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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:32 pm 
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I just found out that this series is about to air. Squeee!

Have any of you read/enjoyed the books? Will you be watching the show?

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I plan to watch, though I have long been skeptical of Starz and am keeping my expectations measured... :)


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I don't know anything about Starz. Perhaps it is best to have no expectations, then... :)

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I've heard the name, but that's all. What do you like about it, anthy?

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What I think I like most about it is the very detailed account of how a modern person would see and live in a period of time gone by.

Her main character is transported back in time 200 years to a Scotland before Culloden. That sounds goofy, and it kind of is, but the rest of the books have to do with real life adjustments to that situation.

I've learned a lot about historical (to me!) events from these books. My heritage is Scottish, and my brother especially is very well versed in Scottish history (lots of history, actually. He loves that stuff.). Reading these books has lead to some really cool conversations with him.

And while he hated "Braveheart" because he said it totally rewrote history, he has told me that my accounts of the "Outlander" books seem to be fairly true to actual events. That makes me happy.

Bah. I'm not describing it very well. But I really do like it...

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I do, too. I have the first five and really enjoyed them. But they're long and life got complicated and I stopped following the series, because I can't read books that big in five-minute snatches. Life is much better these days and I may dip back into them. They're extremely entertaining and they do feel authentic. The characters are solid.

I didn't know there was going to be a series. On Starz? I'll investigate and set it to record. Wheeee!

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I read the first one or two books; they were a big, guilty pleasure for me, but I haven't kept up with the series. That's mostly because I lost interest, and I'm not a big fan of fiction, usually. They were pretty racy, as I recall. ??

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Yes, they definitely were/are. But to me, it mostly seemed integral to the story.

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Well, that was probably in my jean skirt days, so I would have thought it best to avoid it.

(Honestly, for my own reasons, I do have to tread carefully with that stuff.)

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Sure. I didn't mean to imply that I thought you should judge differently. :hug:

I don't mind it, although I don't write that way myself (for my own reasons).

The main thing for me is that they're good stories, they're not full of historical howlers, and the characters are three-dimensional. And they move right along for paperbacks well over two inches thick.

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I'm currently reading the most recent volume, "Written in my own heart's blood".

They are very long books, each over 300,000 words - and that's one of my favourite things about the books! I love a meaty book in which one may be immersed in the minutiae (LoTR set me on this road :) )

And the historical minutiae is really enlightening! I love the conflict of perspectives between the characters, and Gabaldon doesn't shy away from the nasty stuff, not even the toileting stuff (unlike LoTR characters, these ones fart and piss and sh*t).

The characters are wonderfully rounded (though Jamie Fraser occasionally steps into superhero territory which can make me twitch), and the intimacy is integral to the story (though, again, sometimes a little too-too).

The cast of characters is large, but they're all fully alive, and none of them are cardboard cutouts.

A really good series of books

Not sure how I feel about a TV dramatisation because too many books get clobbered in the process, but perhaps this will be amongst those which are handled properly.

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They sound like something I will enjoy. I'll hunt them down on eNYPL. Thanks, guys :)

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I bet you will enjoy them, Inanna!

Impish, I agree about the advantage of size. That's something we've lost in modern commercial fiction for the most part . . . that feeling of having a whole world to explore and plenty of time to wander down interesting side paths. These days every single damn thing in the story has to be essential to the character's quest, etc., etc. I think this is why so many people still read Dickens, where a two-chapter osgiliation is nothing and you can just relax and enjoy the journey. Most of us don't live our lives in frantic pursuit of a single objective that everyone else we know is trying to keep us from reaching.

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Sure. I didn't mean to imply that I thought you should judge differently. :hug:



I didn't think you were. :)

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:hug: Just wanted to be sure.

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The Kindle edition is only $4.99 on Amazon...buying it now. I'll see if I like it. 896 pages should do me for a 20+ hour plane ride home. :D

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My aunt is absolutely hooked on these books. While we were in Scotland she made a point of eating at the World's End pub, because it was featured in one of the scenes in the books.

She lent me one, which I read - it wasn't the first in the series, since the time-travelling wife did not appear but was mentioned often. I thought it was good.

I asked about the series on b77, but I was strongly warned against it :P

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I'm sorry, Jude. I just didn't think it'd be your cup of tea. I could be entirely wrong, of course. It's in the genre I consider "bodice-rippers." Others might disagree. :D

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I never really thought of them as bodice-rippers, but I see where that might have some truth to it. We are all made very aware of the loveliness of Claire's bosom. :)



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... that feeling of having a whole world to explore and plenty of time to wander down interesting side paths.


I think this is very well said, and is exactly the reason I like these books. I rather skip over all the intense sexual stuff... I mean, she writes it well, but sometimes I'd rather just tell them to get a room already(!)... but I like that I can just sit and sip at these stories rather than feel compelled to gulp.

I just like the level of detail she puts into it. When she describes the big Scottish Gathering in America, she really draws a picture of what it was like to live in a tent for weeks with lots of other people living in tents... if they were lucky enough to have a tent. I really enjoy that sort of thing.

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