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I live in a desolate place,
North of the most Northern of Cities,
The glens of heather are my dominion,
Snow capped tips that pierce the brutal skies,
As lightening rends your heart,
Thunderclaps reverberate from granite Monroe,
Ferns bend to the rains will,
Cascading waterfalls swell,
Streams morph themselves into torrents,
The loam of the earth is sated.

Cave is my habitat,
Dark, dank, aromatic, yet ageless,
Cave is my habitat,
Subterranean womb of Mother Nature herself.

Fire, my only friend,
Loyal, serving, protector of man,
Flames flicker whilst shadows dance,
Light in the jet of night,
Predators lurk on its periphery,
Anticipating offers of sustenance,
Biding for opportunity,
Palpable frustration in dawns breaking,
Hunger, despondent,
The hunter evolves, now hunted,
Survivals perpetual cycle,

Cave is my habitat,
Shelter of stone, solid, substantial,
Cave is my habitat,
Guardian of my hearth.

You are safe,
You can open your eyes,
You are safe,
How do you feel?



Book Review [part two]

I am not a great believer in reviews of any kind, but I love my books and reading in general and this series has been so long, I can’t let it slip away unnoticed.

I am about halfway in the last installment of the Earths Children series by Jean M Auel. The 6th and final book is titled, The Land of Painted Caves and I have to say its slow going and not that spellbinding either, which is very disappointing.

Jean does her usual descriptive narrative on the surroundings, describing in detail [some would say too much detail] and building a picture of what she wants our imaginations to see. Followers of Earths Children already know and understand the region in question and a lot of its history as well and already have pictures in our minds of what the periglacial period must have been like to the Cro-Magnon inhabitants of what we now know as France. Going into pages of diatribe about the settings involved is only necessary to new readers. If new readers are reading book 6 before the rest of the series, then they are missing out. For us loyal followers, I think that maybe Jean concentrates too much on particular landscapes and outlooks.

I am waiting for something to happen in this book and so far, not much has happened at all. The nearest we get to danger is a raft ride over some white water. There have been glimpses of the characters who show a dislike of our fair heroine, Ayla, but as yet, none have made a move to harm or discredit her in any way. I hope this changes.

So far, the focus has been on Ayla, Jondalar and their daughter Jonayla and Ayla’s becoming an Acolyte of the Zelandoni who is first among those who serve the Mother. Followers know what I am talking about. Suffice to say, Ayla is training to become a spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave and maybe all of Zelandonii. The story takes a huge leap forward of about 4 years with no real explanation of anything that happened in between. Thats a little odd. I am now at a point where Jonayla is about 4-5 years old and Ayla is on her Donii tour of the sacred sites, mainly painted caves. It is fascinating to read about some of these places and try to picture what they are like. But reading for the sixth time how some animal was drawn on the walls of a cave is becoming tiresome.

So far, there have been few incidents to comment on and no real undertones of how dangerous life was then. It’s slowly developed into the daily diary of incidents that are not that exciting to read about.

I only hope that this book improves and when I finish it I can say with satisfaction that I enjoyed the ending of this saga that stretches back to 1980 when the first book, Clan of the Cave Bear was written. I just have a feeling that this series is just fading out slowly instead of going out with a bang. The next 300 pages will see if I am right or wrong on that. I seriously hope I am wrong.

Bit the Bullet

I had forgotten. How could I forget? I have only been waiting 3,4 maybe 5 years for this momentous of occasions, so how could I forget?

I hang my head in shame and feel desolate that I could forget. Its unforgivable really.

The journey started for me in the summer of 1988. Yes, that long ago and finally, at last, the journey is now complete and I feel a kind of elation that something  I had begun to doubt would ever reach completion suddenly came upon me and I had forgotten all about it.

Ok, I shall put you out of your misery and tell just what the hell it is that I have missed and how a simple little e mail saved the day.

I forgot that today was the release date of this saga. I have waited and searched for so long to find out what was happening to the Earth’s Children series and when the day arrived, I went and forgot it. But tothe credit of Amazon, bless them, they sent me an e mail about an hour ago and there, in all its glory was The Land of Painted Caves, by none other than Jean M Auel and I went right ahead and ordered it, complete with free shipping and it should arrive in the next few days. I cant wait. I have not anticipated something, anything, this much in a long time and I almost, almost missed the boat.

When it arrives, if you dont see or hear anything of me for a couple of days, you will know why. Canada, 1988 is where it all started and now its going to finally end in North East England and book 6 will be read, cover to cover sometime over the next 7 days and I can sit back and relax at a job well done.

Thankyou Miss Jean M Auel, thankyou kind people at Amazon, soon, it will all be over, the story complete and the fate of my all time favourite character, Ayla will finally be known. In preparation, last week I re-read book 5 of the series just to reaquaint myself with Ayla and Jondolar again after what has seemed a very very long break.

If you think it sad that a 4o something grandad could like a series like this, rmember I was a bored 23 yr old when it all started. If you have never read any of the 5 previous books, you dont know what you are missing and I suggest you go and buy/rent/steal Clan of the Cave Bear now! Yes, now, not tomorrow, now, go on, go! do it, my money is on you not regretting it.