Outlander (Cross Stitch) – Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Cross Stitch in the UK) is the second highest rated book on Amazon UK, and I have seen nothing but praise for it. I was really looking forward to discovering the magic that everyone talks about, but I’m afraid that I wasn’t very impressed with it.

I loved the light humor of the first few pages, but the book quickly went downhill – it was just so unrealistic. I’m not talking about the time travel, as I think it can be used as a useful plot device, but Claire’s reaction to being transported back 200 years was totally unbelievable. She didn’t come across as scared, or devastated that she wouldn’t see her family and friends again. Her whole life had changed forever and she just took it as though she was on an interesting holiday.

The speed with which she was accepted in her new time also failed to ring true. Perhaps I just don’t know enough about the 18th century, but almost everything that happened to her seemed a bit far fetched. As I failed to connect with her, I became bored by her adventures. The plot did move fairly quickly, but I just didn’t care what happened. I found the writing to be of poor quality and the Scottish accent drove me mad! By the half way point I was ready to give up, but I happened to have a copy of the abridged audio book, so decided to give that a go instead.

The unabridged audio book contains 28 CDs, while the abridged version contains only 6! I never normally listen to abridged audio books, but in this case I would rather listen to the last 3 hours of an audio book, to get a vague idea of how it finished, than give up entirely.

The abridged audio book suffered from it’s own problems though – there was annoying music over large portions of the narration and the Scottish accent was even more annoying to listen to than read. I’m not sure if these problems are present in the unabridged book, but I couldn’t cope with 28 CDs of this.

I have no idea what was cut from the book, but I didn’t feel that I was missing out on anything. Claire’s annoying personality remained in the audio book – there were so many times that I just wanted to slap her!

People describe this as one of the best romances in existence, but I didn’t find either member of the couple attractive, or the romance believable. There was also a lot of sex in the book, but it was just weird!


The intrusion was startling. Hot and slippery as our skins were, we drifted over each other with barely a sensation of touching or pressure, but his presence within me was solid and intimate, a fixed point in a watery world, like an umbilical cord in the random driftings of the womb. I made a brief sound of surprise at the small inrush of hot water that accompanied his entrance, then settled firmly onto my fixed point of reference with a little sigh of pleasure.

“Oh, I like that one” he said appreciatively.

“Like what?” I asked.

“That sound that ye made. The little squeak.”

Is it just me that found all the sex odd? It wasn’t erotic and if it did manage a sentence of ‘normal’ sex, the atmosphere was immediately ruined by words that have no place in a sex scene – I bet that no-one else can find a mention of umbilical cords in a bedroom scene!

Overall, I was very disappointed in this book. I won’t be reading the rest of the series.


I know I am in the minority with this opinion, so please can you explain to me: Why do you love this book so much?

Are the rest in the series better?

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  1. Verity says:

    Haha, isn’t there an award for the worst sex in a novel? You should nominate that – that’s hilarious!

    1. Jackie says:

      Verity, I agree – it deserved to win! Unfortunately it is an annual award and this book was published before the award began: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_Review

      1. Verity says:

        What a shame – I think it makes the Sebastien Faulks passage that won the award look really quite wonderful.

        1. Jackie says:

          Verity, I’m sure it would have won if the prize had been around. That passage is up there with “Liz squeaked like wet rubber” The 1996 winner!

  2. Simon S says:

    I have to say this is a series that has passed me by. I am always wary of the books that Amazon praise too highly. Though admittedly I am about to try The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which is one they have been putting at the top of my recommened list for months! This series’ premise just doesnt do it for me though. The sex scene is hilarious.

    1. Jackie says:

      Simon, I hadn’t heard of this series until last year either. I was shocked to discover a book I’d never heard of ranked as 2nd most reviewed behind Harry Potter, so looked it up. I think the reason it passed us by was because it was really big 15 years ago and we were probably too young to get caught up in it all then.

  3. Meghan says:

    So many people adore this book. I like romance novels, so I did read it a while back, figuring I’d love it (so much so that I still have book 2 in the series). I didn’t, though I liked it after a while. I too had problems with Claire’s adjustment period. I couldn’t believe she’d just forget her husband that quickly, and I didn’t see what everyone loved so much about Jamie. I kind of wish I’d had the abridged audiobook myself; it just went on and on and on!

    1. Jackie says:

      Meghan, It is good to know that I’m not alone! I would be devastated if I thought I could never see my husband again, but I’m not sure she even cried. She had forgotten about him and found herself a new husband within a few days – shocking!

      I’m not sure I’d recommend the abridged audio book, but this book could do with a lot of editing. I bet you were pleased that you made it to the end!

      1. Kay says:

        Actually, I think this part may probably be explained by the fact that she has been separated from her husband by the war as Claire had been a nurse (they just recently got back together if I remember correctly) so theoretically they weren’t that used to being near each other lately. Other than that I too was a bit amazed by Claire’s lack of concern for Frank at the time :)

        1. Jackie says:

          Kay, I thought that anyone who had experienced separation would be even more aware of how much it hurts to be without their partner. Even if she didn’t have a strong bond with Frank, what about her family, her friends, everything else in her life? It just didn’t make sense to me.

  4. Rachel says:

    That sex scene is hilarious! I love the use of ‘ye’!!!
    I had never heard of this before either and I can’t say I’ll be rushing out to buy a copy! I don’t think I’m missing much!

    1. Jackie says:

      Rachel, ‘ye’ wasn’t the worst of it! I have actually had an amusing morning flicking through the last half of the book to see what I missed and discovering even more weird Scottish dialect. I don’t think you’re missing anything!

  5. FleurFisher says:

    Jackie, you are most definitely not alone. I loved the premise but for me the book failed on so many levels – dull characters, poor internal logic and way too many sex scenes.

    1. Jackie says:

      FleurFisher, It is so good to know I’m not alone! I have never heard a bad word said against this book before, so was surprised to see that it had so many failings. It is a shame, as it is a good premise.

    2. Kay says:

      You should see the sex scenes in the last few books then :) (when Claire and Jamie are both in their 50s hehe)

  6. lilly says:

    When I first picked it up, I abandoned it after about 200 pages or so. I just couldn’t adjust to the sex stuff in there I guess. But the second time I picked it up I decided to treat it as a light, historical romance book, entertaining, trivial and fun and knew not to expect any special literary achievement. With that attitude it worked and I found myself enjoying it for what it was.

    1. Jackie says:

      Lilly, I don’t mind it if the book isn’t literary, but it was just so unrealistic and I was so bored with it. I’m pleased that you enjoyed it though – most people did!

  7. Michelle says:

    Ahaha! That sex scene is HILARIOUS. I’ve only ever heard good things about this series. I actually entered a giveaway for all the books in the series recently (and WON) so I’ll be reading at least the first book fairly soon. I’m quite interested now that I have a different opinion balancing out all of the praise.

    1. Jackie says:

      Michelle, Congratulations on winning the entire series! I look forward to finding out your thoughts on it. Have fun!

  8. Jenny says:

    I’m not big on romance novels, so I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t care for it and didn’t finish it. But it’s nice to know I’m not the only one! The main thing that was driving me crazy was the Scottish accents, which I think was down to my being American and not being able to hear the dialect as it was written. (If that makes sense.) Sounds like it was just poorly done though.

    1. Jackie says:

      Jenny, I thought that Americans might find the accent OK, as you might not know how it it supposed to sound, but I thought it was terrible. I think you should be proud of yourself for spotting a dodgy accent!

  9. Sandy says:

    Well, I just I will step up and be the odd man out and say that I love this series. I have listened to the first five on unabridged audio (no, there is no music at all!), and have gotten completely swept away by it. At this point, I am so invested in the characters, I am having trouble imagining what isn’t to like about Claire, who is a strong, independant ball-buster, and Jamie, who is fierce, passionate and loyal. But those characteristics are ones that I’ve become acquainted with over about 200 audio discs. Did I have that impression after the first book? I might have had a hint, but I’m not sure.

    Yes, there is a huge amount of sex in all the books. There was actually a moment in the third or fourth book where I actually had to pull off the road while listening. It was just a body part short of porn. But this has never bothered me. It is kind of funny, at this point, that the two can still find creative ways to turn each other on.

    I will say that despite everything I love about the books, there is an insane amount of detail. In one sense, it is wonderful because you literally LIVE through the battles, the history, the day-to-day lifestyle of the Highlander people. But 200 audio discs, and I still have two more books to read? It is a marathon that not everyone would want to embark upon.

    We will just agree to disagree on this one. You either love the series or you hate it, I guess!

    1. Jackie says:

      Sandy, I knew that you loved this series, so was disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it very much. Don’t worry – you are in the majority. 95% of people on Amazon LOVE it!!

      It is interesting that you have the impression that you didn’t love it as much after reading just one book, and that you have fallen in love with Claire over several books. I don’t see Claire as independant and ballsy – she just seemed to be swept along by events for most of this book and didn’t do anything I thought of as particulary brave/clever.

      I’m not bothered by the amount of sex in the book. I don’t mind it if it is tastefully done and relevant to the plot (as in Clan of the Cave Bear) but the sex in these books was just weird.

      I am amazed at how many people have come out as saying they didn’t enjoy this book – I thought I was alone in the blogging world! It does seem to divide people – I hope that you enjoy the rest of the series!

      1. Sandy says:

        I guess I did like the first book enough to take on this humongous commitment. But just like with real people, you really get to know the characters after spending some much darned time with them. Trust me, Claire is just full of it. She will tell off anyone out of line, even a king. She will murder someone to protect her family. She will lay out a suffering villager on the dining room table in the middle of a dinner party and perform a hernia surgery, if necessary. I’m in awe of her character, despite her need for kinky erotica with Jamie!

        1. Jackie says:

          Sandy, I’ll take your word for it! I am shocked that no one else is coming out to support you in their love for this book. I was convinced that everyone loved it. Hopefully a few people will come to back you up soon!

  10. diane says:

    Is this what I’ve been missing by not reading this book—LOL?

    I’m not much for a book with romance in it period, never mind, these passages you quoted…I also have difficulty with audio books read by people with accents foreign to me–very tough to understand and enjoy. sorry this seemed disappointing .

    1. Jackie says:

      diane, I don’t think you’d have a problem understanding the accent in this book. It isn’t very strong – it is easily understandable, but packed with annoying words. Perhaps it is one you should aviod though!

  11. I’ve only heard of this series once, I can’t remember where. I looked up some summaries on Wikipedia but it just didn’t seem like me — I’m not a big historical fiction or romance reader myself.

    That sex scene is hilarious! You’re totally right — umbilical cord and womb are words that should just not be in that all. It’s awkward.

    1. Jackie says:

      Kim, I quite like historical fiction, although I’m less of a romance fan. For me to enjoy it I need it to be tender and realitic – this book was neither.

      I can’t imagine anyone finding the thought of the word umbilical cord attractive – it brings up terrible images of blood and gunge to me – not things to think about during sex.

  12. Stephanie says:

    I agree COMPLETELY with your review! I don’t understand the fuss about this series. I also could not comprehend Claire’s recation after being shuttled back through time. It was completely unrealistic and I was unable to empathize with her as a character. And the sex scenes made me cringe.

    I found the book entertaining enough and a few months after I read it, I went ahead and read the second book in the series. It wasn’t any better so I have never gone on to the rest of the series.

    1. Jackie says:

      Stephanie, It is good to know that the second book is very similar – it makes me feel better about not reading it.

  13. I’m so grateful for your review. I was beginning to think I was missing out and HAD to read tis series, but I do believe after the rush of water and little squeak, I’ll have no trouble foregoing it!

    1. Jackie says:

      rhapsodyinbooks, I’m pleased to have saved you some valuable reading time!

  14. Steph says:

    Yikes! I have heard about this series, but I always suspected that it was smutty pap masquerading as acceptable fiction under the guise of it being historical. I am confident I wouldn’t make it very far into this one, but thanks for posting that terrible sex writing to seal the deal. I think it’s probably very difficult to write about sex in a way that isn’t awkward and awful… clearly this author hasn’t managed it!

    Sorry this one was wretched, but thanks for taking the bullet here!

    1. Jackie says:

      Steph, LOL! I’m not sure I feel as though I’m taking the bullet, but am pleased that I could be of use!

  15. Judith B says:

    I was working in a public library in NZ when this series was at its popularity peak. There were huge waiting lists for each volume and people loved them. I tried reading the first volume so that I could discuss them with the customers, but couldn’t get past the first chapter. It wasn’t the sex or the anachronisms but the sheer bad writing that did me in. What a mass of verbiage, padding, overwriting, whatever you want to call it. Life is too short!

    1. Jackie says:

      Judith, Thank you for commenting on my blog for the first time! I agree with you – the writing was terrible – the number of similies drove me mad too! I’m sorry you weren’t able to discuss these books with your customers, but I agree – life is too short!

  16. Priscilla says:

    *Crosses Outlander off TBR list. Breathes sigh of relief.*

    One less book to read…more room for another!

    1. Jackie says:

      Priscilla, As the book is 800 pages long I think you could actually squeeze two books in place of it!

  17. Louise says:

    Well, you just made me stop feeling bad I haven’t read this one, since it seems everyone did – and loved it :) Not sure I’ll bother now.

    Weird sex, well, what you wrote above is not nearly as weird as some of the sex scenes I’ve read in Laurell K. Hamilton’s series about faerie princess Merry Gentry! LOL!!

    1. Jackie says:

      Louise, I’m intrigued as to how it could be weirder, but I don’t think I’ll go to investigate!

  18. She says:

    That scene just seems… creepy. I don’t know, like horror movie creepy. :/ I feel like I’ve seen these books in Borders, and they are HUGE, as in physically huge. I couldn’t imagine.

    1. Jackie says:

      She, They are huge! I think they are all 800+ pages long. I’m not sure the scenes are creepy – just bizarre!

  19. Kathleen says:

    Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy it. I finally bought a copy of it last week and was really looking forward to reading it since so many have raved on their blogs about it. Your review does give me pause for a moment. I checked out a bunch of books from the library last week too and need to read those first so maybe it is okay that I wait just a little longer to pick this one up!

    1. Jackie says:

      Kathleen, Sorry to break the magic build up for this book – I had only seen positive reviews for this one too. I am very surprised by the response that this post has got. I’ll be interested to find out what you think about it. Enjoy!

  20. I love this series! And while I’m surprised by all the people who have said they don’t like it, I’m most surprised by the lack of people who have said they do like it.

    Yes, there is a lot of detail and a lot of sex in the books, but that has never bothered me. I also understand your comments about Claire not really missing Frank, but if you’ve just spent years seperated from your husband it’s a little different than a normal loving relationship.

    This series isn’t for everyone, but it will always be a favorite of mine.

    1. Sandy says:

      Thanks, Melissa. Even though I KNOW there are people out there that love the series, I was wondering where they went, leaving me here flapping in the wind. And you are right, there are many things about the circumstances with Claire’s husband Frank that come forth even in the second or third book. Gabaldon releases this information in small doses, but it all becomes very clear eventually. You just have to trust there are reasons for everything.

    2. Jackie says:

      Melissa, I am shocked that there are not more people defending Outlander here. I really thought that everyone loved it. I have seen so many posts in praise of Outlander. Hopefully a few more fans will come to support this book soon!

  21. Not read it, not heard of it, and going by that review, it’s a good thing!

    Sorry you didn’t like it :(

    1. Jackie says:

      anothercookiecrumbles, I think you’re too young to have heard of it. This book was massive about 15 years ago, so I hadn’t heard of it until recently either. I don’t think you’d enjoy it though, so probably best to avoid it!

  22. Teresa says:

    I was starting to wonder if I was the only person ot there who didn’t like this book. I suspect the main reason there’s been nothing but good buzz about the series lately is because there’s a new book out and the people who’ve held on long enough to care clearly like the series. Those of us who gave up halfway through this book (I skimmed to the end) just haven’t been talking about it.

    I normally love books about time travel, and I love historical fiction, so I thought this series would be just right for me, but I agree with everyone else here who’s complained about the icky sex and Claire’s ease adjusting and lack of concern for Frank. I don’t see that anyone’s mentioned the extremely violent sex. Descriptions of rape or even of kinky violent sex won’t necessarily put me off a book, but Outlander crossed some lines I’d just as soon not see crossed, even in a guilty pleasure sort of read.

    1. Jackie says:

      Teresa, You are right about the positive buzz surrounding the release of the latest book – that was why I decided to pick it up in the first place, but I guess those who didn’t enjoy it didn’t want to rain on the excitement of others.

      I don’t remember any violent sex in the book, so I assume it was cut from the abridged audio. Thanks for bringing that up though – I didn’t realise it crossed that line too.

  23. Carrie K. says:

    I’m one of the rabid Outlander fans – have read the entire series twice – and am now on my third go-through on audio. The sex does become a bit much, but I love the characters, so I’m willing to overlook it. I loved the series from the very first – and loved the characters from the beginning.

    I’d say if you didn’t like the character of Clare in the first book you should skip the rest – you probably won’t like them any better.

    And I promise not to hold it against you! :)

    1. Jackie says:

      Carrie, Thank you for coming to defend the book – I was sure that there would be more people out there who loved it! Sorry for not liking one of your favourites!

  24. softdrink says:

    I’ve never read any of the Outlander books, and I have no plans to, mostly because I have no desire to get caught up in a series that appears to have no end. I will confess to reading the synopsis on Wikipedia…and that was enough for me.

    1. Jackie says:

      softdrink, I don’t mind reading series with no end – as long as the books are good I’m willing to wait. I love the fact you read the synopsis – if I know I don’t want to read the book I’ll sometimes do that too!

  25. Karen says:

    I tried to read one of this author’s books in the past and couldn’t even get half way through – I can’t even remember what it was about – the experience was that painful I’ve blocked it out of my mind!

    1. Jackie says:

      Karen, It must have been this one, as I don’t think you’d have started in the middle of the series and I’m not sure she’s written anything else. Sorry to remind you of your terrible reading experience!

  26. Stacy says:

    I’m with Sandy, I love this series. I love Claire, Jamie and the adventure. One thing about Claire, for me, was that she was/is coming from the 1940’s which is different than if she had to adjust from today. I went to a signing with Diana Gabaldon and that was a deliberate choice so that the transition would not be so shocking (I’m sure there were other reasons, but that’s what I took from what she said).
    And I love Jamie.
    It’s too bad it didn’t work for you. My only complaint is that it can have too many details, but I look forward to spending time with Claire and Jamie with every book.

    1. Jackie says:

      Stacy, I would love to hear Gabaldon talk about her books. I imagine that she would be really interesting. I can see that the lack of technology would make it easier to leave the 1940s, but that doesn’t explain her lack of sadness at leaving her friends/family.

      I wasn’t a big fan of Jamie, but perhaps his character improves over the rest of the series. Thank you for coming to the books defence!

  27. Violet says:

    “but his presence within me was solid and intimate, a fixed point in a watery world, like an umbilical cord in the random driftings of the womb”

    lol, I don’t think I have read a worst sex scene.

    I’m sorry you didn’t like the book, but I like romance and i usually don’t tend to analyze it much, I still might give this book a try, the only thing that’s holding me back is the length.

    1. Jackie says:

      Violet, I have never read a worse sex scene before! I listened to it on the audio book and couldn’t believe what I was hearing, so went to find the passage in the book. I was shocked!

      I think you may enjoy this book, but it is long, so you need to prepare yourself!

  28. Beth F says:

    I admit that I didn’t read through all 60+ comments. But I love the series. The abridged audio was not read by the WONDERFUL Davina Porter. I read and listened to all of the books (still listening to the latest one). Can’t say why, but I love them. Apparently I’m not that concerned with the details of Claire’s adjustment period. This is the only romance series I have ever liked and stuck with. Go figure. Good thing there are a zillion books out there for everyone’s taste.

    1. Jackie says:

      Beth, I am sure the different narrator has a big affect on the enjoyment of listening to the audio book, but I don’t think the narrator was the problem in this case – she did an excellent job, but it was ruined by the annoying music that was put over her voice.

      I haven’t really read many romance series, but I loved Virginia Andrews when I was younger. It wasn’t the romance that put me off this book, so I would be happy to try others.

  29. Satu says:

    I also love this series! It’s most definitely not perfect and not for everyone, but for me it worked and I got totally hooked right in the beginning. :) I think both Claire and Jamie are great, and so is also their relationship.

    I’m not sure, though, what to think about the series just continuing. Around books 4-5 it started to feel like Gabaldon was just going on although it would have been time to stop already. All characters have been in some kind of danger and rescued so many times that I don’t know how many ideas for new threats Gabaldon can possibly have left! :D

    But I’m still hooked. I haven’t read the newest book yet because I’m waiting for the Finnish translation, but I absolutely want to know what will happen to those people.

    1. Jackie says:

      Satu, Thank you for coming to the defence of these books! It is nice to hear why people love them, but I understand that some series don’t know when to stop. It can get frustrating when the same things start to happen again and again. I hope that you get the Finnish translation soon, and that it is worth the wait!

  30. Sharon says:

    I loved this series at first, but then I had to stop reading by the third book. I couldn’t stomach any more of the non-stop horrible – told in great detail – things that happened to the characters.

    I can’t remember the sex scenes. Go figure.

    1. Jackie says:

      Sharon, Sorry to hear that the details got too much for you. I didn’t think the first book contained much graphic violence, so the rest of the series must have got much worse. I think I’d be put off by the violence more than the sex, so understand your problem with it.

  31. Beth Nolan says:

    Hi — I love this series!! I’ve read them all, including the latest one. I love the concept of time travel and the details of life in the 1700’s. I love the characters of Claire and Jamie. I love the humor in the books as well. Yes, they are long and detailed. Yes, the sex scenes can be somewhat – well – bizarre at times. Yes, sometimes things are far-fetched (e.g. Jamie’s “second sight”) but this is a book about time travel, so I was already suspending belief. When I read these books I have almost a compulsion to find out what happens to the characters. I also am always asking myself, “Could I have survived in the 1700’s?” (probably not for long). My complaint about the latest book, though, (SPOILER ALERT) is that it leaves everyone hanging at the end and I have to wait a long time for the next tome to be released so I can see what happens to the characters!!

    1. Jackie says:

      Beth, Tha you for explaining why you love this series so much. I’m sure you could survive in the 1700s – it would just take you longer than 10 minutes to get used to it!

  32. Amy S says:

    “my fixed point of reference” ha ha. what pillow talk!

    Fantastic review. It made me laught and also gave me an excellent sense of the book’s faults.

    1. Jackie says:

      Amy, I’m pleased I entertained you!

  33. Carolyn says:

    I just wanted to add my vote, I read these books when they first came out, The first was the best for me, back then I wasn’t reading much new fiction, and the whole romance and sex made me want to read more. I think it was the fantasy that drew me in. What kept me most interested was the historical detail. I read the first few rapidly in paperback, but once there was a wait for the new one I gave up. I have fond memories of Claire and Jamie.

    1. Jackie says:

      Carolyn, There is some nice historical detail in this book, but not enough to entertain me! It is interesting to see that people have such different opinions of this book.

  34. bgn says:

    I’m years late to this blog. I first read Outlander about 20 yrs ago, loved it, and read the rest of the series as the books came out. I’ve even reread them but only skimmed because they are so long and detailed. I liked the detail when I was younger but now feel Gabaldon overwrites. I prefer brief, well-chosen descriptions to add flavor and atmosphere. Gabaldon’s characters and plots are interesting but often bog down in endless, meandering and sometimes boring detail. She tries too hard with odd analogies that miss the mark for me.

    Agree with other posts about the descriptions of sex. Some are sweet and tender and hot but much of it is not very good. I’m sure it’s hard to keep sex scenes fresh and exciting. Might be better to imply then cut it short instead of dragging it out. But still, as someone upthread pointed out, it’s not nearly as bad as Laurell K. Hamilton.

    I wasn’t bothered by Claire’s transition to 1743. Her parents died when she was 5 and she grew up living all over the world with her archaeologist uncle. She married quite young and I think Frank was about 15 yrs older. WWII came along within a year and they were separated for 6 yrs. (England was at war 3 yrs before the U.S.) All that plus the trauma of going through the stones and the immediate danger in 1743 means Claire was disoriented and in shock and yet because of her war experience was able to react and carry on in a seemingly impossible situation. English stiff upper lip and all that. Plus people in 1945 were different – more stoic, less emotional, just doing what had to be done. Perhaps Gabaldon could have explained better to make it more believable.

    In rereading, I noticed irritating characteristics of Claire, Jamie and others that Gabaldon stresses too much. Maybe it’s an attempt in each book to give a thumbnail sketch of characters. Trying to make the dialogue too colorful is also annoying as it leads to overuse of some words and phrases.

    I admire Gabaldon’s research but it’s taken over the later books especially. She seems to shoehorn in every fact and obscure piece of info she comes across. I’d happily settle for shorter books with less time between publication. Gabaldon and George R R Martin are in competition for which one can take the most years to release the next book in their popular series.

    All this makes it sound as if I don’t really like the Outlander series very much which isn’t true. I recognize the faults but I think it’s remarkable overall.


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