I've been working my way through Jean Auel's series, starting with The Clan of the Cave Bear. They're a little bit repetitive, and not particularly intellectual, but I seem to find them a rather guilty pleasure. My favorite one so far was definitely The Valley of Horses, but I've enjoyed them all. If you want to just escape rather wholeheartedly into prehistoric (i.e. before Teh Internets) fiction, go nuts. If you want a high-brow thinky book, leave it. I had a geeky few weeks when Alice Roberts was doing a documentary on the evolution of humans from apes right through HomoSapiens, and she got to the part where the Neanderthals and the early Humans were living in the same areas, simultaneously. Shut up. Just like the books!
fourth fifth (really? I've read 4 already?) one is en route to the Stowmarket library. I'm pretending not to be excited.
Oh, and my mom remembers reading them when they came out and were super popular, back in the dark ages (aka the 1980s).
And now, for a completely random picture of Soho, on a winter afternoon. I love New York.