Aye. It happened. I fell down the rabbit hole of the Outlander series. I'll admit that it was the Starz TV series that kicked off my new obsession. SoAye. It happened. I fell down the rabbit hole of the Outlander series. I'll admit that it was the Starz TV series that kicked off my new obsession. So well done, an embellished, streamlined, carefully rearranged and beautifully shot interpretation of the novels.
But I'm here to talk about the books. Several episodes into the show, I started to parallel read the eBook, switching to audio when I couldn't sit down to read.
Well, I was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong - the idea, the whole premise is BRILLIANT! The perfect mix of adventure, history and love story, lived out by gorgeous and intriguing characters draws the reader in very quickly. Once you're in cahoots with Claire and Jamie, there is no turning back. You're in it. Period.
Still, I couldn't help the impression that I was reading a fan fiction story. While the idea was great, the writing... wasn't. The lush setting and the romantic entanglements of our two lovers would have merited a heavy infusion of purple prose. Instead, Gabaldon's descriptions - while often being too lenghty - had a rough and sketchy feel to it. Plain in style and not very imaginative.
Also, although I'm a huge fan of Jamie's cheeky good humour, there were a lot of situations where Gabaldon lets him crack a joke in situations where I felt more like crying. It killed the seriousness for me and often didn't fit the darkness of the situation.
And, of course, suspension of disbelief is a basic requirement for reading this story. Whether it comes to everyone pretty quickly believing Claire's story, her astounding adjustment to 18th century life or the whole logic of time travelling and interfering with future developments - just step over the plot holes and inconsistencies with your eyes tightly closed and the open them again to find Claire and Jamie in each other's arms.
Because, in the end, the pull of the series is the incredibly beautiful and romantic story of a love across time that conquers all, spiced up with an abundance of sex scenes (which, admittetly, drift into awkwardness and involuntary comedy sometimes). Pain, passion, loss, death, love - it all comes in epic proportions, addictive and worth a lot of tears and happy sighs. Diana Gabaldon has touched upon an unpolished gem, and then the show writers turned it into a diamond.
And now will you please excuse me? I need to go and finish book #3, "Voyager", before season 3 drops in September, and it looks like Jamie is getting flogged again. *goes to boil water and fetch bandages*...more
Yup. A classic zombie thriller. From a 1st person POV, we're dragged through the gore and mayhem of an unexplained zombie apocalypse, bodies and bodyYup. A classic zombie thriller. From a 1st person POV, we're dragged through the gore and mayhem of an unexplained zombie apocalypse, bodies and body parts dropping left and right - and rising up again. Really liked John and his sidekick Kyle and the fast pace of the plot that barely ever slackens. This story never stops to catch breath or to develop any depth, but it's a nail-biting zombie thrill ride perfect to devour in one afternoon. As I did. And the ending felt very appropriate. Need to get my hands on the sequel ASAP. ...more