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Subject: J. Ardian Lee
Date Posted: 1/31/2008 4:38 PM ET
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I saw one of this author's books posted today. The cover compares the series to Gabaldon's Outlander series, which I really liked. The average AZN review is 4 stars, but a lot of the reviewers are suspect. Has anyone here read any in the series? If so, what did you think?

I'm not sure if I have the right order, but these are the titles:

Son of the Sword

Outlaw Sword

Sword of King James

Sword of the White Rose

Genie

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 3:14 PM ET
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OK, so I'm not the only one who's never heard of him. (: Did anyone else enjoy the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon? I almost hate to take a chance on Lee b/c I don't know how anyone can hold water to that series.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 3:24 PM ET
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I absolutely loved the Outlander series.  That was the series that actually got my hooked on HF.  I have to say that when I read about the J Ardian Lee books on Amazon I was not very impressed with the summaries.  Diana Gabaldon develops very complex characters and plots with levels of meaning.  I think that is why Iike her--good romance too!

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 3:32 PM ET
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I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but they did look kinda cheesy.

btw, did you hear that before the next Outlander, which is planned for 2009, there will be a graphic novel starring Jamie and Claire. See the press release under 11 Jan 2008 on her home page. We'll finally get to see how she envisions Jamie and Claire.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 6:15 PM ET
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I had not heard about the graphic novel.  ANOTHER book to look forward to.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 7:48 PM ET
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I read this series a  couple of years ago. They were interesting, not great but I had to finish the series just to see how it all worked out.

 



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Date Posted: 2/2/2008 4:34 AM ET
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Loved Outlander, was not impressed with Son of the Sword.  Outlander is historical fiction with some romance, Son of the Sword is cheesy romance with some historical fiction in it.  Hope that's helpful.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 7:23 AM ET
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Thanks, everyone! With so much to read, I think I'll let this series slide.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 2:22 PM ET
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It sounds like a series I can skip too.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 6:29 PM ET
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I've read that entire series.  They were very good, and have a similarity to the Outlander series in that they involve time travel back to Scotland's Jacobite wars.  (Though the time traveler in this case is a man.)  Now they are not as detailed and utterly delicious as Gabaldon's books, but still very interesting and well worth the read for anyone interested in Scottish history and/or time travel books.  I've traded away the whole set of 4 here at PBS.  And BTW the author is a woman - this is her website - http://www.sff.net/people/ardian/

 

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 7:32 PM ET
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And BTW the author is a woman - this is her website

Why did I get the impression she was a he? Yikes! Thanks for the clarification, Peggy.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 10:31 AM ET
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I haven't heard of this series either, but not much compares to Outlander IMO.