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Outlander (original 1991; edition 1998)

by Diana Gabaldon

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Title:Outlander
Authors:Diana Gabaldon
Info:Delta (1998), Paperback, 656 pages
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Rating:****
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991)

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    elbakerone: Though Banks' novel is set in present day (and is considerably shorter), the love story with the gorgeous backdrop of Scotland was reminiscent of Gabaldon's series.
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To be fair, this is more like 3.5 stars. Sasha told me this is worst of all of her books in this series as she was really "learning to write" here. I feel like the same story could have been told in less pages, and am slightly apprehensive toward the remaining books as they seem to be just as, if not longer even than this one. My plan is to at least read through #4 as they were given to me as gifts. ( )
  Heather_Brock | Nov 23, 2016 |
There were times when I wondered what the point was of a chapter I was reading (the book is really long!) but overall, I really enjoyed this story! :D ( )
  cybercarotte | Nov 23, 2016 |
I already knew this wasn't my cuppa going in. Too much bodice-ripping, not enough Jacobite rebellion. But what really ticked me off was the sterotyped sissy villain - straight out of James Bond, if Bond movies ever took place in 18th c Scotland - and the torture porn.

That'll lose you a star right there. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
So the first time I read this book I was on maternity leave with my daughter, 11 1/2 years ago. I remembered it as an intellectually undemanding romp through 18th century Scotland. I read it again this month for a book group and all I can say is, wow, the sleep deprivation must have really done a number on my brain the first time around, because yuck. The characters are cardboard, the dialect is overdone, the history is implausible (although obviously well-researched), the homophobia is blatant, and the kinky sex is overdone. And seriously--he spanks her because she disobeyed him? Seriously? And this is basically okay with her? Whatever, book. I'm on Team Frank. ( )
1 vote gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
This book was not even on my radar until the show. I think the "genre defyingness" of it scared me off. Just do time travel! I don't want to read romance! I'm very much like the kid in the Princess Bride movie that way. The romance scenes of this book were much more palatable than the ones in the Kate Daniels books. Fewer detailes. Same goes for the fight scenes. When I saw some of the injuries on the show it was horrible. But by talking around the problems, narrator Claire manages to make a book I hardly ever cringed at.

I got the audiobook (33 hours!) after I had watched 3 of the episodes. I would try to catch up to the show in the week before. This was a good method, especially for something so long you forget what happened 150 pages ago. By this week I had surpassed the show so much it didn't catch up. And then I got into it and just powered through.

This is the first book in a series that seems to be even longer than A Song of Ice and Fire. Claire, a WWII nurse I'd in Scotland on a second honeymoon with her soldier husband. But then she touches some magic rocks and finds herself in 1743 Scotland. Right before the second Jacobite rising. She has to figure out how to use her medical skills using 18th century supplies in order to make herself useful to the Scots who find her. They already think she is an English spy. Stuff happens and Claire makes mistakes in trying to get back to the magic rocks and she finds herself inextricably intertwined with her new Scottish friends. This is partially a romance book, so there is that part of it, but always in the back of her mind she remembers her 20th century husband. He's not technically dead since he hasn't been born yet. Does that make her an adultress, even if she is married to the Scottish dude? And does she even want to go back, not that she has found this more vibrant (i.e. violent) life? These are tough questions that Claire can't even talk to anyone about because they will charge her with witchcraft. Because it's the 1700s.

And it being the 1700s was my favorite part. I like a good period piece, and Scottish rebellion was great for this month of the referendum. Plus the historical stuff like how medicine was done and how a water wheel works. And if your main character is a time traveler, she has an excuse to ask dumb questions for the benefit of the 21st century reader. Time travel really is a good exposition excuse.

I liked that the romance and battle aspects of the book were not described explicitly . Makes it much easier to read, and no more cringing while driving. However, sometimes this circumlocution made it easy to miss what was happening. Lots of times they would be talking about some unsavory thing, and someone would say "well, you know." BUT I DON'T KNOW. This is a while different continent and several centuries distant from me. Just tell me what is going on. I know even less Gaelic than Claire. And when you're talking about the moon and cycles I know pregnancy is related, but if you don't come out and say "I'm pregnant" sometimes I'm going to miss the announcement.

Overall, this book kept my attention and had a good premise. The writing style was palatable if sometimes confusing. I think it was too long though. Not that enough didn't happen, but that the story just keeps on going. It's not bad, I just didn't think it was worth the time commitment. So, maybe over the summer I will start the next books. But they are too long for casual reading. They are quite an investment, and the return you get is not as great as it could be for that many pages. I feel the same with A Song of Ice and Fire. ( )
  jlharmon | Nov 3, 2016 |
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I absolutely loved this book. It was filled with action, adventure, and romance. I flew through the book and can't wait to read the rest of the series.
added by alaphi | editalaphi (Apr 3, 2016)
 
Een jonge, Engelse vrouw loopt kort na de Tweede Wereldoorlog tijdens een wandeling in de Schotse Hooglanden door een gespleten monoliet die deel uitmaakt van een magische cirkel. Hierdoor komt ze terecht in het turbulente Schotland van 1743 en trouwt om aan een wisse dood te ontsnappen een vogelvrij verklaarde Sejot. Beiden worden opgejaagd door een sadistische kapitein van de Engelse dragonders, maar kunnen na tal van avonturen en in het besef dat de loop van de geschiedenis veranderd kan worden, een nieuw bestaan opbouwen. Een fascinerende historische roman, waarin de auteur liefde, seks, romantiek, spanning en avontuur tot een boeiend geheel heeft samengevoegd. Goede tekening van de historische achtergrond. Een meeslepend verhaal.
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People disappear all the time. Ask any policeman. Better yet, ask a journalist. Disappearances are bread-and-butter to journalists.
Young girls run away from home. Young children stray from their parents and are never seen again. Housewives reach the end of their tether and take the grocery money and a taxi to the station. International financiers change their names and vanish into the smoke of imported cigars.
Many of the lost will be found, eventually, dead or alive. Disappearances, after all, have explanations.
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To the Memory of My Mother,
Who Taught Me to Read —
Jacqueline Sykes Gabaldon
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It wasn't a very likely place for disappearances, at least at first glance.
Prologue ------ People disappear all the time.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385319959, Paperback)

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.

I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness."
Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape

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Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier.… (more)

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