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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
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Oct 02, 08

bookshelves: fantasy, historical-fiction, socalled-chick-lit
Read in October, 2008

** spoiler alert ** Okay, if I had a half star I would give this one that extra half. But only because there are pirates.

Things that irritated me:
"Och lassie, I swear I'll never lie to ye." "Oh, sorry, I didn't tell ye about that extra wife because I was afraid ye'd hate me. But that's all the secrets." "Och, I'm sorry I didn't tell ye about having a son, I was afraid ye'd hate me. But that's all the secrets, I swear."

Also, John Grey better show up a lot more in the next book, because I fail to see how he could possibly be a character so beloved he warrants his own series. He's pretty much thrown in there to prove that not all gay men are sadistic incestuous rapists.

Oh wait, he's also in there as a way to work in an awkward conversation about how overly long books aren't in need of editors, because it's all about character development, and how characters in books aren't really modeled after the author's wishful perception of herself, and her sick fantasies about spanking her ideal love monkey real life people.
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Beth You think only women like these books? Well hate to break it to ya but it was my husband who introduced Jamie & Claire to me! You don't like that Jamie withheld some things from Claire? Well the great thing about these characters is that they're HUMAN! Then again, it takes a vivid imagination to really enjoy these wonderfully vivid stories I suppose. Perhaps you should move to mysteries, but stay away from James Rollins because he also has a fascinating imagination to go with his facts. That is why it's call fiction.

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Meg Holly's last paragraph could've been written by me!

Much of the first books are good, and I can forgive many flaws like the dragging on - but some of the writer's moral stances like the raping fixation really bother me: Claire's been almost raped 10 times (and her bodice ripped, literally, 10 more times), her daughter's been raped, some pirate novel character was maybe raped (she kept saying "No" when apparently she meant "Yes" - it's dangerous to support the myth that No means Yes with women).

What's worst, the book's so-called hero Jamie apparently raped a teen in one of the books (she said "No" the last minute, so "he couldn't stop"); he beat Claire up and enjoyed it; he ripped Claire's clothes in front of strangers and laughed about it; he lies to his beloved... Humanly flawed characters are fantastic, but I'd like my heroes to possess a moral backbone despite their flaws.

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