Outlander

By Diana Gabaldon,

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Claire Randall is a WWII British field nurse, which served her well in 1945 but leaves her open to charges of spying and witchcraft when she falls through a standing stone circle in the Scottish Highlands and lands at the same location in 1743. The fantastical aspects of time travel open the world of 18th-century Scotland, with its clans, tartans, and longstanding political tensions with England.

I love this book because it crosses genres and contains an indefatigable heroine to root for, a love story with a dreamy Scotsman, action, and high-stakes adventure. Gabaldon’s writing is a sensory experience that…

From Bronwyn's list on fabulous femmes in fantastical settings.

There’s a reason my Instagram profile says, ‘Mentally married to Jamie Fraser.’ ‘Cause it’s true!

Yes, he’s a fictional character. Yes, he’s a man written by a woman author. But neither matters when you escape into Jamie’s words—his declarations of fealty to his clan, his hatred for Black Jack Randall (boo, hiss), or his unflinching love of, Claire, his wife.

Gabaldon has created a mighty and fierce Scottish warrior who is intelligent, articulate, and oh so amazingly passionate! *waves fan frantically before face*

If I had to sum Jamie Fraser up in one word, it would be: loyal. 

Now, if…

With its mixed theme of fantasy and history, and set in Scotland (a place dear to my heart), I snatched up a copy of Outlander after it was recommended. Gabaldon’s descriptive writing style lures you into a different world, giving you a sense of ‘reality’, making you feel you are there. Outlander—the start of an epic saga—is centred around its two main characters, Claire Randall and James Fraser, who are brought together by a strange phenomenon when Claire walks through one of the mystical standing stones in Inverness, Scotland, and is hurdled back in time (two-hundred years). I…

Diana Gabaldon does not write romance novels. It’s her fault I write the kinds of novels I do. When she started the story of Claire and Jamie Frasier, I don’t think even she knew that she was writing a story about a marriage—a real marriage. Its ups, its downs, its smiles, its frowns, to borrow from My Fair Lady. I never reread books, but these? These I reread every single time she puts out a new one because the story of a marriage undergoing what all marriages do is riveting, believable, and unbelievable at the same time, and worth…

From Susan's list on subversive historical fiction.

I have read Outlander several times, which is something I rarely do. Is it the words Diana Gabaldon uses that bring me back again and again? Is it the descriptions that make me live in the story, feeling the cold, smelling the earth, tensing at the danger? Is it the atmosphere that seems to color my life while I read chapter after chapter, unable to put the book down? Whatever it is, it captures me and won't let me go. And it inspired me to write my own book.

If you’ve never heard of Outlander, then my friend, you must’ve been hiding under a rock for the last twenty years. Author Diana Gabaldon weaves an incredible time travel love story that spans three hundred years, with a proposed ten-book series. Filled with mouth-watering descriptions and unforgettable characters, the story begins post-World War Two, as protagonist Claire Randall falls through an ancient standing stone she discovers while vacationing with her husband in Scotland. Unaware that she has arrived in the eighteenth century, Claire is caught in a web of treachery between the Scots and English, and somehow must survive…

From the prologue on I was mesmerized by this book. I couldn’t turn pages fast enough and read through entire nights. I was thrilled that the book was long because I never wanted it to end. And when I was done, I was relieved to know there was a second book in the series, and a third, and a…. I continued to read the entire series of 9 books, and when I was done, I read them all again. Diana Gabaldon is a master at writing historical fiction with a wee bit of fantasy. 

From Sherry's list on historical novels to get lost in.

This series walks the line of Fantasy, Historical Fiction, and Romance, but since there’s time travel involved and “faerie stones” as the vehicle by which this travel happens, I’m counting it. Jaime and Clare’s marriage is deeply satisfying. There are plenty of other romances that crop up during the series as a whole, but everyone’s really watching how Jaime and Clare remain devoted to one another amid war and tragedy. There’s a realness to their reactions that is difficult to find in fiction sometimes and I am desperately waiting to see what happens in the next book. 

“Sassenach” is a Scottish slang term meaning “outlander.” Gabaldon has crafted an incredibly original take on historical fiction and time travel. Witness to an ancient ritual at a stone circle near Inverness, Claire unexpectedly falls back through time 200 years. One moment she was a WWII nurse in 1945, enjoying a 2nd honeymoon in Scottish Highlands. Then after a rush of wind and the touch of stone, she finds herself in the middle of the English/Scottish conflict of the 1740s. She is rescued by a Highlander patrol, but they suspect her to be an English spy. Her medical skills…

Like most readers I was immediately drawn into this first book of the series and gobbled it up. On a holiday with her husband in post-WW II Inverness, nurse Claire Randall inadvertently walks through standing stones and is transported to the rugged moors of 18th-century Scotland. Almost immediately she meets young Jamie Fraser, and thus begins one of the greatest adventures and love stories of literature. Unable to return to her own time, Claire is forced to fit in as best she can, and readers experience the culture, people, and politics of the time right along with her. It is…

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