A hard to put down novel of exceptional style and rhythym that carries us along this long winding saga of life, death and history. Gabaldon is one of the rare authors today who can weave a tale so vivid and intensely realistic that I often found myself mimicing the casual movements of the characters (e.g.- running a thoughtful knuckle down my nose or brushing my hair from my forehead!) Just like in real life, you will love, hate, pity or root for many of the people that will come into your 'life', for once you begin these books, they really do become another world to escape into. This is a laugh and cry out loud, extremely entertaining journey. NOTE- although it does try and explain, somewhat, the role of the plethora of past characters, I would think that only those readers familiar with this series of books could truly understand 'what is what' and extract the full wonder of the story from these bountiful and wonderful pages. Do yourself a favour and start at Book One: Outlander.