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Subject: inescapable comparison to Diana Gabaldons Outlander Series
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:30 PM ET
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What a crock!!

I got this book because on the cover it said:

This series draws inescapable comparison to Diana Gabaldon's Outlader series.

Now, it was an alright book, but the only thing it had in common with Outlander was that he wore a kilt and she was a sasunach.  I was very dissapointed.

Then again, maybe I had my hopes up too high.

The book was called 'Sword of the White Rose'.   Have any of you read it??


Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:33 PM ET
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No, but if anything is going to draw someone in, it's the promise of another Outlander.  I spoke to an author once who said that they have no control on what goes on their cover and that sometimes comments are made on other books using their names and they haven't even read the book.  It's just a draw to the reader.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:42 PM ET
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hmmm... I hadn't even heard of it, much less read it, but I'm an Outlander Addict, so I looked around.

My research (looking it up on Amazon.com) shows it was written by J. Ardian Lee, it's the 4th in a series, there's only 1 review and it's by Harriet Klausner (#1 Amazon reviewer, famous for her reviews all being 5 stars, infamous for possibly not existing or maybe not having read the books she reviewed). The series plot is something about a fairy bringing a 20th c man to 18th c Scotland to help the Jacobites, and this book concerns that fellow's son... It's 300 pages and no publication date is given.

Maybe it's a sort of joke, comparing it to Outlander, as in "no way could this ever compare to Outlander" or "if you are looking for a better series, read Outlander"? OK, it concerns 18th c Scotland and the protaganist tries to stop the battle......... hmmmm.....

(edited my comments because the first book in the series starts in 1713, before the first Jacobite uprising, although this book is about Culloden) 

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Date Posted: 6/12/2008 2:11 PM ET
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NOTHING compares to Outlander...sorry.  Its in a class by itself.


Date Posted: 6/12/2008 2:21 PM ET
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Ditto to what Sherri said!  I think it would tick me off that a publisher would try to ride the coattails of DG's success by marketing a book in that way (assuming the author didn't set out to do that him/herself).  That's the same reason I never read any book or series that is touted as "the next Harry Potter" either.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 7:46 PM ET
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I agree with Sherri also. Nothing I've read comes close to Outlander for Scottish time travel. I love that the present day is right after WWII, too.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 10:27 PM ET
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I am with Leslie and Sherri that would have made me mad....

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 12:23 PM ET
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The only book I've ever read even remotely similar to Outlander was Outlaw by Susan Johnson, though not nearly as well written.