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Outlander (The Outlander Series Book 1) [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Filled Adventure in 17th Century Scotland Dec 2 2007
By Teddy
Format:School & Library Binding
When I first heard of this book and all the positive hype, I was skeptical. It's a book that is hard to classify as just one genre. It's part historical novel, romance, suspense, action, and science fiction. I right away wonder how much romance was in it, you see, I don't mind some, but I don't like true chick lit or Harlequin romance. However, the more I heard about it the more I wanted to at least give it a fair try.

It did end up having a lot of sex and some romance, but it was also an excellent historical adventure in 17th century Scotland. I thoroughly enjoy this romp threw time. Diana Gabaldon writes with near perfect pitch and prose. The only thing I found a bit annoying in parts was that it was a bit repetitive in parts. I think a little more careful editing was needed.

Though the book is over 800 pages, it reads very fast and be for warned, it is very hard to put down! I spent some wee hours in the morning with this book! Don't suffer from sleep depravation like I did. Learn from my mistakes. Don't read it right before sleep time!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!! March 27 2006
Format:Hardcover
First I have to say I am not a lover of historical books. I acutally usually don't read them at all but I was drawn to the time travelling aspect of this book. It was wonderful. The writing was absolutely page turning. I read it every spare second I had and even some seconds I didn't have to spare. I loved the story of romance, the background of Scotland all that happened in between. I am now just beginning the second book which has begun every bit as good!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic historical/time travel romance! March 8 2012
By Darlene TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Now I know what all the fuss is about!

Outlander has a number of literary awards, including: AAR Top 100 Romances, 1992 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Romance, 2003 BBC's Big Read for Best Loved Novel, and 2001 Puddly Award for Romance (2001).

Ever since I started blogging, I noticed that Outlander is one of those series that I keep hearing about over and over again. I did join an Outlander Reading Challenge in 2011 but failed miserably and never even read the first book. For me, the book length was a little daunting. I was informed by Gabaldon in a tweet to me (Eek! Yes, she did! How cool is that?) that Outlander is the shortest book in the series, aside from the Lord John Grey novels.

In the beginning of the story, Claire has been reunited with her husband, Frank, in Scotland. For much of their eight-year marriage, they have been separated due to World War II. Claire, a WWII nurse, is picking flowers at a place called Craigh na Dun, where the stones have been arranged in a circle atop a hill. As she leans down, she hears a buzzing noise coming from between two of the rocks. Claire has somehow come upon a portal and travels two centuries back in time.

At first, Claire has no idea what has happened and believes she has stumbled onto a movie set. Naturally, she is dumb-founded when she finally realizes what has happened. Her nursing skills come in handy, as she is more educated about modern medicines and treatment than even the doctors in that age! Claire treats a young man named James "Jamie" Fraser, who is an injured warrior. She rides with him back to Castle Leoch, which is owned by the Mackenzie Clan. They are very suspicious of her and think that she is a spy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot get enough! Oct. 6 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book, along with the rest of the series and the author herself have become my favorites. I couldn't put this book down when I first read it. I have read the entire series of books and am reading them for a second time. I have also read all of the "spin-off" books. This book/series you will either love or hate. I used to read only murder mysteries before. Since I have read Diana's books, I have never been able to go back! No one's writing measures up anymore and I crave more intricate plots lines and more "real" characters from all other books since. Diana puts so much research and time into her books and it shows. I will admit the beginning is a bit slow but if you can get past that, then I'm sure you will end up falling in love with this book as many others have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romance novel meets the Perils of Pauline July 16 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I hate to disagree with all those listed here who said that it's not a romance novel, but it is. The two main characters make love when they're happy, when they're sad, when they're angry, when they're in danger, when they escape danger, when they kill someone....and the earth always moves.

The harrowing danger-and-escape sequences are well written but become repetitious in time. The sense of place and time in Scotland is well done and reinforced with considerable detail.

A fun summer book if you keep your expectations reasonable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!! Aug. 21 2009
Format:School & Library Binding
Let's not rehash the context of the series. There is enough of that already posted now and the books have been in the market place for many years so nothing further need be said in that respect. When I first started this book, I said to myself, "This is not for me, time-travel and it is soooo long!" Ridiculous, especially for someone in their 60's! However, having paid for the book, I trudged on. By the time a quarter of the pages were read, it rather surprised me that it was not quite as bad as I originally anticipated. By the end of the book, I was completely hooked. After reading the next two books in the series, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager, I am now thoroughly addicted and cannot give enough praise to the series. Diana Gabaldon, you are a true master of literary art. My shelves are stocked with the following three in the Outlander Series, and before long will contain the latest, Echo in the Bones, due to be released in September 2009.

Would I recommend this book and the others in the series. Yes, yes, yes!! You've just got to have them, or you will miss out on one of life's greatest adventures! Living with terminal cancer as I am, one just can't afford to miss out on one of life's little adventures. So young or old, healthy or otherwise, read the books. They will sweep you away to a time and place of dreams, romance, history and intrigue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a big fan.
I love this beautiful book. I am a big fan. I have a first edition hardcover from 1991, TV tie in trade paperback and I treated myself to this one as well. Read more
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I had gotten a sample of this book after seeing the trailer for the television series, as soon as I started watching I knew I needed the whole thing. Read more
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I am LOVING this book! I'm half way through though and I don't want to do anything but keep reading and reading! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Merveilleux!!
Super bon! J'ai hâte de voir le film Ou la série tv. J'adore et je vais lire la suite immédiatement!
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I'm sad I waited this long to read this. Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Book
If you haven't read this book you really should Diana Gabaldon does an amazing job creating characters that are believable and you emotionally connect to.
Published 11 days ago by Lindalu
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like being left hanging on last page
Didn't like being left hanging on last page. I don't have time to read 10 books to see what happened.
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Published 14 days ago by Charles B. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The series is excellent. Can't stop reading!
Published 14 days ago by Cheryl Prinsenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabaldon is an excellent storyteller and her characters become...
This is the second time that I have read this book and I still give it all the stars possible. Gabaldon is an excellent storyteller and her characters become completely real as... Read more
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