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Subject: Outlander newbie question
Date Posted: 4/9/2010 8:26 AM ET
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I just got the first book in the "Outlander" series; I'm about half-way through. I'm enjoying it, but it seems more of a historical novel, with no fantasy elements other than that, at the beginning, the heroine goes back in time.

There's no magic, no magical critters, nothing I consider fantasy, just a straight historical tale---which is very good, but not what I expected.

Do more fantasy elements appear later in this book or others?

Date Posted: 4/9/2010 11:24 AM ET
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I've never read Outlander, but I do think that it is more HF than fantasy.

Date Posted: 4/11/2010 3:47 AM ET
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There are some elements to the book that are more of an arguement about fate vs. choices.  But no, I wouldn't classify them as, say, paranormal.

I think they're excellent through the 4th or 5th book, then I lost patience with the author.  I just cannot see people in colonial times anywhere in the world saying "effing." (or f-ing.)  I'd say keep reading it!

Date Posted: 4/14/2010 10:45 PM ET
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I've read all of the books and the only fantasy elements are the time travel.  I've gotten through the later books (did skim some sections) but don't think that they were as good as the earlier.

Subject: The Outlander Series is Historical fiction
Date Posted: 5/7/2010 7:26 PM ET
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I've read the entire series and a couple in her Lord John spinoff.  I agree, the only "fantasy" is the time travel and it is treated like taking a bus, "have diamond will travel".  I agree with the above assessments.