I found this the least interest book of the series. Will continue to read the rest of this series.
Jan 23 2016....Hey BookReader4818, I watched Outlander on DVD's ordered from the library.....looking forward to the next season!
March 4 2016, well it has taken me 2 years to get through this series, I was listening to the audio books as I read, and I really loved Davina Porter's accents and voices. I now get to start on 'Written In My Own Hearts Blood". Yippee!
As others have noted, this very long book is front heavy, leaving not enough space for the ending. That leaves several highly important plot lines dangling. Still, there is no way Gabaldon can write a truly bad book. This one is a page turner, and while some plot lines are highly odd, the main characters end up where they need to be at the end. Except for Jem, left in a highly precarious position, and Claire and Jamie, whose marriage is equally precarious, through no fault of their own. Fortunately, I have the next one in the series is already on hold. Hopefully Jem will be rescued, and his grandparents will be out of danger.
I admit that I am a history buff and have read novels of this sort for more than 60 years. I listen to the CDs when I drive. I enjoy the historic background to the fiction. Gabaldon seems to have researched the life and times for her background and it is interesting to me to have characters added to the history. If you are a SciFi reader, the possibilities of odd things happening this is for you. Ignore those comments about too long and boring and all that other jealous commenting. If they/we/I could write, then we all would. None of us can know for sure what the 200 year ago era really was like, So thank you Diana for putting your imagination to work and writing this series. Just sorry I don't get Starz to watch Outlander on TV
This book is listed under Science Fiction/Fantasy, which it most definitely is not. It is a psuedo-historical bodice ripper. And I mean that LITERALLY, as the protagonist's bodice is literally ripped as soon as she trips into the 18th century where she is promptly sexually assaulted by various and sundry English and Scottish male contemporaries of varying levels of cleanliness. Furthermore, the women is so totally clueless that she can't figure out she's not in Kansas any more (OK, somewhere in post-WWII Scotland) DESPITE all these local yokels wandering about in historically accurate 17th century uniforms and clothing (not to mention speaking variations of 17th century English) until she sees the stars at night. So - multiple attempted rapes in the first few chapters of the book and a totally clueless heroine. Seriously - she doesn't attempt to cover her breasts after realizing her bodice is ripped because IT MIGHT ATTRACT MORE ATTENTION, even after she's been physically assaulted multiple times - what kind of idiot is that??? And she can't figure out that there's something wrong with the way she is dressed even after several men refer to her as a whore? In archaic English? And she still doesn't know she's in trouble? I'd give this 0 stars if I could. It's brainless, even for a bodice ripper. I am REALLY tired of coming across crap like this listed under SF/F - Having a few elements of SF/F does not an SF/F novel make. The main thrust (no pun intended) of this series of novels is not one of SF/F, but "romance". This is a romance novel and has no reason to be listed under SF/F.
Starz to make a TV adaptation of the Outlander series next year!
I love, love,love Diana Gabaldons books! Every single on of them. She can't write enough for me. Even her authors notes are amusing and fascinating and she is the only author I can say that about. I was so glad when I found out this wasn't the last book for Jamie and Claire. If she ever does end the series ( and that is a big IF) I will cry (and hopefully the end will never happen).
So incredibly boring...her books are getting worse and worse. YAAAWWWNNNN!
see my comments for Outlander
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