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Book Review: The Land of Painted Caves


The long awaited update in Alya’s life has been released. What started in Clan of the Cave Bear, and has excited us through Valley of Horses, Mammoth Hunters, Plains of Passage, and Shelter’s of Stone has been completed in Land of Painted Caves.

This has meant that all the old books have been released as well. The good news is they have been released in ebook form. The Land of Painted Caves has also been released in ebook form. Brilliant idea, and I’m glad to see this author is keeping up with the times and her fan base.

The book itself is a little disappointing. As a standalone book I would probably have chucked it out. However, as this is the last in a series I am already hooked on and invested in the characters I had to read it. This means that I also know the back story which while restated where necessary to the plot, adds a framework in which to place this novel. As always I really enjoy the historical and reconstructed archeological tidbits that Jean is so good at slipping into Alya’s everyday life.

Enjoyable but not enthralling. Good for the fans, but not likely to pick up a new generation of fans.

Book Review: The Hypnotist


The Hypnotist is released in Australia in May, and is the first book from Lars Kepler. I got a free copy from the soup to read and review.

There is no Lars Kepler, it is actually the pen name for Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril a husband and wife writing team. How confusing would that family be Alex and Alex.

The Soup sent the first chapter by email as a teaser. Honestly, after reading that chapter I thought this would be a really crap book, but I would read it because it was free. If I was browsing in a book shop it would have gone right back on the shelf. I did wonder if it may have been a problem with the translation.

However I’m really glad I did read it as it was a great read, the two plots were intriguing – spent most of the novel trying to work out how they were connected.

The explanation unfolds in flashbacks about the hypnotist’s life, leading to a satisfying explanation in the end. The critical cues are all there in plain sight, no pulling rabbits out of the hat, just a lot of miss-direction

Great can’t put down novel, after a slow start. I would definitely read the next book by these authors.