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In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don't let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It's one of the fastest reads you'll have in your library.
While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn't all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she's never known before.
I was lame and sore in every muscle when I woke next morning. I shuffled to the privy closet, then to the wash basin. My innards felt like churned butter. It felt as though I had been beaten with a blunt object, I reflected, then thought that that was very near the truth. The blunt object in question was visible as I came back to bed, looking now relatively harmless. Its possessor [Jamie] woke as I sat next to him, and examined me with something that looked very much like male smugness." Gabaldon creates characters that you'll remember, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for long after you've finished the book. --Candy Paape
Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
- Bodice Ripper Historical Romance **SPOILER ALERT**
This book was highly recommended by a friend. I enjoy historical novels, and this one did a good job of evoking the era correctly. However, there was too much gratuitous sex for me. I don't at all mind reading sex scenes, but one after the other, just gets old after a while. The book could have been a lot shorter if the sex scenes had been pared down. I also did not care for reading about the brutally abusive rape of a man by another man.
Having said all that, I read the book to the end, and I'm going to read the next one to find out what happens. Maybe I'll have better luck as the series goes on....more info
- Totally hooked on Outlander
I'm not normally into science fiction but I love historical fiction so I picked this book up not expecting much. I soon fell in love with the characters and couldn't put it down. This is by far one of the best books I've read (and I read a lot!!). I can't believe this is Gabaldon's first book. She writes like a master and her storytelling is unparalleled. READ THIS BOOK...you will not be disappointed. ...more info
- Outlander is Outstanding!!
After hearing so many stellar reviews about this series, I finally dug in and started the first book. Let me say I am so happy that there are 6 books to go because reading just the one has left me obsessively begging for more.
With Outlander I had one of those rare reading experiences where I am spellbound throughout; when there is not a single lull in the story and at some points I am cursing my inability to read faster because I am so anxious to find out what happens next.
This is a love story, an adventure story, a thriller and a tear jerker. I love the setting in old Scotland, I love the components of time travel and mystical lore, I love the main characters, Claire and Jamie, I love the elements of historical fiction and I love how everything unfolds like an epic saga complete with intrigue, betrayal and lust (a hell of a lot of lust!!!). Definitely a favorite!!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Suggested With: Hard cider and several evenings in a row devoted to reading!
- Historical Fiction, Adventure, Romance - What More Could You Ask?
Diana Gabaldon hooked me from the beginning with this wonderful novel. I bought it because it's historical fiction; it stays with me because of Jaime and Claire. Since so much has already been written about Outlander, I'll be brief: Jaime and Claire are my favorite fictional couple, hands down. Gabaldon's lovemaking scenes combine both humor and sensuality, the period details scintillate with the air of a well-researched novel, and the adventures these characters go through are absolutely compelling.
I've read each of Gabaldon's books (even the Lord John Grey side-stories), and impatiently await An Echo in the Bone. ...more info
- Absorbing and Heartwarming
I picked up this book at one of my library's book sales. I have never read Gabaldon, but was pretty happy with her work. I was extremely surprised to find a romance novel of this immense size.Gabaldon did an excellant job of developing her characters and plot. I did not feel the book was too long at all. I felt it was exactly the right size.
Claire Randell is thrown back into time by forces she does not understand. She is torn away from her husband Frank, whom she was on a second honeymoon too reaquaint herself with,in Scotland. Claire now finding herself in 1743 instead of 1945 is alone and confused. Her fate is now intertwined with the Clan MacKenzie. Her only chance of surviving is James Fraser, nephew to Dougal MacKenzie. Claire is in the middle of chaos, distrust, and intrigue.Can Claie lose her heart to the dashing James, a strong gallant highlander, or will she stay faithful to a husband she doesn't know very well in a time she cannot go back too?
There are a lot of twists and turns in "Outlander",you can't help but want to read all night....more info
- I agree with the good AND the bad reviews, and still loved it!
Okay, here is the thing. I have very eclectic taste in reading. I do NOT like romance novels per se, but a good book with some great sex scenes (or even lots of good ones), well, why not? I loved The Time Travelers wife so I like sci-fi, good historic fiction can be a great way to learn about the past without it feeling too much like a history lesson and enjoy well written non fiction books. Mysteries can be great fun as well; I've read all types of books and liked some and not others. This is a book that is not easily categorized and if you are okay with that, then this might be a book for you.
I actually DID believe in the passion and pull between Claire and Jamie. I've personally been in a relationship like that and found it believable. Also, after married almost 20 years and with children, I know that relationships usually don't stay like that so I enjoyed getting a little hot by reading the sex scenes in this book. I also thought that the author set it up convincingly to allow the reader to understand why Claire might submit to this marriage and why, with no opportunity at that point to return home and in danger of her life, she might be able to have a physical relationship with a hot hunky younger man in a skirt while still loving her husband Frank who she believed she most likely would never see again. I didn't feel she had much choice in the matter anyway...
I enjoyed learning about life in Scotland in the mid 1700's and felt it was convincingly portrayed and easy to imagine. As for the beating Jamie gives Claire, well, while I would not have missed it if it had been left out of the book, I too, like many of the reviewers, could believe that this could happen in that time and place. Jamie had many conversations with Claire to explain why he truly believed being beaten could be done with love and perhaps in a semi lawless world filled with danger and violence, one could believe it. Certainly, it did happen back then. After all, it's hard to believe that women could smoke while pregnant and not think it could harm a baby but they did and like believing in witchcraft, it probably was a real part of daily life back then. Also, don't forget that Claire isn't a woman of our generation - she came from 1945. And she also gave as good as she got so I think Jamie did learn it was wrong to do so. maybe I didn't have as big a problem as many people with this because I've never ever had a man raise even a finger to me and I took this as one more foreign thing about life back then - not as a parable about women of today letting a man beat them... I think having Jamie decide at the last minute not to do what felt so normal to him and so a part of his rough and misogynistic life would have felt too PC. Whitewashing things from the past because we now know them to be wrong wouldn't make the story feel more believable. However, as I said, this could have been left out and I wouldn't have missed it and obviously many readers would have been happier..
The negatives to me was that, like other reviewers have said, I do feel the book should have discussed more of the hardship someone from the 20th century would have faced going back in time. I would have loved to read more about that. Yes, the book says Claire has spent many years traveling with her uncle in undeveloped countries as a youth and therefore this rough life wasn't as big a shock to her as it might have been to, say, my grandmother who had lived her whole life in NYC, but I would have loved to read about the little things that a time traveler would find hard to live without - like flush toilets and brushing your teeth (did they do that then?) and showering (I don't think they bathed much back then) and then big things like seeing people get sick or die of diseases easily cured today or girls not going to school, or the lack of hygiene - those were things I felt would have made the story more convincing. t
That said - I NEVER thought of this book as a scholarly tome of political and social mores in Scotland in the 1700's, but rather as an entertaining novel about a time traveling woman from 1945who unexpectedly finds herself in Scotland in 1743, and in love with two men. Big difference. I got just what I had hoped for - a story that entertained, captivated me, arroused me, repulsed me, amused me and even taught me a little bit about those times in Scotland.
I did NOT like Pillars of the Earth, a similar book in some ways. Why? Because Pillar of the Earth took itself way too seriously while I felt Outlanders' author knew she had written a historical romantic fantasy sci fi book that was a damn good read and didn't try to be more, and she - and therefore I - were okay with that. ...more info
- "All good things come to he who waits"
It has been three years since I bought this book and two years since I started reading it. Truth be told, I only made it to the first hundred pages back then before deciding to put it back on the shelf to be forgotten for another year. It was only during a dreaded long flight overseas that I remembered about this book. When I finally took the time to read it again, I decided to start from the beginning. Oddly enough, it didn't feel like such an arduous task this time around. While it wasn't instantaneous, I eventually found myself captivated by this fascinating tale. Diana Gabaldon takes us on a marvellous journey through the Scottish Highlands as seen through the eyes of a twentieth century English nurse who, while honeymooning with her husband, inadvertently gets drawn to a group of Druid stones on the hill of Craig na Dun. Hurled through a vortex in time to find herself in the middle of a brewing war, Claire becomes a Sassenach - an outlander. She survives with the help of the Mackenzie Clan and there she meets a young, brave warrior by the name of Jamie Fraser. While initially linked by circumstance, they develop a friendship that ultimately ends in a passion so profound that the mere thought of returning to her own time tears Claire apart.
While the story centers on Claire and Jamie, OUTLANDER is undeniably more than your average run-of-the-mill historical romance. It is about the mystery of time travel and the complications associated with it as shown by Claire's fears of possibly changing the course of history. It's about overcoming all the trials and tribulations and emerging victorious, if not necessarily unscathed. It's about cultivating friendship amidst the myriad uncertainties of life, a life so alien from what you are used to. We are also indulged with the fascinating, albeit perilous, aspects of living in ancient Scotland. The author's detailing of the characters lives is simply exquisite. Her vivid description of the surrounding is superb, even the simplest thing such as reading about Claire sitting on the grass watching everyone around her felt so real. Every vignette is enthralling that I almost wanted to be her and experience what it was truly like to live in that time (and find a love so complete).
Gabaldon is an incredible writer whose dazzling talent for storytelling made the Scottish Highlands come to life. She has created such multi-dimensional characters that practically leap off the pages. I'm glad that I persisted the second time around for reading OUTLANDER was like opening a treasure trove of history and great narrative. Brimming with rich historical detail, this is a beautifully written, intensely passionate and absorbing tale. It may take a few chapters before you appreciate it, but have the patience for one thing's for sure: it is a journey worth taking....more info
- Unbelievably bad fiction!
I know from reading other reviews and forums, how 'dedicated' the followers of these books are, but I just cannot comprehend why. This book is so badly written and the attempts at Scottish accents are laughable. Diana Gabaldon hasn't done her research to find out the facts and makes Scotland in 1945 into some backward country where people still believe in witchcraft and pagan customs. She is not aware that rationing was still in progress in Britain until 1953 and obviously doesn't realize that the 'motor car' was very scarce. There is so much rape, incest, and physical brutality that I had just to skim through parts to get to the end. Please, American readers, do not think that this a true reflection of Scotland. This book is so 'black' it made me feel depressed. I will now get back to something that is literature, like Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath or The French Lieutenant's Woman. Please don't waste your time with this rubbish. A terrible book....more info
- Kleenex Needed
Take the day off work, have food and tissues nearby and get ready to immerse yourself in this book. I actually handsold this book for years at a bookstore where I worked. One customer came back after she'd read it and was furious. She told me I'd ruined all other books for her after reading Outlander. Nothing compares!! It is THE BEST historical/time travel/romance I've ever read. But trust me, you'll enjoy the sequels, too!...more info
- Not quite what I had hoped for
After soliciting the opinions of several friends, whose recommendations I generally hold in high esteem, I decided to take the plunge and spend some time in 18th century Scotland. Frankly, I'm surprised at how highly rated this novel is. I'm hard pressed to give it a three, but perhaps a 2.5.
The dialogue is difficult to get through and I felt as though having to continually decipher what the character is actually saying kept me from losing myself in the story. I understand that the author was trying to make the experience authentic and bring us to the time, but, come on, 850+ pages of it is overkill. I wonder, were I to pick up a dictionary in Scotland, would the word "dinna" be there? I think the pronunciations should appear in the audio versions, not as the dialogue in the novel.
Aside from the distracting dialogue, was the story, which has an interesting premise: an unintentional trip through time back to the 18th century. I kept hoping as I read through the history lesson in the beginning that when she actually goes back in time, the story would pick up. Basically, it's a romance novel, replete with lots and lots of sex scenes. He takes her at the inn, he takes her on the granite slab, he takes her in the castle, he takes her in the field, he takes her standing up, he takes her... well, you get the picture. They're passionate, I get it, but think that there are other ways to show intimacy. It got old quickly.
It wasn't all bad, though. I enjoyed the literary illustrations that the story provided. The author is talented at creating images through her descriptive writing. It's just a shame that so little time was spent developing some of the more interesting characters like Geili Duncan. To find out that she was a time traveler, too, just moments before her literary end was a huge disappointment. Not to mention that the author seems to turn her into a cold-hearted freak just before her demise.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted. Scenes are graphic, violence is everywhere, sex and rape are weaved in throughout the story. If you can handle that and like the challenge of regularly needing to read the words out loud in order to figure out what the characters are saying, then this is the book for you. If not, then I'd look elsewhere, because you can't escape it in this novel....more info
- A "Dove Bar" experience
Calling Outlander a time travel romance is like calling a Dove Bar ice cream on a stick. Mere labels can't possibly prepare you for the totally engrossing and sensual experience of either one. If you are ready for 850 pages packed with action, sex, life and death, then take the plunge. But then be prepared to read the sequels; there are six currently but at least two more are reportedly in the works.
Claire Randall is celebrating a reunion in Britain with her husband Frank after serving as a combat nurse in World War II. While on a trip to a tourist attraction - an ancient stone circle known as Craigh na Dun - she is suddenly sucked back in time to war-torn Scotland in 1743. She is befriended by a group of Scottish outlaws who are suspicious of her dress and speech. Though they assume she is a British spy, they warm slightly to her when she saves the life of their young comrade, Jamie, an escapee from a barbaric prison.
Claire is eventually sought after by the cruel and twisted captain of the British garrison. In order to protect her, the Scots decide that she must marry Jamie. By this time she has spent some time with the group, and while she has come to admire Jamie's courage and honor, she is not thrilled with the idea of marrying him, especially when he is five years younger than she is and she is still married to Frank somewhere back in her own time. But eventually she and Jamie grow to have a love that is stronger than her marriage bond, a love that is so intense and passionate that the two are prepared to lay down their lives for each other - and they very nearly do.
Gabaldon doesn't spent a lot of time with the "fish out of water" side of time travel. Claire has experience with tough situations from her campaigns as a war nurse, and she quickly adapts to her new surroundings, treating the wounded as best she can under the primitive conditions. She is a solid, resourceful heroine, whose guilt about betraying Frank gives way to her overwhelming love for Jamie.
Ah, Jamie. I think I might be unfaithful for him too. Of all of the heroes I've encountered in my many years of reading, he would have to make the top ten, maybe the top five. The man takes physical punishment for a young girl in the clan so that she won't have to be embarrassed. He rescues Claire almost single-handedly from being burnt at the stake when she is accused of witchcraft. He starts out as a virgin but manages to teach Claire a thing or two about making love. He can swear a blue streak but he can also be poetic and philosophical. Okay, he's a little bloodthirsty too, but that's a product of his time.
The author writes with great energy for a book of this considerable size, jumping from adventure to adventure with barely a breath in between. There's a certainly level of Braveheart-style violence, and some politically incorrect behavior on Jamie's part, but if you can get past that you will be swept away by the passion and intensity between Claire and Jamie. By the time Claire almost literally rescues Jamie's soul the reader is almost exhausted by the sheer emotion of it all. Their relationship develops, matures and is tested, but it never wavers.
I must admit that several friends, whose book opinions I respect, have told me they didn't like Outlander or had trouble getting through it. It is not a light-hearted read, for sure. There's a very high body count, and some brutal torture scenes. But for me all of that was outweighed by the epic-style adventure and truly satisfying romance that made the novel a "Dove Bar" experience.
Gabaldon followed this novel up with Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager and Drums of Autumn. All of them are enjoyable (and of similarly impressive length) but none approach the sheer drama and passion of Outlander.
Readers should also be aware that the Happily Ever After in Outlander is tenuous at best, and a lot of questions are left unanswered. Fortunately, Gabaldon followed this novel up with Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. All of them are enjoyable (although Dragonfly ends with more tears than anything else) but none approach the sheer drama and passion of Outlander....more info
- My favorite series of all time
This is my favorite all-time read, and I read alot! The audio books are even better; if you get the unabridged sets read by Davina Porter you'll truly get lost in the stories. Davina Porter is a truly gifted reader of this awesome story and makes all the characters come to life as the author Diana Gabaldon intended....more info
- Incredible Series
I love this series. I just bought the first 2 books for my best friend....more info
- Truly amazing love story!
I will read this book over and over again. What an amazing, adventurous love story. I recommend this book to anyone!!! All of the characters were incredible and I found it difficult to believe that most of them have never existed. Diana Gabaldon did an amazing job making this story and the characters jump from the page to your heart. I fell in love with this series from page one! I really liked Diana's usage of the facts. She presented just enough history to make it feel like the story was real without making you feel like you were reading a history textbook. If you are a lover of historical romance, stop reading these reviews and order this book, it's wonderful!!!...more info
- A refreshing, enthralling read
I've read this book three times now. It never ceases to amaze me how caught up I am in Claire and Jaime's story!! LOVE IT!!...more info
It came in great condtiotion, and in a timley manner. For any avid reader it is a great start to a Histroical novel series....more info
- I'm hooked... Fantastic Series!
When I initially read Outlander a couple of months ago, I blew through it because I was enthralled and I needed to see what happens next. I agree with other reviews, that the part of the book that details the vicious homosexual rape is over the top too detailed. This is the only part of the book that I can criticize (I skimmed it) and the rest of the book more than makes up for it. It is a detailed, adventurous, romantic, historic SAGA. I am about to start the 5th book in the series, and must say that I am hooked. It just gets better and better... the story is so complex and entertaining, I can't wait to read and find out what happens next. I think about the story and the characters all the time! I went back and re-read Outlander this week, and love it even more now!
I wouldn't classify this as a romance novel since the story is not just about their relationship. However, their relationship is a big part of the story...and if you don't care for romance at all, or would be bothered by the sex scenes, this may not be your cup of tea. I held off reading this book initially because I don't like Sci Fi/Fanatasy. Don't let this stop you! The time travel piece is there... but there is hardly any paranormal references in the book. The time travel is a means to get our modern girl, Claire, from 1945 to 1743.
Give this a try! Read it all the way through. Great Read!...more info
- It is...what it is.
I was in a mood for a smart romance (even though it is not my normal genre of reading), and this one makes the top of the lists I researched. I was not disappointed. You have your heroine, hero and lots of bad guys for the hero to rescue her from. The reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is the length and the "punishment" scene. I'm not sure where the author was going in this scene that could have had a different outcome....like he could have pretended to punish her for the sake of the audience downstairs.
I do have some thoughts on the genre itself though.
Why do we NOT want Claire to go back to Frank who is more like the men we know now. Why is he boring? He seems like a great guy, smart and a good lover. Why must he be compared to a young man who is constantly fighting for his life and survival. What would Jaime be like in today's society. Maybe a general or a cowboy? What is it about this genre where we need the female to be rescued all the time? Why couldn't she really learn how to fight and defend herself? Yes, she does stab and kill someone in one scene, but then she is upset that Jaime didn't do it for her. She is also able to kill another in order to escape, and in the end she saves him with her psychological skills. But if Jaime wasn't constantly being the strong, brave, alert fighter and rescuer that he is (and remember he is good looking too)...he would be boring. When she finally makes it back to the rocks, the author really wants us to love Jamie too much to leave him. Frank does not have a chance!
When the mood strikes me again, I hope I can find a "romance" where you can fall in love with a man who is more typical. Now that would be a feat!
- Excellent getaway
I found myeslf totally lost in this book for the week and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Gabaldon is an amazing story teller and I cannot wait to start the next one in the series....more info
So much has already been said about this series of books, but I can't help it, I have to add my two cents just in case there are still people out there who have put off reading this series because of the time-travel aspect, (which is why I didn't read them for so long as a big fan of historical fiction). Stop resisting, start at the beginning, go out and pick up a copy of Outlander and you will not stop until you have read all of the books in the series!
Ms. Gabaldon writes such strong, individualistic characters and her plots are well thought out and drawn together very nicely. Her writing is imaginative, original and well-researched. There are so many stand-out scenes in this book, so many intense experiences for both the characters and the reader.
Claire and Jamie Fraser are two of the most engaging, well-written characters I've ever encountered - so complex, and yet so simple at the core. Theirs is a wonderful adult love story that endures throughout all of the books. Ms. Gabaldon is truly talented. I only wish I had discovered this series years ago!...more info
- LOVED this book!
I cannot say enough good about this book! This was a new genre for me so I wasn't sure if I would like it. It didn't take long for me to become totally sucked into this story! It has it all: action, romance, history, and humor. I like a story that gets me emotionally involved and this book certainly did that! I fell in love with the characters and my heart broke and soared along with theirs. I cannot wait to start the second book in the series!...more info
There is so much that is woeful about this, it's quite hard to know where to start. Historical and linguistic inaccuracies to make your hair curl, crude approximations of various Scots accents scarily reminiscent of the janitor from the Simpsons (hmm, so maybe that was her inspiration!) - so far so bad.
Don't, whatever you do, come near this series if you have a genuine interest in and fondness for eighteenth century Scottish/British history. Prefer endless repetitive coupling between two highly improbable main characters ? This is the series for you....more info
- I will be posting this item on bookmooch soon if anyone is interested in a free book.
I was very excited to start this book. First of all, there's the premise that really caught my attention. Then, the glowing reviews that helped me make the decision to buy. I now regret skipping over most of the 1 star reviews and focusing on the most recent reviews. It's not very often that a book has over a thousand good reviews on one site so I was extremely curious. I started the book and was not at all put-off by the writing style and dialect of the time and place. I found that I was interested in the history that was being relayed between the characters. I did not care much for the sex scenes between Frank and Claire but since they didn't go into much detail I was able to brush past it eager to get to the part where Claire gets thrown back in time. yay! I found the "ghost" very intriguing which caused me to want to read further on to see if it would be explained further in the book or to see what other weird things happen. Anyway, I was practically at the edge of my seat by the time Claire was hearing the buzzing from the stones. However, I was very disappointed that the excitment started and ended there. I found it quite amusing that the men were confused by her state of dress but other than that, Claire seemed to fit in well. I thought she would have more trouble with the whole situation considering that she's alone with a bunch of mad-men, danger seemingly at every corner, nothing is as it once was, her loving husband is left in another time, etc. This book had so many possibilites. Claire, however, doesn't seem as phased by the whole situation as I thought she would be. She finds her niche very quickly--gardens and healing. Her future life and the mystery of how she crossed over is something I think I would have dwelled on much more but it seems to be just an after thought to the main character. I thought Claire would be teaching the people a thing or two of the future, but it seems like her past life played a small part in who she was throughout the novel. Or, at least, it seemed like she could easily forget.
I honestly didn't get through the whole novel. I got extremely bored which rarely happens to me when I'm reading a book. My husband was surprised that it seemed to be taking me much longer to get through this book than other books that I have read that are just as long. Occasionally he would ask me how the book was and I was embarrassed to tell him what was going on in the book because it made me feel shallow for having the book, even more so for trying to read through it. I tried to read this book to the end but I just couldn't force myself any longer. I would actually get bored and sleepy all of sudden just by looking at the cover. This book will suck the love of reading from your bones if you're not careful. If you don't believe me, fine. Read the other 1 star reviews and if you're still not convinced borrow it.
I was very disappointed in the story and the main characters. I'm not sure why this book has so many rave reviews. If you figure it out let me know. Jamie seemed like a nice enough person (in the beginning) but I honestly have no idea how Claire could forget her husband so easily at the sight of him--which is what seemed to happen. I guess that's just the author's way of showing just how dreamy he was. I honestly couldn't tell what everyone sees in Jamie. He's a hero, sure, but he's also a flat character in many other ways. The only thing that seemed to draw the two characters closer was his dark and disturbing past and the fact that he was always getting himself hurt (for being the hero) and having Claire stitch him up. Also, Claire's doctoring consisted of only one patient--Jamie! Sure there were others but they play very small parts in the book. Rather they are casually mentioned and quickly forgotten. This book has no substance. Instead, it is shallow and quite disturbing at times. I will not be reading other books by this author and I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Happy Reading!...more info
- Great buy!
I love these books! This was a gift for a friend, I'm already 5 books into the series. They're wonderful!...more info
- Awful. Don't waste your money.
This book is awful! The writing is terrible. After reading the first few pages I had to look at the reviews again to make sure I had downloaded the right book! The main character "Claire" is stupid and dull. I really tried but after reading half the book, I am through. I wouldn't even classify this as a romance novel. There is nothing romantic about it. What a waste of time....more info
- I wished I liked it more
I really did like the character Jamie, but I had problems with Claire. She seemed to get over the time travel ordeal pretty quickly, which kind of lost me. She also seemed to lack vulnerability and softness which made her seem harsh and negative. I just remembered her yelling at Jamie a lot. And the tone changed too quickly for me towards the end. I suppose it was because there was romance thrown in this novel, so I really didn't expect any thing as heavy as the torture scenes. That just made me confused and I wasn't sure what I was reading anymore. Some parts seemed to drag, and I had a hard time following some of the descriptions, such as the names for the weapons and garments. It was interesting to look them up as I read though, so I learned some things. Despite some funny dialogues and interesting endeavors, I just found myself skimming through a lot of it. I don't think I'll be picking up the sequels....more info
- favorite book
I read this book a couple of years ago when a friend let me borrow it. I read the whole series within about six months, and now I decided it's time to start all over again! I am enjoying it just as much the second time around. A magnificent love story, along with mystery, action, history, suspense, tragedy, joy, you name it. I've never read anything that mesmerized me so, and I can't wait til D.G. writes another one....more info
I read this book months ago, but I couldn't bear to think about it long enough to write a review. Even now, it's hard, so here's the short version:
I loved this book for the first half, and even longer (subtracting a little heavy-handedness, no pun intended, on Jamie's part). It was well on its way to becoming one of my favorite books of all time. ...Until I got to the end.
The sexual and physical torture of Jamie by another man was absolutely horrifying. It made me sick with rage. I could not comprehend how the author could do that to him. And the detail she went into...my heavens! Ughhhhh!!! Needless to say, I can't forgive Diana Gabaldon for doing that to Jamie. I'll certainly never read another one of her books, ever again.
- It is what it is
I didn't care for this book, although I read it from beginning to end, just to see what happened. I totally skimmed each page, making sure I didn't miss any necessary events, and finished it in a matter of days of picking it up when I sat down. My son would look to see what page I was on and marvel at my speed reading. Not to lessen his awe of my lightning fast skills, I didn't enlighten him. :)
Back to my review: This was probably an excellent read for lovers of romance novels, as is evident from the glowing reviews. I detest romance novels, but have a weakness for time-travel related books - thus, the reason I found myself reading this. Yes, the characters were developed very well, and there were lots of historical facts throughout. Again, it was probably very high level for this type of book. It just reminded me of why I hate these books - trite, feisty, damsel-in-distress vs. strong-willed, repugnant, at first, man, who, despite his rough exterior, is just putty in the hands of said damsel once he's smitten with her. And the time-travel aspect was so underdone. There was so much potential in the rock formation being a portal. There was so much potential once she got there, to describe her shock and disbelief at what had apparently happened to her. There was so much potential in her relationship with the witch, and the conversations they COULD have had once they discovered each other. Oh, I could go on and on, but I'm alone here. This was a perfectly nice romance novel, but a dreadful essay into the wonders of time travel.
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- The Best Book I've Ever Read
I didn't realize this was a time travel book when I ordered it so I wasn't sure I was even gonna like it. Wow. I am glad I read it anyway. I have read alot of books but I've never read one that made me cry. I would have to say this is the best book I've read to this date and I can't get the rest of the series fast enough....more info
- I really wish I could like this book...
I tried really hard to get into this book.
I love time travel books. I thought The Time Traveler's Wife was awesome.
I could only get 1/2 way and that was a struggle.
I tried to like this book but...I could not.
I just do not want everyone to feel they "should" like this book.
I can not imagine how people continue to read the many long length books in this series. Half of the first one was enough for me.
- Through the Stones
Outlander is a timeless book with an engrossing story. At first I was intimidated by the shear length of it, fearing that it would be long winded and drawn out. On the contrary, the descriptions of Scotland in the 1700's was filled with beauty. I could see the rolling greens and feel the air. The settings were well researched and the ways, times and mannerisms of the people were eye opening.
Now we get to the characters. Our heroine, Claire, is likable enough, but I was a little thrown off by how quickly she adjusted to her life in old Scotland. I guess she was trying to make the best of her situation but I felt like she should have been a little more scared or out of place, even conflicted. Claire is strong, and she shows the reader a lot about the difference in time. Especially when it comes to the medical field. Our hero is also likable. And while I did not agree with some of his antics, I can see how his actions were a sign of the times and culture he lived in. At first, I was offended by the way he treated Claire, and while I in no way agree with it, I also could not see the author portraying an accurate account of the times if she had changed it. And in response, the action only happened once, and never again. Jamie is a unique character, one I have never really read before and one I really wanted to see page after page. He is a hero who is strong willed, kind and flawed. He's terribly stubborn and at times it infuriates you and sometimes it's endearing. Just like real people. I found myself eager to see how Jamie and Claire's story would unfold and how their romance would develop.
If there was one thing I'd change in the story it would be tidbits of conversations between secondary characters that I felt were unnecessary and had no impact on the plot, but I did not find them overbearing. I just found myself being fully aware of when those conversations took place, waiting for something in those side stories to reappear down the line in the plot. Which never really happened.
There is also the subject of the brutality that Jamie faces toward the end of the book. The reasons for his sacrifice only makes his character more well rounded. He is strong, but even the strongest men can be broken. And it is no easy task putting them back together again, but it is Claire's love that makes her determined to help him. In Jamie's torture, we also have a better understanding into who the villain is and why exactly he is that way. Everything in the novel happens for a reason, and while some things are cruel, they are not done purely out of spite. We learn about these characters by their suffering, good and bad. They become more human, instead of mere fiction.
Overall I like Outlander. It was a beautiful and touching story. By no means flawless, but enjoyable, filled with challenges, sacrifices and happiness. It is the story of two people who are in many ways so wrong for each other, and in the end, they are so right. This is a story of humanity and the things that make us human. Good vs. Evil. Love vs. hate. The complications of life and the choices we must make. At the end, we are left asking, would we have walked through the stones or not? That was Claire's question, and we learn Claire's answer, and in the process, we may in fact learn our own....more info