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Yeah, it's the nitty-gritty stuff. I also find that very interesting - must have taken quite a bit of research and putting herself in the spot to get that level of realism.

The romance-side is occasionally too-too, as I said above; not gratuitous, exactly, but perhaps takes up too much space on the page :P , and is a let down compared to the realism in the rest of the story.

Al, what's Cross-stitch? (will google in a second, so probably shouldn't post the question, but too late now).

ETA: Eh-heh! First book in the series. That's one of the problems with reading on the Kindle; I rarely look at the cover, and so tend to forget the title of the book (and the name of the author). Also, I bought the whole Outlander series (except the last book) as a bundle for $20, so I have them all in one volume, which is just called The Outlander Bundle. I'd forgotten the title, Cross Stitch, completely.

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In the U.S. the first book is called Outlander. And for some reason I have two copies of it. :scratch: So I guess I've only read four of them. (The two copies have different covers.)

I got a Kindle deal on the first one and took it, and I may dig back in that way. I do find the Kindle really useful for reading large books! And long series such as Patrick O'Brian—it's nice to read straight from the end of one book to the beginning of the next without getting up to go hunt down a book that's probably not where I left it two years ago.

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The Kindle has been invaluable to me when traveling...and certainly while I am in Africa. I love that you can adjust the size of the print. And I have a case with an integrated light, so I never need to worry about whether the reading light is bright enough, or if I am disturbing someone else by having the light on.

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The Kindle paperwhite has saved my sanity. I can indulge after Irika has gone to sleep, lying next to her. :)

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I love to snuggle up in the dark and read for a while before I go to sleep, and so does Mr. Prim. It is just so peaceful. It's a lovely way to ease into sleepiness. I think it also helps to go to sleep with a story in my head rather than frets about the day, or about tomorrow.

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Absolutely... :)

ETA: so I've put a hold on the series' book 1 and 2 on NYPL. Yayyyy - a new author, a new series.

I am reading Amelia Peabody right now... thanks to the person who recommended that one (sorry, don't remember who it was).

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I love that series—another new one! It's been awhile since I read one, but I'm hoping to have TWO (separate) WEEKS at the beach this summer, so. . . .

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:10 am 
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So, I didn't realize this, but the showrunner for Outlander is Ronald D. Moore, who also ran the reboot of Battlestar Galactica—a brilliant, unrelenting piece of television, with superb writing and acting. My interest in Outlander has spiked even higher.

The first episode will be available online this Saturday, August 2nd. The run on Starz premieres the following Saturday.

The story on EW.com:

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/11/outla ... ine-early/

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So - I finally started reading this and while I think it is a fun read, I am realising after getting about half-way through it that nothing really happens.

I mean, the premise is kinda of cool, but it's not really an adventure story, is it? More like a series of historical events, with this woman from the future narrating it for you. I keep waiting for there to be some kind of denouement or climax to the story, but I think it's more like Jane Austen Goes to Scotland. A costume, period drama...an observation.

I don't find them particularly "racy" - I mean there IS sex and yada yada yada, but she's enjoying herself and it's with her husband, so, not that big a deal.

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So I watched the first episode. Looked pretty good, if a bit of a "bodice-ripper". Nice to see Graham McTavish in there. However, the one thing I couldn't get over was how much the two leads looked like James Herriot and his missus!

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JS, about halfway in the first book?


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JS, about halfway in the first book?
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About 2/3 through book one.

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Alatar, that's eerie!

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JS, about halfway in the first book?
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About 2/3 through book one.


Stick to it. Seriously.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:27 am 
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Oh, I am finishing it...about 4/5 of the way through now. It's a fun read. But no real story, AFAIC!

Lots more sex, though.


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So, did anyone end up watching it?

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I did, and will continue when season 1 resumes. It's well done. The sex is pretty definite but is more discreet than the book. There are some possible triggers for sensitive people that might have more impact on the screen than in the book. But I was impressed by the writing and acting, by the camera work and locations, and by the overall drive of the story. The music is also fine, I thought.

And it's nothing like as grim as Battlestar Galactica! There's a level of humor I appreciate.

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I will check if it's on demand!


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Oh, and Jamie is easy to look at. :D

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Primula Baggins wrote:
There are some possible triggers for sensitive people that might have more impact on the screen than in the book.

Related to sex or violence?

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