READ: Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series – By Cassie Lynne
Things I generally dislike:
So how could I possibly fall in love with Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series? After finishing An Echo in the Bone, the seventh and, for now, final book in the
series (Diana promises an eighth book in the series by early 2013) a few months ago, I made it my mission to recommend the series to every avid reader I knew and haven’t stopped since. It’s a series. It’s historical. It’s fictional. It’s heartbreakingly romantic. Somehow, I loved it.
Okay: “long” might be a gross understatement. Each of the novels in the series of seven is between 800 and 1,000 pages long. It sounds daunting, but at
the last page of each book I wished they could have been twice that length. Luckily, I bought a Kindle right before I started my multi-month Outlander reading marathon, so my love affair with these books wasn’t tainted by having to carry 15 pounds of paper around New York City. I find it difficult to explain the premise to people who haven’t read them yet, knowing the basis of these books sounds cheesy until you actually dive in and take the ride with the characters. In short, Claire Beauchamp, 20-something in the 1940s, finds she is able to time travel back to the eighteenth century. She meets Jamie Fraser, a Scottish Highlander, with whom she falls in love. She is forced to decide not only which era to stay in, but to choose between him and her 20th century husband. Since this is pretty much all the back cover will give away and I have already read the entire series, I will not say much more in fear of spoiling it.
To sum it up: read this series – on an e-reader if possible, or I fear you may have to find a good chiropractor. I laughed. I cried. I yelled: “If only you were more like Jamie Fraser!!!” to my poor, perplexed boyfriend. You won’t be disappointed.
Cassie Lynne is a communications professional by day and an avid reader and writer by night. Her favorite authors include Wally Lamb, Alice Hoffman and Diana Gabaldon. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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