12 May 2010 ~ 1 Comment

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I was expecting a Sci-Fi time travel book, but a friend of mine was INSISTENT that I read this book (although I cannot remember who to blame now) so I read it. Usually not my bag and not really what this book was about. I think this falls more under Fictional Romance or something like that. When I saw how long it was, it’s pretty intimidating.

The good is that the author does a really good job of pulling you into the story, putting you into the setting and fleshing out the characters. The story is compelling.

The bad is that the dialect is REALLY annoying and overused. If I saw “worrit” more one time, I might have completely lost it. It’s also too long, there were some things left hanging that I thought could have been pared down or scrapped all together.

The worst is this is a series. And the next book is even longer. I didn’t realize this was a series when I started. (yes, that sound is me saying bad words under my breath)… so now I have to keep reading it to find out what happens next.

There’s quite a bit of brutality in the book, lots of people get beaten, there’s some “domestic abuse” but I think it’s important to remember the time period this is placed in. Once I really thought about the period of time this took place in and what things were really like back then, it bothered me less.

There’s also quite a bit of sex. I didn’t mind that near as much, but found it to be a little bit “yeah, they did it and his member… yeah yeah yeah, whatever” after a while. We get it, they are both horny little fiends. Thanks. Got it.

Overall, probably a must read for those that enjoy historical fiction/romance. I’m loathe to call it romance though… it kinda fits the bill, but not quite. It’s kind of hard to nail down actually…

Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another…

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire’s destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life …and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 32

One Response to “Outlander by Diana Gabaldon”

  1. Sandi (aka Sass) 13 May 2010 at 7:41 pm Permalink

    Remember how I used to go by “Sass” on our 2000 board? I got the nickname from another message board I participated in back in the 90’s…about these books.

    Now, you have to read the rest. This author is unbelieveably fantastic. I have actually heard her lecture about how she researches history when she came to NC. A lot of books 4-6 are set in colonial/pre-revolutionary NC. There are currently 7 books, plus 3 spin-offs about a character you’ll meet in the second book of the main series, and a companion guide book. So, so good…

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