Sunday, February 25, 2007

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Historical Fiction

My mom has been reading this series since it came out. I didn't really know much about what it was about. Just that the books were huge, and there were a lot of them. During one of our Oakville meetups, Breeze was talking about the series and I thought it sounded interesting. The next meetup she brought her entire collection of the series for me lol So I started with the first one in the series, not quite sure what to expect. Except expect to be reading the book for a very long time since it's over 800 pages!
I was not disappointed at all. History, action, romance all rolled into a nice, tidy novel. There was a point where I was getting tired of having to read about the characters getting caught by the English and then trying to figure their way out of their mess. Obviously my favourite characters were Claire and Jamie. Those two have so much chemistry! I also really enjoyed Jenny and Ian so I hope that eventually Claire and Jamie can make their way back to those two and we can learn a bit more about them.
I know nothing about the history of that period so I had to refer myself to the internet to look up some terms and such. But at the end of the book I was thinking in my head in scottish accents because I was so used to reading in them lol
I'm looking forward to reading the next book, but need to give myself a little bit of time to recover from the 800 pages!




Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I liked the first one well enough, but then read a later one and it felt like a lot of same old, same old.

Let me know if that's how you start to feel, too.

Kim said...

I thought the first three in the series were well worth reading. The second and third books complete a extended story arc. I felt that the later books in the series fall into the trap of many serialized novels by attempting to maintain the world without compelling character development.

There is plenty of plot to be had in The Drums of Autumn and forward, but the challenges don't seem as fresh.

DWJ said...

The Outlander series is an achievement difficult to compare with anything else. Gabaldon's imagination and story-telling ability are, in my opinion, comparable to Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follet. These are truly epic stories that plant us firmly in eighteeth century Scotland and don't let us out. What a way to get lost in a good book.
Douglas W Jacobson
Author, Night of Flames:A Novel of World War Two

Lauren said...

As much as I enjoyed Outlander, I think I enjoyed Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet more!