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Outlander Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 1992
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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
Praise for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels
“Marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex . . . perfect escape reading.”—San Francisco Chronicle, on Outlander
“History comes deliciously alive on the page.”—New York Daily News, on Outlander
“Gabaldon is a born storyteller. . . . The pages practically turn themselves.”—The Arizona Republic, on Dragonfly in Amber
“Triumphant . . . Her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabaldon as a superior writer.”—Publishers Weekly, on Voyager
“Unforgettable characters . . . richly embroidered with historical detail.”—The Cincinnati Post, on Drums of Autumn
“A grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].”—CNN, on The Fiery Cross
“The large scope of the novel allows Gabaldon to do what she does best, paint in exquisite detail the lives of her characters.”—Booklist, on A Breath of Snow and Ashes
“Features all the passion and swashbuckling that fans of this historical fantasy series have come to expect.”—People, on Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
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How sad that people clamor over the 50 Shades of .... books. This is so much more fulfilling. As "romance" novels have become more bold and inclusive of explicit dialog I find myself skipping through that. Been there done that. Insert Tab A into Slot B... etc. etc. borING. I want the emotion and feeling of the relationship.
Diana delivers the emotion, sights, sounds, smells, triumphs and failures with her words. She always finds alliterative and clever phrasing to bring everything alive - whether it is a trip across the sea or a dangerous encounter or mundane every tasks or Clare and Jamie enjoying the delights of each other intimately. The characters live and breathe.
There are not many books I reread. I am glad I chose to reread the Outlander Series. There is so much richness and depth I had forgotten. I also note things I missed the first time which deepen the experience of the stories.
These are excellent stories with something for most everyone.
Outlander... I was half way through the book when I was told there is a tv series of this book. I am not particularly fond of historical romances, but I was invited to read this as a group, and I was surprised at end of the book, I liked it. I was even tempted to read the second book. This series has eight books... each consisting around 800 pages. It is a very long series...about the same two people...and time travel... The book ended... brutal. Both emotionally as well as physically. It most definitely leaves a lasting impression.
When I began the book, I was quite bored, though the writing was well done, it was not getting to the point. The standard romance novel stuff was all there, including all the foreshadowing. You learn to dislike her husband (apparently not everyone does, but many do), though he loves Claire, he is quite distracted. If I do end up reading the second book in this series, I think it would be so that I can see what happens to their marriage. Then after she travels back in time, the romance between her and Jamie does not really happen until around page 300. You really get a good glimpse of what time time period is like though. Time is really fluid though for Claire, as well as one of the other women. Many books that involve time travel normally ends up with the character stuck in what ever time period. But Claire has the option of returning to the time period in which she left. Jamie is a character that seems too good to be true. Even until the end.
All in all, I liked the book, it did drone on and on, but the story was interesting, and the book was well written.
I'm not a huge fan of historical romances. Sometimes the language and phrases seemed so far fetched it is hard to follow. That is absolutely not the case with Gabaldon. Although there is a touch of Gaelic and a huge dose of Scottish Highlander accents, it's completely readable, easy to follow and adds to the overall charm of this novel. She has the right mixture of present day and 200 year old wit to make this book amazing.
Claire and Jamie... Sigh. Epic romance! Jamie Fraser is the man you want in your life . His loyalty and sweet innocence is one major turn on for this reader. I absolutely loved their romance. Claire's strength, determination and quest for knowledge kept me coming back page after page.
Outlander is truly both one of the best reads and shows I've had the pleasure of devoting my time to this year. Don't waste one moment of hesitation of one clicking this novel. Its worth every single cent of your hard earned cash and then some.