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Outlander
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on September 17, 2013
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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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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on December 5, 2014
Read it for the second time. I loved it just as much as the first time. Diana Gabaldon is a genius :)
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on August 8, 2002
It has it all... adventure, romance, fantasy! Great writing, great characters. Can't wait for #6!
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on November 6, 2008
It's been ten years ago since I first read this book as a teenager. I read and re-read it many times during the years; so often in fact that I had to re-order it because my copy fell apart.

The writing is impeccable; detailed, precise and fast moving. The novel contains a truly great story, and one of the best love stories I have ever read in my life. Gabaldon has an astonishing gift of bringing these great characters and their historical period to life. All I have to say that I learned more about Scottish customs and the battle of Culloden from her books than I ever learned about any other battles in history from school. And I learned it in a very entertaining way. And yes, I realize it's fiction, but her historic account is pretty accurate.

Claire and Jamie are great main characters. I loved how they interacted together and I loved them separately as well-rounded people with their own accomplishments, faults and vulnerabilities. And Gabaldon, thank goodness, gives a lot of strength, intelligence, courage and gumption to Claire and shows that her inner qualities is what Jamie truly loves about her (though the outer qualities don't hurt), and vice versa. I also love the fact that Claire has a career as a healer (nurse, doctor, etc), both in the 20th century, as well as in the 18th century.

They are very well fleshed out characters, and one complaint I have always had about historic novels is that the characters always come up short, because there is not enough description about their inner qualities. There is no such problem in Outlander.
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on September 13, 2001
I would suggest that you would borrow this book from the library, read a few chapters, then if you like it you may consider buying it and especially so before buying the sequels ahead of time. I bought all four books because of the rave reviews you see before you who gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I thought these books would be another Pride & Prejudice or Gone With The Wind (which are the only books I consider 5 stars) but am sadly mistaken. If I had not bought all the books I would not feel as if I had to read them. I am on Outlander and it is very, very slow and boring and I have to force myself to read it. I am on page 100 and have no intrest in it at all; I'm hoping it will get better. This book is an obvious first for the author having used corny and awkward use of words and predictible characters. Just borrow from the library first, and then if you like them, buy them, but if you don't, you will not be in my situation of having to force yourself to read them!! This book does NOT deserve to be in the same class as Gone With The Wind or Pride & Predjudice.
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on May 17, 2000
Right off, after skimming through almost half of the 400+ reviews, one thing becomes clear to me--people either REALLY REALLY love or REALLY hate this book. There is almost no gray area. Well, I am here to provide it. Ever since this book came out in the early nineties, I have been reading/hearing buzz about how GREAT it is, people compare it to classics like GONE WITH THE WIND or IVANHOE, etc... books that stand the test of time. Well, since I have no magic crystal glass into which I can peer and observe the future, who knows if anyone will be reading OUTLANDER, etc. one hundred years from now. Personally, I thought the book was so-so. I didn't hate it, but it was not a keeper for me either. I enjoyed reading it, but I have no desire to read the sequels or to read OUTLANDER again. The problem for me was really the romantic pairing of the books central characters: Claire and Jamie. A lot of Gabaldon Fan-atics (or that portion of readers that are obsessed with Gabaldon books) tout this fictional couple as *one of the greatest pair of literary lovers of all time*. Eh, no. Not for me, anyway. I found the character of Claire to be interesting and likeable, her twentieth century view of 18th century Scotland was fresh, witty, and amusing. Jamie, however, seemed like a flat character to me. The man was perpetually being victimized (and at one point forcefully sodomized) all throughout the book. Yuck. He seemed very immature and annoying to me and I couldn't really understand what Claire saw in him at all. The scenes which were supposed display Jamie's *innate sensitivity* seemed forced and/or fake. The villian Jack Randall--seemed like a cartoon. And what about Claire's 20th century husband Frank? Why did Claire give up so easily on finding the stones back to the future (and Frank) after she had been so obsessed with getting back to them for the first three-hundred-pages? On the flip side, Gabaldon has a gift with language that makes you forget some of the silly characters, the loose plot points, etc. I really felt like she had transported me to 18th Century Scotland. The ironic part is that this book is supposed to be a *romance* but the best parts of the book happen BEFORE the couple gets together. If this book had left Jamie out altogether (or had not made him Claire's love interest, at least) I would have LOVED the book. If Gabaldon had just used the time-travel plot to explore the character of Claire/the fish out of water theme, it would have been much better. I really enjoyed Claire's experiences as a 20th century woman trying to deal with a culture and a time so different from her own. The romance just mucked the story up. If you think I'm saying that because I hate romance novels, you couldn't be more wrong. Some of my favorite authors are Nora Roberts, Lisa Kleypas, Kathleen Woodiwiss, etc. This book just didn't work for me. Howeverm I wouldn't completely write if off. Gabaldon is a writer whose language can transport you, even if you don't particularly care for some of the themes or messages her books put across.
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on April 2, 2000
I am currently 2/3 of the way through what is my firstnovel in this genre. All things going well, it will also be mylast. My wife agreed to read some of "my" books, while I tackled the challenge of reading hers with a view to understanding the fairer sex better.
Well, I hate to disagree with 95% of the review here but this has been something less than a page turner- it has taken me atleast a couple of months to get this far.
I would see this book as being the female equivalent of looking through a naughty magazine, with our hero being a fine example of an almost unrealizable ideal. The big, strong, firey red-headed Scot, always ready to dive in and protect his fair maiden. Strong as an ox he is nonetheless warm and caring, and also a little naive in the way of women. He would, of course, be ready to fight to the death for our heroine. Fluent in Gaelic, English and French, he is also partial to quoting from Greek mythology (in ancient Greek, obviously). Yes! This is 18th century Scotland! I guess this is a case of a not so willing suspension of disbelief.
The story-line, while based on an interesting premise (blending mythology, history and fiction) is still quite repetitive. Boy meets girl. Girl gets in trouble. Boy rescues girl. They disagree, but make up "in the bedroom". Girl gets in trouble again. Boy rescues girl again. Repeat 4 or 5 times.
I did agree to read all books in this series but my consistent pleas of mercy have worn my wife down, so I'll just have to finish this one. I'll give one star for the benefit of the doubt - I'm not exactly the target audience. One star for the quite original idea behind the book and all the research that undoubtedly went into it. As for me, I'll stick to the likes of Salman Rushdie and Milan Kundera- I would recommend them for higly original and thought provoking fiction.
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on September 14, 1999
I stayed through Outlander only because a family member urged me to. There were points when I just had to howl, the language was so silly...the heroine fantasizes about thehandsome Jamie--"He could ride me anywhere." But Gabaldon does have a turn of phrase and facility with the language, and there's one point toward the end that frankly is brilliant. It's a shame she doesn't put it to better use. It's all pretty harmless except for her disturbing preoccupation with sodomy. Even if that sort of thing happened a lot back then, the lines about kilt-clad men having to watch their posteriors for fear of "buggery" got a wee bit tiresome. When a "good guy" in the book is raped by another man--who feels a sick sort of love for him--the author dwells on it for page after page. I skimmed most of it, but it made my skin crawl. I don't know if Gabaldon thinks this is cool or kinky or a turn-on, or she's really tapped into her audience and knows this is what they'll plunk their money down for. Either way, it's kinda sick. At the end of the day, Outlander is pretty low-rent. If you want British Isles history, why not stick with Braveheart and Ivanhoe and the incomparable novels of Mary Stewart?
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on November 30, 1998
I am looking forward to reading the sequels. Really love the characters, and witty dialogue.
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