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Gabaldon, Diana (Book - 1992 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Authors: Gabaldon, Diana
Title: Outlander
Publisher: New York :, Dell,, 1992, c1991
Characteristics: 850 p. ;,18 cm
ISBN: 0440212561
Branch Call Number: PS3557.A22 O98 1992
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Comment by: indielibrarian Report This Sep 26, 2010

i was initially completely uninterested in these books, because they were shelved in the romance section of the bookstore. it took a man recommending them to me to get me to read them, even though my sister and mother had both raved about them. i was very pleased to find that it's so much more than romance; there are elements of science fiction, historical fiction, and even a touch of mystery. claire is a fantastic character, strong, funny, and spunky. her adventures with and without jamie over the years are absolutely addicting.

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Report This Mar 19, 2014
  • katortiz3 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great, great read! Pretty amazing to think of all the research that went into this one book alone. Love Jamie!

Report This Feb 15, 2014
  • Lady_Sunshine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book :)

Report This Feb 06, 2014
  • neongobe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantasy historical fiction, a little something for everyone. I loved it.

Report This Dec 24, 2013
  • InvernessS rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

What a laugh. Fantasy in capitals. I read this before travelling Scotland years ago. It's what I call garbage writing by the bored. Sex, sex, such silly bodice rippers. If a reader thought that this is the country & it's people, god help us. Culloden is a battle, burial, & memorial sight worthy of Gettysburg for many visitors. Oh yes! men in the Highlands wear kilts.

Report This Dec 13, 2013
  • JCLJulieT rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my perennial favorites. I've read it a couple times already and will read it again in another few years. Um, my only hang-up in enthusiastic recommendation is that the ending gets quite weird.

Report This Dec 12, 2013
  • Gail123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this book years ago and loved it.

Report This Dec 06, 2013
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you think you are not a reader of genre, I challenge you to pick up this book. It has romance, military history, political history, fantasy, herbal medicine tips, Scotsmen in kilts... almost anything a reader could want, wrapped up in a fascinating and engrossing storyline powerful enough to carry through seven more equally thick books.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "This book follows the story of Claire Randall, she and her husband Frank have been reunited after being separated during the war. While they are taking a much deserved Scottish holiday, they decide to visit a standing stone circle. Claire is then transported back in time to the 1700's and the time of the Jacobite rebellion. There she meets a young man named Jamie Fraser. And thus begins one of my favorite book series ever. Claire finds herself desperately trying to ind a way back to the 20th century, and Frank, but she is forced to wed Jamie Fraser. I would recommend this first book to anyone. In fact, the series is worth investigating."

I've made it through the entire series including the Lord John series. I have to dismiss certain aspects of the story in order to keep going. First of course is to overlook the time travel bit. Next I skip over all the gratuitous sex and violence, especially the torture scenes. So what's left? It has an authentic feel to the living of every day life in the 18th century. Its fun to see how much attitudes and technology, especially medical advancements have changed in 200 years. I don't even like the main character, Claire, or her daughter, Brianna, but I have still found it worthwhile to read this series.

I was encouraged to read this book by a friend (overseas). I'm trying to come up with a way to give her my impression it that won't undo our friendship. She's completely enamoured of this work; I've been bored by the story and any chance of enjoyment of historic context has been undone by her heavy-handed writing (as though she went to the thesaurus to find every $25 version of a decent $5 word. The historic content is shallow, the characters are shallow, and I'm half-way through. There's no one to like, not even her (maybe Jamie because he's clearly an underdog, apparently handsome, and who doesn't like them?). I agree with the other reviewers who've complained of the sex scenes. I'm no prude but using them and extra violence as drivers of the story doesn't make for good writing.

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Report This Feb 12, 2014
  • RLoewens rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This May 11, 2011
  • mickaylasnana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

English nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall and husband Frank take a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. When Claire walks through a cleft stone in an ancient henge, she's somehow transported to 1743. She encounters Frank's evil ancestor, British captain Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall, and is adopted by another clan. Claire nurses young soldier James Fraser, a gallant, merry redhead, and the two begin a romance, seeing each other through many perilous, swashbuckling adventures involving Black Jack. Scenes of the Highlanders' daily life blend poignant emotions with Scottish wit and humor. Eventually Sassenach (outlander) Claire finds a chance to return to 1945, and must choose between distant memories of Frank and her happy, uncomplicated existence with Jamie.

In Scotland with her husband on a second honeymoon after World War II, Claire enters a circle of stones and is transported back to the Battle of Culloden 200 years earlier, where she must marry a Scot to save her husband


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Some hae meat that canna eat, An some culd eat that want it, We hae meat an we can eat, An so may God be thank it.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was having trouble with the scale of things. A man killed with a musket was just as dead as one killed with a mortar. It was just that the mortar killed impersonally, destroying dozens of men, while the musket was fired by one man who could see the eyes of the one he killed. That made it murder, it seemed to me, not war. How many men to make a war?


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