As the man and woman arrived at the base of the cliffs, the man stopped and rolled a large boulder, that seemed to be leaning against the cliff, to the right behind a clump of bushes. The boulder had hidden an opening to a small grotto which was about twelve yards deep and six yards wide. The opening was only about four feet wide and four feet tall. As they entered the grotto and Kardi’s eyes adjusted to the poor light, she saw that there was a small pool of water at the back of the grotto. The man had a pre-prepared fire circle near the right grotto wall. Kardi saw that any smoke from the fire would exit the grotto through a crack along the top of that wall. *Blurb source* Outskirts Press, Inc.
| ISBN-13: 9781478704713
| Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
| Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (Aug 22, 2013)
| Illustrations by Marlene Barrett
| Source: Publisher/Author
| Paperback: 455
| Rating: unrated
Note: This is not a review but simply my first impressions. I did not complete the book. However, that fact has little to do with how good or bad it is and everything to do with my own mistaken preconceptions.
About. Lisa M. Lareau and her father Charlie Boring share a lifelong interest in prehistoric civilizations. Lisa grew up listening to Charlie’s tales about cave-dwelling clans, and the characters in those stories have been developed and expanded in The Last Neanderthal Clan. Charlie and Lisa live in Virginia, but have traveled extensively in Europe, where they set their novel. They hope that you enjoy reading their novel as much as they enjoyed writing it.
My Thoughts. I am a big fan of prehistory with fond memories of Clan Of The Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. I also devoured The People Books by Kathleen O'Neal and W. Michael Gear. With those in mind I decided to take a look at The Last Neanderthal Clan.
Unfortunately it wasn't quite what I expected.
I started with the preamble which was pretty awesome. I learned a few things about both Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons that I did not know. With the help of DNA research Anthropology is making huge strides towards discovering our origins. The preamble does a great job of describing what has been learned so far about prehistory in Western Europe.
Then I read the first chapter which frankly I found to be useless and slightly offensive. Personally I think it should be skipped altogether.
Chapter two starts the actual story but again, not in a way that I expected. There was alot of "telling" and no "showing". In other words, atleast to me, it read more like a textbook than a fantasy.
Now, there is nothing wrong with that if what you are looking for is something educational. Considering the backgrounds of the writers and what little I did read, this book is meticulous in its detail. While the book does follow the lives of imaginary characters, it does so in third person narrative, and in a way that is definitely science-driven instead of character-driven.
My Conclusion. What the author states in the preamble sums the book up pretty well:
"This author does not claim to be a scientist, but for the purpose of this book, the author has attempted to create a story that is true to known science, except where such truthfulness might detract from the story being told."If you want to learn more about the late Pleistocene period, told in the form of a story depicting how Neanderthals and Cro-Magons might have lived during that time, this book has alot of scientifically based information to impart. If you are looking for another Clan of the Cavebear type story, this is not it.