The Outlandish Companion (Revised and Updated): Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
The Outlandish Companion Companion to Outlander Dragonfly in Amber Voyager and Drums of Autumn - Revised and Updated Author:Diana Gabaldon #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions of readers with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels, the inspiration for the Starz original series. From the moment Claire Randall stepped through a standing stone circle and was thrown back in time to the year 1743?and into a world that threatens life, limb, loyal... more »ty, heart, soul, and everything else Claire has?readers have been hungry to know everything about this world and its inhabitants, particularly a Scottish soldier named Jamie Fraser.
In this beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish, Gabaldon covers the first four novels of the main series, including:
? full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
? a complete listing of the characters (fictional and historical) in the first four novels in the series, as well as family trees and genealogical notes
? a comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage
? the fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel
? frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers
? an annotated bibliography
? essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, creating characters, and more
? professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
? the making of the TV series: how we got there from here, and what happened next (including ?My Brief Career as a TV Actor?)
? Diana Gabaldon?s personal photos from behind the scenes of the Outlander series
For anyone who wants to spend more time with the Outlander characters and the world they inhabit, Diana Gabaldon here opens a door through the standing stones and offers a guided tour of what lies within.« less
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I was rather disappointed in this companion book. After reading J.R. Ward's Blackdagger Brotherhood Insiders Guide, I kinda expected this companion to be similar with inside insight into the characters and little tidbits of information not presented in the books. It read more like a dictionary. There are synopses of each book (through book 4 [book:Drums of Autumn|10988]). She actually broke down each novel into roughly 15 pages or so. No insight just straight text giving the highlights of each novel. I expected more information here.
The chapter on characters was rather interesting but again no new information except the horoscope charts for Jamie and Claire which I were impressive but irrelevant IMHO. Sections on Family Trees, glossary/pronunciation guides and websites/online venues, I found pointless and a waste of space (I did not read but quickly skimmed). The chapter on Lallybroch was interesting but again nothing new just bits and pieces pulled from each of the four novels. The frequently asked question section was really interesting. The nerve of some people (readers) is absolutely amazing. Then there are 100 pages of bibliographies - boring and other than an historian, who would read these pages?
Regardless of the amount of work that went into this publication by Diana Gabaldon, definitely not worth the $40 price ticket.
Lisa R. (LisaRx) reviewed The Outlandish Companion (Revised and Updated): Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn on
Helpful Score: 5
I adore this book! It illuminates the entire Outlander series-- all of its characters, backstories, synopses, time travel theories, and personal anecdotes by the author. In addition, it is a beautiful book. It contains wonderful pen and ink drawings, quirky little sketches, and many black and white photos of relevant buildings, landscapes, and items.
I would not recommend for the "casual" reader, but for anyone who wants to be immersed in Outlander lore.
This covers much of the extensive Scottish and European background of the enduring saga of Jamie and Claire Fraser, but only goes through the first four books, leaving out much of the material Ms. Gabaldon used to make life in the Americas so very convincing in The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow and Ashes. I for one hopes that she will eventually add a second volume to this one...