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October 23, 2009

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Rebecca (Bearca)

I am reading book 2 right now and LOVE. IT. Totally agree, the character of Jamie makes the book. I was telling Jonniker last night on Twitter that I picture him as the Scottish, 18th century version of the red-haired doctor on Grey's.

I'm at the point now where I've become an overzealous advocate of the series. People are starting to look at me crazy when I evangelize it. :) so, glad to see someone else who loves it!

jonniker

HAHAHAHAHAHA. Rebecca, it COMES UP HERE. HOW FUNNY.

Oh, Amanda. I hated it. I TRIED. I TRIED. And then there was the sex. Look, I can get down with a good sex scene AND a good romance, but I can't get down with crazy woodland sex with what HAS to be lice-laden pubes (SORRY SORRY SORRY).

And if he called her Sassenach one more time I'd have killed myself. I TRIIIIIIIEEEEED.

jonniker

And Amanda, I'm not laughing at your love for the books -- my friends LOVE them. Like, ALL OF MY FRIENDS RECOMMENDED THEM TO ME. I just couldn't get past the sex. And it's only funny because Rebecca and I had this conversation yesterday. Yesterday! After the conversation about what I should read when I finish the Sookie Stackhouse novels, which I LUUURRRVE.

Amanda P. Westmont

Jonna, the funny thing is that I thought there wasn't ENOUGH sex in this book. Sure, there's a sex scene every ten pages, but often (not always), I felt like I was carried to the bridal suite only to have the door slammed shut in my face before anything happened. This has been a pet peeve of mine since I read the Twilight books, where you read three volumes of teenage sexual angst and then get to see absolutely ZERO details of the wedding night. It's a bad case of  ... the next morning syndrome - as in, "it was our wedding night and he kissed me and ... the next morning." GAH! TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. Even if it IS gross and lice-riddled and itchy. I still want to know!


I love books like this where people have strong reactions one way or another. I judge fiction mainly by its ability to distract me from my regular life and this book did that better than most. Hence the five stars. Although at least one of the stars is for the kilts.


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Jaime

I'm solidly in the love camp, and have read up through #5. It's been a long, long, time since I've read books that invoked the kind of emotion in me that these books have. I sobbed wildly at the end of Outlander, despite knowing they would see each other again. Duh, there's 5 (now 6) more books! I think that after Outlander, Voyager has been my favorite.

The last paragraph of The Fiery Cross really sums up the series for me. Once you finish, I'd love to hear if you feel the same!

Laurie

I loved the books, too, but I had a damn hard time getting into them! The first few chapters took me fooooorrrreeeeevvvveeeerrrr to get through. I had checked it out from the library because I won't buy a book until I know I'm going to love it. I had to renew it twice before I could get through the first few chapters. By the 10th chapter, I was at Barnes and Noble buying the series.

Refinnej

I'm on the newest book (#7 - An Echo in the Bone) and it's still good!

For me, though, Fiery Cross was a HUGE hiccup. That book just plain pissed me off - she took the "describe everything" rule too far, and she lost me. Hated it.

But, 1-4 are great, as was 6.

Zelda

I have a weird theory about the Outlander books. Here goes:

People who get into them right away aren't romantics. They are not fiery-tempered, passionate people. The way they think, and feel, and process external information is a little slower & more labored, more clinical. They are Claires.

(um, I'm a Claire. Bizarre analysis tip you off?)

Romantics tend to stop and start the books until Jamie, a character who IS truly romantic shows up. In romances, often the eloquent person with easily available feelings is the female protagonist, and so Claire's voice can feel a little jarring.

Jamie is the hook. I don't believe there is a better romance novel hero out there. And the series holds up remarkably well as it goes, IMO.

Becky H

It's all about Jamie. I want him to come to life so I can run away with him. And I usually hate romance books. Hate Twilight, won't touch Danielle Steel, if Fabio is on the cover I won't pick it up. My bookgroup chose this. I was not excited but now I'm hooked.

denise

I haven't read the books, but I'm so glad you are back, I've missed you!

hydrogeek

I'm in LUUURRRRVVE with Jamie. I accidentally read the 2nd book first, and I didn't have the trouble getting into the series like lots of others. Maybe the 2nd book picks up with the action faster?

Mitzi

Giiiirrrl - When I read your second paragraph and thought you didn't like the book I was prepared to abandon your website forever! Whew. Good thing you liked it. hahaha. I'm one of the ones that emailed you and recommended this book. You're very right that Jamie is the reason the whole series is so good. I'm reading Echo in the Bone right now and there's not enough Jamie in it for me so far.

Diana Gabaldon (it's pronounced "GAH-bull-dohn" - rhymes with "stone" - I pronounced it wrong for 6 years) was a guest at the Decatur Book Festival about a month or so ago and I went to listen to her. She was a hoot. She talked so fast I could barely keep up and she was hilarious. I was afraid to go listen to her because I was scared she might be a snob or something but she was a total delight, very down to earth and funny. I've seen some interviews with her on youtube if you're interested in hearing how she decided to write a novel.

stephanie @ chocolateandwhine.com

Okay, here I am. The one person without a strong reaction. I read Outlander years ago. The only reason I picked it up was because I was going through books so quickly that I had hope this one would last a while. I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. I enjoyed it. But not enough to read any of the others. My sister read it after me and now it's her all-time favorite series. Maybe I should go back and try again...

Yvette Adams

LOL. I loved your review. I'm reading #3 and loving it. Totally <3 Jamie. I want to run away with him. I was disappointed when I found out they were "old" in the later books, but he's still hot in his forties.

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