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You all may already have this on your radar. But just in case, The Exile, which is a graphic novel of Outlander told from Jamie's viewpoint is due out in a few weeks.
Just trying to help y'all with your TBR piles.
Ok -- I admit that I'm a Gabaldon virgin, though I do have the first 5 Outlander books. One of these days...
Anyway, Gabaldon will be at the National Book Festival in DC on Sat, Sept. 25 -- as will I (though she'll be speaking and signing autographs; I will be milling about with the horde). Who else is game?? It's lots of fun. Here's the web site which I hope will either act as an incentive to get you here or make you really envious: National Book Festival 2010. (You can use this link to vote for your favorite author at the festival -- Gabaldon is leading by over 2500 votes.)
I can even offer up our guest room -- the room service isn't great but we do provide fresh linen and coffee, and, for no extra charge, the cats will sleep with you.
Ok -- I admit that I'm a Gabaldon virgin
OK, I'm over it now. That's a very generous offer, Deb. I hope someone takes you up on it.
We'll be expecting you to report back to the group, ya know.
Oh Deb! I love the National Book Festival! We should totally find a day to go!
Oh wait, it's just one day. For some reason remember it being more. But that's a weekday! Unfair!
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Got The Exile today. I wasn't expecting it to be a hardcover. But it's kinda neat. Like a well-protected comic book. Or is it considered politically correct to say graphic novel?
Okay -- you Gabaldon fans. As I mentioned above, she's going to be at the National Book Festival THIS Saturday -- as will I. Where are you going to be???? Lots of authors, lots of books, lots of readers, lots of fun. Don't miss out. The guest room is still available -- if you're lucky, I might even serve you pancakes from a can!!
Deb, since the pancakes are in a can they can bring their own and "treat" your family! Spread the pancake love coast to coast. I have heard that Galbaldon is verra verra entertaining. It sounds like it would be fun, alas I will have to live vicariously through you. *sigh*
Well, I liked it. I can understand why someone might give it a 4/5 stars. The story is told from Jamie's perspective. (The introduction says it's Murtagh's. But unless M is under the bed during the sex scenes, it's Jamie's. LOL!)
It ends long before Outlander ends, which was mildly disappointing. (Although I can probably live without Jamie's perspective on the rape when Jonathan Randall held him prisoner.)
The graphics are amazing! Murtagh really looks like I envisioned him - the old curmudgeon. Jamie's face is priceless when he learns about the facts of life.
Gabaldon always cracks me up. I was laughing out loud during several scenes.
It isn't a 5-star read, but I felt I got my money's worth. And I'd read it again.
I have received and devoured my copy in the space of a weekend. It was the first graphic novel I'd ever read. It was fascinating to see how the characters were protrayed and how they compared to - or differed from - the pictures I had in my mind's eye. I'm just wondering, since it ended way before the original Outlander, if there are plans to continue the series in the graphic novel format?
<<unless M is under the bed during the sex scenes>>
Eww ... there was a mental image I did not need -- somebody get out the mind bleach.
I've been kind of on the fence about getting The Exile, but it sounds like you all feel like you got your money's worth?
And did you all go look at the image of Jamie's naked rump that had to be edited in the print version?
And did you all go look at the image of Jamie's naked rump that had to be edited in the print version?
Believe me, the print version doesn't leave much to the imagination. That beautiful rump is covered by a thin sheet and supplemented by the exclamation, "Holy God!" Plus, just look at Clare.
This is from Author Carolyn Craine's blog The Trillionth Page I loved it.
That is a really good question, and one that, unfortunately, I don't think this blog answered. Until now.
Dear Google Searcher: Why can't men be more like Jamie Fraser? Yeah, I'm with you sister. I, too, have read Outlander and wondered that. In fact, I think most women who have read Outlander wonder this at some point. It's time for answers! I hope that this list helps.
Reason #1 Men can't be more like Jamie Fraser:
Prime time medical dramas
Toward the beginning of Outlander, Claire uses rudimentary medical skills to set Jamie's dislocated shoulder and disinfect his wound, saving his life. Even though he thinks she is an English spy, he is totally grateful and impressed, and thus begins his fierce, passionate loyalty toward her.
Now, even though I am not a nurse, I do know some things about medical treatments, and I have seen enough movies to know how to set a dislocated shoulder. I can also figure some other things out, and I'm sure I could impress my man in the exact same way . . . if only I got that chance. Do I ever get that chance? No. Thanks to the fact that there are so many doctor shows on TV, my man knows all about clinics and hospitals and modern medicine. When he is wounded, what does he want to do? Go to a doctor. Thanks a lot, House, you jerk!!
Reason #2 Men can't be more like Jamie Fraser:
While belt whipping is one of the few Jamie traits I do not encourage in my man, I think we are probably in agreement, dear Google Searcher, that irrational jealousy, crazy protectiveness, boy-ish benightedness and the need to adhere to primitive clan mores and show dominance are definite signs of passion in a mate. Unfortunately, there is a subset of people who seem completely and entirely dedicated to destroying this, and I think you know who I'm talking about: Therapists. I don't imagine I have elaborate on this point.
Reason #3 Men can't be more like Jamie Fraser:
9-1-1 emergency services
When Claire is about to be burned at the stake - unfairly - for being a witch, what does Jamie Fraser do? He rescues her, of course. By himself. With a SWORD. It was a totally amazing moment. "Jamie drew the sword completely, with a flash of steel, then thrust it point-first into the ground, leaving the hilt quivering with the force of the blow. 'I draw it in defense of this woman, and the truth,' he said. 'If any here be against those two, they'll answer to me, and then God, in that order.'"
Does my man ever come to rescue me with a sword when I'm in trouble? No. And it is not for lack of a sword, I guarantee you. Santa has brought my man numerous swords for Christmas. Unfortunately, my man seems to regard them more as a wall decorations than tools of battle and chivalry, no matter how many hints I drop. Why? Government emergency services, I believe, is at the root of this problem.
Sadly, the message "Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency" has been emblazoned into my man's head since boyhood. That is who he calls whenever I am in trouble. The availability of 9-1-1 rescue services has thwarted his natural instinct to put his life in danger to rescue me in a manly way.
Reason #4 Men can't be more like Jamie Fraser:
Mens' magazines and HR departments and their stupid anti-kilt dress codes.
Of course one of the key things that makes Jamie so lovable is the fact that he wears a kilt - in the traditional way...I think you know what I'm talking about here, Google Searcher.
Kilts are totally hot, but does my man think so? No. You can buy him the manliest of manly kilts, all buckles and rough-hewn fabrics, and still he refuses to give up his precious underwear and pants. It doesn't help that he sees the men in our neighborhood wearing pants, too, so it makes him not want to wear a kilt, even around the house. This is reinforced by the fact that men on TV and in magazines also don't wear kilts. It is like a vicious cycle! And he won't even wear a kilt to work. It's not like the neighbors will be around to laugh at him then. But nooooo, apparently it's against the dress code AND the health code. When you call the human resources department to complain, they are not understanding at all.
Reason #5 Men can't be more like Jamie Fraser:
Middle school sex education, dirty magazines and movies, lax morals
When Clair met Jamie, he was a virgin, and not only that, but hardly knew anything about sex. At one point, Jamie says to her, "While I dinna pretend to know all there is to know, I?ve lived a good bit of my life on a farm, and unless people are verra different from other animals, it isna going to take that long to do what we have to." and "I?ve seen horses and cows, of course, pigs, chickens, doves, dogs, cats, red deer, squirrels, rabbits, wild boar, oh, and once even a pair of snakes. Did ye know snakes have two cocks? Male snakes, I mean."
Oh, Jamie! You are so delightful. I loved how Claire got the chance to open his eyes to the wonders of sex, and what an eager pupil he was, and how hot it was, too!
Just before our first intimate encounter, I naturally began to explain to my man that, even though he had likely spent a lot of time viewing animals performing sexual acts, that human sex is far different than sex between animals . . . well, imagine my surprise when he acts all insulted! Not only that, but it turns out he'd done it before. I blame this on society, education, and all media. Needless to say, this ruined the moment. (As if things weren't already ruined enough by #4!!)
Oh well. I hope that answers your question, Google Searcher. But wait, there's more...
The Verra Good News...
Even though men now aren't like Jamie, we can still enjoy him in book form - more than ever now, since the Outlander is coming out in a graphic novel format in a week! I'm verra psyched!!
What? Do you think by this post that I didn't like the Outlander? Wrong. I'm just being silly, because I loved the Outlander. It took over my mind when I read it, the way very few books do. And, I remember when I read it, I really would have loved some pictures.
The Exile will be a re-telling of the story from the point of view of Jamie, with pictures, of course. (One of which recently appeared on Gabaldon's blog. Thanks, naughty Katiebabs!) Also, here's a free read about the Making of The Exile from Scribd. And, this graphic novel will be discussed at Dirty Sexy Books on October 25th. Yeah!