If you are a fan of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

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I'm with you Consolation. Have read every one of them and enjoyed them. But some of the plot points begin to annoy (eg., her fixation with sadomasochistic sex).

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<p>I agree, Snowdog.</p>

<p>I am currently reading The Scottish Prisoner; I happen to like the Lord John Grey books but SP has so much Jamie in it that it doesn't feel like the others in the JG series.</p>

<p>I haven't yet read Echo in the Bone. I find that I like her odd # books in the series and the even ones are full of details to set up the movement and plot in the next installment.</p>

<p>In addition to her recent books mentioned here, An Echo in the Bone and The Scottish Prisoner, there's another fairly recent story from Songs of Love and Death, a Gabaldon short story, A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows. It filled in a lot of blanks about Roger and could have been a stand alone short book. I wasn't interested in reading the other short stories, but Leaf was well worth it. It went into more detail regarding Roger's past, including a riveting story about his father, as well as more about Frank. Then, we were treated to a jaw dropping cliff hanger about modern day Roger. </p>

<p>I have a love hate relationship with Gabaldon's books. She can drag story on until I'm numb with boredom (for instance, the gathering...ack), but then she bounces back with a story so compelling, I'll stay up all night reading. No series of novels have ever grabbed me and sucked me in like the Outlander series. As much as I like John Grey, I don't find that series as interesting, but I did enjoy A Scottish Prisoner. </p>

<p>I did find the first part of Echo a bit grinding, but there's a lot not to be missed in the second half. If you have the time, I'd fast forward through the first part of the book, while savoring the second half. I also felt that it had an abrupt ending. The story was very good, but the ending didn't feel so much a cliff hanger as just a boom/stop.</p>

<p>I LOVE the Outlander series! I think Gabaldon has a gift with creating her characters and feel like I know Claire and Jamie so well. I missed them when I finished with her books. Can't wait for another one.</p>

<p>I read, and listened to the series a few winters ago. It's an excellent series to read in the winter IMHO and the audio version is superb. However, I finished with A Breath of Snow and Ashes a couple of years ago and I thought she wrapped everything up. Then she came out with Echo in the Bone, and I found that I had forgotten some of the plot lines and characters. I also found her sex ramblings a bit too much. I didn't really need to know of the continuing lust between Jamie and Claire, what they did or how they did it.</p>

<p>I think this would make a great few movies, especially Outlander.</p>

<p>I can't wait for the next book to come out. I really enjoyed The Scottish Prisoner. I originally fell in love with Jamie and Claire, but now enjoy reading about Lord John just as much. I have reread the first book a ridiculous amount of times.</p>

<p>My favorites were Outlander and Voyager. I loved the buildup to their reunion in Voyager, and the scene did not dissappoint.</p>

<p>I also love this series and obsessively recommend it to people--it combines the best of my two favorite fiction genres, historical fiction and fantasy/science fiction. However, I have no patience for re-reading books, which may be a bit of a problem since I've probably forgotten so much between the last book and whenever the next one comes out!</p>

<p>Re: the short stories in anthologies. She has quite a few in all kinds of publications, some of which I'd have no interest in otherwise. However, she has promised that she'll put out a volume combining all of those sometime in the future. She just blogged about that recently, I'll have to find the link.</p>

<p>I really liked the first book in the Outlander series but felt that they went downhill from there.</p>

<p>I agree with this, thecheckbook. LOVED the first book so much, #2 quite good, #3 OK, and way downhill from there. I quit on book #4 or 5. </p>

<p>I went to hear her speak once at a small bookstore and she gave a wonderful presentation. There was a tall, handsome guy in a kilt to open the door for us! (Didn't have red hair, though.)</p>

<p>I just today finished "Outlander," which I got for free on my Kindle over a year ago. I guess Amazon gave that one away to hook people in so they'd buy the rest of the series. At the moment I'm moving on to read "11/23/63" for the CC Book Club, but I'll probably then read the next in the Outlander series. </p>

<p>IMO Gabaldon is a decent writer, but she drags some scenes out w-a-y too long. Yes sex is a part of life, but dropping in an encounter every so many pages reduces the book to a Harlequin romance in many ways. The time travel twist does keep things more interesting, though.</p>

<p>^^^^^I think a lot of people love the Outlander books in spite of themselves. There is much to criticize, but there are so many elements that draw you back. I swore I was done with the series, but I know that's not true. I will certainly read the next installment. I've got to know how Lord John Grey is going to answer Jamie's last words: "Why?"</p>

<p>:)</p>

<p>Speaking of that, one thing that bothers me is how much Lord John Grey is still "in love" with Jamie. I don't think any normal gay man would continue to have such hopeless feelings for so long, it's a bit insulting. </p>

<p>I loved the first three books but wasn't too crazy about the next 2 (or 3? how many are there anyway?). She did redeem herself with the last two and it should be interesting to continue to learn about Ian, Willie and some of the other new characters. I can't remember many more names, it's such a large series that all of that is becoming a blur.</p>

<p>Some excerpts from book 8 have been published.
DianaGabaldon.com</a> | Written in My Own Heart’s Blood</p>

<p>^^^Even though I mentioned that in my OP, I haven't read them yet. I'm saving it for when the book comes out. </p>

<p>That's unusual for me, though, as someone who has been known to read the last few pages of a book early on. :)</p>

<p>Just read that the official publication of the 8th Outlander series book is March 25, 2014.</p>

<p>Guess she got writer’s block :)</p>

<p>I am so ready for the next book. </p>

<p>They are going to start filming the Outlander TV series this fall. The series will be on STARZ in the spring. I guess I’m going to have to add STARZ to my cable channels!</p>

<p>^^^^Hadn’t heard about that. Who are the actors?</p>

<p>EDIT: Here are Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe):</p>

<p><a href=“http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/sam-heughan-outlander-jamie-fraser.jpg[/url]”>http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/sam-heughan-outlander-jamie-fraser.jpg</a></p>

<p><a href=“http://www.hypable.com/2013/09/12/outlander-tv-show-sassenach-caitriona-balfe/[/url]”>http://www.hypable.com/2013/09/12/outlander-tv-show-sassenach-caitriona-balfe/</a></p>

<p>[Outlander</a> Casts Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall! by Team H & H](<a href=“http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2013/09/outlander-casts-caitriona-balfe-as-claire-randall]Outlander”>http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2013/09/outlander-casts-caitriona-balfe-as-claire-randall)</p>

<p>I loved the books, only problem is Diana Gabaldon takes a long time to write, she needs to take lessons in speed writing from Kirsten Ashley (though she is a much better writer, and being historical novels they require a lot more work and effort:). Problem is I’ll probably have to go back and re-read the previous books, it has been so long:)
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