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Subject: Agh, I am so pathetic!
Date Posted: 5/9/2008 8:10 PM ET
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I received Outlander last week and started reading it while walking back down the driveway. Then I preceeded to ignore everyone for the next two days. If that wasn't bad enough I couldn't even wait for my PBS copy of Dragonfly in Amber and went over to the library to check it out and Voyager as well. Some how my laundry and dishes got done, but I think I forgot to feed the kids a few times (or I would just throw granola bars and chicken nuggets at them) so now I need an emotional break because everytime I even think about certain memorable parts I just start crying, even days later, and DH cannot figure out what is going on (or why I asked him to grow 5 inches, dye his hair red and wear a kilt).  That was a super long run on sentence. The only upside, other than of course reading these (I bless and curse you Diana!) was that I lost 3 pounds from forgetting to eat. How did I get this wrapped up?!

Are the next few this heavy? I feel the need to invest in Kleenx if so.

 

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 8:15 PM ET
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Welcome to the world of Outlander, and I see you have already been well-initiated!  They are very heavy, intense books, as you have found with the first one, and yes, the rest are the same, if not worse in some cases.  They are so fantastic though, it is hard to put them away.  I actually made it all the way through the first 5 books, straight in a row, got about 1/4 into the 6th one, and burned out.  I needed to do some lighter reading for awhile, and besides that, I'd be sad to finish the 6th one and then not have the next one to dive right into!  I would definitely advise you to pace yourself with these, as I wish I had done myself.  I'll get back into the 6th one later this year, so that I can be prepared when the next one comes out sometime next year.  Enjoy!

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 8:21 PM ET
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I have Outlander on my TBR pile, I think I may need to move it up.

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 9:20 PM ET
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I think I'm steering clear of these LOL..I'm already an emotional basketcase half the time...

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 10:08 PM ET
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I read the first one by itself because that was all I had... then i had 2,3,4 and read them without a breath inbetween.  They DO take over your life once you get into them.  I have book 5 but have been hesitating... becuase I know I will stop a lot of life as I know it once I start it.

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 11:31 PM ET
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 ...DH cannot figure out what is going on (or why I asked him to grow 5 inches, dye his hair red and wear a kilt).

ROFL -- I think I need a re-read!  I don't remember it being that good!

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 11:57 PM ET
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Oh, I know exactly what you mean - I found myself completely consumed by All Things Outlander after I picked up book 1 a little over a year ago at the book store, not knowing anything about it except the back cover blurb (half covered by the price tag). Then I had to get the rest right away! I have done about 4 re-reads, including purchasing books 1-4 as audio from audible.com, because hearing them adds a whole new dimension.

I finally have pulled back enough to stop obsessively checking all the Outlander-related websites 2 times a day and am making myself wait for another re-read. Although I found all of them emotionally involving, there's only 1 scene, in book 6, that makes me cry buckets every single dang time. So if you're already crying in by book 3, yeah, stock up on kleenex. Wait, have you already read Voyager? Because I think the reunion scene is tissue-worthy too.

When I read it the first time, I didn't even know who the 18th c Scot was that becomes her husband because the price tag covered his name. I actually didn't even guess who it would be and was surprised at the "turn" of events, although on subsequent re-reads it seemed a lot more obvious!! I was truly an Outlander virgin, having no idea of the major following this series has - I was just fascinated by time travel, since I had just completed The Time Traveler's Wife. I feel incredibly lucky to have picked it up on a whim.

 

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:39 AM ET
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Well, just after reading your posts I went and added Outlander to my WL!!!  Hope I can find a copy soon because it sounds like something I could really enjoy!  Love the time travel aspect!!!!

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 2:58 PM ET
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You ought to go ahead and list all 6 books on your WL because book 1 ends with a sort of cliffhanger (you could theoretically just stop there, and let your mind think it's a HEA) and book 2 ends with such a big cliffhanger that you will be sorry if you don't have book 3 ready to go. i have no clue how people that bought book 2 when it first came out managed to wait the years before book 3 came out! Well, I guess just knowing there are already 6 books, and at least 2 more to go, the end of book 2 might not seem like the biggest cliffhanger ever, but still... that last sentence...

Also be forewarned that the beginning of book 2 can come as a shock - at least I've seen people remark that it was to them.

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 4:14 PM ET
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They are all pretty intense emotionally but none to me as intense as Dragonfly in Amber.  I would suggest maybe reading a harlequin or two between them to calm yourself down. LOL  I've read them all at least 3 times and they never get old.

Sherri

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 8:59 PM ET
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:)  Took your advice and WL'd all of the series, except Book #2, which I ordered.  Will have to wait until I get the first one before reading it  tho, so I know what's going on!  Thanks for all your reviews!!!

Date Posted: 5/10/2008 10:55 PM ET
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I just feel the need to boast here, that my husband does the SEXIEST scottish accent you ever heard. Gets me every time.

He is also fabulous at reading aloud. Hmmm.... how do I get him to read me a Kresley Cole.... ;-)

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 12:42 PM ET
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Can someone list the other books in the series? I have the first one, but I'd like to have all of them  before I start.

Thanks!!

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 12:48 PM ET
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Here they are, Kristy:

Outlander

Dragonfly in Amber

Voyager

Drums of Autumn

The Fiery Cross

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

An Echo in the Bone (supposed to be out in 2009)

 

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 1:11 PM ET
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I read these while I was pregnant. I was having contractions while trying to finish up A Breath of Snow and Ashes. lol

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 5:47 AM ET
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Thank you Lesley!!

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 6:18 AM ET
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Oy, I have books 1-4 coming to me...I have already read Outlander once, but need my own copy...I have decided though to get any swap reading done now, before I get started on those... my tissue box is looking kinda low, too:)

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 10:29 PM ET
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OMG i just got it too and am having the same problem...I have also forgotten to eat.....its wonderful I already want to re-read it!!!!

Jess

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 9:15 AM ET
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Rest assured, you are not alone--Outlander tends to do that to you; it becomes an obsession like no other book/series.  After reading Outlander, I read all 6 million words of the series to the exclusion of almost everything else over the next six weeks.  Very little else got done including housework and DH was a little neglected.  I'd read during work breaks and stretch my lunch; I even read at stop lights on the way home, believe it or not. 

After six weeks of this, he threatened to divorce me if I "didn't stop reading."  Well, by that time the series was done and I didn't have any more of it to read, so I did stop temporarily and I went searching for other romance books.  Haven't found anything else nearly as good, but I have found some really great authors.  This is the book that got me hooked on romance. 

 

Wish I could say it made me stop eating; nothing seems to dull my appetite, unfortunately.



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Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:25 AM ET
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While I don't consider the Outlander series to be "romance" it is what got me started reading romance too...it left me wanting to read about more big brawney Highlanders! 

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 2:03 PM ET
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Sarah F said "While I don't consider the Outlander series to be "romance" it is what got me started reading romance too...it left me wanting to read about more big brawney Highlanders! "

 

Sarah - I did exactly the same! For almost exactly the same reason! Well, first I read Time Traveler's Wife (also not "romance') which got me wanting more time travel, then I read the entire Outlander series, which led me to Romance (actually, via Gabaldon's own Methadone and favorite book lists on her website!). Now I have a book-a-day habit that is hard to keep up, but I'm managing - 25 cent book sales, PBS, book exchanges, used book stores, and the occasional Actual New Book Purchase! (occasional = no more than 1x week...). Unfortunately for my pocket book, I have a deep-seated aversion to returning library books, so I don't check books out anymore.

I've finally stopped craving other Highlander heroes - a couple of not-great Highlander imitators in the Romance section convinced me nobody does it like Gabaldon, anyway.

For anyone who likes spoilers, Gabaldon has posted a LOT of excerpts from An Echo in the Bone (book 7) on the compuserve forum - visit her website for links.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 6:49 AM ET
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I could've sworn a while back that someone said that Diana Gabaldon herself does NOT consider her books romance...which I agree with in a way, they all have a romantic element. Anyway I was searching online yesterday for a copy of The Fiery Cross and every site I looked at had it classified as Romance...

I just started Dragonfly in Amber...I got my best friend so hyped up about these books that I need to get them read, so she can read them!

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 9:22 AM ET
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Eileen, that's true!  She wrote Outlander to "prove to herself that she could" write a book.  She didn't set out to write a romance and doesn't consider it a romance but a "story about a marriage" - which I definitely think it is.

Sherri

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 9:56 AM ET
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Quotes from the back of Dragonfly in Amber... (Underlining is mine)

"Plenty of action. Plenty of Sex... Diana Gabaldon is a born storyteller."- Arizona Replublic

"Diana Gabaldon is light-years ahead of her romance-novelist colleagues."- Daily News (New York)

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 11:03 AM ET
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While there are plenty of romantic moments in the Outlander series, it doesn't fit the genre of Romance Novel, especially with the whole HEA. It doesn't really fit any genre exactly - so I believe it was originally marketed by the publishers as Romance genre to build an audience, but Gabaldon fights hard to get it shelved in the regular fiction section of bookstores now.

There's always a lot of controversy in discussing the topic of whether or not it is a Romance (and I use the capital R on purpose) - you can check out her forum at Compuserve to read her own thoughts about that. She is a fan of Romance and reads it herself, so she isn't dissing Romance - the series just doesn't fit the genre definition.

Just having love/sex scenes doesn't make it a Romance - if that were so, a whole lot of books need to be reclassified...! Anyone reading them expecting a HEA will be disappointed because so far, there hasn't been an ending for the hero and heroine at all, happy or not! But yeah, there's sexual tension and love scenes, and there's death, and birth, and families, and everyday life, and adventure, and violence, and pirates, and mystery, and murder, and time travel, and other paranormal elements, and a lot more.

But mostly, it's a great story! (a very looong story)

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