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Recommendations for Outlander Fans

Outlander: Gabaldon's series about Jamie and Claire

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Edited: Nov 11, 2006, 1:13pm Top

This will be the thread for recommended reading. As we all have the Outlander series in common, it is safe to say that we may enjoy similar tastes in other books as well. With that being said, if you have read a book that you think other Outlander fans may also enjoy please post it here. I will start

After reading the series, I got really interested in reading other Scotish set books. I looked for books with similar 'tags' such as Scotland and Time-travel. I found a wonderful series by Karen Marie Moning She has a Highlander series that is just wonderful and her way of time-travel is very similar to Gabaldon's (i.e. standing stones) I highly recommend this series and possibly her new Fever series that is just coming out. (I have yet to read the Fever series so I can not yet comment.) The Highlander Series starts out with Beyond the Highland Mist and though you do not have to read them in order they are better that way.

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Nov 11, 2006, 1:15pm Top

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Nov 13, 2006, 3:50am Top

I love the Karen Marie Moning books. I also recommend stuff by Lynn Kurland. It's time-travel romance stuff (most of it; she has a few medieval-only books). The first one is Stardust of Yesterday which is actually about a ghost from medieval times, but the first "real" time-travel one is Dance through Time. It's about a woman from the late 20th century and a medieval laird. Fluffy, but good!!!

Nov 13, 2006, 5:59pm Top

They both sound great. I have put them on my wishlist. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Edited: Dec 14, 2006, 12:37pm Top

The works of R. Garcia Y Robertson are similar to the Outlander books and are pretty good as well. They take place during the War of the Roses in 14th century England. There are three so far: Knight Errant, Lady Robyn and White Rose.

Feb 8, 2007, 1:11pm Top

I finished A Breath of Snow and Ashes in January, and read Lord John and the Private Matter right after. I enjoyed it, but was surprised how short it really was. I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife, which was an awesome quick read - I wish I could find more books like that.

I am reading Into the Wilderness now, and even though I'm only about 30 pages in, I'm enjoying it. I like the tension between the two that I'm guessing will be the main characters - Elizabeth and Nathaniel - it reminds me a little of Jamie and Claire - who I understand make a guest appearence along with Ian later in the book.


Feb 13, 2007, 11:52am Top

I am a HUGE fan of Lynn Kurland's time travel romances. They are great fun and I highly recommend them!

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Mar 8, 2007, 2:45am Top

I recommend the Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier. They take place in Ireland and are very well written. They are much lighter on the romance (sex) than DG's books, but they share the well-developed characters, fast-paced and riveting plots, and beautiful scenery. Daughter of the Forest is the first one and was my favorite. Child of the Prophecy comes next, and Son of the Shadows finishes it off. She has another series called The Bridei Chronicles that is set in Scotland and Ireland, and another called Children of the Light Isles that takes place on Orkney in Scotland. I have not got to these yet. She also has some stand alones. She's one for the methadone list, in my opinion!

Mar 14, 2007, 3:40am Top

re #8
OK eslee, I have to ask, what is a methadone list?

Mar 14, 2007, 1:44pm Top

#8, 9 ~I think she means they're addictive :)

Apr 6, 2007, 11:27am Top

I have to recommend Marsha Canhams Scottish trilogy that takes place during Culloden and begins with The Pride of Lions.

I absolutely love these books, and I've read many other by her and they are all great.

Apr 11, 2007, 3:30pm Top

The closest book I've read to the Outlander books is The Bronze Horseman.

Apr 11, 2007, 6:13pm Top

#12 i was just going to recommend that myself when i read your post. I LOVED that book, it is my favorite after Outlander. It's a completely different time period an takes place in Russia, but the quality of the story is the same.

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Apr 12, 2007, 3:18pm Top

Hello! You might want to try A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. It's older, came out in the late 80's, I think. Set in England, it has time travel both forward and back, so you get 2 different perspectives. It's perfect for the spring, light, fun, easy read. It was what lead me to the Outlander series in the beginning! Enjoy...

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Apr 29, 2007, 6:43am Top

Someone mentioned The Time Traveler's Wife. A friend of mine read it and said she enjoyed it and that the one of the main characters was also named Claire. I live in the Chicago area and the fact that the novel is set here adds an extra dimension of enjoyment.

May 10, 2007, 4:06pm Top

I've also read the Time Travelar's Wife and loved it. What a unique, powerful love story. A real page turner.

I saw the Sara Donati's books are already recommended, but i just began Into the Wilderness a few days ago. So far I am loving it and I'm almost finished already. I love how she mentions Jamie and Claire. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Apr 3, 2008, 4:47pm Top

I saw Into the Wilderness posted a couple of times here. I just wanted you to know, I've read the whole series and devoured them in similar fashion to the Outlander Series. Sara Donati does a wonderful job!!

Aug 17, 2008, 12:43pm Top

I completely agree with you. It is a wonderful, deeply moving book and is a very close second to Outlander for me. I have read the first two in the series The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana and Alexander. I'm dying to read The Summer Garden but I'm having a really hard time getting my hands on a copy.

Sep 7, 2008, 7:23pm Top

I'm dying to read The Summer Garden but I'm having a really hard time getting my hands on a copy. Have you tried www.ABEbooks.com? They have booksellers listed around the world. . .

Sep 7, 2008, 7:34pm Top

#18 littlebear514 - I got my copy of the Summer Garden from BookCloseouts.com a few months ago.

Sep 7, 2008, 8:57pm Top

Connie Willis's Doomsday Book describes a young Oxford woman's history practicum, which she spends in the middle ages. Guy Kay's historical and rather romantic fantasies, especially The Lions of al-Rassan, will appeal to many Gabaldon fans.

Edited: Sep 17, 2008, 11:09am Top

I ended up getting it on Alibris & finished reading it last night. I thought it was decent, but not as good as the first two.

May 10, 2009, 11:07pm Top

I am having trouble getting my hands on Tatiana and Alexander. The used book stores in my area and the library don't have it! I am almost done with The Bronze Horseman and can't ait to find out what happens to them...

May 11, 2009, 8:26am Top

#23: Check www.abebooks.com - they represent booksellers from around the world. They will probably have a copy available from somewhere close to you.

Oct 26, 2009, 3:13pm Top

After D. Gabaldon, my favorite for a series is Sara Donati's Wilderness series. No time travel, but just as action packed and interesting as the Outlander series. Of course Outlander comes first, no comparison to anything.

Edited: Mar 7, 2010, 10:47pm Top

I'm a huge fan of The Bronze Horseman trilogy, so have to put my vote in for that. For anybody having trouble locating Tatiana and Alexander, there is a UK version called 'The Bridge to Holy Cross' which is available on Amazon - it even has extra bits in it 'T&A' doesn't include.

For those that love stories set in the Scotland, I want to recommend On a Highland Shore by Kathleen Givens. It's set in 13th Century Scotland, and has a wonderful Jamie-esque hero, and a strong female lead character, just like Claire. It's a wonderful love story, but also has interesting history. I'm about to start the sequel Rivals for the Crown.

Mar 8, 2010, 12:36pm Top

I think that anyone who enjoys Outlander will also enjoy Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist. She has a few others and I have really enjoyed them all.

Sep 26, 2011, 12:11am Top

I am reviving this thread as I just joined. I have read the Outlander series and am eagerly awating the next book featuring 'Jem in the tunnel' (there's a cliffhanger page out). In the meantime I have read all the volumes Wilderness series based on the "if you loved Outlander, you'll love..." by Sara Donati and loved those, too. That series did come to an end and there won't be another book coming unfortuately. So, while still awaiting the next Outlander book I am looking for another good read in this genre and appreciate the suggestions here. Thank you.

Sep 26, 2011, 8:13am Top

I think one of the appealing things about the Outlander series is how well it's written and the historical detail and background, as well as the love story itself, here are a few recommendations that follow this same standard:

I recently finished a trilogy of books by Jennifer Donnelly that were very good. The first is The Tea Rose and these were great. Not as great as Outlander, nor do they take place in Scotland or involve time travel. But they are the kind of books sweep you up in their era which spans from 1880's London and New York to WWI London, Africa, Nepal. Really, really good books, each successive one was better than the last!

I also recommend Ciji Ware's Island of the Swans which is about Lady Jane Maxwell, the Duchess of Gordon in the 1760's in Scotland. I think any Outlander fan would enjoy this book as well. It goes from Scotland to Colonial Maryland as well. Her love interest's name is Thomas Fraser! Her other books are great too, the most recent that takes place in San Francisco during the big quake was wonderful, A Race to Splendor.

Jun 29, 2013, 12:03pm Top

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Suzanna Kearsley. She is an excellent writer,on par with DG and her books have an 'element' of time travel to them. My fave is the Winter Sea which I've read twice while waiting (impatiently) for My Heart's Own Blood.
Thank you everyone for taking time to post the recommendations. I've read a number of these and will add my quick comments: the Bronze Horseman etc is a wonderful series. I was sad when i finished. Sara Donati's Wilderness books were also very good as well as Jennifer Donnelly's books; don't waste your time on Bride in the Bargain, no offense to the poster who suggested it.

Jun 30, 2013, 9:25pm Top

Don't know how many have heard, but Starz has greenlit an "Outlander" miniseries. Going into production soon.

Edited: Aug 28, 2013, 9:18pm Top

There is also Barbara Erskine. Her older stuff is strictly historical but the more recent stuff mixes supernatural, time travel and history.

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Feb 1, 2014, 10:10pm Top

I believe the Outlander miniseries will be out June 2014. First I heard it would be out in May but now the last I heard it will be out in June. If you go to Dianna Gabaldon's facebook page or to the Starz website you can see trailers for it.

Feb 1, 2014, 10:24pm Top

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is a book I think many people who like Outlander would also like. It takes place in Scotland and has time travel. Susanna Kearsley has a few books that involve time travel. They are very good but much shorter than Outlander and they are not a series

Sep 24, 2014, 9:32am Top

Is anyone watching "Outlander" on Starz? I'm finding it entertaining. The fact that Dianna Gabaldon had a hand in the production and even has a bit part in it, shows that she approves of it.

Sep 24, 2014, 12:42pm Top

I quite like it and am glad it's not 'Hollywoodised'.

Sep 24, 2014, 1:30pm Top

No TV. But I hear its well done.

Sep 24, 2014, 11:37pm Top

I am loving it. However there is only one episode left. That's not even half of the first book. What's a "midseason finale" anyway? I am guessing they made only the first few episodes to see how it is received. I hope they continue the series.

Sep 26, 2014, 7:41pm Top

#39-They continue the last 8 episodes in April. They just finished filming the first season and have the go ahead for the second.

Sep 29, 2014, 9:32am Top

I am glad. I like the way they are handling some aspects of the story. Not better than the book, but more watchable. So much of the charm of the books is the way you imagine it, this portrays it in an understandable way, that people who never read the books could get into the story.

Sep 29, 2014, 10:22am Top

April 4th.

I like the way they are handling it too. I actually loved the part where she and Frank were in the same place 200 years apart.

Sep 29, 2014, 11:21am Top

In Canada, we haven't gotten to the wedding yet so I have a few more episodes to look forward to.

It's been a long time since I have read the books so I don't remember all the details. But the TV characters were well chosen.

Edited: Sep 18, 2015, 3:49pm Top

Good thread. Authors who I have not seen mentioned include Dorothy Dunnett, Anya Seton, and Sharon Kay Penman. All of these authors write historical fiction and have great characterization and a great sense of history. I've read Penman's Sunne in Splendour and a few of the books in her Plantagenet Series which begins with When Christ and his Saints Slept. I've also read Seton's Katherin and am currently reading Dunnett's series called the Lymond Chronicles which begins with The Game of Kings.

Edited: Jul 24, 11:57pm Top

Depending on what might be of interest, books about the American Civil War might fit this topic. I enjoyed Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell when I read it, but I am fully aware that others may not be able to enjoy it because the perspective is quite racist and especially so by Today's standards. A very well-written fictional Counterpoint to that book that I ended up enjoying just as much is Jubilee by Margaret Walker. Two book series I have enjoyed are the series which begins with North and South by John Jakes and the series which begins with Wild Swan by Celeste De Blasis. This one in particular has people with healing skills who remind me of Claire.

Edited: Mar 8, 2016, 4:54pm Top

I've loved Outlander books for years, and am thoroughly enjoying the Starz series. April 9th is the next season, yes?

I liked Into the Wilderness, Daughter of the Forest, and I've placed The Bronze Horseman on my wish list. I'm also a big fan of Sharon Kay Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick, Phillipa Gregory books. I was never able to get into Dorothy Dunnett as much. I think it's her frequent use of foreign phrases with not enough context to avoid looking it up, and in languages not readily available like Old French.

Some people who like Outlander have liked my own novel, Legacy of Hunger. No time travel, but mystical standing stones, set in 1846 Ireland. The third in the trilogy is set in 1745 Ireland and Scotland, and takes a trip to the Isle of Skye, with some Jacobite plot elements. That one's not out yet, though :)

Mar 9, 2016, 12:34am Top

>46 greendragon9: There's a way you can become a "Library Thing Author", which gets you a badge on your profile page. Not sure how, but I bet somebody else here knows. Interestingly enough, Diana Gabaldon is one.

Mar 9, 2016, 2:34pm Top

I thought I was one? I'll have to check it out :)


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