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The Outlandish Companion: In Which Much Is Revealed Regarding Claire And Jamie Fraser.... [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
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June 29 1999 Outlander
New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical stone that transports her back in time more than 200 years to 1743, and into the arms of Scottish soldier Jamie Fraser, readers have been enthralled with this epic saga of time travel, adventure, and love everlasting.

Now Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her bestselling series, the book only she could write -- a beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish. As a special bonus for those who are eagerly awaiting the next appearance of Jamie and Claire, she includes never-before-published excerpts from upcoming works in the series. And there's lots more in this lavish keepsake volume for the many devoted fans who yearn to learn the stories behind the stories:

¸  Full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
¸  A complete listing of the characters in all four novels, including extensively researched family trees and genealogical notes
¸  Professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
¸  A comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage
¸  The fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel
¸  Frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers
¸  An annotated bibliography
¸  Tips, personal stories -- even a recipe or two!
¸  Essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, and more

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For nine years, four books, and nearly 4,000 pages, Diana Gabaldon has entranced readers with her talent for historical authenticity, dramatic plot lines, and strong characters in the Outlander series. Her superb writing has earned a loyal audience, but after a million and a half words, even the most fervent of fans may have a difficult time trying to recall the exact details of the secondary characters, let alone the obscure ones. Thankfully, Gabaldon's The Outlandish Companion is here to help.

Part crib notes and part trivia guide, this essential handbook includes synopses of the first four novels, a character guide, notes on plot development and research, answers to frequently asked questions, and teasers for the upcoming novels--there're even horoscope charts of the central characters, a list of fan Web sites, and choice recipes for the truly devoted.

Readers looking for a fix of Gabaldon's humorous voice or insight into her writing processes and characters will certainly be more than satisfied, but those looking for the next installment of Jamie and Claire's adventures will have to wait for The Fiery Cross, the fifth book in this bestselling series, expected sometime in late 1999 to early 2000. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

As with the guides to the Hobbit tetralogy and the fiction of Stephen King, Gabaldon offers a companion volume to her Outlander Seriess four time-travel historical romances, Drums of Autumn (1997), etc., in which she tells us much is revealed regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, their lives and times, antecedents, adventures, companions and progeny, with learned commentary (and many footnotes) by their humble creator. She also provides full synopses of the four novels and includes excerpts of forthcoming books in the Claire and Jamie Fraser series. Listed, too, are all the novels characters, their origins and family trees, horoscopes, and sketches of clan badges and shields, along with genealogical notes. For non-Gaelic readers, Gabaldon assembles a glossary and pronunciation primer. Additionally, she supplies details on her research, E-mail excerpts, notes on herbal medicine, illustrations, and recipes, plus a huge bibliography. Gabaldon fans who have followed the story of British Red Cross nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall will welcome this act of buoyant hubris by a vividly entertaining author whose later installments have turned into baggy-pants behemoths of 900 pages. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most believable historical fiction - bar none May 18 2003
By Leslie
Format:Hardcover
I stumbled across this book in line at the grocery store and quickly became addicted to the entire Outlander series. I've bought them as gifts for family and friends innumerable times. The attention to detail in all of Ms. Gabaldon's books is eerie - in short it makes you wonder if time travel is indeed possible. Calling these books romance novels is unfair because there is so much more to them than your standard bodice ripper. The characters are complex and believable and the dialogue is intelligent and often humorous. At roughly a 1,000 pages per book it's certainly not light reading for the beach but they're so engrossing you'll likely not notice whether the sun is out or not...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars definately interesting Aug. 13 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I just wanted to say that I liked this book for what it is-a companion to the novels. As a "die-hard" fan, I can honestly say that for me it was really neat to find out how the characters developed, and how she had help with Gaelic and the other languages that she knows very little or nothing about. I personally didn't like the horoscopes, but I'm not into that kind of thing. Anyway, if you are looking for an interesting and informative read that can give you some insight into how she does reasearch and other things, then please read this. If you don't like that kind of thing, then don't buy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars excessive July 1 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have enjoyed all of Mrs. Gabaldon's novels (perhaps I should be honest and say that the last one was a bit of a disappointment, but still generally quite good), and I do very much admire her style of writing. But I'm afraid I don't understand the frenzy around this book. Astrological charts for fictional characters seems rather redundant to me, for example. In fact, I am rather disturbed by the tone of the other reviews. Little to do with constructive commentary and more to do with group hysteria, it seems. I would have prefered Mrs. Gabaldon to write another novel, rather than spend her time on this rather strange documentation for people who are, after all, products of her imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
No seriously, I could understand how many a fan would devour anything by Diana Gabaldon and I thought I was one of those people; but The Outlandish Companion was something I could have done without. I enjoyed her personal story about how she got started with the series but other than that I struggled through it. The recommended books section; which was the main reason I purchased this book, was a disappointment. I hated many of the books I picked from the list in the back of the companion. I get the impression that Ms. Gabaldon is very intellectual. I just think I'll wait patiently for the rest of the books in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Thought It Would Be Better July 27 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I read the synopsis of this book before I ordered it. Yet, I was still disappointed. I agree with many of the reviews already posted - money making scheme, poorly compiled, extraneous info, repetive info, etc. I, like many reviewers like the Outlander series, but I still found that this book was a disappointment. If I want a horoscope of a fictional character, I can have my niece do it with her pc program. But, what bothers me most is the tone of so many fans. I read all of the reviews here and none of the reviewers who gave this book less than five stars criticized other reviewers or other fans. Isn't this a site to review books honestly? Somebody doesn't like your idol's book, so what? Get over it. I have never seen this type of immature behavior related to any other books reviewed on Amazon. Frankly, if this is an indication of how Amazon is going to monitor this site in the future, I will be placing my orders with other outlets. There is absolutely no reason that someone should not be able to post an honest review without being attacked by...what did one of the reviewers call it...Trekie-like Outlander fans. By the way, my entire office orders in bulk at least once a month and there are plenty of other online sites where this type of behavior is not tolerated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly organized and redundant Aug. 18 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This volume might have been interesting, if not for the fact that certain obvious steps were overlooked -- such as an alphabetical listing of terms. It felt rushed, as if the author is juggling too much. And for a woman who supposedly has advanced degrees in science, the astrological charts are more than a little incongruous. I found the novels interesting and well told, but this is going too far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Background to the Outlander series Feb. 1 2002
Format:Hardcover
There are many background elements to the Outlander series: characters, history, food, Gaelic sayings. This is an attempt to cover a lot of them as well as to discuss how Gabaldon came up with the books and its elements.
I shouldn't really take full credit for this book, but it's long enough that I'm not going to feel very guilty about it. I skipped over the synopses of the novels and skimmed the list of sayings and vocabulary words fairly quickly. More interesting was the Q&A, particularly since she got the original inspiration from Jamie on Doctor Who. (I'm a big fan of Doctor Who.) It's also interesting to see how seriously she takes the whole effort: even though she was originally just writing for herself, she took it very seriously and worked hard to do the best job she possibly could.
Most impressive is how she manages at all: throughout her comments it becomes clear that she gardens, she's a Compuserve volunteer, she records audios for the blind, she goes to church, she has two kids. How the heck does she find time to write? She admits that it's a lot to do with going without sleep. Not sure that's something I'd want to try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book contains excellent information on the plots and character in...
diana Gabaldon never disappoints ! The book contains excellent information on the plots and character in her series. She is such a witty writer !
Published 5 days ago by Marilynn Garnier
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for lovers of Diana Gabaldon's books
Outstanding. The perfect book for lovers of Diana Gabaldon's books.
Published 10 days ago by Judith A. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Second time around and it just gets better - love the audio. Always a 10 out of 5!!
Published 26 days ago by Jean Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars grrrreat
very helpful with the series I would recommend it to anyone totally into the Outlander series

as it clears up a few points and helps with the Gaelic
Published 1 month ago by Mavis Becker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading & Useful for Research
Met my expectations and more. Beautiful volume. Well done. I would recommend it as a gift to fans of the Outlander series.
Published 3 months ago by Chris Linka
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift of Insite for my Fans
First of all,love the cover and weight of the book,having read all Diana's Outlander series [so far,looking forward with great anticipation to book 8. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gayleen Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars outlandish
This book is a great accompaniment to the outlander series. I found it very informative. I would recommend it to anyone reading this series.
Published 21 months ago by shelvis
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I haven't read the book yet, but it liooks to be quite interesting, despite not being really what I expected.
Published on Oct. 25 2010 by Pixley
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY INTERESTING!
If you are a fan of the Outlander series this book is worth the read, it gives plenty of insight into the series.
Published on June 12 2009 by Jennifer N. Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars The Outlandish Companion
Wonderful!! Wish I had this book for the very first one Diana wrote. An excellent sort of dictionary and explanation.
Published on Feb. 27 2009 by Jean L. Hitchens
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