Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Book Recommendation: Outlander

I have seriously been slacking on the April Blog Challenge, but today's prompt is "a book recommendation."

I know I've probably shared my love for the Outlander book series once or twice on the blog already, but honestly I can't say enough good things about these books.  


My sister got me hooked on these books a couple years ago and I can't stop re-reading them.  There are seven in the series so far, with the eighth book coming out this June -- its release coinciding with the Starz TV series based on the first book, Outlander...pretty excited about that.

If you have read one or any of them, you know that they are really hard to categorize.  There's adventure, science fiction (mostly time-travel), romance (but not gratuitous Danielle Steel crap -- sorry Steel fans), history, violence, intrigue and much more.  There are parts where I cried and parts where I literally LOLed.  

The author, Diana Gabaldon, says it best:

"What I used to say to people who saw me sitting outside a store with a pile of books and asked (reasonably enough), 'What sort of book is this?', was 'I tell you what.  Pick it up, open it anywhere, and read three pages.  If you can put it down again, I'll pay you a dollar.'  I've never lost any money on that bet."

So, you should probably get started reading.  Start by going here and reading excerpts from the books.  I've linked my favorite snippet from each book here:

So good.  So so good.

I bet you're be intrigued enough to stop by your local library or book store and pick up Outlander.  Or get it on your eReader.  Even better, try to find the books on tape and have someone with a glorious Scottish accent read it to you.   

WTF is that green sweatshirt-maroon blazer combination?

Don't read ANY of the other books without first reading Outlander.  Don't stop reading after Dragonfly in Amber.  It gets better, I promise.

There are also companion books (shorter novels), novellas & short stories that enhance the Outlander story and develop some of the "secondary" characters; such as the Lord John Series.  For a chronology and description of each type of story, go here.

For a quick preview of the Starz TV series, as well as character/actor bios and, of course, your very own Pocket Jamie (it's not what you think), click here.

Have you read Outlander?  

Do you have a hard time keeping your fangirl tendencies in check, too?  
(If you're not sure what fangirling is, check this out.)

How many times have YOU watched the alternate ending trailer?

In conclusion, the Outlander series is a must-read.  Do yourself a favor.
You're welcome.

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