There are several scenes where the main characters are either raped, someone attempted to rape them and so on. Claire wasn't back in time for more than five minutes when she found herself almost raped by the first man she met. A few scenes later she found herself with the main hero and his band of Merry Men in a cottage where she spoke crassly and they debated on treating her like a "whore" and taking their turn with her, even without her approval. That was within a chapter of arriving back in time. Then again when the couple were "going at it like rabbits" (authors words) and a group of landless thugs found them and started to "rape" her, but not succeed...then the beating and the hero raping the heroine right after, then the rape of the hero at the end. I'm sure I forgot a few of the rapes or attempted rapes. This doesn't even count all the floggings and talk about floggings. This is why this book is called a "rape-culture" book.(less) (hide spoiler)]
In fairness, I should say there's a lot of good writing here. I really enjoyed the beginning chapters. They even kind of cracked me up, because I have friends who love genealogy and their husbands always get that look when they start talking about it and that's exactly how I imagined Claire looking when her husband Frank ...more
Quick question: if this book has a quarter of a million ratings and still maintains an average rating of 4.13, why the hell are the most popular reviews the snarky, mean spirited, one or two star reviews? That doesn't match up at all with what I'd assume would be the case, which is that most people who read this book LOVED IT. Including me.
Please, people. If you enjoy a book, click "like" on the good reviews as well. That's what people see first when they look for reviews on Goodreads...the ...more
How To Commit Adultery Without Being a Cheap Slutty Whore: A Q&A by Diana Gabaldon
Q: I love my husband but I'm feeling kind of restless. But adultery is wrong. ...more
This book is incredibly long. It's just a fact. All of them are. But they go by so incredibly fast. By the time I got to the third one? I read it in three days. The pages just keep turning. I read at double speed I was so engrossed in the ...more
Being as I was a 24 year old stoner and a 5th year college student, Lord of the Rings was more up my alley and I told her I'd "put it on my list"!! Fast forward to 2009, I'm on my usual Saturday morning sojourn to Barnes and Noble and I come across ...more
Back when I read this as a wee lass (okay, like, three years ago), there weren't quite as many interesting interpretations of the novel going on. I remember reading a bunch of reviews that either sold it as sophisticated, well-researched historical fiction, or a trashy kilt-wearing romance full of sex, violence and violent sex. In my opinion, neither is ...more
Outlander is a damn good book. Sure, the book has a blue fake leather cover, costs four bucks, and screams spinning rack at the airport bookstore. I approached the text with suspicion but found myself invested in the language and storyline within the first hundred pages. Heres why:
TEN GOOD THINGS ABOUT OUTLANDER
1. The characterizations of Jamie and Claire, ...more
I was lying in a hospital bed with my leg broken, and once the library trolley came for a round of 'books, anyone?', my hand was in the air in no time.
Too late did the librarian notice the foreign literature on my bedside table and with a distraught expression try to recover 'Outlander';I said firmly: 'Oh no, Madam, I'll read that.'. Just enough time left for her to make up with a tome of controversial French literature on the genocide in Ruanda...
But as I'd said: my first ...more
what the actual fuck
4.5 GREAT AWESOME COOL FANTASTIC BRILLIANTSTARS!
You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!
I am going to part this review in two sections(parts) because I don't want to give spoilers away but also want to share some of the scenes I really enjoyed with people who have also read the book so we can discuss together.So the first part of the review will be SPOILER FREE and everyone can read it,and the second part will be filled with spoilers so if you haven't read the book...more
Jamie, some Highlander from the 1740's: Claire, you didn't listen to what I said. You disobeyed me, your husband. You risked everyone's lives and I'm going to punish you for your misbehaviour. Yes, I know the evil man abused you and nearly raped you. But that was your own fault. I love you, I really do, and I don't enjoy this, but people expect me to give you the punishment you deserve.
Claire, an educated woman from the 1940's: ...more
I've read that Outlander was originally marketed as a romance novel because the publisher didn't know what else to do with it, but this book is no ordinary romance novel. It doesn't follow any typical romance formula and is a real genre bender that doesn't fit neatly into any one category. Outlander has a swoon-worthy hero and dozens of truly romantic scenes that should be sufficient to satisfy even the most discriminating romance reader, while it's time travel ...more
You won't be disappointed.
Gabaldon has finely crafted a novel that is radically different to the stereotype. This is no average love story. Her research is extensive and flawless; bringing to life a world ...more
I have to say, this is a LOVELY book. I'm not CRAZY motivated to read the rest of the series ...more
I did get the beautiful bound (20th anniversary edition) of the book because it is beautiful! Here's a little picture of the book and some of my stuff around it to make it even more pretty. The book looks smaller in the picture than it is so I don't know. <-- images on your screen are smaller than they appear.
I love Jamie and Claire! I just want them to be together and ...more
When my real life, long distance book club chose Outlander as our next read, I was slightly nervous. Sure, I've meant to read the series for the past decade, but the overwhelmingly large volumes intimidated me, as well as the fact that I'm not well read in the historical fiction genre. I'd heard opinionated views on this installment, both positive and negative, and I had to finally read it (erm, listen to it) for myself to form my own ...more
What worked for me:
- Attention to detail (more on that below, however). It was very easy for me to visualize scenes and actions.
- In general, the premise for the novel was interesting. And some parts of it were very ...more
Fast-Forward to 2016...
I sign up for the 2016 Reading challenge: 52 books in a ...more
This is an unexpected tome that merges speculative fantasy with true historical events. It does something remarkable in having a target audience that vacillates between YA & the nonFiction prone; in other words, if you are a READER, this one is for you (it's got something for Everyone!).
The sex gets racier and racier, but the adventure starts growing tepid. The antagonist is for ...more
Question and Answer Session With Danielle Regarding Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
1. So, you finally read it. How does it feel to read this 850 page magnum opus?
I feel a profound sense of accomplishment. I'm glad that I 'womaned-up' ...more
This book isn't about Scotland or time travel, it's about Jamie and Claire having sex in different locations and positions. Throw in a little wife beating, rape and repeated torture and you've got yourself a toned-down ...more
Claire Randall is a nurse living in Scotland with Frank, her husband, just after the end of World War II. Frank is absorbed in studying his family tree and tracking one of his ancestors named Black Jack Randall. Claire has an interest in Botany and studies plants along with their healing factors.
One day, Claire comes across a stone circle called Craigh na Dun.
While there, she discovers a plant and ...more
It took a while to get into and read as I was having to do school work and holiday festivities at the same time, but it was definitely worth it!
If you like historical fiction, time travel, and/or romance, PICK THIS UP. You also get the beautiful and perfect specimen of Jamie.
But, the other 430 were very interesting and well written. The premise of the story is fascinating and left me pondering a lot of what ifs?. It was very deeply researched historical fiction and I am a fan of decent historical fiction. If the 200 pages or so that I didn't care for were edited out or ...more
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