Thursday, April 28, 2011

Outlander (Outlander, #1)Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


As this is the "year of recommended reading", I could not turn down a recent recommendation from a friend, though at first I wanted to. The book looked kind of geeky, and definitely not like something I'd pick up at Chapters. I was hesitant, and I'll admit, I judged the book by its cover.
The first couple chapters of "Outlander" were set in more modern times, and the writing was descriptive and clever enough to keep me interested, until I got to the meat of the book. I could relate to the newlywed heroine, Claire, and I lost myself for a time in her adventures and travels. (I think the Scottish Highlands will be added to my travel list now).
When Claire falls through a passage in time and lands in the middle of the 1700s, I was jarred again by the foreign material I was reading. So far, the writing was progressive and astute, and other than a fear of not liking the book, I decided to continue reading through the science fiction aspects. After all, reading new and varied material was the whole point of my recommended reading resolution.
So I continued reading my time-travel Scottish history quasi-romance novel. I found myself getting attached to the characters, and the story lines involved enough twists to keep me from giving up. After about half the book, I found I no longer wanted to close it, or just "get through it." I enjoyed giggling as I read my husband some of the raunchy romance scenes about "unsheathing swords" and "violent embraces."
I became invested in Claire's triumph over the bad guys. I am pleased with how it ended and would gladly recommend this book to anyone to read seaside, fireside, or curled up in bed.
I also found myself re-thinking the complexities of my daily modern life I take for granted: When reviewed through the eyes of a 1700's maiden, a long hot bath, an application of lip gloss, a sip of foreign chai, all seemed remarkable.
Thanks to my friend for sharing her copy of Outlander with me. I can't quite commit to the rest of the series yet, as I ave a growing list of recommended reading. Next: Tina Fey's Bossypants!



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3 comments:

  1. I don't know if I mentioned it to you before, but I am sure you would love the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. I can't imagine anyone who loves language and books not being hooked by the plot, which literally takes place in the world of fiction. The first several books are available at the library. A definite must-add to your list.

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  2. You hadn't mentioned it before-- so thanks!! :)

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  3. I'm reading "Bossypants" right now. It's GREAT!!

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