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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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Outlander (original 1991; edition 1992)

by Diana Gabaldon (Author)

Series: Outlander (1)

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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.
Member:Maggie90
Title:Outlander
Authors:Diana Gabaldon (Author)
Info:Dell (1992), Edition: Revised, 850 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (1991)

  1. 204
    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. 111
    The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (Iudita)
  3. 40
    The River of No Return: a Novel by Bee Ridgway (redheadedali)
  4. 40
    The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier (aynar)
    aynar: Much better example of time travel.
  5. 73
    Timeline by Michael Crichton (leahsimone)
  6. 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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    A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (Anonymous user, SunnySD)
  8. 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.
  9. 20
    Overseas by Beatriz Williams (becksdakex)
    becksdakex: Romance and time travel.
  10. 10
    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.
  11. 10
    The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (jennyj271)
  12. 10
    The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll (infiniteletters)
  13. 10
    Son of the Morning by Linda Howard (amyblue)
  14. 10
    Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles: A Novel by Margaret George (MissBrangwen)
  15. 11
    The Song of Albion Collection: The Paradise War, The Silver Hand, and The Endless Knot by Stephen Lawhead (charlie68)
    charlie68: A story about a trip farther into Britain's past.
  16. 00
    Daughter of Time by Sarah Woodbury (Kaylinofhr)
    Kaylinofhr: The After Cilmeri Series reminds me a lot of the Outlander series.
  17. 11
    The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (LAKobow)
    LAKobow: Also involves elements of realism mixed with fantasy, Scotland, romance, and historical fiction.
  18. 00
    A Wee Guide to the Jacobites by Charles Sinclair (MissBrangwen)
  19. 00
    Waverley by Sir Walter Scott (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Classic novel set at the same time and place.
  20. 11
    The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (fyrefly98)
    fyrefly98: Historical romance, hooray!

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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
It's not necessarily a /good/ book, but a very fun mixture of well-researched historical fiction, romance, fantasy and adventure. Had lots of fun reading this.
As a bonus, I think the inner voice of Claire is very... insightful. Gabaldon describes personal emotions, thoughts and feelings that I rarely find in books. You might think me pretentious for saying so, but those passages reminded me of War and Peace. Sorry. ( )
  jd7h | Feb 18, 2024 |
I'm addicted! Hungrily searching for the next book in this amazing series!!!! ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
A little too romance novel-esque after the initial story develops, left me wanting more Scottish lore and such. Don't care for the excessive violence against both of the protagonists either.
(edited for clarification later) ( )
  nessie_arduin | Feb 1, 2024 |
First book for Pilgrimage Book Club. Book is a fantasy adventure about a woman who suddenly finds herself in 1700 Scotland. A clever way to get us intrigued with how she copes with new enviornment and the adventures in which she is involved. KIRKUS REVIEWOnce-in-a-lifetime romantic passion and graphically depicted torture sessions are only the two extremes of this lively time- travel romance set in 18th-century Scotland--an imaginative and lighthearted debut by a promising newcomer. World War II has finally ended and Claire Beauchamp Randall, a British Red Cross nurse, has gone off to Scotland with her historian husband, Frank, to try to resume their married life where it left off six years before. Their diligent attempts to make a baby come to a halt, however, when Claire discovers an ancient stone circle on a nearby hilltop, slips between two mysterious- looking boulders, and is transported willy-nilly to the year 1743. Stumbling down the hillside, disoriented and confused, Claire is discovered by Jonathan ``Black Jack'' Randall, an evil English officer who happens to be her husband's direct ancestor and physical look-alike. Randall notes Claire's revealing 1940's summer dress, assumes she is a whore, and attempts to rape her, whereupon she is rescued by the fierce MacKenzie clan, who take her to their castle and confine her there. Claire adjusts to her changed circumstances with amazing ease, using her nursing experience to tend to her hosts' illnesses while she impatiently awaits a chance to return to the circle of stones. Before she can get away, circumstances force her into a marriage with James Frazer, a Scottish renegade from English justice and Jonathan Randall's archenemy. Young Jamie's good looks, passion, and virility soon redirect Claire's energies to defending her stalwart new husband against her former mate's evil clone, and the fierce, courageous but historically doomed Scottish clans against the course of destiny itself. A satisfying treat, with extra scoops of excitement and romance that make up for certain lapses in credibility.Pub Date: July 1st, 1991ISBN: 0-385-30230-4Page count: 640ppPublisher: DelacorteReview Posted Online: May 20th, 2010Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1991
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
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Anastassatos, MariettaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carbain, JeanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Craft, KinukoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fuchs, ElfriedeÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuby, GabrieleÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Regös, FerencCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sallamo-Lavi, AnuirmeliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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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Life among academics had taught me that a well-expressed opinion is usually better than a badly expressed fact, so far as professional advancement goes
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'Outlander' was published in the UK as 'Cross Stitch'.
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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.

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Traveling in time
Clare falls in love with Jamie
Must choose if she stays
(BekiLynn)

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