Advance reader reviews of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.


By Diana Gabaldon

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  • Published in USA  Jun 1991,
    640 pages.

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  • 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)

    Excellent Storytelling!
    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
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