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 WWII nurse after the war has ended and she has to be reunited with her husband, and she must decide if she still loves him. With one tiny decision to go on a walk alone, completely changes Claire’s life forever. I absolutely love historical fiction, especially those that involve the UK. The writing and amount of detail that is included in this series is amazing! Not only does the author have to deal with details of life in the UK, but the series also includes life in the Caribbean and the newly formed United States. This series literally takes you all over the globe and throughout time. I have never read a series that has actually made me laugh and cry out loud--as each book ends and I had to wait for the next one to be published I actually missed the characters! I highly recommend this series to everyone to enjoy for themselves.
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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!
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.
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.