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Subject: Outlander series...again!
Date Posted: 5/20/2008 11:57 AM ET
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I know we have discussed Outlander over and over again, but it really deserves it, does it not? I just finished Dragonfly in Amber......I had a very hard time reading this book. After the initial shock in the beginning I was very nervous and hesitant throughout the rest because I kept on waiting for some calamity to befall them......now I am not left with a happy feeling. I am anxiously awaiting Voyager to come in the mail. I had hoped it would get here before I finished but I couldn't make myself quit reading......The whole story line disturbs me.......In a good way though. I have absolutely loved this series and am already planning on purchasing it to re-read which is absolutely unheard from me. I don't reread anything. I feel a bit obsessed! Uhhhhhh…..
Date Posted: 5/20/2008 12:02 PM ET
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Voyager is outstanding IMHO.  The best in the series (after Outlander the first one, of course).  You'll be happy you ordered it.  Very emotional.  I'm sure by now you know it the reunion book (they're finally reunited after 20 years apart), so this is not much of a spoiler.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 12:12 PM ET
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Yes I had read that much in another post.....it better be there when I get home today or I am going to go mental!

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 12:48 PM ET
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I agree, this series is great.  I'm reading Drums of Autumn right now.  It's a bit slower but I'm still enjoying it.  I have already purchase the following two books.  These are all keeper books for me because I know I'll eventually reread them. :)

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 12:50 PM ET
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They are all good.  Some people say that The Fiery Cross is "slow" and "drags" but if you can enjoy it for what it is - its actually a very rich and detailed addition to the series and there are alot of good quotes and sections in it.  Outlander is still my all time favorite but Voyager is a very close second!

Sherri

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 2:50 PM ET
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Another vote for Voyager being my favorite after Outlander.  DIA was SO emotionally draining, but it's worth it for what you get in Voyager.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 3:17 PM ET
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That is exactly how I feel about it....I have had the most horrible ups and downs....the begining liked to killed me! I was not expecting that! I didn't even want to keep reading. I am really looking forward to Voyager.....

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 4:45 PM ET
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oh gosh - DIA should contain a warning sticker: MUST HAVE VOYAGER STANDING BY because, sheesh, what a cliff hanger at the end!! And I love the first line in Voyager too.

There should be a 12 step program for shaking off the obsession. Next you'll be downloading the audio books, then visiting the various online forums 2-20 times a day to read the spoilers for the next book, and... well, it's never ending, once it's in your blood. Didn't someone else just post she asked her husband to start wearing a kilt??

I just read Marsha Canham's Pride of Lions and Blood of Roses, and kept wondering if they would run in to Jamie and Claire... You know, maybe in the infirmary after Prestonpans, or... (I'm doing a re-listen of DIA right now, so it's all twisted up in my head)

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 5:00 PM ET
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The warning is a GREAT suggestion! I too suddenly only have eyes for kilt clad men....alas there are none in GA :(  I actually met a guy from Scotland a few years ago while he was here teaching soccer (football) camps. He was such a cutie, and the way he said my name just about drove me nuts! I CAN'T wait until Voyager gets here. I have been stalking random Outlander web sites today....it is all quite sad!

Jess :)

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 5:56 PM ET
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Oooh yeaaah, isn't DIA just wrenching?  I cried buckets but couldn't stop reading!  Plus, I read it way back when it first came out, so Voyager wasn't even written yet.  Wanna guess what was at the top of my birthday list the next year?

Outlander and Voyager are my fav's in the series too!  Followed by Snow & Ashes, I think....  DIA was really fantastic, but I'm only strong enough to revisit it in small portions.

Kudos to Gabaldon on her research though.  She'd never been to Scotland when she wrote DIA!  I got a chance to study in Edinburgh the year after I read DIA and her descriptions of that city are perfect!  Seriously, I could look around the old portions of the city (where I walked everyday  to get to class) and feel like I could bump into the Outlander characters in the street.  I was forever finding myself in places where I immediately remembered such-and-such scenes happening in the book -- it was such a hoot! 

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 10:44 AM ET
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Ahhhh! I am so jealous I would love to live in Scotland! Even for a brief period of time...and not just due to my recent readings...I have always wanted to go there :) I am almost finished with Voyager now...I don't have DA yet but I think I will be able to wait the few days....I am in a happier place with Voyager that I was DIA. I really love this series!

Jess

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 11:19 AM ET
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Told you it was great.  Though I went through terror swhen she almost did Jamie in.

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 9:34 AM ET
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Jess,

You must have missed the Ga (in Fairburn) Renaissance Festival, the first weekend in May was the Scots & Kilts weekend. (I'm in GA too) You'll have to hit the Highland's games in the Carolinas sometime. My grandmother immigrated from Scotland so I love family gatherings just to listen to them talk and to see my uncles dressed in their tartans is too cute.

Glad to see you love the series too!

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 7:25 PM ET
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If anyone is in GA or close to northern GA...there's a Highland festival in Blairsville on June 12th I believe.

Sherri

Date Posted: 5/27/2008 4:20 PM ET
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Katie,

I haven't been to the Renaissance festival in years. I can't ever remember when it is. :( I will have to diligently research it next year!

I must try the highland festival this year......that sounds like it could be lots of fun!

 

 

 

Jess



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Date Posted: 5/28/2008 4:20 PM ET
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I keep thinking I am going to start this series.  I just have not found the time to commet to it.  :)  After all the talk here I think I might have to take a couple weeks off work and read it.

Date Posted: 5/28/2008 5:17 PM ET
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I've read outlander and Dragonfly in Amber about 3 yrs ago and then stopped.  I kinda remember some of the story but not all. Do ya'll think I'm gonna have to go back and reread the first two or do you think I'll be okay starting with book 3 Voyager. 

Melissa

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 10:41 AM ET
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I think you could start with Voyager. She repeats her self and or explains past things here and there but it is definitely worth re-reading...I can't believe you stopped at DIA...I almost died waiting on the next book! :)

Lori, you should take a few weeks off and maybe tell your family to go on vacation without you...the books are completely absorbing!