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- Print Length: 849 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1st edition (September 22, 2009)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2009
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002L6HE46
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I will not go into great detail because you have most likely read her other six novels you know you are staring into a dramatic abyss that will suck you down and hold you until the end of the book and beyond. I am re-reading the series for the third time and it still captivated me just as it did the first time. I have lost a lot of sleep working my way through these books, just as I did the first time, often falling asleep with the book on my lap. Good thing I'm retired now and can sleep in. I think they get even better with re-reading-like a good story told by your grandfather that you love hearing again and again. Plus, the older you get when you read them, the more life experience you have to illuminate what Claire and Jamie are going through as they get older and their love more embroidered.
If you are reading the series for the first time, be sure and have the eighth book at hand when you get close to finishing this one. I actually delayed reading number eight this time as long as I could stand because I knew it still be a long time before number nine would be published. We'll just have to be patient. Perfection takes time and hard work. Thanks again to Diana Gabaldon for creating this world for us Outlanders to explore and treasure.
My theory? She's trying to do a portion of the story in many locales in the US, to satisfy fans. I mean, to end up at Ft. Ticonderoga from N Carolina, on the way to Scotland? And once again, healing a disagreeable fellow who in turn ends up being a fan of Claire's? It's starting to repeat on itself.
For shame, Ms. Gabaldon.
Edit: I've since gotten almost to the end of the book and upped the rating. I still feel that there is a lot of inane 'filler' where small, meaningless stories take up a lot of meaningless pages. Maybe she had a minimum number of pages required. ANYWAY, once they got away from the mind-numbing battlefield stuff, and back to Jamie and Claire and Ian in Scotland and then in Philadelphia, it picked up a lot.
I only read this one so I could see what the next one was about. I had even put this one down for a few months. (Not quite as long as when I had put the 5th one down for a year)
I really hope the next one was worth it.
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Don't pick up another one of these books, just pretend that Diana's editor had the nerve to tell her to quit and that was that. As it is, this novel is another in a string of barely believable, contrived, overlong, turgid reads.
There is a phenomenal amount of pointless detail and minutia that could have been cut with no detriment to the plot, such as it is.
The actions of the main characters are often inconsistent with their previous behaviour and demonstrated personality, such that you begin to think that it's a series about body-swappers rather than time travel.
And then of course you have the now familiar desperately reaching plots that reek of a lack of imagination and a sheer disrespect for the integrity of the story and the intelligence of the reader.
For my sins, I've foolishly started reading the next book and within 80 pages I'm wishing I hadn't bothered. It actually gets worse, quite farcical in fact.
So don't make my mistake, stop after Voyager and remember the first few stories for the quality works that they are.
I've heard in recent interviews that DG doesn't care about what her readers think. If you've read this book, you'll realise that already,
This book was still amazing, and far above the middle aged bonk busters that tend to occupy the historic drama romance genre.
But, I felt like the piecing together of the different points of view was done much less elegantly in this book than in the last few. This made the storyline very stop-start and I fear detracted from the suspense building. Although I will say I mostly had this impression for the first four parts and in the very last part - the middle section read much more like the previous books, for which I am grateful.
So instead I relive them by watching the series on Tv which tells the stories exceptionally well and if anything, for me, have put real faces to the characters and depicted the reality of the living conditions of those two time zones .
I love Outlander and the many hours of joy I have had in the reading of them I can say no more than that. Will I read them again someday when I have finished them all ..... for sure!!
Diana Gabaldon is a great storyteller.
Being Scottish myself I did already know a fair bit about the Jacobite rising and subsequent brutal Highland Clearances, but the story is so beautifully woven through the facts and historical timelines that it has 'breathed life' into this time period for me in a new way.
I can't wait to start the next book -currently the final book, but one can only hope that she will continue to write more, and see where this story ends up next.
This book started off okay and was enjoyable but it feels like the ending was done in a hurry without much thought. Without giving any spoilers, Claire's deicsion at the end of the book was wholly unbelievable! Given all the characters have been through there is no way she would make such a hasty and odd decision with Lord John. Also - Jamie having visions of the future - give me a break. Don;t spoil what has been an amazing series.
A previous reviewer said that if you read this book first you might not read the others and i have to say I would agree. The second book in the series was the most tedious and hardest to persevere with the first half of before it drew you in. However this one whilst exiciting and hard to put down, did disappoint with some ridiculous actions which feel were put in with haste to meet publisher deadlines. Hopefully the 8th installment, having already been pushed back from publishing date, will not have the same issues.