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Outlander (original 1991; edition 1998)

by Diana Gabaldon

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Member:Elektrelf
Title:Outlander
Authors:Diana Gabaldon
Info:Delta (1998), Paperback, 656 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991)

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    Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati (pollywannabook)
    pollywannabook: The closest thing to Outlander out there. Diana Gabaldon even lent out the character of Claire for a cameo in this book
  2. 101
    The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (Iudita)
  3. 72
    Timeline by Michael Crichton (leahsimone)
  4. 128
    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Anonymous user, SunnySD)
  5. 30
    Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart (LiddyGally)
    LiddyGally: I recommend this book because the writing styles are in a similar vein rather than the stories being the same. Both, however, are set in the wilds of Scotland.
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    The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway (redheadedali)
  7. 41
    The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (littlebear514)
    littlebear514: Although the stories are COMPLETELY different; the writing is of the same quality and the stories are both deeply involved.
  8. 20
    Overseas by Beatriz Williams (becksdakex)
    becksdakex: Romance and time travel.
  9. 20
    The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier (aynar)
    aynar: Much better example of time travel.
  10. 10
    The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (jennyj271)
  11. 10
    Son of the Morning by Linda Howard (amyblue)
  12. 00
    The Legend of Lady MacLaoch by Becky Banks (elbakerone)
    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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    Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George (MissBrangwen)
  14. 11
    Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine (Yells)
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    Vrouwe van Llyn by Jane Watt (margarethmiwy)
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    Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins (Joles)
  17. 11
    In a Wild Wood by Sasha Lord (Jenson_AKA_DL)
    Jenson_AKA_DL: If you enjoyed the romance between Clare and Jamie I think you'll also enjoy this Highlander romance.
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    The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll (infiniteletters)
  19. 11
    The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Historical romance, hooray!
  20. 01
    Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders (karensmiththomas)

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I'm a third of the way in and have no interest in what happens to these characters. It's reading like a romance novel and I just don't care for those. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
If I had read this in 1991 when it was the first book, with no series in the works, my review would have been different. It would have been "starts out great...then meh". What surprised me was how the ending just dissolved away...I thought there was more and then there it was...."The End". However, I'm reading this in 2014 and I know there are many more books to go. That the story isn't over with the end of this book, makes this (brief) ending just another chapter ending.

I loved the weaving in of the historical parts, which felt seamless. The attention to detail was just enough to make the period seem real but not so overwrought to make the pages ponderous.

Also, I found myself wondering about the characters, when I was not reading, as if they were real. Claire's voice made sense to me. Her reactions didn't always but as I got to know her character, they were consistent with who she was. My anxiety levels rose as I realized certain scenarios were likely to occur for Jaime. Although I've read books with better suspense, the tension I felt was real as the book continued. All those things combined made for a very enjoyable read. ( )
  HunyBadger | Jul 6, 2017 |
Enjoyable read, a little predictable but great holiday book ( )
  sianbt | Jul 6, 2017 |
Good book. I would be interested in reading the next in the series. ( )
  elizatanner | Jul 5, 2017 |
I was surprised as a non-romance reader who usually does not like European period dramas. Gabaldon writes a strong female lead in Claire, a woman who is transported back in time from WWII era Scotland, to 18th century Scotland. The character of Claire is complex, a WWII nurse turned a Scottish Laird's healer/herbalist. It is a mix of history, adventure, romance, survival, and more. ( )
  GabbyF | Jul 2, 2017 |
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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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Epigraph
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.
Usually.
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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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'Outlander' was published in the UK as 'Cross Stitch'.
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Traveling in time
Clare falls in love with Jamie
Must choose if she stays
(BekiLynn)

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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