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

<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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<p>Nrdsb4 - I think they are doing a great job with the casting. I can’t wait!</p>

<p>musicprnt, I’m probably going to have to reread the last one as well.</p>

<p>The books make such a big deal about Claire’s golden eyes. I wonder if they will replicate that in the actress playing her with contact lenses or something.</p>

<p>Neither of them look like what I’d imagined.</p>

<p>^^^I agree, but they really are in a tough position. The characters are so ingrained in our imaginations, partly due to the fact that so many books about them were written. I think it was similar to the casting of Gone With the Wind. People felt really possessive of the characters and it was possibly going to cause an uproar no matter who they chose. </p>

<p>Although I thought Vivian Leigh was Scarlett brought to life (British factor notwithstanding). Ashley Wilkes-total fail.</p>