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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A series of time travel novels by Diana Gabaldon

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Witty Science Fiction Romance in books that are HUGE but you can't put them down!!

  • Jul 1, 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 to a romance novelist fan, because I think the plots of the story completely overshadows the mushy romance, meaning that the storyline is much more exiting.

 The story is set all over the world - beginning in Scotland, then France and many other places, eventually ending up in America.

Claire Randall, a 1940s housewife, goes back in time through some mystical stones in Scotland and meets Jamie Fraser, a 17th Century Highlander.  They are married through neccessity and not out of love, all the time while Claire is already married to Frank, who is stuck in the 1940s.  Claire can't tell anyone where she came from, but she has a good knowledge of history so she adapts to her surroundings well in order not to be discovered.

At first, Claire seems meek and shy but her true colours come out as she battles for survival when she is attacked by Jack Black Randall, a red coat from the 17th century. She is intelligent enough to realise she can't tell anyone where she is from as they'd label her a witch, but has to cope with the horrifying fact that she is 200 years away from her husband Frank and can't do anything about it.

 The whole theme of the story is Claire and Jamie's relationship, and how it continues and survives throughout the series. Although Claire is only with Jamie for 3 years in the 17th Century and spends the next 20 years with Frank, the story manages 7 books on Claire and Jamie, whereas Frank is largely left out. 
The message of this series shows the progress of Jamie and Claire's relationship, how they became together by accident and then were torn apart during war conflict.  But they still manage to end up together 20 years later and are still completely in love, showing that they were always meant to be together, despite living in seperate centuries.

I have never been a fan of Romance novels and picked out one of Diana Gabaldon's books upon reading the back and finding the plot interesting and different. The closest other author that could be considered a romance novelist that I've read would be Daphne DuMaurier, although her stories are a bit more ling winded than Diana Gabaldon's.

I associate the character Claire Fraser totally with Diana Gabaldon, maybe because on her books, she is pictured standing near some stones, is not very tall and has curly brown hair, which depicts Claire in the novels. I believe Diana Gabaldon is also married to a Scottish man also, just like Claire Fraser. I believe that Diana's sense of humour reflects that of Claire's, as this particular sense of humour does not emerge in Diana's other books such as the Lord John series. 

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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 . April 21, 2010
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 …
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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