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Gather Around the Fire: Here Are the Best Books Set in the Prehistoric Era

Prehistory is a fascinating era for the human race, telling of a world that had no civilization, merely humans trying to survive in a hostile land filled with hungry creatures and unfriendly elements. Its a world ripe for the imagination and many authors over the years have had their own take on the dawn of mankind. Let’s go back, way back, and see what treasures the past has for your bookshelf.

 

 

5. ‘Beyond the Sea of Ice’ By William Sarabande

 

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Beyond the Sea of Ice by William Sarabane details a clan living in medieval Siberia and the various dangers they have to deal with. After a natural disaster plagues the nomadic tribe their leader Torka is forced to lead his people over the Bering land bridge to what would become the Americas. Full of painstaking details about nomadic life, this series is full of adventure and lots of historically accurate details about the world 40,000 years ago.

 

4. ‘The Inheritors’ by William Golding 

 

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The Inheritors by William Golding is a violent and cynical work, detailing the conflict between the gentle, spiritual neanderthals and the rise of the violent but sophisticated humans. With Neanderthals often being demonized as monsters, this is a different tacks that casts our own rise in a dark light. And at the book’s end, its clear that the best species didn’t win the conflict. But the strongest one did.

 

 

3. ‘Daughter of kura’ by Debra Austin

 

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Daughter of Kura by Debra Austin takes place in the Old Stone Age, nearly half a million years ago. It centers on a girl called Snap, who lives in prehistoric Africa in a powerful matriarchal society. She begins to fight against the ideals her tribes hold dear but finds herself an outcast in the wild and is forced to survive on her own. Both imaginative and detailed, this is an excellent work offering a tantalizing, politically charged glimpse into the ancient world.

 

2. ‘Wolf Brother’ by Michelle Paver

 

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Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver is a fantasy series that is nevertheless accurate to primeval history. The author spent time in Finland using neolithic tools and clothing and sleeping in era-appropriate accommodations. She even studied wolves at a reserve in order to more accurately characterize their behavior. The series tells of Torak, a young man from the Wolf Clan, as he discovers his world; Renn, a girl from a neighboring clan; and his wolf friend. Together, they’re forced into conflict with the evil clan of mages called Soul Eaters. Despite the fantasy elements, Paver’s books get high marks for historical accuracy.

 

1. ‘Clan of the cave bear’ by Jean M. Auel

 

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The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel is THE prehistoric novel and an epic one at that. Auel’s book was applauded for its use of modern research in developing the world of its characters, but also for the compelling (and juicy) drama in the chronicling of the life of Ayla, a Cro-Magnon girl taken to live with Neanderthals when she becomes separated from her tribe. Over time, Ayla’s differences put her at odds with her adopted family and lead to a self-discovery that occurs over the rest of the series. Subsequent research has poked holes in Auel’s imagined past, but it was accurate at the time, and remains captivating today. Do yourself a favor and check it out!

 

 

 

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The Library is for Everyone – Even These Three Animals

Libraries are wonderful places, so it’s no wonder these animals wanted to get in on the action. Maybe they wanted to finally find out why everyone loves Good Omens so much, or maybe they needed to make email accounts. Maybe it was just for the AC. We wouldn’t judge. Whatever their interest in the library was, these. animals. are. VALID.

 

 

A moose in Utah

 

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Get this woman a library card. Though, she may be too tall and her horns too wide to get through the door, she’s a book lover in her heart, so bring them out to her if you have to. With all that lavender around her and the perfect photo lighting she’s looking good! What a friend.

 

 

Four little raccoons in New Jersey 

 

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These kits were actually born in the walls of the library and had to be gently extracted, but they don’t mind. They were just itching to start reading their first book anyway. Talk about goals! Their mom sure knows what’s up giving birth to them so close to all that knowledge. If she has any questions, she can just find them within the books of their local library.

 

 

This bear, also in New Jersey

 

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Sure, he may have taken a detour into this tree, but it’s just outside the library. He’s doing his best people. Plus, this is a good place to perch and consider the last book he finished. Taking his time. We should all support him.

 

 

Racoons, a bear, and a moose, oh my! It seems like libraries are bringing more than just human beings together. Peace, unity, and books for all!

 

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5 of Literature’s Most Epic Pets

Everybody loves animals, even fictional ones. Whether they’re surviving fires or starting them, biting or putting up with the protagonists, or really good sports about villainous mistreatment, these animals are in it for the long haul. Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order.

 

1. Buttercup – The Hunger Games

 

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This cat’s been through a lot. Bombings, attempted murder, living underground. I’ve never even known a cat who could stand a closed door. Nothing impresses Buttercup. All he wants is to have his head pet and maybe some fresh entrails.

 

 

2. Drogon – Game of Thrones

 

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Who doesn’t want a dragon? Personally, I’d rather be able to breathe fire myself, but this is a close second. Our boy got LORGE. Plus, he survives the game of thrones. What’s not to like? I’d ask where my dragons are, but there’s no missing them.

 

 

3. Hedwig – Harry Potter

 

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She bite! Sure, Hedwig might not be the cuddliest of pets, but she can find anyone on the planet earth, and isn’t that worth more? Dignity, messengerial integrity, spots, she’s got it all. Plus, she survives longer than about half the human characters. Too soon? It’ll always be too soon.

 

 

4. Toto – The Wizard of Oz

 

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Have we left Kansas? Doesn’t bother her. Tornadoes, witches, Toto’s not afraid of anything. It’s also revealed in later books that Toto, like most animals in Oz, is capable of speech. She’s just not much of a talker. Still, her tendency to bite witches speaks loudly enough.

 

 

5. Max – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

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Has any pet ever put up with more? From the indignity of having to wear just one large antler, to the logistical challenge of having to pull an entire sleigh, Max always does his best to make the Grinch happy. One hopes he got a large helping of roast beef for his trouble.

 

 

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5 of Literature's Most Epic Pets

Everybody loves animals, even fictional ones. Whether they’re surviving fires or starting them, biting or putting up with the protagonists, or really good sports about villainous mistreatment, these animals are in it for the long haul. Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order.
 

1. Buttercup – The Hunger Games

 

cat orange GIF
Gif via Giphy

This cat’s been through a lot. Bombings, attempted murder, living underground. I’ve never even known a cat who could stand a closed door. Nothing impresses Buttercup. All he wants is to have his head pet and maybe some fresh entrails.
 

 

2. Drogon – Game of Thrones

 

Dracarys Drogon GIF - Dracarys Drogon GameOfThrones GIFs
Gif via Tenor

Who doesn’t want a dragon? Personally, I’d rather be able to breathe fire myself, but this is a close second. Our boy got LORGE. Plus, he survives the game of thrones. What’s not to like? I’d ask where my dragons are, but there’s no missing them.
 

 

3. Hedwig – Harry Potter

 

flying national geographic GIF by Nat Geo Wild
Gif via Giphy

She bite! Sure, Hedwig might not be the cuddliest of pets, but she can find anyone on the planet earth, and isn’t that worth more? Dignity, messengerial integrity, spots, she’s got it all. Plus, she survives longer than about half the human characters. Too soon? It’ll always be too soon.
 

 

4. Toto – The Wizard of Oz

 

dog show GIF by Westminster Kennel Club
Gif via Giphy

Have we left Kansas? Doesn’t bother her. Tornadoes, witches, Toto’s not afraid of anything. It’s also revealed in later books that Toto, like most animals in Oz, is capable of speech. She’s just not much of a talker. Still, her tendency to bite witches speaks loudly enough.
 

 

5. Max – How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

how the grinch stole christmas film GIF by The Good Films
Gif via Giphy

Has any pet ever put up with more? From the indignity of having to wear just one large antler, to the logistical challenge of having to pull an entire sleigh, Max always does his best to make the Grinch happy. One hopes he got a large helping of roast beef for his trouble.
 

 
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