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Post by Martha » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:36 pm

 

 

Let's discuss this amazing and haunting book! And the whole series, as well! Enjoy!




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Post by Martha » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:36 pm

http://www.lallybroch.com/LOL/jamieout.html

 

Aye, favorite Jamie-sms! 


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Post by Andrijana » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:45 pm

 "There are things that I canna tell , at least not yet. And I'll ask nothing of ye that ye canna give me. But what I would ask of ye---when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. And I'll promise ye the same. We have nothing now between us, save---respect, perhaps. And I think that respect has maybe room for secrets, but not for lies. Do ye agree?"

 

Gotta love this man 


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Post by Andrijana » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:02 pm

Diana Gabaldon's description of Outlander:

 

OUTLANDER (published in the UK under the title CROSS STITCH) is the first novel in the Outlander series. Frankly, I’ve never been able to describe this book in twenty-five words or less, and neither has anyone else in the twenty years since it was first published.  I’ve seen it (and the rest of the series) sold—with evident success—as Literature, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical NON-fiction (really. Well, they are very accurate), Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Military History (no, honest), *** and Lesbian Fiction, and…Horror. (Really!  One of my books beat both George R.R. Martin and Stephen King for a Quill Award in 2006.) Anyway, the only way I’ve ever found of describing this book to anyone is to begin telling them the story. So here goes….   In 1946, after WWII, a young Englishwoman named Claire Beauchamp Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank. She’s an ex-combat nurse, he’s been in the army as well, they’ve been separated for the last six years, and this is a second honeymoon; they’re getting re-acquainted with each other, thinking of starting a family. But one day Claire goes out walking by herself, and comes across a circle of standing stones—such circles are in fact common all over northern Britain.  She walks through a cleft stone in the circle….and disappears. Back into 1743, where the first person she meets is a gentleman in an 18th-century army officer’s uniform. This gentleman, Jack Randall, looks just like her husband Frank—and proves to be Frank’s six-times-great-grandfather. Unfortunately, he also proves to be a sadistic bisexual pervert, and while trying to escape from him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Highland Scots, who are also trying to get away from Black Jack Randall—though for other reasons.   In order to avoid being handed over to Captain Randall, Claire is obliged to marry one of the young clansmen. So she finds herself trying to escape from Castle Leoch and her Scottish captors, trying to get back to her husband Frank, trying to avoid being recaptured by Captain Randall—and falling in love with Jamie Fraser, the young man she’s been forced to marry. The story rolls on from there…   What I used to say to people who saw me sitting outside a store with a pile of books and asked (reasonably enough), “What sort of book is this?”, was, “I tell you what. Pick it up, open it anywhere, and read three pages.  If you can put it down again, I’ll pay you a dollar.” I’ve never lost any money on that bet.


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Post by Andrijana » Fri Nov 22, 2013 5:05 pm

The OUTLANDER series started by accident, when I decided to write a novel for practice, in order to:   Learn what it took to write a novel, and To decide whether I really wanted to do that for real.   I did, and I did—and here we all are, still trying to figure out what the heck you call books that nobody can describe, but that fortunately most people seem to enjoy.   In essence, these novels are Big, Fat, Historical Fiction, à la James Clavell and James Michener.  However, owing to the fact that I wrote the first book for practice, didn’t intend to show it to anyone, and therefore saw no reason to limit myself, they  include…   history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…   you know, the usual stuff of literature.     I don’t like to do things I’ve already done, so (in spite of the fact that this is a series, and does involve the same central characters throughout) each book is unique in structure, tone, approach, and theme. The books can be read independently of each other (I can’t be sure that people seeing the newest one on a bookstore table will realize that it’s part of a series, so the books are (with minor exceptions) engineered to stand alone)mdash; but if you have a choice, I’d strongly recommend beginning at the beginning, with OUTLANDER, and reading through the story in order of publication (I’d say “in chronological order,” but that isn’t necessarily a useful term when you’re playing fast and loose with time, which I not infrequently do):   Outlander, which is published as Cross Stitch in the U.K. Dragonfly In Amber Voyager Drums of Autumn The Fiery Cross A Breath of Snow and Ashes An Echo In The Bone Written In My Own Heart’s Blood: Nicknamed “MOBY,” the new eighth book in the series has a publication release date of March 25, 2014!   [The Lord John Grey novels are in fact part of the series, rather than being a spin-off—but these novels are constructed differently and are focused on Lord John as a central character. Also, while they do include Jamie Fraser as an important character, they don't include Claire, as they (so far) take place during a stretch of time where Claire wasn't physically present. This sub-series can be read either independently of the main series, or as part of it. If you choose to read it as part of the series, you can read these novels after reading VOYAGER.]


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Post by Elizabeth Bennet » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:05 am

Are the 2008 film and this book related? I watched the film in 2009 and it was amaaaaaaazing! Love Sophia Myles and James Caviezel.


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göze aldı.


senin gibi kaçıp gitmedi...!♥♥
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Post by Andrijana » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:24 am

Are the 2008 film and this book related? I watched the film in 2009 and it was amaaaaaaazing! Love Sophia Myles and James Caviezel.

 

Hi Lizzie 

No, that movie and the book are not related! I watched the movie and it's really good (now that you reminded me I should watch it again)!

 

The book is excellent and if you have time you should read it! Alana hooked me and Martie and now we are crazy about it. 

And there is going to be a TV show based on it next year...so now we are like this 


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Post by Andrijana » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:45 am

Meet Jamie and Claire

 

 


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Post by Elizabeth Bennet » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:52 am

Meet Jamie and Claire

 

 

 

you've got me hooked too now! i'm going to look for the book, i wonder if it's easily available though...


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"sen benim felaketimden kaçarken o bana sahip çıktı.


ne kadar aşağılık bir adam olursa olsun; yaptığının bedelini ödemeye


göze aldı.


senin gibi kaçıp gitmedi...!♥♥
"



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Post by Andrijana » Sat Nov 23, 2013 4:59 am

you've got me hooked too now! i'm going to look for the book, i wonder if it's easily available though...

 

You are in for quite an adventure! I am happy you are going to join us 

 

I have it in e-pub format, I can send it to you or PM link where you can find it


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