Voyager is the third book in the Outlander series and better, in my opinion, than the second book, Dragonfly i...more**spoiler alert** ***LOTS OF SPOILERS***
Voyager is the third book in the Outlander series and better, in my opinion, than the second book, Dragonfly in Amber. Jamie and Clare are reunited after 20 years apart and it's so wonderful to be back to reading about them and learning everything that has happened to them during their separation. The book starts out in the 1960's with Claire preparing herself to return to Jamie whom she, until now, believed to have died in Culloden and with Jamie living in a cave near Lallybroch for 7 years. It then takes us to Jamie's 4 years in Ardsmuir prison, his years spent working as a groom at Helwater and then finally to his becoming a printer and smuggler in Edinburgh where he finally reunites with Claire. Their adventures together lead them to the West Indies with much time being spent on the ship, the Artemis.
It's been a few months since I read the first two books and I had somehow forgotten just how fabulously Diana Gabaldon writes, weaving heartwrenching scenes together with moments that make me burst out laughing.
Jamie, as always, has the best lines. A couple of his lines that actually made me laugh out loud so far in this book:
- "I was afraid I'd lost hold altogether and pissed myself, but it's alright. I've just sat on the alepot"
- "Brianna?" he said, frowning at the pictures. "What an awful name for a wee lassie!"
- "Well, you're speaking to the only man in Scotland who has a terrible cockstand at sight of a plucked chicken"
- "I dinna need to worry about ye? Is that what ye said? Christ. I leave you safely in bed waiting for your breakfast, and not an hour later, I find ye downstairs in your shift, clutching a corpse to your bosom."
There are so many new characters to meet in this book including Young Ian, Marsali, Willie and Mr. Willoughby. Equally wonderful are the returning characters from the previous books such as Jenny, Geillis, Laoghaire, John Grey, Brianna and Roger.
A couple of things were left unanswered by this book but perhaps will all be answered in time. How did Jamie become Captain of the British soldiers? What happened to those soldiers? Where did the money go that Claire sewed into her dress before her time-travel?
All in all, it was a fantastic book and one I'd highly recommend!(less)
This book is the first of PG's new trilogy about The War of the Roses and centers around Elizabeth Woodville, the wife of Edward IV and the mother of...moreThis book is the first of PG's new trilogy about The War of the Roses and centers around Elizabeth Woodville, the wife of Edward IV and the mother of Elizabeth of York.
I have a serious love/hate relationship going on with Philippa Gregory, as I think many of my HF-loving friends can relate to. I loved The Boleyn Inheritance and The Other Boleyn Girl but found her other books on the Tudors and Mary, Queen of Scots lacking and at times, incredibly frustrating with their repetitiveness and historical inaccuracies. I'm not one to get overly annoyed or upset with inaccuracy in my historical fiction novels and am fine with some changes when they fit the story. Some of them I did enjoy but I didn't love any of them.
Because of this, I was hesitant to read this book but being hopeful that PG would at some point get back to writing better books, I decided to try it. I wasn't disappointed. To me, it's not as good as the Boleyn books but it came close. I'm looking forward to the rest of trilogy. (less)
I wasn't crazy about this book in the beginning but still found it hard to put down, wanting to know how it would end. I even began to really like it...moreI wasn't crazy about this book in the beginning but still found it hard to put down, wanting to know how it would end. I even began to really like it after the first 100 pages or so. Now that I've finished it, I'm not so sure. There were a lot of things that I felt went unexplained, including some things that I felt I needed to know.
Did Emily Gold kill herself or did her boyfriend and bestfriend, Christopher Harte murder her? Did she want to die or did she tell him something that made him think that she should? These questions were answered. Others were not.
Too much was left unsaid. I understand that life's like that sometimes. You don't always get the answers to your questions and I suppose that's where the author was coming from. However, there was ample opportunity to answer the questions for the reader, if not for the main characters. I understand why they might never find out the 'whys'. I do not understand why we, as readers, do not.
All in all, it was an okay book but in the end, it just left me feeling empty and wondering, is that it?(less)
**spoiler alert** This is my post from TNBBC group-read. It's got major spoilers in it so don't read it if you don't want to know what happens.
August...more**spoiler alert** This is my post from TNBBC group-read. It's got major spoilers in it so don't read it if you don't want to know what happens.
I just finished the book and I loved it or most of it anyway. I'm going to have to skim through the book again later on tonight and re-read a couple of parts just to be sure that I truly captured it all.
I also cringed a bit when reading about the first time that Clare had sex with Henry. It was her 18th birthday and he was 30-something. It seemed weird, like he was much too old for her. That being said, I was okay with Henry meeting Clare at 6 and the relationship that ensued there. I didn't feel that he did anything inappropriate or told Clare too much about the future. I also was a bit weirded out by the scene when there are 2 teenage Henry's are naked in bed together and his father walks in on them/him/whatever. I couldn't help feeling that it was one boy experimenting with another boy, rather than Henry being just Henry and being a boy who experiments with himself. Also, while some, even most, of the book was beautifully written, I didn't enjoy that the author felt the need to throw in words like (I apologize for my language but I'm quoting) cunt, cock and fuck. I mean, I'm not a prude or anything but I felt that the words were out of place and just inappropriate for the overall tone of the novel.
Oh and I agree with the above posts… Gomez was such a creep! I don't think that the novel would have suffered at all(might have even been better) if he had never existed as a character. He and Clarisse seemed to be characters who were just taking up space and I didn't care about them at all, except for when Henry was out for coffee with Clarisse and she was upset about Gomez being in love with Clare, etc. At that point, I felt for Clarisse but it was the first and only time I did.
That being said, I still gave it 5 stars. I couldn't put it down. I really liked the time-travel aspect the characters (again with the exception of Gomez and Clarisse). When Henry sees 10-year-old Alba, I was beside myself. I was so thrilled to read about Alba and broken-hearted to find out that Henry would die. Throughout the remainder of the book, I knew he would die but I hoped that he wouldn't somehow. However, if he hadn't died I would have hated the book because it would have gone against everything that the author had said throughout about him not having the power to change the future/past.
More than anything, I loved the romance and the idea that their love and devotion could conquer all, spanning decades and overcoming all obstacles, even death. To me it read like a perfect fairytale, albeit with a lot of twists :) (less)
This book is captivating. I love that each character has not only it's only voice but their own font. Is definitely a make-you-think book. Have heard...moreThis book is captivating. I love that each character has not only it's only voice but their own font. Is definitely a make-you-think book. Have heard a lot of positive reviews. First book I've read by Jodi Picoult. So far so good :)(less)
I honestly did not like this book. I never allow myself to stop reading a book. I trudge along through it and force myself to read through to the end,...moreI honestly did not like this book. I never allow myself to stop reading a book. I trudge along through it and force myself to read through to the end, no matter one. I just couldn't with this one. The thing that bothers me the most is that I don't know why I didn't like it or couldn't finish it.
The writing was okay. The descriptions were plentiful. The characters were good. The topic was interesting. There was nothing wrong with it, really. I just couldn't finish it. Hopefully someday I will go back and force myself to start again and read all the way through but I really don't know that I'll be able to do it. It's unfortunate because the positive reviews really make it seem like a book I shouldn't miss out on. Oh well. (less)