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An Echo in the Bone: A Novel (Outlander) Paperback – June 22, 2010
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“All you’ve come to expect from Gabaldon . . . adventure, history, romance, fantasy.”
—The Arizona Republic
About the Author
Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood—as well as a collection of Outlander fiction, Seven Stones to Stand or Fall; the related Lord John Grey books Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; two works of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion, Volumes 1 and 2; the Outlander graphic novel, The Exile; and The Official Outlander Coloring Book. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.
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But, the last two books have made me simply crazy. Too much detail devoted to incidents that are ultimately not material to the plot. Too little detail devoted to significant matters. Also..the author has stated she writes these books as she is writing others. I cannot handle plot inconsistencies. Claire loses her skirt, her pocket etc. full of gold when she jumps from the Teal to the English Cutter ship. Not to mention her medicinal supplies. including the gold acumpuncture needles she uses to keep Jamie from being seasick. She is at Ticonderoga and scavenging for medical euipment and herbs. Ian and Rollo make it by foot from Ticonderogo to the swamps of Virginia in 10 days time or so to rescue Willie. Jamie and Claire flee Ticonderoga and live in the woods for days or weeks. But...when she gets to the Continental Camp she miraculously has her complete medical kit including the scarce herbs she bought in Wilmington and the gold acumpunture needles) before she abandoned the Teal. Despite the fact that Claire has lost her petticoats, skirts, shirt, drawers and everything else that oontained the gold...and Jamie being near death at least 3 times, by the time they get to Scotland...they still have the gold.
Newflash..I do not care about Lord John Grey. He should have been abandoned as a nice character who moved the plot along about three books ago.
So...in the last 20 pages we get to the bottom of the plot...and have to wait three more years to find out what happens to these people.
I admire the author for all of her accomplishments and her imagination but treat your peripheral characters as Coco Chanel treated her accessories. Put them on and then take (at least one) off.
I do have to agree with reviewers that were a bit peeved about the loose ends. If I would have read this book before Book 8 was published, I would have been upset also. Since that was not the case, I just transitioned into the next one without an issue. Talk about cliff hangers though. Wow.
There isn't much more that can be said about this series. I'm so glad that I took the time to delve into this series because it is one that will not be easy to forget.
I have loved Young Ian since he was introduced, never more so than in this book, and what a treat to read from his point of view. As well as the other 7 points of view here. If you've not read this one, or any of the others in series, do yourself a favor and start with "Outlander". If you like big, thick books that you can get lost in, that contain so many genres that they can't be categorized just in one, then you're in for a rare treat.
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I enjoyed the addition of the new characters to the series. Good Read!
Diana is a superb storyteller. I am sad that I only have one book left!