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This review is from: Outlander (Paperback)
I must admit, the synopsis on the back of this tome threw me off. I didn't think I would be much interested in a romance novel based on time travel -- it just seemed way too implausible. However, at the persistence of several friends from a book group, I gave this novel a try. I am certainly grateful that I did. Firstly, this is not merely a romance novel. It involves a romance, to be sure, but this romance is not one you'd find again and again in your average Harlequin. This is an original romance, which so completely describes love that I found myself better understanding love than I did at the onset of the novel. When a novel has the capacity to make you understand something as vague as love, you know it is good.
It is also filled with adventure, religion, and human conscience. A historical novel rarely has the ability to make me understand things about my own presence, and yet, Outlander simply did. I was unable to put this book down, as enraptured as I was by the compelling writing.
The character development is beyond any I have lately read. Dianna Gabaldon has a true gift for understanding human emotion and translating it for the rest of us to understand.
If you fear that the plot seems to be a bit too "outlandish" for you, still, give this one a try. While certain aspects may be unbelievable, the reality is, this novel has so much truth to it, you will be amazed. I was.
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Initial post: Jun 12, 2007 4:35:17 PM PDT
A. Humphrey says:
The only thing I don't agree with is calling this book a romance novel. It sells it short.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2007 6:05:07 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 16, 2008 2:17:44 AM PST
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Posted on Jun 23, 2008 2:01:16 PM PDT
N. Barnes says:
Your review picqued my interest - I think I'm going to buy it - thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2008 4:22:02 PM PDT
Agreed. This is not a romance book series. If it were a movie, I would describe it as drama. I would also say that Outlander is the 'lightest' or most easy-going of most of the tomes in the series.
Posted on Aug 21, 2009 11:46:18 AM PDT
I started out the same way - oh, another romance novel with the heroine travelling through time! I brought it to the hospital with me when my son was born figuring to while away the time of my recovery on some fluff piece that I didn't really have to pay attention to. Well I was wrong! This book was completely riveting and I have since read everything I could find by Ms. Gabaldon. Best piece of fluff I ever read, ha ha!
Posted on Feb 17, 2010 5:39:35 PM PST
A. L. Baker says:
I agree with others opinion, this is not a romance novel and if you purchase it with those expectations than you will be disappointed. It is however a good read but more of a sci-fi drama with a romantic element and an abundance of sex then a light and carefree story about love in the highlands. It should be mentioned that there is blood and sorrow and the story is not always comfortable to get through at times. This doesn't make it bad but it is definitely not a feel good read you would use to make a raining day brighter. I absolutely recommend it but I just think readers should know what they are getting into when they start reading.
Posted on Nov 12, 2010 4:56:47 PM PST
Colette Badger says:
Exactly how I felt when told " once she goes through the stones, you won't be able to put it down" Truer words were never spoken. SO much more than a romance novel. That doesn't even nick the surface. I am almost done with book 6 and feeling sad that my journey with Jamie and Claire is coming to an end.Wonderful. Wonderful Wonderful
In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2011 5:38:10 PM PDT
There is a 7th book and an 8th is due out sometime in 2012. Don't despair. :o)