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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; Canadian First edition (June 29 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385257392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385257398
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 4.4 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 626 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on May 18 2003
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 13 1999
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin W. Parker on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is what I expected. It contains information and background on DG's writing techniques and the characters contained in the Outlander series. I would say that 98% of the information can be found at DG's website or the other various websites dedicated to her. There is virtually nothing in this book that the reader couldn't get on their own. Not only are there horoscopes, but DG included a list of websites dedicated to her. I find this rather self-serving and strange since websites such as these tend to be rather time sensitive, thus the info is of little use to a reader in the future. The websites can be found by using a standard search engine. I am also quite puzzeled by DG's "review" of the reviews here. She seems to not take critism very well. A thicker skin would do her good. A nice thank you to all of the reviewers here who spent their hard earned money and time on this book would have been much more appropriate. After all, this is a place to review books and one should expect to read honest responses - good and bad. I would recommend this book only to the die-hard DG fan who isn't willing to spend the time compiling this info themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 6 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am amazed at some of the comments and can only think that the people who didn't like this book can't possibly have read it. NO, all the material in the book isn't on the DG Website! (great as the site is) I'm a huge fan of the site and have read everything on it. Twice. Ms. Gabaldon very generously posted small _bits_ of the COMPANION on her website, just as she posts excerpts of the novels, to let people have a taste of what's coming. If you LOOK, people, you can see that only a small part of things like the Methadone List or the Family Trees are posted online--the Whole Thing (and a ton of other cool stuff) are in Da Book. It would be a shame for anyone to miss out because they had been misled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 16 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a great fan of Diana's work, I was getting a bit desperate waiting for the next installment of Jamie and Claire's adventures when my best friend gave me a copy of THROUGH THE STONES. I started reading it at once finding I came to understand the characters even better and found that Diana is a truly inspiring person. How can anyone have crammed so much life into so short a time and still stayed sane? I am full of admiration.
I particularly enjoyed the maps and descriptions of Scotland as well as the recipes and other miscellaneous information that Diana saw fit to include. This makes the characters seem more real somehow. I eagerly await the new instalments
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the absolute best! I adore Diana Gabaldon's work and purchased this as soon as it came out out. I love her tongue -in- cheek approach to the material. Jamie and Claire jump right off of the pages! She has made their personas so real that the reader inevitably becomes drawn to them in the most intimate way. I was actually using the "companion" as a textbook of sorts while re-reading the "Outlander" series. I found it incredibly fun to use it as a reference book and just to read it for the sheer joy of it. Ms Gabaldon had an awesome talent that makes the most mundane things in life so totally interesting!
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