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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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Dec 01, 11

Read in August, 2009

This book started out so strongly--strong, smart heroine who is able to narrate a foreignscape with fresh eyes. I loved it. Until the "romance" started, and then Gabaldon lost me for good.

I realise every person's sexuality is different, but I myself can't embrace spousal abuse and spousal rape as romantic notions, no matter how couched they are in 'this is how it was back then' padding. It seems as though the author has certain sexual desires that are outside the norm and has used this trick of fiction as a way to express those.

Good for her, but I'm not endorsing it. I don't find anything dashing about a man who will beat a woman's buttocks until they blister and bleed. I don't find anything desirable about a man who will continue to penetrate his wife despite her loud protestations of pain, being told that he's crushing her, that she can't breathe, etc.

Laying aside the questionable sexuality of the main couple, the author committed another fateful sin in my eyes as a reader. Unable to move the story forward by any other means, she has one or another of her characters act temporarily against type in order to stir the pot and move the action along. Nothing is more frustrating to me as a reader, and nothing is more artless for a writer to do.

I have resisted these books for years after an initial abortive attempt at reading this one when it first came out in the early 1990s. I read it through at last on the advice of a member of my writing group. After the first 200pp I was prepared to give it five stars. By the end I was wishing Goodreads had a zero-stars option.
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Michael I struggled through this year's ago because the male protagonist, Jamie is loosely based on the "Doctor Who" companion Jamie. Notice I say loosely here....

So basically you've got what was once a big Mary Sue fanfic that becomes a novel....




message 2: by Katherine (last edited Aug 13, 2009 02:59PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

Katherine Coble Michael wrote: "I struggled through this year's ago because the male protagonist, Jamie is loosely based on the "Doctor Who" companion Jamie. Notice I say loosely here....

So basically you've got what was once a..."


That's so funny! When I was describing this on the phone to my sister I said "it's a huge Mary Sue fanfic."

I didn't realise that it ACTUALLY was. But now that I know that...it just fits. Especially with the Dr. Who angle.

What I want to know is why you gave it 4 stars! ;-p


Michael I was feeling generous the day I was rating the book?

I don't recall, but it was a rating given long after the reading of the book...and sometimes the memory plays tricks on you.


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