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Outlander

Gabaldon, Diana (Book - 1992 )
Average Rating: 4 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
0385302304
0385319959
0440242940
Branch Call Number: PS3557.A22 O98 1992
Statement of Responsibility: Diana Gabaldon
Subject Headings: Scotland History 18th century Fiction Jacobite Rebellion, 1745-1746 Fiction Culloden, Battle of, Scotland, 1746 Fiction Time travel Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Jacobite Rebellion, 1745-1746
Culloden, Battle of, Scotland, 1746
Time travel
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Comment by: indielibrarian 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 ... Read More »

List - i like big books... by: indielibrarian Sep 26, 2010

what's better than a big book? a whole series of them, of course! there are seven books in this series so far, and not a single one under 700 pages!


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May 21, 2014
  • ZenSojourner rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is listed under Science Fiction/Fantasy, which it most definitely is not. It is a psuedo-historical bodice ripper. And I mean that LITERALLY, as the protagonist's bodice is literally ripped as soon as she trips into the 18th century where she is promptly sexually assaulted by various and sundry English and Scottish male contemporaries of varying levels of cleanliness. Furthermore, the women is so totally clueless that she can't figure out she's not in Kansas any more (OK, somewhere in post-WWII Scotland) DESPITE all these local yokels wandering about in historically accurate 17th century uniforms and clothing (not to mention speaking variations of 17th century English) until she sees the stars at night. So - multiple attempted rapes in the first few chapters of the book and a totally clueless heroine. Seriously - she doesn't attempt to cover her breasts after realizing her bodice is ripped because IT MIGHT ATTRACT MORE ATTENTION, even after she's been physically assaulted multiple times - what kind of idiot is that??? And she can't figure out that there's something wrong with the way she is dressed even after several men refer to her as a whore? In archaic English? And she still doesn't know she's in trouble? I'd give this 0 stars if I could. It's brainless, even for a bodice ripper. I am REALLY tired of coming across crap like this listed under SF/F - Having a few elements of SF/F does not an SF/F novel make. The main thrust (no pun intended) of this series of novels is not one of SF/F, but "romance". This is a romance novel and has no reason to be listed under SF/F.

May 21, 2014
  • ZenSojourner rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book is listed under Science Fiction/Fantasy, which it most definitely is not. It is a psuedo-historical bodice ripper. And I mean that LITERALLY, as the protagonist's bodice is literally ripped as soon as she trips into the 18th century where she is promptly sexually assaulted by various and sundry English and Scottish male contemporaries of varying levels of cleanliness. Furthermore, the women is so totally clueless that she can't figure out she's not in Kansas any more (OK, somewhere in post-WWII Scotland) DESPITE all these local yokels wandering about in historically accurate 17th century uniforms and clothing (not to mention speaking variations of 17th century English) until she sees the stars at night. So - multiple attempted rapes in the first few chapters of the book and a totally clueless heroine. Seriously - she doesn't attempt to cover her breasts after realizing her bodice is ripped because IT MIGHT ATTRACT MORE ATTENTION, even after she's been physically assaulted multiple times - what kind of idiot is that??? And she can't figure out that there's something wrong with the way she is dressed even after several men refer to her as a whore? In archaic English? And she still doesn't know she's in trouble? I'd give this 0 stars if I could. It's brainless, even for a bodice ripper. I am REALLY tired of coming across crap like this listed under SF/F - Having a few elements of SF/F does not an SF/F novel make. The main thrust (no pun intended) of this series of novels is not one of SF/F, but "romance". This is a romance novel and has no reason to be listed under SF/F.

May 15, 2014
  • danielestes rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I am to this book, Outlander, as my wife is to a book like Game of Thrones. Both are fine stories addled by incessant details cascading into long-windedness, and both overwhelmingly speak to one gender over the other even though they weren't specifically written that way. Gentlemen, give Outlander a try if you wish. Just know that this one is for the ladies. Some spoilers ahead. WWII-era British Army nurse and wife Claire Randall inexplicably finds herself in 18th century Scotland after visiting a Stonehenge-like monument called Craigh na Dun and being transported through time. She is held against her will for months by a local Scottish clan before a marriage is arranged between her and the dashing, red-haired clansman Jamie MacTavish (aka James Fraser) to prevent her capture by the British army of that era. What starts out as a forced union eventually grows into one of love for Claire and Jamie. I have two points of contention for this book. First, for being displaced from her 20th century husband and thrown back two-hundred years into a world where violence and sexual assault are commonplace, Claire shows an unbelievable degree of level-headedness and strength of will. In what seems like every other chapter she's being physically attacked or nearly raped and too often her response is barely a heady indignation, like she's been cut off in traffic. Since Outlander is a romantic fantasy, I'll let this slide. Second, I had hoped the story would build toward a stronger ending, something more than being stuck in the past and wondering what to do next. Claire's time in the 18th century, once she's decided to stay, is written as a series of events rather than following along a meaningful arc. By the novel's end the narrative feels like an overlong prologue for the subsequent books. And given the overall series' length, it might well be.

May 15, 2014
  • bagleye rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Yeah, it's a bodice ripper, which is not my normal genre. However, it's much more than that, especially if you continue reading the other books in the series. I originally read it upon the recommendation of a friend who knew of my interest in history, Scotland, and the details of daily life in particular places and times. This series definitely has that, which is why the books are long and filled with details. Then I became incurably addicted to the characters. I'm reading it yet again (it's one of my favorite books, I hate to admit) because there is soon to be a TV series made of this first book.

Watch Channel 29, Showcase!
They are advertising this as a TV series starting this summer. The SHOWCASE website gives a lot of info .Can't wait!

May 12, 2014
  • LPL_PolliK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fantastic read to take you away from it all. I've come back to the series several times and it's always satisfying. Even my husband likes them. Great historical content, page-turning adventure and a riveting love story (Jamie and Claire forever!)

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!

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

This is a great book :)

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

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

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.

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

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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.

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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