“Outlander Series” by Diana Gabaldon

Posted 14 December, 2010 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Fiction / 2 Comments

“Outlander Series” by Diana GabaldonOutlander by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Dell Books on 2005
Pages: 896
Genres: Fiction
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads: The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Whew, after 6 months I am finally putting down the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Granted, I only finished 6 out of 7 of the books, but I definitely needed to take a break. And I fully intend to finish the last one at some point (the fiance wants me to wait at least a year. He can’t handle this series anymore, apparently it was “painful”). For the record, I loved the books. But six of those things in a row was a pretty ambitious task (that I realized halfway through the sixth book). I flew through the first ones, but once school started, it took me almost 4 months to finish the last one.

Typically, I read at least 2 or 3 books a month. I knew that when school started my reading would slow down because I’d be busy, but I never expected it to take so long to finish one book!! The series was about time travel, love, lost love, family, and a whole lot of history, including good old North Carolina back in the late 1700’s. Like I said, I loved the books. Just tedious. Definitely not a book you can pick up and put down after a few minutes. I think the reason it took so long to read was because I wouldn’t pick it up unless I had at least half an hour to read, but that was so rare that I didn’t pick it up much.

So, now I am reading Marley and Me. Which, I have to admit, I am flying through. I think I was reading the Outlander books for so long that I forgot how tedious the writing was. Kind of like how it takes longer to read really old classics because the writing style is so different. It doesn’t mean it isn’t a great book, just that it takes a bit longer to read. And with that said, I am off to read Smile

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Allison Hiltz
Allison is a voracious reader, Law & Order aficionado, serial napper, shark conservationist, and crazy coffee drinker. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Public Policy and lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two rescue dogs. She can be contacted at allison(at)thebookwheelblog(dot)com.
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  • http://loveatfirstbook.com Rebecca @ Love at First Book

    I am dying to read the Outlander series, but because it is so long, I’m a little intimidated to start it! I probably should also finish the Game of Thrones series first!

    • The Book Wheel

      I flew through the first five and slowed down in the sixth. I never finished the seventh and my husband is dreading me picking it up again because I read them all in a row.