I really like the story behind this series, and particularly enjoy the TV series. However, after the third book, the amount of detail becomes a bit tedious, and unnecessary. Also, the author uses the same phrasing over and over again. It would be interesting to count how many times she uses "to and fro" (sometimes several times within a few pages), Jamie "raises an eyebrow" or "coughs", and the image of someone, usually Claire, shivering, although it's warm. It seems at this point she's run out of ideas. This book could have told the story adequately in half the pages, as a lot of it is filler. And I think she's forgotten that Jamie can't wink, because he does in this book, but couldn't before. But I'll keep reading the series just to say I did, and to see how they deal with it for the TV series.
I have loved these books since I was given Voyager as a gift. Have read them all, now rereading them after a break of some years. My favourite was probably A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Despite the initially daunting size of the book, I soon felt as if I didn't want the book to end! This was the sign of a good book. I have been enjoying the TV series,too.
It's hard not to like the Outlander series. This sixth book in the series was as compelling as the last. Now I have to start book seven!
Dec 19, 2015....just finished this, and it was a slow go as I was listening to the audio book as well. Davina Porter does such a GREAT job of narrating this series. So many different voices. This was my third time reading this book, and I was so surprised that I didn't recall the answers to the mysteries....however, in my defense, the answers are all pretty much revealed in the last 50 pages or so, and it is all pretty rushed. Looking forward to my second read of the next book....I will listen to that one as well.....and then on to the next one, which I will be reading for the first time. I'm getting too old to re-read this series again, and I will not do it if she writes another. I have way too many books on my for later shelf!
Still a page turner, fascinating new characters and new things to learn about familiar characters. But just under 1000 pages is a bit heavy for reading in bed . . . . Gabaldon makes her point, though—many points—that the years 1772 to 1776 in NC, which most of us know so little about, were crucial in the history of the Rev. War. At the beginning, unrest is ambiguous, if sometimes deadly, and felt on Fraser's Ridge. A new time traveler appears, always associated with the Beattles, a stupid man, evil but ultimately helpful to the Frasers in an unexpected way. Stephen Bonnet reappears just as one would expect, and it takes a whore and all the men in the family to resolve the matter. Gabaldon knows just how to end chapters, and books, so that you have got to have the next one waiting in your pile. Oh, and the house burns, not on the scheduled date, but the family all survive the fire. Whether it's predestination or not, they have to, or the books can't go on. This is way too long, way too melodramatic, but I still love her work, and her people—the ones I don't detest. Some surprising revelations about old standbys, including the Bugs, Aunt Jocasta, and some of her slaves. On this reading, I finally got out my Rand MacNally Atlas, because there are two trips from Fraser's Ridge to the Coast and I wanted to know how many of the places were real and how close I could come to placing Fraser's Ridge. One of my ancestors was born in NC and fought in the Rev. War; I did find the county, and the Frasers and MacKenzies traveled through it. Now I want to look at one of the near-contemporary map collections to understand the story better. Gabaldon does her research!
I've become accustomed to the slow meandering tone of the series, interspersed with page-turning action sequences. That's why the last quarter of this books seemed so rushed. An awful lot of stuff happens very quickly and I didn't feel the author really was emotionally invested at that point. I hope the next book is more polished. And I will read it when it comes out.
Thoroughly enjoyable read and filled with interesting scenes and vignettes with our favorite characters. As is typical with the series, the action intensifies in the last half so that you have to rush out to get the next one.
NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.
My favorite of the series so far. Like a collection of mini-stories about the characters we have grown to know and love.
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