XRuggerATX saidMy summer reading:
Fiction: Clan of the Cave Bear (has cool anthropological aspects)
Oh my god, I can't believe someone mentioned Jean Auel! LOL
You might also like the other books in the Earth's Children series. I've read The Clan of The Cave Bear, The Valley of the Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, and The Plains of Passage.
I still haven't read The Shelters of Stone though.
And yeah, it's very well researched, a fascinating tour of prehistoric culture, though packaged as a romance. Certain theories though like how the myth of centaurs originated, the disappearance of the Neanderthals (called 'Flatheads' in the books), taming of certain animals, the start of industries like the atlatl (spear-thrower), flint 'firestones', dyeing, boats, etc.
n8dagrtI read the whole series of "Clan of the Cave Bear" when i was kid. haha, it was like porn when i was kid.
Haha. Yeah. Jondalar was like... porn perfection!
My suggestion for the OP:The Descent
by Jeff Long
A really fascinating fictional work that tries to explain the origin of demons in human mythology. Very very disturbing and creepily probable.
My favorite thing on it was the depiction of Satan/God as the mind-transferring (possession) original soul. The oldest soul who started the first civilization (and it wasn't of humans). I won't spoil it. LOL Fave scene was the discovery of a female 'demoness' who survived by eating the life-supported bodies of elderly patients in the basement of a corrupt institution (a la Coma
Here's the official summary:In Tibet, while guiding trekkers to a holy mountain, Ike Crockett discovers a bottomless cave. When his lover disappears, Ike pursues her into the depths of the earth. . . . In a leper colony bordering the Kalahari Desert, a nun and linguist named Ali von Schade unearths evidence of a proto-human species and a deity called Older-than-Old. . . . In Bosnia, Major Elias Branch crash-lands his gunship near a mass grave and is swarmed by pale cannibals terrified of light. . . .
So begins mankind's realization that the underworld is a vast geological labyrinth riddling the continents and seabeds, one inhabited by brutish creatures who resemble the devils and gargoyles of legend. With all of Hell's precious resources and territories to be won, a global race ensues. Nations, armies, religions, and industries rush to colonize and exploit the subterranean frontier.
A scientific expedition is launched westward to explore beneath the Pacific Ocean floor, both to catalog the riches there and to learn how life could develop in the sunless abyss. Is there a natural explanation, as the scientists hope? Or is there a true supernatural basis? Are the "demons" part of our evolutionary family tree? Is their enigmatic leader merely a freak genius, or could he be the legendary Satan?
Fathom by fathom, Ike guides the expedition -- and Ali -- deeper into the deadly stone wilderness. In the dark underground, as humanity falls away from them, the scientists and mercenaries find themselves prey not only to the savage creatures, but to their own treachery, mutiny, and greed. Meanwhile, on the surface, a band of aged scholars scours archaeological digs, museums, artifacts, and rare texts for clues to Satan's existence. Is he lurking in wait for the expedition, or is he roaming the earth? Or is he dead? One thing is certain: miles inside the earth, evil is very much alive.
I hope I can grab his new book Deeper
, its sequel soon.