Blurgh. I just have to get this out there.
1) I was just getting into South of Broad, starting to feel the tension, wondering what would happen next, when he jumps forward in time 20 years. What the heck? It took you 120 pages to make me care what happened at all, and then you take away any tenuous connection I felt for these characters. I think this one's out the window.
2) I'm only 15 pages into The Land of Painted Caves, but it's a little painful. The whole thing reads like the second chapter of a Babysitter's Club book. "I'm Ayla. I'm blonde and have blue eyes. My senses are really well-developed, and I have kind of a weird accent because I was raised by the Clan. More about them later. Jondalar is my mate, and he's very tall and sexy, also with blonde hair and blue eyes. He invented a spear-thrower that lets you throw spears from much farther away. He has a brother and a sister, and his father is the leader of the Lanzadonii."
3) I'm really enjoying The Left Hand of God more and more, in spite of the frequent use of cliches and awkward POV switches. But my new complaint is that all the female characters are kind of awful. There have been four speaking women so far, one of whom is sexy and stupid, one gorgeous and kind of blank, one evil and dumb, and one just kind of a harridan. None of them are major characters. I'm not usually someone bothered much by things like that, but as the women pile up and get more and more annoying, I get more and more depressed.
Okay, I'm done complaining. Thanks for listening.