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Outlander ❮Reading❯ ➷ Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon – The year is 1945 Claire Randall a former combat nurse is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circle The year is Claire Randall a former combat nurse is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient 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 Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand Claire is catapulted 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 love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

10 thoughts on “Outlander

  1. Duchess Nicole Duchess Nicole says:

    uick uestion if this book has a uarter of a million ratings and still maintains an average rating of 413 why the hell are the most popular reviews the snarky mean spirited one or two star reviews? That doesn't match up at all with what I'd assume would be the case which is that most people who read this book LOVED IT Including me Please people If you enjoy a book click like on the good reviews as well That's what people see first when they look for reviews on Goodreadsthe ones with the most popularity or likes Sad that this amazing book's two most populare and therefore most visible reviews are not in keeping with most people's thoughts```````````````````` Ye are Blood of my Blood and Bone of my BoneI give ye my Body that we Two might be OneI give ye my Spirit 'til our Life shall be Done ```````````````````` SUMMARY Claire is happily married She and her husband are visiting Scotland and soaking up the history while indulging in some much needed time alone One morning they are witness to a group of women performing a ritual at a nearby stone circleThey should have been ridiculous and perhaps they were A collection of women in bedsheets many of them stout and far from agile parading in circles on top of a hill but the hair prickled on the back of my neck at the sound of their callThe modern witches at the stone circlespooky and oh such a good mood setterClaire returns to the circle later I wonder if she felt called to that magical place as if fate had plans for her and she was simply following her destinyThe tallest stone of the circle was cleft with a vertical split dividing the two massive piecesWithout warning and for no apparent reason Claire is whisked back to the year 1743I could say that my field of vision contracted to a single dark spot then disappeared altogether leaving not darkness but a bright void I could say that I felt as though I were spinning or as though I were being pulled inside out All these things are true yet none of them conveys the sense I had of complete disruption of being slammed very had against something that wasn't thereThere she meets James Fraser a man who is as complex as their relationship turns out to be Claire never stops trying to get back home but this world of the past and her present is slowly beginning to sink into her She must now decide between remaining faithful to a man she may never see again or conceding to the realization that she will forever remain in this time with this fascinating man who has become her fiercest protector ````````````````````It's pure craziness to me how this book can be summed up in a couple of paragraphs And it's both detrimental and beneficial that a summary simply cannot encompass the sheer scope of heart that is in these pages I was absolutely unpreparedWhy detrimental? Because the details did become tedious even as they were adding to the story The downtimeinstead of a time of building anticipation became a time of hurry up and wait This is the only reason that I can't give this five starsbecause for a couple hundred pages I was 'a wee bit' bored And I hope that my saying this won't keep someone from reading it I wish that I didn't have to mention it but in order to be fair and honest I feel like it's necessary if only to keep someone's expectations from becoming too high And to be totally confusing it's the details that drag you down into the middle of the eighteenth century the minor secondary plots that make you live this life for awhile So I'm not certain that they weren't necessary I do wish that we got of Claire dealing with the mundane things but she just never seems bothered enough with inconveniences to mention themI don't want to do much of a character breakdown except for maybe the three big key players in this story ```````````````````` Claire You're no verra sensible Sassenach but I like ye fine Oh boy I had heard that a lot of people didn't like Claire at first And to be uite honest for most of the book I really DID like her She was fairly steadfast to her husbandalthough circumstances bieng what they were it would have been nearly impossible for her to stay that way This was a fascinating look into what it must have been like for a woman back in those times Not uite the Dark Ages but boy they were a far cry from modern women's rights This was a time of witch burnings and mob mentality Imagine what it would be like to go back to these times knowing what we know now remembering what took place in history and being scared to death to be female You're completely at the mercy of the men you are with Thank goodness Claire stumbled upon JamieHer character did fluctuate for me for obvious reasons I had a few minor hiccups with how wishy washy she was at times and how little she seemed to think about how her actions would affect Jamie However view spoiler I do think that she had no idea how passionately Jamie felt for her until near the very end So why would she feel the need to constantly spare his feelings and put him first? hide spoiler

  2. Deborah Markus Deborah Markus says:

    I gave up on this book because I was sustaining permanent damage from reading it and I was afraid I'd start hitting back And it's a borrowed copy so that wouldn't be coolIn fairness I should say there's a lot of good writing here I really enjoyed the beginning chapters They even kind of cracked me up because I have friends who love genealogy and their husbands always get that look when they start talking about it and that's exactly how I imagined Claire looking when her husband Frank started droning on and on about his ancestorsAnd Claire is a nurse which is a really good transportable skill if you're going to be thrown back in time which it turns out Claire is Sorry Spoiler alert Can you imagine if you were one of those Nerds On Wheels computer repair people and you got sent to eighteenth century Scotland? You'd be totally screwedBut Claire's skills come in handy without seeming out of place A woman who's a dab hand at healing is always welcome in Olden Tymes so Claire is able to land on her feet and kind of get a job once she figures out what happened to her and comes to terms with itWhich is pretty much immediately Which is when the book started to lose me There's like no culture shock whatsoever She gets knocked back two hundred years or so She goes WHOA What the flimminy? She starts being The Lady To Go To With Your Eighteenth Century Scottish Boo Boos That's it There are a few mentions of things like how shoes fit differently back then and anachronistic language but there's no sense of the kind of thing a person from the future would be startled by Not the food not the weird underwear nothing Claire just settles in and starts being the resident nurse at a castle She keeps half an eye out for a chance to get to the place that can take her back to the future but it has all the deep emotional urgency that I feel when I really should stop by the grocery store on the way home but it won't kill anybody if I go tomorrow instead Like whatevs Still there was plenty to keep me interested Like – leeches The stuff about leeches was cool And the info about healing herbs And that kid getting his ear hammered to a board because he was caught stealingReally this book would have worked fine for me if it hadn't been for what everybody else seems to love about it which is the Romantic Interest Which still would have been fine even with the whole SHE'S MARRIED ALREADY thingy But okay – let's say that she has to marry that guy They aren't in love when they get married and so the whole point of the book is to watch their relationship develop while Claire struggles with guilt and fear and thoughts of how her real husband must be worrying about her and how the heck does time travel work in this book and WHY IS SHE JUST ASSUMING THAT TIME IS GOING BY IN THE FUTURE AT THE SAME RATE IT IS FOR HER? WHY I ASK YOU?Sorry I'm a minor league nerd and this part really bugged meSo what I just described would have been a book I could read and enjoy or at least read and not scream in pain But apparently someone gave Diana Gabaldon the creepiest piece of writing advice EVER and it was thisListen – you know how if you're cooking and you're worried it's not turning out very well just add bacon if it's savory and chocolate chips if it's sweet and everybody'll love it? Well if you're working on your first novel and you don't know what to have happen next just throw in some rape Or attempted rape Works like a charmShe follows this advice to the letter and I'm sorry but I have to go home now I managed to read the she disobeys him so he beats her with his belt scene I almost punched the book right in the face but as I said it's a friend's copy so I had to be niceThen I managed to get through the she forgives him for the beating like the next freakin' day scene I started fantasizing about this book getting stuck in the elevator of a burning building but I was able to hold on and keep going Then there was the scene where Big Kilted Oaf – I mean Jamie – starts laughing about the whole beating thing and reminiscing about how hot she looked when he was holding her down beating the crap out of her and she forgives him for that too Like instantly And I'm all WHO AM I AND WHAT AM I DOING HERE? And still I staggered on Heaven only knows why And how did the author reward me for my perseverance? What is this book all about? What's the recurring literary theme?Rape Attempted rape More attempted rape Marital rape A little marital rape Conversations about rape GIGGLING during conversations about rape And I'm all I'M OUT OF HERE AND I DON'T CARE HOW MANY OF MY FRIENDS HATE MEI read 444 pages in a row plus I skimmed a lot of the rest of it including the creepiest rapiest Chekhov's gun I've ever seen fired Do NOT tell me I didn't give this book a fair chance I TOTALLY DIDIn case you need proof here's a list of all the things I learned about rape from Outlander1 It's a bummer for the woman involved but save your sympathy for her brother Assuming you have any emotional response at all which you won't if you're ClaireJamie tells Claire about his sister Jenny being raped by a dastardly redcoat He has a good chuckle talking about how Jenny punches and kicks her attacker She isn't able to hold him off forever though And Jamie gets flogged for trying to defend her Claire's response? I'm sorry It must have been terrible for youIt is terrible for Jamie to have his sister dishonor herself wi' such scum Nice So terrible that he can't bring himself to go back home to her when he gets out of prison and see her again after what happened She's impregnated by the rape Left on her own both emotionally and financially she is forced to become the mistress of another English soldier Jamie finally sends her what money he can but can't bring himself to write to her Because you know what could I say?Claire's response? Oh dearReally how could I give up on this book when the main character is so sympathetic?2 Rape can lead to comically inaccurate ideas about how people do the nastyAfter Jamie and Claire consummate their marriage Jamie confesses that he didna realize that ye did it face to face I thought ye must do it the back way like; like horses ye know Claire tries to keep a straight face as she asks him why on earth he thought that I saw a man take a woman plain once out in the open But thatwell it was a rape was what it was and he took her from the back It made some impression on me and as I say it's just the idea stuckSo of course Claire flips out and asks him what the heck that was all about Who was it? Why was he witness to a rape out in the open? Was he able to help the woman? What happened to her?Oh Wait This is Claire the Emotionless She doesn't ask him anything and he doesn't say anything else on the subject Instead they cuddle and talk about how much fun what they just did was Because a story about rape out in the open is just the kind of pillow talk a woman wants to hear when she's relaxing after a nice bout of bigamy I mentioned I loved this book right? I didn't? Good3 Nearly getting raped turns you on for Mr RightJamie and Claire are off on their own in the woods for a spot of marital bliss when they're set upon by highwaymen Claire is nearly raped but manages to kill her assailant Yes she was a nurse during World War II but I think there's a difference between witnessing violence and inflicting it yourself She kills the guy in the nick of time He's on top of her so she undoubtedly gets his blood all over her Meanwhile Jamie manages to dispatch the other two guysAnd then Claire flips out about the fact that she was just attacked and she had to kill a guy and she had to kill a guy at close uarters with a knifeOh Wait This is Claire She has no response to any of this now or later Well she does have one response When I put my hands on his shoulders he pulled me hard against his chest with a sound midway between a groan and a sob We took each other then in a savage urgent silence thrusting fiercely and finishing within momentsIf your marital love life has been a bit blah lately why not get attacked and then kill the guy? It'll spice things right up4 It's not rape if it's your husband and he promises he'll hurry Jamie Not here I said suirming away and pushing my skirt down againAre ye tired Sassenach? he asked with concern Dinna worry I won't take longnext page He took a firm grip on my shoulders with both handsBe uiet Sassenach he said with authority It isna going to take verra longI gather it's especially not rape if your husband has an ethnic slur nickname for you He should use this at least three times a page Yes Sassenach is derogatory It'd be like if you were white and your husband called you his little gringo Although that would actually be kind of funny if he's white too I think I want to get my husband to start calling me that now But I digress5 or if it's your husband and he just really really wants itClaire is saying no and no again She's still in pain from the last time they did it because he didn't take no for an answer even when she told him uite honestly he was hurting her So how does our romantic lead respond? James Fraser was not a man to take no for an answer Gentle he would be denied he would notI uoted that last line to my husband and he got the same look on his face that I had on mine all through a two day bout with food poisoningIf this book works for you fine I'm not here to judge I'm just asking that you understand how completely creeped out I was by all this and not tell me I didn't give it a fair chance I did I really hate not finishing a book once I start it but I just couldn't stand it any

  3. Holly Holly says:

    A special note to those who say my review stopped them from reading this book No no no Read it I actually reread the whole series last summer and enjoyed it immensely Just read it for what it is ludicrous well written humorous delicious TRASH Just don't expect it to be the most brilliant novel ever written and you'll be fineHow To Commit Adultery Without Being a Cheap Slutty Whore A A by Diana Gabaldon I love my husband but I'm feeling kind of restless But adultery is wrong So what do I do?A Easy Go back in time What do you mean Ms Gabaldon?A If you go back in time your husband hasn't been born yet So you can have wild and crazy SM sex with impunity But won't I still be married to him?A Aren't you listening? He hasn't been BORN yet So you aren't married But if you are really being such a stickler then just have someone force you to get married to someone else But but no one can force me to get married against my willA Okay let me lay it out for you You're really hot for this sexy warrior barbarian guy right? I know this because you stop thinking about your husband about 24 hours after you've been dropped in this guy's arms So you get in this situation where some obscure tribal law insists you have to get married make a little protest sign some papers and voila But that doesn't mean I have to sleep with himA Oh but you do because some random dude insists that you have to Don't worry the sex will be great even though he's a 23 year old virgin So you see you HAVE to do it so it's okay; But isn't it a sin?A Fine find a priest at the end of the book to absolve you whatever And anyway it's okay because your husband basically told you it was okay right before you were whisked back in time Seriously go for it When else will you get the chance? You've been married for years You deserve a little hot and heavy barbarian action So what's this hot barbarian guy like?A Well watch out because he loves to reminisce about how his dad used to beat him and how wonderful that was And he really gets off on beating you but it's just the once Oh and it seems that he wants you so badly he can't restrain from ramming you repeatedly with his male member while telling you how much he can't restrain himself and that gets seriously annoying after the twentieth time But otherwise it's all good Anything else I should be aware of?A Surprise Buttsex But not for you so it's okayOddly I'm going to read the next one in the series Because I'm bizarrely fascinated It's like a train wreckEdit 1Someone in the comments said I should copy this into the review so here you goPlot SummaryClaire I love my husband I love sexFrank But it's okay if you have sex with someone else in certain circumstancesStanding Stones SUCK Ha ha you're in another timeThe Anti Frank Ooooh I think I will rape youClaire EeekClansmen Scots to the rescue Here meet Jamie and his manly manhoodJamie Och aye I'm a tough laddie And I'm going to kill the Anti Frank for beating the shit outta of me and raping my sisterClaire Ooooh he's cute Hey wasn't I married? Dougal Ye have to marry the laddie to get away from the Anti FrankClaire OkayDougal And ye have to have sex wit' himClaire Mmmmm but well okayJamie I'm a virgin Oooh but I love sticking my manhood in ye It's like a sacrament and allClaire I should get back to Frank I think I will take this opportunity to run away I guess sort of mehThe Anti Frank Ha ha Found you Now to rape youJamie Och that's my wee lassie First I'm going to rescue her then I'm going to beat her for disobeying me And then I'm going to tell her about how me Da beat me and how much I liked itJealous wench The village witch is looking for youClaire OkayVillagers She's a witch Burn herJamie Over my dead bodyClaire Honey I have something to tell you I'm not a witch butJamie Ye must go backClaire I can't I long for your manhood too much It's a manhood like no otherThe Anti Frank I too long for your manhood I think I will bugger you right after I crush your hand with a hammer But I love you You remind me of my dead brother Here's some greaseJamie Ouch Oooh but that feels sort of good Och I'm so ashamedClaire We must rescue Jamie Send in the cowsJamie OCH Me hand Just let me dieClaire Never Let's go to FranceJamie Och aye lassie I feel much better nowFather Anselm God says it's okay that you're a bigamistClaire Awesome Time to use my foreknowledge of past events for goodDiana Gabaldon The seuel will be 900 pagesFinis

  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    I wanted to write a better review for this book to coincide with the release of the new TV series where Jamie actually does look pretty hotBack when I read this as a wee lass okay like three years ago there weren't uite as many interesting interpretations of the novel going on I remember reading a bunch of reviews that either sold it as sophisticated well researched historical fiction or a trashy kilt wearing romance full of sex violence and violent sex In my opinion neither is too far from the truthI'm going to be honest I never finished the series And I'm starting to think that it's likely I never will But this means nothing I thoroughly enjoyed the first four books which euates to several thousand pages of enjoyment They are huge time consuming volumes which is why starting one is such a huge commitment and why I think the remaining books may stay forever unread But I still think Outlander at least is worth readingThis book is an entertaining fast paced romp through 1783 and has numerous close encounters with torture sexual assault witch trials and a whole lot of bloodshed I'm not going to sell you some spiel about historical accuracy I don't have a damn clue what Scotland was really like in the 18th century but I can promise that it's hard to avoid being dragged in and devoured by this novel that is as gruesomely violent as it is exuisitely romanticOh and about that this book tells the story of Claire Randall who finds herself suddenly transported back a couple hundred years and lands amid the warfare and dangers of Scottish clan life In these strange circumstances she meets Jamie Readers often end up completely divided over Jamie because although he is sweet and lovable for the majority of the novel there is one disturbing scene that saddens and enrages any sane 21st Century reader including me though not sure about the saneSo I will spoil that one thing for you if you like it's not a major spoiler view spoilerthere is one scene of domestic violence where Jamie beats Claire with a belt I am in no way trying to say this act of violence was a good thing or acceptable; it was a sign of the kind of times people lived in back then sucky times But I was able to forgive Jamie when viewing the incident within the historical context I know you're probably thinking how the fuck is that possible? well thing is if Claire had been a man and she'd done what she did she would have been flogged to within an inch of her life As they didn't believe in doing that to women her punishment was milder and had to be carried out by her husband Believe me I raged too But I was still able to appreciate the rest of the novel hide spoiler

  5. Kelly Kelly says:

    Yes I read this I admit it You caught me Not only that I loved it It is a double sin I will likely have to one day repent for by reading piles of Dostoyevsky while I tear out my hair In any case Right once again into the breach to defend myselfThis book is incredibly long It's just a fact All of them are But they go by so incredibly fast By the time I got to the third one? I read it in three days The pages just keep turning I read at double speed I was so engrossed in the story And I must admit that usually I hate time travel romances I mean not that I have any experience trying them before never but this one is not even about that Or if it is it just makes it better Also? There is a pile of historical information in this text It deals with the Bonnie Prince Charlie uprising and the rest of the books go on to deal with the American colonies and the Revolution by the time that they're done It's not just about the romance It's about medical treatment what horrid things Scottish people ate the reality of what people would have suffered through Which is in some cases I think a direct indictment of the Scottish Highlander bodice rippers in which everyone is shining and perfect and with awfully clean white teeth I'd say this is historical fiction than romanceBut fine let's deal with the romance Yes There is a lot of sex However I found it to also be deeply intimate and true brutal and real Claire and Jamie while apart are deeply attractive and sympathetic characters with a good deal of nobilty about them Throw them together in love? And they are beautifully frail selfish angry flawed I love that statement I really find them so incredibly touchingSo there It's not just a romance novel I stick my tongue out oh so maturely at the readers of this review

  6. HeatherJay HeatherJay says:

    I remember my friend in college 1992ish coming out of her room holding a book to her chest and saying YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK She said it was a time travel romance book set in post world war II Scotland and mid 18th century Scotland Being as I was a 24 year old stoner and a 5th year college student Lord of the Rings was up my alley and I told her I'd put it on my list Fast forward to 2009 I'm on my usual Saturday morning sojourn to Barnes and Noble and I come across Outlander in the fiction section As I am currently without any books to read and nothing catching my interest I decide to finally give it a try All I can say is I cannot believe I wasted almost 20 years of my life without reading this book I won't go into the plot as it's already been covered but Holy Shit this is one fantastic book You've got adventure drama history fantasy and romance Easily the best romantic story line I've ever read and literally the most charismatic appealing male lead I've seen I've since read the whole series and love it even today If you've ever read a book and literally gotten so sucked in that you can't possibly read fast enough then you know what I'm talking aboutOh and Jamie Fraser is a God I've been an avid reader since I was 8 and Jamie is without a doubt my most beloved Whomever your favorite male protagonist is I can promise you that no one compares to Jamie no one Read on GR friends this series is epic and you won't regret itPS circa Fall 2013 I usually don't care if someone does not like a book that I love Everyone's tastes are different That being said I find if someone says something negative about Outlander I have an almost visceral reaction and want to stab them with a fork So if you're a hater you better watch yourselfand seriously? What's wrong with you?

  7. Sasha Alsberg Sasha Alsberg says:

    WHATTTT HOW DID I NOT MARK THIS MAGNIFICENT CREATION OF A NOVEL AS READ BEFORE??? I read this book 2 years ago and it has captured my heart and is my favorite book of all time 3

  8. Sasha Alsberg Sasha Alsberg says:

    This book is my love you all know this It deserves an infinite amount of stars too bad Goodreads only allows 5Check out my review on YouTube here

  9. Lisa Lisa says:

    Contains SPOILERS I was lying in a hospital bed with my leg broken and once the library trolley came for a round of 'books anyone?' my hand was in the air in no time Too late did the librarian notice the foreign literature on my bedside table and with a distraught expression try to recover 'Outlander';I said firmly 'Oh no Madam I'll read that' Just enough time left for her to make up with a tome of controversial French literature on the genocide in RuandaBut as I'd said my first mission was 'Outlander'Anyway it could not be that bad since I'd seen it sold by the local bookclub beforeAh yes it could After some forty pages my jaw dropped in disbelief after some hundred pages the case was as good as closed But then to tell the truth Ms Gabaldon's warped morals kept me goingBecause this brave woman has achieved what I never thought could be done she has fabricated some catholically correct pornLet me point that outClaire pretty much a Mary Jane on the first few pages her lovely we know it is curly and unruly though she claims it is 'not' hair is described at length and did you know she can heal people? Oh yes and Did you know she has a spitfire personality but everybody likes her in spite of that well not the women but then they're either jealous or uptight or both? is by some zing of the time space continuum catapulted back to the Scotland of yore without her husband goodlooking sensitive a savant but never mind she finds some replacement in her husband's evil ancestor looks just like him who's just as much into Claire but unfortunately lacks the morals to please and guts to take it up with Ms SpitfireThis proves to be helpful in forgetting husband#1 handy since soon Claire arouses the ardour of a young proud and good looking Scotsman Jamie who if a bit on the simple side is as true as gold not to mention built likewell yes and just one twist of fate later they find themselves exchanging vows Note The good never have extra marital sex in this book that's for the evil and sluggishSurprise upon surprise actually Jamie is a virgin on their wedding night but with a few leads uickly gets into his role 'Matrimony turns into a sacrament what would otherwise be a sin' or so it goesIn the following this sacrament is bestowed upon darling Claire with unnerving freuency about every two pages but it only gets really colourful if preceded by conjugal beating Claire did something bad Claire has to be punished yes she herself aknowledges this in the end or attempts of strangers or evil husband to rape herYes and of course after Jamie has de facto been raped and tortured by evil husband He's so desolate Evil husband forced Jamie into actually enjoying the experience This is not right Jamie is straight Jamie is disgusted by himself But Claire does some sexual healing and re enactment and 'pouf' To top this off in the end Claire learns from a monk that de facto both her marriages are considered valid by the church since the one with Jamie precedes the one back in the 20th centuryMost distasteful because of the 'wifebeating' episode and the fact that homosexuality is shown as an evil trait adherent to the evil guy some young kid with a bible hung himself because of this strange enough female victims of rape are not half as suicidal in this book So we repeat No sex without marriage Woman has to obey man Otherwise she gets into trouble and he has to punish her Homosexuals among the evil onlyAny uestions? had there been the possibility to bestow 0 stars on this concoction ah well

  10. RandomAnthony RandomAnthony says:

    Ok first off there are going to be minor spoilershints in this reviewread at your own risk although I’ll try not to reveal too muchOutlander is a damn good book Sure the book has a blue fake leather cover costs four bucks and screams “spinning rack at the airport bookstore” I approached the text with suspicion but found myself invested in the language and storyline within the first hundred pages Here’s whyTEN GOOD THINGS ABOUT OUTLANDER1 The characterizations of Jamie and Claire along with a few other less important figures are stellar Ms G goes out of her way to create rich deep personalities If you thought Jamie was only going to be a caricature of romantic manhood you’d be wrong If you thought Claire was going to be a plucky damsel in distress you’re wrong2 As I’ve said before Ms G did her research Her sense of detail whether discussing plants or historical elements intrinsic to the plant is admirable3 There are a few truly funny passages in the book Claire’s interactions with men who try to tell her what to do and her sharp tongue are often uite entertaining4 There are a few very um stimulating parts in Outlander You know what I mean those of you who have the reached the cave scene and a few others earlier in the book5 Ms G displays strong insight in trust and relationships The fights between Claire and Jamie seem real and at times harrowing Jamie’s recovery near the end of the book and his description of his trials are nothing short of terrifying She doesn’t spare her reader or the characters tough uestions and emotional pain Outlander is not an easy read6 The plot moves uickly I found myself wanting to cheat and page ahead to find out what was going to happen This book screams screenplay Why is it not a movie?7 Ms G writes well I know that sounds trite but she structures her sentences intelligently and reading rarely dragged I knocked out 850 pages in three busy weeks but looked forward to picking up the book after the house grew uiet8 John Randall and the witch can’t remember her name Ginnie or something were both well drawn Randall in particular fascinated me Villains are usually less complicated than Mr Randall9 The “time travel” facet of the book as Kirk pointed out is handled very well and not overused in a sensationalistic manner10 Outlander raises some fascinating ethical uestions I could see it as a good book club book Should Claire get married? Did she put herself in unreasonable danger and some of her friends in danger in turn? What’s up with Randall? Those types of uestionsTHREE THINGS I THOUGHT OUTLANDER COULD DO BETTER1 There were times when I felt Ms G was setting up the seuel a bit too much You know when you’re watching a movie and you can tell some plot points aren’t going to get resolved until the next one? That feeling? I could feel that a couple times2 The prison and Lollybrook sp? scenes dragged a bit Outlander really could have been two books3 I wasn’t comfortable with some of the religious discussion during Jamie’s recovery I’m not sure why Ms G put the priest in and the conversation in which Claire’s actions are rationalized I didn’t think that was necessaryOk I have a uestion Why is the uality of Outlander so controversial? It’s a flat out good book Is it because Outlander is aimed it seems primarily at women? Is it the huge smelly pile of Fabio covered romance novels tainting Ms G’s work? I swear and I think I’ve said this before market this book differently and you’ve got a respected hit on your hands rather than a less respected novel that sold a zillion copies but appears to be of lesser uality than it is thanks fake leather cover Don’t be afraid of Outlander It’s a solid adventure story with decent psychological insight and some good sex scenes I doubt you’ll be disappointed Take the risk Don’t be a wuss

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