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Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave BearJean Auel's series The Earth's Childen, starting with 1980's Clan of the Cave Bear and continuing with The Valley of Horses [1982], The Mammoth Hunters [1985], The Plains of Passage [1990], and The Shelter of Stone [2002], is probably the best-known and most popular "prehistoric" fiction series available for readers. Featuring an incredibly strong female protagonist, Ayla, and a large cast of well-defined supporting characters, Auel's works successfully juggle romance, adventure, history and exploration. Set 20,000 years ago, during the Ice Age, Auel's books are rich in authentic detail, and highly descriptive. The relaxed pacing allows readers to truly absorb the surroundings that Auel takes such pains to describe. Though no other author is precisely like Auel, there are several who have either stand-alone novels or series focusing on prehistoric peoples or societies. The following list includes both single novels and series by a variety of authors you may wish to sample if you're an Auel fan. The individual book titles are hotlinked to their holdings in our catalog, so that you may check on the availability of those titles in print format.
Piers Anthony  Hope of Earth
Stephen Baxter  The Mammoth Trilogy
J.H. Brennan  The Shiva series
Joseph Bruchac  Dawn Land
Bernard Cornwell  Stonehenge, 2000 B.C.
Jim Crace  The Gift of Stones
Kathleen O'Neal Gear
& W. Michael Gear 
The First North Americans series
Sue Harrison  Mother Earth, Father Sky
Doris Lessing  Mara and Dann
Morgan Llywelyn  The Horse Goddess
Mary Mackey  The Last Warrior Queen
James Michener  Creatures of the Kingdom
William Sarabande  The First Americans series
Linda Lay Shuler  Let the Drum Speak
She Who Remembers
Judith Tarr  White Mare's Daughter
James Alexander Thom  The Children of First Man
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas  Reindeer Moon
Joan Wolf  Daughter of the Red Deer
Barbara Wood  Sacred Ground

posted June 2006 sdc / last updated March 2008 sdc
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