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Outlander (The Outlander Series Book 1) [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
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11 of 11 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant put this down! Oct. 25 2004
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful story, it completely envokes all your senses and draws you into a blissful state of reading heaven. If you like a story mixed with hopeless romance, mystery, history and action this book has it all in one.
Be prepared to be taken on a journey into the world of 1746 old time Scotland and savour every moment of it, as the book appears large it will soon come to an end!
Loved it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing Jan. 15 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read and reread this book for the joy of Diana Gabaldon's skills with language and a complex storyline. She has done her research, as well, so you learn a lot about Scottish life in the 18th century. The heroine thinks like a modern woman, which is refreshing after too many wimpy women in so-called historical fiction. It is the first book of a series, however can be read as a stand-alone. It was the first book in a long time to take me back to reading fiction and is one of the few books I have reread. I enjoyed it so much that I have given it as gifts to numerous people, male and female.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, definitely but some issues June 7 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It took me a while to get into this book but once I did, I pretty much picked it up and read it every chance I got until I finished it. I would cook dinner with it open and fall asleep reading it at night. There were some things that drove me crazy, like how Claire never really seemed to miss her "dear" husband whom she was madly in love with at the beginning of the book and how she seemed to have no problems adjusting to life 200 years in the past. Some of the "scenes" were a bit too graphic for me but that's just my personal preference.

Overall, it was well written and very entertaining. I think the characters were developed well and the historical facts throughout were fascinating.

I recommend it for a great escape novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am in love Feb. 11 2012
By Sandy S. TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
THE OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

The Romance Reader, Listopia and Amazon ALL list THE OUTLANDER as their number one romance novel of all time. Because I apparently had nothing to read one night *rolls eyes*, I ordered THE OUTLANDER from KOBO and set my mind on everything love and romance. By the time I was finished (2 nights later) 896 ‘real’ pages, I had to agree: The Outlander is probably the number one romance novel *sigh*.
First published in 1991, The Outlander is a novel of love, romance and betrayal set in both the 18th and 20th centuries. So hold on, grab a coffee or glass of wine, read my review. It is almost as long as the book. : )

The Outlander is the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s The Outlander series. The Romance Reader, Listopia and Amazon ALL list The Outlander as the number one romance book of all time. So, I dug in my heels, and forged ahead. Almost 900 pages later, I am exhausted. The premise involves the history between Scotland and England, romance, sex, love, betrayal, violence, medicine, witchcraft, spirituality, torture, rape, time travel and family. But above all else, this is a love story that crosses the centuries: an accidental relationship that was forced between two people, to save their lives and the lives of many more.

The Outlander is a long novel. The many different storylines of romance, love and torture at the hands of someone claiming to love, is reminiscent of many abusive relationships. But the true relationship between Jamie and Claire, evolves into a love match, that anyone would hold close to their heart. The Outlander is one story,that I will never forget. As the first book in The Outlander series, I can only surmise, that my heart will be heavy, my eyes will be red, and I will not like the idea that Claire will return to her own time. The lists and top tens may have it correct-this is one of the best romance stories I have read.
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I love this book,I read it every year! It's a must read for everyone! Jamie and Claire are so captivating.
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I was first introduced to this book when I was a nurse working night shift. Working a 12 hour night is never fun but this book got me through it. Read more
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