up.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012 08:22:43 GMT
William says:
Yes this book actually reads better if you have not read the previous 4 for some years. However if you have just read them, then all the repetition of details from those 4 books does make this tedious. Books 5 and 6 are by far the weakest in this series, and unfortunately do not really draw the story to any satisfactory conclusion.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012 10:51:20 GMT
POLLYWOTSIT says:
I wish I'd taken notice of the reviews on the last book. I enjoyed 5 but had got to the stage where I skimmed over the long drawn out descriptions and repetitive passages. I didn't want to miss the last one after reading the others over some years. The word disappointment doesn't really come into it. It had a weak ending, the 2 "stars" changed character, and I wished now that I had left it after number 5. There's no need for me to repeat the reviews that have gone before
if you're thinking of reading the last in the series, read the reviews first, they're spot on! Stop at number 5 and avoid the disappointment the majority of us found in the final book
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