This instalment of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays is a review of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon courtesy of Shannon from Shannon Reads! Check out her thoughts on the book and then check out her blog for other great reviews!
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January's Theme: YA to Adult Crossover
January 6: 2016 Release Roundup
January 20: YA to Adult SFF Recommendations
January 27: Review of THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM by Elise Kova
Series: Outlander #1
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Publication Date: July 26, 2005
Rating: 2/5 stars
Summary:The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
For me this book was not interesting at all, there was many times were I wanted to just put down the book and forget I ever read it but I some how pushed myself to the very end. Why I did that, I have no clue!
I was so disappointed with Outlander because everywhere I look on the bookisphere, everyone is raving about this book series and television show. I was excited for this book because of the hype and for the fact that it is set in Scotland - where I live.
Everyone seems to love Jamie Fraser but I didn't like any of the characters. I really love character driven books and apparently this books had great ones but I just don't see it! I disliked Jamie Fraser even more when I started watching the tv show - which I also didn't like - but I have to admit, I might not get the hype of Jamie but I totally get the hype for Sam Heughan - the guy who plays Jamie.
The pace to this book was not good! It was so slow that it made me want to fall asleep while reading it. I get that not all books will be fast paced but if it is going to be slow paced, at least make something interesting happen in the plot! The tv show had the exact same problem with the pacing which made me stop watching that.
I thought the writing was way to complicated than it needed it to be! I get that it was set in the 1700s and the way they spoke back then was completely different to now but, even if that's the case, the writing could have still been easier to read, but it was not. I have read a few other books which was set in a different time period - The Infernal Devices being one - but the writing was pretty modern so it was still easy and non complicated.
It might just be the way Diana Gabaldon writes, this is the only book - and probably the last - that I have read by her so I am not sure if it is the same throughout her other ones but I am guessing it.
Even though people adore this series and author, I unfortunately do not! I wanted to enjoy it so badly and one day I might decide I am in the Outlander mood and read the full series but I doubt it.
That is my review for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon! Have a great day! Shannon!😊❤