January- March 2020 - Prehistory
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Human prehistory is the period between the use of the first stone tools c. 3.3 million years ago by hominids and the invention of writing systems. Also prehistory does not necessarily mean that humans need to be present: the Age of Dinosaurs and the Rise of the Mammals are still part of prehistory. Some of this is controversial, but if you think it fits, it fits!
Some book suggestions:
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel (and the rest of the series)
Dance of the Tiger by Bjorn Jurten
Raptor Red by Robert Bakker
First North American series by Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear
Daughter of Kura by Debra Austin
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I have Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors and The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life. Would those work for this theme?
I bought a book for 10 cents are a garage sale, The First Dog, it's short, but it's the right time period, so I always read from my shelf when I can! P.S. I have read the first two books in the North American Series by Kathleen O'Neill Gear and Michael Gear and they were fabulous!
>3 tess_schoolmarm: That is an awesome, BB! I was actually planning on skipping the timelines this year but thank you so much for suggesting a shorter book. I found the ebook version online and think I can read it free of charge.
And I was just thinking, do ancient epics qualify? I've got Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling by Carole Satyamurti that I've just barely started. It's a "modern retelling" but really more an abridged translation in blank verse. Highly recommended by Philip Pullman. I've also got a coffee table illustrated (very much abridged) edition of Mahabharata.
I am hoping to read the second book in the Northlands trilogy that I started in 2019. Bronze Summer is set in northern Europe during the Bronze Age.
>9 beebeereads: There is a Biblical time frame which comes next....you might want to save the Noah for that!
>11 tess_schoolmarm: Thanks! As you can see not too much knowledge of these early eras. For some reason these time periods never grabbed my interest. I am trying to correct that!
Completely forgot this one Gift of Stones. Its been a while since I read it, but remember loving it (along with several other books by him) Definitely belongs on the list
Another good one is Daughter of Kura: A Novelby Debra Austin. It's about a prehistoric matriarchal society in Africa (I think!) where a young girl is thrown out of a tribe and her resultant quest for survival.
Not sure this fits, but someone gifted me a copy of Ghost Wall. I will report back.
Oh loved Julian May, think that book was part of a series.Yeah, that would work Mmmm, Jurassic Park?
I’m going to give Daughter of the Red Deer a try. Thanks, fuzzi. Some good recommendations here. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything from this time period, sad to say.
I read The First Dog. This was a pre-release copy I bought for 10 cents. Grammar errors aside, it was a so-so book. I think it was written for YA. The book postulates how the first dog evolved from a baby wolf. The most interesting bits were how the people were constantly attacked by wolves after they killed either a moose or a buffalo. I will look for something more to read for this time-period. 37 pages 3 stars
P.S. I clicked the wiki link, but it's a blank page.
>27 tess_schoolmarm: You can 'look inside' on Amazon. He has also written The First Cat and The First Horse.
For this theme, I read Daughter of the Red Deer by Joan Wolf. I really enjoyed it and could hardly put it down. It is the story of two Cro-Magnon tribes living in Southern France “during the Upper Paleolithic, the period of the last ice age.”
It started out a bit odd and I really wondered if I could even read it what with the author’s too-frequent mentions and descriptions of the main characters’ eyes and lashes. This theme is repeated throughout the story but lessens over the course of the book. That said, it was a page-turning adventure with romance. Wonderful descriptions of cave painting, hunting - a rare mammoth hunt even - rituals and daily life. An entertaining read.
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