Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

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For those of you who are new to my blog or haven’t caught on yet – the Outlander series is my favorite series in the whole wide world. Pictured above are just some of the covers for this one book – the copy I actually re-read this time isn’t pictured above. That blue one is the one you’ll find in stores today. And goodluck finding the last one, it’s the UK version, titled “Cross Stitch” when the series first came out.

Anyways…. I re-read and reviewed this book about two years ago. But then I never reviewed any of the sequels, because I was a) lazy about my blog at that time and b) didn’t want to post spoilers. Well, this time around I’m going to re-read AND review all 7 books. I’ll just post a spoiler warning for all the books after this one.

OK, so Outlander is a time-travel, romance-y, historical fiction adventure. And it starts the epic story of Jamie and Claire. I love epic love stories – it’s one reason why I love the books about Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons. But anyways, I’m getting off track here. Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp is an English WW2 nurse on a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. They’ve been separated for most of their marriage because of the war, and they’re finally getting re-acquainted with one another. While searching out some plant near a circle of standing stones, Claire seems to “fall” through them – and ends up in the middle of a skirmish between the English redcoats and Scottish Highlanders in the year 1743. She’s assaulted by an Redcoat captain, and rescued by a Scotsman. She’s then taken captive by the Scots, and patches up a young injured clansman named Jamie. She’s brought to Castle Leoch and meets the Laird of the clan MacKenzie – who decides that she’s staying there until they figure out exactly who she is. Claire bides her time trying to find a way to escape and get back to the standing stones – and in the mean time, she grows closer to Jamie. Eventually, she’ll have to choose – whether to go back to the future, or to stay in the past with the possible love of her life.

Even though this book is long (850 pages, actually), I enjoy every minute of it. There’s action, intrigue, love, history, men in kilts… it’s just amazing. My boyfriend is actually the one who talked me into reading this book, and it might just be the best thing he’s ever done for me. (He also went out and bought me each book in the series as I devoured them. What a sweet man.) I actually MISS these books when I’m not reading them. And they make me desparately want to go to Scotland. (I looked up plane tickets though – 1300 bucks one way. Bloody hell.)

Anyways, I HIGHLY recommend trying out this series. They’re just such perfect escape reading. I’ll be spreading out my re-reads of this series though, so that I don’t overwhelm myself and so that they don’t all start blurring together in my head, lol. So hopefully by the time I read and review the next one, Dragonfly in Amber, some of you will have taken my advice and read Outlander ASAP :o)

Sarah Says: 5 stars! My most favorite book ever.

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6 comments

  1. >So being of Scottish heritage and as so many people, such as yourself, love this series, I really feel like I need to start it. But 850 pages is a big commitment to begin with but knowing that there are so many books that size or more in the series makes it too much of a commitment for me. Maybe one year that will be my major focus.

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  2. >I NEED to read this! I think it's on my 'books I plan on reading in 2011 list'. Along with several hundred others. This might be a problem.I love that you miss these books! It's something non-readers will probably never understand. I feel the same way about Harry Potter.

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  3. >I actually bought a copy – the pink Cross Stitch one from The Book Depository just the other day! I haven't read it yet, but I hear such fantastic things about it that I'm sure I'll get to it soon. It's been ages since I've read such a big book, I'm looking forward to getting totally lost and absorbed in an epic love story πŸ™‚

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  4. >Best thing my sister ever did for me – getting me into this series. I love love love it and am currently enjoying my second reading of the entire series. So awesome. Thanks for making me read it. πŸ™‚

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  5. >I love, love, love Jamie Fraser.A friend got me into these books in about 1999 and I have been reading and rereading them ever since. Everybody I know who has read them has loved them even at 850 pages! I have just finished reading Echo in the Bone, but think I will do a reread before the next one comes out. Have I mentioned how much I love Jamie Fraser?

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