Outlander

You’ll understand if I close Christmas and move right along, won’t you?  I received some awesome gifts that deserve recognition, but that will have to wait for another day, or week even.

There is a happy update on Sissy on her blog.   Thank you for your kind support!

Courtesy of B&N

It’s hard to knit with a 45 lb. basset in your lap, so I’ve done more reading and less knitting of late.  Yesterday, I rather abruptly finished Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I have mixed feelings about this book. 

Oh – wait – spoiler warnings!  I can’t talk about my up and down “relationship” with this novel without giving away a few plot details.

Continue at your own risk…

I wasn’t sure how I’d like this book, so I put off reading it for years.   I’m not big on science fiction, especially time travel, but I do love me some historical fiction.  There’s a very strong part of my family tree with its roots in Scotland, so the setting did intrigue me, and once I started reading, my Pict-Scot blood was pumping, enjoying the folklore and more. 

And yeah, I loved the whole Jamie-Claire thing… for the first seventeen trials, tribulations and triumphs.  Then, it made me skim.  Yawn.  Yeah, yeah, love always wins, but there’s no happily ever after.  Got it. 

One friend (no links, but she knows who she is!) had warned me that I might not care for the sex.  For the first half of the book, I rolled my eyes and thought that it worked well with the whole character development-plot thing.  Then…  it got to be a bit much.  I’m not talking that whole historical romance flowery descriptive stuff…  I’m talking graphic, porn-type gore that honestly, even a bad nightmare couldn’t have generated such in my wee, sheltered mind.

Was it necessary for the plot?  The author thought so, and maybe if I keep reading in the series, I’ll see why Captain Randall  had to be SO depraved, but right now, I don’t see that happening.  Yeah, I want to know more about the stones and I want to see Frank again (and Jenny… my favorite character by far), but I don’t know that I’ll be up to reading on right away, if ever.

Sure, The Sparrow also had some depravity that was VERY hard to read, but somehow, it seemed more essential to the big picture than this did.  Can someone who read Outlander explain to me why Claire had to pretend to be Black Jack Randall to snap Jamie back to life?  I just don’t get it, and maybe that one scene is the stumbling block for reading on into the series…

I think I’m going back to my cozies for a while.  Then when my mind is read for something with a little more heft, there’s World Without End and the new Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, more historical fiction without all the sexual drama, if Pillars of the Earth is any indication…

Are you getting any reading in with the holiday festivities?  What do you read when your mind needs to rest and your spirit needs to be washed in hope?

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11 comments on “Outlander

  1. Nichole says:

    I thought I’d get a lot of reading and knitting in over the weekend, but pretty much NOTHING happened. Today is my Friday this week and then I have 5 days off… plans are to knit and read!

  2. Sue says:

    Santa brought me my very own Kindle. I guess he got the idea because I was always asking Rob questions about his. It came loaded with the complete works of Dickens. I’m a huge Dickens fan, so I was well pleased. I’ve spent so many hours with my Kindle this weekend that nothing else has gotten done. Today I have to put it down and attend to a few household tasks.

  3. gMarie says:

    I’m slowing reading along in the last cozy I have at the house – might stop on the way home tonight and see if they have the next one.

    I don’t really ‘do’ heavy. I do have a stack o’books to start on soon. I’m close to a day of reading and nothing else. g

  4. Mary says:

    Started and finished one 440 pg book on Boxing Day and finished another one last night (despite working all day yesterday). Seem to be in fast read mode. I need light fare to read when my mind is a jumble…though Son#3 gave me the Autobiography of Mark Twain (1000 pg) for Christmas.

  5. kn1tty cat says:

    Maybe I just ignored the parts you were uncomfortable with, I don’t know – I read it many, many years ago – I love the story and concept though. My mother died unhappy with the author b/c she did not finish the story line before she passed away! Onto another author, have you read Sharyn McCrumb? Her Appalachian books are wonderful….

  6. AlisonH says:

    Sheldoncomics.con, the last few days. I love that it makes me laugh and sometimes think.

  7. Kathy says:

    Interesting review. I don’t know this author or book but I don’t think it’s on my must-read list. I got two new books for Christmas, Life by Keith Richards (love a good rock star autobiography) and The Confession by John Grisham (can’t resist his lawyer stories). Best of all, I got a Kindle!

    Happy new year to you!

  8. I totally agree about Outlander. Yet…I have it on my Kindle, thinking I might try it again, as it’s been a long time since I first read it. As for me, no reading since I finished up A Christmas Carol. I got hooked on Every Word on the Kindle…oh dear!

  9. I’m not reading the spoilers because my sister has been bugging me for ages to read this book!

  10. Kathy says:

    Knitting a little and squeezing a bit of reading between much needed naps ;).
    Nice review of this book.

  11. Amy Darsie says:

    Now see … I love the hard-core erotica, so I might enjoy it! But I’m just rotten that way. LOL

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