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Outlander (The Outlander Series Book 1) [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
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16 of 16 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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9 of 9 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 50 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain. Pain. fights. wounds. Pain. April 6 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, I am drawn to laughing because I never thought I'd ever get to finally read this book. In the end, I read it in French and I'm grumbling because I still hate reading translations. But, I laugh. Let me see, I read, in order, first Fiery Cross, then Drums of Autumn, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, and now Outlander. I am totally absurd, and yes I know it. Hey, I get my hands on whatever's available at the time ;)
Anyway, the book is completely compelling. Having read many Scottish and Irish historicals (either in French or English), Outlander, the series, is still very dear to my heart because it is what had me discover my love/hunger for Scottish historicals. And Outlander, the novel, stands near the top of my list now. The love, the lost hope, the fear, the violence, they were obviously ever-present during the Jacobite Rebellions. But Gabaldon, thankfully, does not tone it down, and it is neither as toned-down as many authors write it. Jamie, the eightteenth century "pigheaded Scot", is forced to live with pain and reminders of pain every moment in this novel. It is honestly disheartening, but as a reader one is absolutely sympathetic to him and continues to cheer him on: "Keep going... Keep your eyes open. Live."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...makes my heart pound.
Did not want to put this down. Diana's way with words are breathtaking. I can hardly wait to start the next book in this series.
Published 2 days ago by Joanne Baran
5.0 out of 5 stars re-reading Outlander is a must now that the series has started...
Diana Gabaldon's books have been my favorites for over 20 years...have read each one again when a new one is released and never tire of them... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sherron
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book to anyone who likes History
I had never heard of Diana Gabaldon or the Outlander books. After watching the 2nd episode of the TV Series, I ordered the first 3 books. Read more
Published 3 days ago by judy
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Did not particularly enjoy the time warp and returning to ware torn Scotland
Published 4 days ago by jacqueline farquhar
5.0 out of 5 stars my new favourite book
I could not put this book down!
Published 14 days ago by Kelly Jeffries
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like it
Very boring
Published 24 days ago by margaretsbrown
5.0 out of 5 stars Leslie Keith
This book is written so well that repeated readings are recommended because it reaches different levels if appreciation each time,
Published 24 days ago by L. Keith
1.0 out of 5 stars What is all the fuss about...?
Wordy, slow-moving, flat, trite, predictable and dull as dirt.
Published 24 days ago by MJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I already finished the 3rd series of this. I'm looking forward for the next series. Wonderful series all in all. A must read.
Published 26 days ago by GJP
5.0 out of 5 stars Never get tired of this!!
I have read this series several times, and books 1 - 4 at least 6 times. Each time I am entranced again by Diana Gabaldon's weaving of a story of love, war, friendship, violence... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Julia A. Strain
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