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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A series of time travel novels by Diana Gabaldon

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Loving Outlander - Diana Gabaldon

  • Apr 21, 2010
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I love the Outlander series - I think Diana Gabaldon is a fantastic writer!  The premise of the novel(s) sound really cheesy, but once you actually pick it up and start reading you'll be hooked.  The author puts years of research into her books and weaves a fascinating story into this historical time period. 

The only problem (if you think this is a problem) is the series is really long.  Each book is about 1000 pages, and I think there are seven in the series at this point...and it's not finished.  But she is without a doubt my favorite author, and I will admit that I've read the series...3 times.  That's right, feel free to make fun.  But I swear, it's excellent!

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April 25, 2010
1000 pages? Whoa! Sounds great though. By the way, I noticed that you were a member of Cafe Libri. You should click on "Add to a Community" underneath the title of your review to add your review to that community. It will be in good company there ;)
April 25, 2010
Thanks for the Cafe Libri Community shout out, Debbie!
April 21, 2010
you lost me at "about 1000 pages". Seriously... great review Robyn and thanks for sharing!
April 21, 2010
Hi Patty - no problem! I really didn't give any sort of synopsis, did I? Outlander begins in 1945 Scotland with Claire Randall, a married nurse who walks through a circle of standing stones and is transported back to 1743 Scotland. She comes to and is immediately swept up into a Scottish clan and starts a romance with one of the clansmen, Jamie Fraser. They are constantly moving from one adventure to the other, and you'll find the pages seem to turn themselves. Eventually Claire finds a way to return to 1945 Scotland, and her husband, and she must choose between the two. (And that's just the first book...) The series eventually centers around the Scottish uprising of 1945 and the Battle of Culloden, which is fascinating in itself - the series does a great job of weaving this fascinating fictional story in with historical facts. And I agree, I'm always so sad to finish a great book...now I find myself waiting in anticipation for Diana to write another one. Let me know if you decide to try it out!
April 25, 2010
You should edit your review and include this synopsis as part of your review too! It's really interesting and useful information. :)

Simply go to your review and click the edit button. Then, copy and paste this information into it before saving it again. I also recommend adding the review to a community while you're editing it. Since you're a member of Cafe Libri, feel free to add it there. Just choose my community from the drop down list of communities (this tool is at the bottom of your review when you are editing it). Thanks for being a member and for all the quick tips you added recently! :)
April 26, 2010
Thanks @PattyP! I learn from the master-- @devora! She's great at explaining these thins to members. I just emulate. :)
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review by . July 01, 2010
My emotional reaction as I read this series was mostly humor, because Claire's character is witty and sarcastic, especially when she makes jokes to a person in the 17th century that would clearly make no sense to them!       I would recommend this series to anyone who loves a book that features strong character personalities, and who also love to read a bit of science fiction with a good dose of humour thrown in.  I wouldn't recommend this series …
review by . June 21, 2010
A woman on a second, post WWII honeymoon with her husband in the Scottish Highlands unexplicably travels back in time to the 1700's.  Sounds strange and even a bit hokey, right? Trust me, however it sounds, this premise that starts a series of seven books (and counting) is anything but hokey.    Diana Gabaldon has penned some marvelous works of fiction: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and An Echo …
review by . July 19, 2010
This series was recommended to me by a couple of my co-workers. Not really expecting much;  I was shocked at just how much and how quickly I fell in love with the characters and story. I literally could not put the first book down and had to immediately go buy all the other books in the series. The main character Claire is such a strong, independent woman that one cannot help but either relate to her or wish to be more like her! The first book in the series deals with a …
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
My reactions were mixed. The first book, Outlander, is a definite 5. Claire and Jaime each hold their own as fascinating, complex personalities and their romance is gritty, real, and appealing. Equally riveting was Claire's 20th century perspective on 17th century Scotland. Book 2 had somewhat less appeal but Book 3, Voyager, caught me again with its view of transatlantic immigration and Caribbean pirates as well as Claire and Jaimie facing new challenges. After book 3, though, I gradually lost …
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Loved this book (and the series)! It was a little hard to get into and believe. I would never have thought I would enjoy a book set in the time period that it was, but I loved it. It has some pretty racy scenes!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
The first "romance" novel I have read and enjoyed! I would class this series as Science Fiction romance comedy actually, as its not your typical mushy happy ending story. I'm addicted to Diana Gabaldon after reading Dragonfly in Amber and then rushing out to find the entire series. It's about a lady called Claire in the 1940s who goes back in time through some stones in Scotland. She is thoroughly witty and the story is hilarious at stages as Claire adapts to living in the 17th century.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
My absolute favorite series!
review by . August 25, 2009
   Journey with Jamie Fraser and Claire through the stones to 1700's Scotland and the Colonies for tales of romance and action with their nemesis turned friend John Grey.  I liked the first books in the series but started losing interest about the fourth book in.  Not sure if Ms. Gabaldon has completed this series yet.  Has a feel like the old Dark Shadows television series when it took place in the 1700's.
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