Thursday, November 5, 2009

Outlander by Diane Gabaldon

Copyright: ?
Publisher: Delta
Genre: Fiction
Pages: audio
Challenges: None
New-to-me Author: yes
Author's Website
(although in my opinion the website sucks and it's not worth your time, doesn't even list all her books, so it looks like I'll have fun figuring out the order of the series)

Simple Description:
Claire Randall is vacationing in Scotland with her husband, Frank. He is of Scottish decent and is enjoying tracing his family history. This isn't very exciting for Claire though. She finds a circle of rocks and upon another visit, she touches one and finds herself 200 years in the past. She is first captured by Caption Randall, an ancestor of Franks, but then captioned by a Jamie Fraser. Unfortunately she is taken far away from the rocks and is brought to Castle Leoch. It is soon common knowledge that she has some knowledge of medicine and becomes a healer. Claire was, after all, a nurse in WWII.

Soon Claire is forced to marry Jamie as a way to keep her safe from Caption Randall. At first it is a marriage of convenience but soon Claire comes to realize she does love Jamie.

This novel takes us through some battles, some rather hard scenes of torture, to pleasant life on castle grounds, and even a witch trial. What more could you want from a historical novel?

Now what you really want to thoughts:
Overall I really really enjoyed the book. I thought the story moved rarely quickly although admit that it parts it seemed slow. I had some issues with how possessive Jamie was of Claire but then I also think that's probably how it was during that time period, the 1700's, and I'm guessing that's what the author was trying to get across. One funny thing, one of my friends has read the book and really wanted me to read it. I sent her a text that said :" I do think Jamie talks too much during sex though" and then had to mentioned Outlander so she wouldn't be confused. haha! Could you imagine getting a text like that? WTF? lol!

So yeah, some issues with the story but overall loved it and the issues were pretty minor. I definitly plan to continue with the series and recommend others to try Outlander.

This audio book was rented from my local library.


Stepfordmomto2 said...

Fantastic Fiction is a great source for book order lists.

1. Cross Stitch (1991)
aka Outlander
2. Dragonfly in Amber (1991)
3. Voyager (1993)
4. The Drums of Autumn (1996)
5. The Fiery Cross (2001)
6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)
7. An Echo in the Bone (2009)

Ashley @ Ashley's Library said...

This book has been on my wishlist because I've read some great things about it. I can't wait to read it eventually!

Kris said...

Stepfordmom - Thanks! I figured I would find the list somewhere, just get annoyed with authors have a series and they don't even list it in order on their websites. grrrr

Ashley - I put it off for a long time because of how long it was, but it was worth the read!

Stepfordmomto2 said...

Diane at is doing a "read from you bookshelves" challenge and I have had this book around for years. Now it's on my challenge list.

Kris said...

Stepfordmomto2 - You could probably join the chunkster challenge for this one too. haha! I kept putting off buying the book because I wanted the trade paperback size, but people kept telling me to read it, so finally one of my friends bought me a copy from the used bookstore. lol! Lucky for me right after that the library had a copy ready for me, so I could listen to it. Loved listening to it.

Stepfordmomto2 said...

I enjoy chunky books during the winter so I guess that is when I will read it. Fortunately, winter lasts until Easter around here so I should have plenty of reading time.