Friday, December 3, 2010

Outlander

Kindle had this book for free a few weeks ago.  It wasn't something I would normally think that I would like being a historical romance and all that.  But a friend on goodreads gushed and gushed about this book so I finally got around to reading it.

Oh my gosh. Once I started reading I could-not-stop

Outlander
By: Diana Gabaldon


The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is 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 stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743. 

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life...and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.










This book has a little bit of everything.  Time travel, sword fights, kilts, romance, chamber pots (HAHA) prison break-ins, witch burnings, murder, political power moves, etc etc oh and JAMIE  *swoon*

Now I usually don't swoon about the men in books.  It's just not my thing.  But Jamie has got to be the most honorable, understanding, loving, and intriguing redheads I've ever ever read about. I wish my husband had a Scottish accent... Oh, and I loved Claire too.  She was funny, caring, understanding, and sometimes belligerent.

There are lots of deep issues in this book too, and some really heartbreaking scenes.  Some parts dragged, I mean it is an 850 page book after all!  But I can safely say that I loved every second of this book!  Ok well not 'loved' exactly.  Some parts were really tough to read, especially the parts with the villain of the book Jack Randall.  I really hate him!

As I'm typing this, I'm sitting here wondering what Claire and Jamie are doing, and that's how I know when I've read a good book.  I'm itching to run out the the library and grab the second book in the series but I must restrain myself!  I still haven't finished the books I took from there last time.  :::sigh::  Maybe I'll just start reading the book over again.  *grins*




BTW I hate the cover.  It's what made me NOT want to read the book.  The awful awful cover.  However I will take this cover over a cheesy picture of a sweaty muscled man in a kilt with his hair blowing in the nonexistent wind and some girl in a dress in the background. UGH

5 comments:

a!k0 said...

Lol that's a very typical book cover...now I agree the cover looks boring but the book sounds interesting. :D Aye the Scottish accents are just too cute! ;P And hey you won something! Yay :D congrats!

Natalie said...

Scottish accents make me uncontrollably air hump.

TheBookGirl said...

So I'm just curious...how long did it take you to read an 850pg book on your Kindle? and do you think you would have read faster or slower if holding that mammoth book in your hands?

Straylights said...

I actually read the book on my phone. Not exactly something I would recommend doing lol! But it was nice not having to lug around a huge book. I'm gonna say it took me about 3 or 4 days to finish it.
I think my wrists would have hurt holding the book!

thebookfairyhaven said...

Firstly, Happy Birthday for the 2nd of December :) You're a fabulous December baby just like me. *grins* Then, I applaud you for reading an 850 page book on your phone and for doing it in 3 days. The book's cover is definitely not something that would make me pick this novel up, but I enjoyed your review so, I may have to look past its blastedly ugly cover.