Monday, January 11, 2010

Reading Journal: Outlander (Challenge Book)

This series was first recommended to me by my boss. She had a very hard time describing it to me, it was a little bit of everything: romance, time travel, historical novel, adventure. I didn't really know what to think of it. But then I started realizing that my blogging friends were completely gaga for this series, so I just had to see what the fuss was about.

I read this chunkster on my Kindle so I wouldn't break my back getting it to and from work. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this one because everyone loves it so much. I was worried it wouldn't live up to the hype. I wouldn't call this high-literature, but it is definitely well-threshed out, well-written, and well-researched. Once I got into this book, I couldn't get out of it. When Claire is propelled into the past, I felt as though I went with her. (Possible Spoilers alert: This post is really meant more as a discussion with those who have read the book, so I might give some things away. If you haven't read it, DO IT! then come back here!)

I loved Claire's character because she was a believable mix of strength and weakness. She needed some "saving" in a time period completely unknown to her, but was also able to prove herself useful many times over. It's clear that Claire has a good head on her shoulders. She doesn't bumble around, even though she certainly makes some stupid mistakes.

And who couldn't love/want Jamie? His character is a little more predictable, but still enjoyable. I really find it hard to believe that a man like Jamie would be a virgin. But that's his appeal, I suppose: a sexy, hardened warrior on the outside, but a soft little teddy bear on the inside.

The sex scenes are enjoyable and never felt like they were pornographic or overly cheezy. My feminist side bristles at Jamie's need to posses Claire through sex--but the hopelessly romantic in me wants that same thing--so I think this is a strength of the book.

I'm really hoping that Gabaldon will start to unravel the time travel mystery in the next book. I'd really like to know about Gellie Duncan and why certain women are pulled through the rocks. So far this issue is a little shaky and coicidental, so I'd like to see more of an explanation for that. I'd also like to know what Frank is up to during this time.

What did you love about Outlander?

, Diana Gabaldon
*5 out of 5 rating*

2/50 Novels
2/130 Total Read
Source: Amazon, for my Kindle DX


fantaghiro23 said...

Hi! I read Outlander a couple of years ago. I liked the changed stereotypes of the man and woman: Claire is older and more experienced, Jaime is a virgin. I also found what happened to Jaime at the end disturbing, but refreshingly new. However, I wasn't blown away by the book. Too bad 'cause I really wanted to like it.

Mary said...

I finished it yesterday and really enjoyed it (gave it 4/5 on Goodreads). Also read it on my Kindle - really happy about that! The person before me mentioned the reversal in stereotypes - good point!
Also want to add that I usually read novels for enjoyment and this novel came through 100% Looking forward to the next book. That said, I'm really thinking I'm not going to get them all read by mid-November. I don't want to rush them, you know?

Jenners said...

I suspect this is one of those books that I will end up reading someday because EVERYONE who reads it seems get sucked in!!! I'm glad I have a Kindle though ... it is a chunkster for sure.

I guess you will be reading the rest of the books then.

JennJ said...

Hi Laza so glad you loved Outlander and GREAT REVIEW hon. And I'm so glad that the size of them didn't put you off even though thy are big books they fly by when you get started don't they. I hope you enjoy the others as well. Thanks so much for posting and even more for joining the challenge! :)