Thursday, May 11, 2006

Reader's Diary #85- Jean M. Auel: The Plains of Passage (FINISHED!)

Why do I suddenly have the Ode To Joy stuck in my head? Because it's over, it's over, it's over.

757 pages. Whew.

Do not read this book.

If you were a fan of Clan of the Cave Bear and have been yearning to explore the series further, I suggest you turn away now. This taints the preceding books retroactively.

But if you are a fan of insanely long, boring, predictable books with unbelievable characters and plots, this is the book for you.

I've wasted enough time on this book and have said all I've needed to say. Ciao.


Christina said...

I admire your determination to get through it. I don't have enough patience (or time) to read something I hate.

OK, maybe I just think you're funny for reading it all the way through!

Keep up the blogging! I enjoy your writing and I always make it through to the end!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Yay! Just in time for the weekend too!
I actually read Clan of the Cave Bear on the gushing recommendation of a friend and despised it. Later she also recommended Danielle Steele to me, so you can see where that came from.

John Mutford said...

Thanks Christina, I haven't decided if forcing myself to finish is bright or stupid yet, but I don't think I'll be throwing down any books soon (bad or not).

Barbara, Sometime in the future I'd like to take some of those books that I percieve as "cheese", like Danielle Steele, and give them a go. Maybe I shouldn't be knocking them ahead of time. (Though I doubt it).

Unknown said...

Haha... I've read the ENTIRE Clan of the Cave Bear series, and I've loved all of them. But yes- I do have a thing for insanely long stories with unbelievable characters (I'm also a huge fan of Gabaldon's Outlander series- hey!- keep that noose away from me!)

The one thing I don't enjoy about Auel's books (and Gabaldon's... I guess it's a common trait in long-ish series) is the repetition. I get that she wants to remind the reader, and maybe update those who foolishly thought they could read the book without reading the story from the beginning, but it gets annoying.

Anyways- I'm anxiously awaiting the release of Auel's next book, but I have a feeling I'll be waiting a loooooooooong time.

BTW- My bookclub just finished reading Three Day Road; I hope it's okay that I use your blog entries as discussion starters!

John Mutford said...

Hi Ravenswift,

Glad you weren't too offended by my Auel comments.

As for using my Three Day Road comments for discussion starters, I'd absolutely love that. One catch though: could you get people to comment on those blog entries- I'm really curious as to what they might say.