Clan of the Cave Bear is the first book in the Earth Children series by Jean M Auel, one of my all time favourite series of books (despite a lot of misgivings as the series progresses. It is the story of the role that one woman plays in the history of earth's people. I remember reading this for the first time as a teenager and falling in love with the main character Ayla. To this day I still love her as much as I did back then.
The Valley of the Horses is the sequel to The Clan of of the Cave Bear. It follows Ayla's journey away from her past and into her destiny. Chapters alternate between her story and the story of Jondalar, a man of the Others, who comes to play a role in Ayla's future.
This is the first novel in the Tomorrow When the War Began series, a popular Australian young adult series about the invasion of Australia an a group of teenagers guerrilla activities against their invaders. What I love about this book is that it has the potential to enable people to put themselves in the shoes of other people who have found their country under attack from strong forces. Australia can be a rather bigoted and racist country (Tony Abbot case in point - sorry guys, I have to say it like it is), and I only hope that books like this can give this whole offensively racist 'boat people' thing some perspective.
I remember watching this as a child and loving the movie but I had never read the book. It was a really sweet book for children, full of those moral lessons that parents like to teach their children.
I am still reading A Suitable Boy, as you can imagine. I am really enjoying it, although I am starting to get an inkling that it might not be quite what I expected. Having said that, I am enjoying it immensely. I don't know what it is about Indian culture and society, but I find it just so complex and interesting; so steeped in tradition. I am not only enjoying this book, but I am also learning a lot from it.