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Subject: Gonna try the Outlander series
Date Posted: 7/1/2008 1:20 AM ET
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I keep hearing great things about this series but I haven't given them a try yet because it's not the type of book I usually read.

Anyone else out there that usually doesn't read books like this but loved these?

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 11:27 AM ET
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You mean the series by Diana Gabaldon, right?  I think there's another Outlander series...

I don't usually read time travel type books but fell in love with Diana Gabaldon's series.  I couldn't wait for the following books to come out!  I hope you enjoy them.  They are HUGE tomes but so good you don't want to finish them-you want them to go on and on...!

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Date Posted: 7/1/2008 11:50 AM ET
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Yes, the series by Diana Gabaldon. I'm hoping it's as good as I hear. I haven't read a "can't put down" book in a long time and I really look forward to reading one again.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 12:07 PM ET
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I read the first one and really disliked it.  I tried the second one and gave up.  I had almost the entire series so I just unloaded them here.  I hope you enjoy them...they were just too romancey for me.  :)

Subject: Outlander series...
Date Posted: 7/1/2008 2:17 PM ET
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.....is a must for anyone with an interest in history and romance.   I have limited bookshelf room and have the entire series.    Will not turn it loose to anyone.    Got started by picking up the first one at the library.   Eventually, I will go to hardback or at least the new paperback design.   First four are regular size and used to begin with.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 4:33 PM ET
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I hope you give them a try  I could not get into the first  one   I have a friend that loves the series.



Date Posted: 7/1/2008 5:35 PM ET
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I'm so jealous of someone starting the series for the first time.  I'll be re-reading this fall for, I believe my 4th time.

Date Posted: 7/1/2008 5:42 PM ET
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Good luck! I'm sitting here looking at the first five in the series on my bookshelf and I've never made it past page fifty of the first book. Everyone I know raves about them but...they don't speak to me. I hold on to them in the hopes that one day, I'll be inspired. Let us know what you think!
Date Posted: 7/1/2008 5:58 PM ET
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I have finished the first four and have the fifth on my bookshelf.  I do not read romance novels, but love historical fiction.  They do have a bit of romance to them, but you just can't help but like Jamie Fraser and want to know what happens to him.  I hope you give them a try and see.  I started the series in May and have already read the first 4 ( at about 1000 pages per book.....my laundry is really piling up!)



Date Posted: 7/1/2008 11:24 PM ET
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I've only read Outlander so far which I liked alot but it took halfway through the book for me to really get into the story.  So I would keep plugging along if you don't get into the story right away. Although I plan to read the rest of the series, I can't really say I fell in love with this book since I'm in no hurry to read the next book.

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Date Posted: 7/2/2008 6:57 AM ET
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Leticia - The same happened to me. I got Outlander and was kind of bored for the first few hours (got the unabridged Audiobook.) Then I listened for 3/4 of it (like 30 hours) and for some reason coudn't finish it. Then, 6 months later, I found the unabridged versions of Dragonfly and Voyager on sale at Audible (for $10 each!) bought them and that gave me the impetus to finish Outlander.

Dragonfly in Amber was the one that really got me into the series. When I was done with that one, I couldn't wait to start Voyager and when I finished Voyager, I went to great pains to get the unabridged version of Drums - which hadn't been released by Audible yet. Thankfully, I found somebody who sold Drums, Cross and Ashes to me. I haven't started Cross yet (decided to take a break from the series) but probably will do so by the end of the year.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 11:28 AM ET
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Hijack ---- I have the trade size paperback of Lord John and The Private Matter. ISBN 0-385-33748-5. PM me and I'll post it right to you...

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 12:46 PM ET
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I've read the first two, and the third one has been in my TBR for months. I have to admit, while the story is interesting, I am not captivated by them, and find that my interest in how the story advances isn't that strong. I'll get around to it ultimately, but I am always fascinated by people who read and reread them, they aren't that good, in my opinion.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 1:26 PM ET
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I love the series, but am hopelessly addicted to historical fiction---and Gabaldon's is some of the best, in terms of accurate period detail. I don't know what you usually prefer, but all the PPs so far have been accurate---her books are long, because they are loaded with detail, and you will feel like you are living in Jacobean times while you are reading them---but I've learned that folks either love her books or hate them. You'll know soon enough which category you fall into!

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 8:19 PM ET
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I think the series is great, but I'll add another warning that the first book is a slow starter!  I wouldn't expect anyone to be "really into" the book until they're maybe 1/3 of the way through or so. 

Most of my favorites seem to be that way -- maybe the rest of the story has more impact when I really know the characters.