Andrienne G. (Azusa, CA)
90s literature shows its age and sentiment
I finally finished this hefty novel. I like a good time travel story any day, but this book did not leave me fascinated. This book was made in 1991 and it shows. It's very corny in some sections; I imagine those who don't mind soap operas would really like this book (including the grandiose love scenes). The main characters Jaime and Claire are too naive and unrealistic in today's standards. I give it good points though for the research--language, clothing, customs etc. are all convincing and it sets the right mood. Overall though, it's a good effort as far as mashed-up genres go (it's sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, adventure, and so on). It's just not my type.
Shelby L. (Hamden, CT)
When I received Outlander I was sure I'd never get into it since time travel is not my thing nor are lengthy historical novels. Was I ever wrong. There is not much to add that hasn't been said in the other reviews but ignore the naysayers among them and read this. Love, lust, violence, history, war, religion..it's all there and so well written, it's hard to put down.
Rosemary T. (San Antonio, TX)
Although the story held my interest most of the time, I found there were parts where I bogged down with too much detail. Often I thought the story was ending but would realize there were still 200 or more pages to go. If I had any criticism, it would be that Claire and Jamie seemed to possess "super human" skills as they moved from one life threatening crisis to another. Since the story left many unanswered questions, I most likely will read the next book in the sequel.
Sandra L. (Delray Beach, FL)
This book was disappointing. Being a huge historical fiction fan I did enjoy the details of the time period but it seemed to me the characters were spending most of their lives either being almost beaten to death or having sex ! I don't know if I'll give Gabaldon's next work a try.
Martha L. (Warner, NH)
a WOW book for me
I have just come back from the past - the seventeen hundreds to be more precise. Jamie and Claire have brought me hours of joy, horror, laughter, fear and love. The size of the book overwhelmed me at first, until I read the first couple of chapters by then I was so entranced by the characters and the setting that I forgot about the page count and all the household chores. I am looking forward to reading more of Diana Gabaldon's books in this series. This book is now easily one of my favorites of all times!
Aprile G. (Northampton, Massachusetts)
An engaging & well-written romance
Outlander is an engaging and well-written historical romance filled with vivid battle and sex scenes. Despite it's strengths, however, it is too long, sags in spots, and could easily have been trimmed by several hundreds of pages. I did enjoy the book, but it took me forever to read (not my usual m.o.). I may read another book in the series, but I certainly won't run out to get the next book immediately
Gunta K. (Glens Falls, NY)
A romance fantasy
This is a romance novel with overtones of fantasy particular to the Scots.
Claire Randall is a WW II nurse. In the tome the war is over, she and her husband are having their second honeymoon in the town if Inverness, Scotland. One day during an idle walk Claire visits a standing group of stones at Craigh na Dun. This is where the fun starts. For reasons unknown to Claire she gets catapulted back in time to seventeenth century Scotland.
There she meets dozens of very interesting Scotsmen from various clans, including one from her husband's clan who is nearly identical in looks to her husband. During Clair's time travel she becomes a witch , has a couple of near death experiences and marries. During this time Claire retains all of her nursing knowledge therefore is able to perform some medical "miracles" for the Scotsmen warriors hurt in battle. This is a real Scottish feast, brogue and all.
The novel is good, yet I was hindered in the reading of it by the Scotish brogue which runs throughout the book and is unfamiliar to me.