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?
Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
*5 out of 5 rating*
2/130 Total Read
Source: Amazon, for my Kindle DX