Dorothy T. (Victorville, CA)
While the author has an extensive imagination and a talent with words, I found “Outlander” to be too long and too full of explicit sexual and violent content for my personal taste. In the introduction to the edition I read, the author defines her work as “literature.” I consider literature to be edifying in some way, encompassing a theme or themes that cause the reader to think about some aspect of life; I didn’t find any of that here, just escapist fiction. I understand that this book and its sequels have been very popular. If you are looking for nothing more than entertainment, this might be for you.
Madeline M. (Sarasota, FL)
A Sweeping Saga
I enjoyed this sweeping saga very much. It truly does have everything - time travel, history, war, love, lust, humor, excitement. It also has a smart, bold, practical heroine in Claire. And although it ran a little long for me, I'm still happy I read it - and even happier the second book in the series is sitting on my shelf.
Kim E. (Warrenton, va)
Struggled to finish.
I was surprised to find myself not enjoying this book. I had great expectations for this book, however, the only reason I actually finished the book was because I needed to write a review. I was unable to connect with the female character or the main male character. I found it impossible to suspend my disbelief in this time travel book, and at many points I had to put the book down in disgust. The writing was well done, but the behavior of the characters just didn't resonate with me.
Gwendolyn D. (Houston, TX)
Even literary snobs will love this!
I admit to being somewhat of a literary snob. My shelves are lined with the likes of Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, and Ian McEwan. I generally avoid historical fiction, and I’ve never enjoyed romance or fantasy. So why do I love Outlander so much? I’m not exactly sure, but the book’s combination of memorable characters, intelligent dialog, non-stop action, non-sappy romance, and historical detail is like a drug. A very pleasant, very addicting drug. Gabaldon’s writing is always elegant, never fussy, and moves along at a quick pace. After about 50 pages of this novel, I was absolutely hooked for the entire book, and that’s saying a lot considering it’s over 800 pages long.
Julie W. (hudson, MA)
I love this book! It's been on my reading list for years but receiving it from BB finally nudged me to read it. Technically this book is a time-travel but doesn't read like that, but rather like historical fiction with a contemporary flair. The story is set in 18th century Scotland and the narrator, who finds herself unexpectedly there, is very believable and likable as a character. The history and culture of the times are nicely revealed, as is post war England. A definite must read.
Kimberly B. (Atlanta, GA)
All I can say is I pray that my storytelling skills can even live in the shadow of Diana Gabaldon! When I read the slipcover of the book, I didn't think she could fit as many themes, not well anyway, in ONE book! Well she did! With unforgettable characters depicted with rich historical detail Gabaldon created a sci-fi romance novel of passion that evoked every emotion imaginable! A PAGE TURNING MUST READ! I did not like the book, I LOVED it!
Shirley S. (Batavia, IL)
I tried very hard to read this book, really really hard. I got lost in the rhetoric and a cast akin to reading war and peace. The story is formulaic and wordy, perhaps classic readers of the genre would find it interesting after they read through the nonsense. I had hoped the theme would revolve more around history than it did. I could not gain interest in the characters enough to care what happened to them