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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
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Recommended for: people who wouldn't ever read a romance novel, history buffs

Gabaldon's sex-ridden, hugely researched, academically adventurous, time travel/sci-fi meets historical romance novels qualify as trash novels for lit nerds -- they're absolutely a guilty pleasure. From clan warfare to herbal medicine to genealogy to British history to WWII, the books are packed with information (what little Gaelic I know started with these books). Bonus: the heroine gets to have many, many rolls in the hay with a handsome hard-bodied Highlander. Can't really go wrong.

The books were recommended to me while I was living in England, and a lucky thing, too, because had I taken one look at the Fabio-in-a-kilt-of-passion American paperback cover I would have refused to read it (note: the British version was called Cross Stitch and the cover had a less-than-sexy field of heather on it). For a while I was caught up on the series, but I lost interest once the Frasers headed to America.

They are long books but the pages turn quickly. Gabaldon has a way with characters and her prose flows along at an engaging clip. Oh, but if you get all squeamish about buggery, don't bother -- the negative reviews of these books always focus prudishly (and tediously) on one specific encounter in an otherwise pretty rampantly heterosexual landscape.
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Started Reading
April 1, 1997 – Finished Reading
January 23, 2008 – Shelved

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message 1: by joni (new)

joni Weiss LOL! I totally agree with our summation. Unfortunately, #2 didn't hold the same charm, of discovery, I guess.


Read-A-Book Everyday Reviews!!! but I thought Jamie wasn't in this book?


Kate Jamie is in this book.


message 4: by John-Paul (new)

John-Paul DeWalt Sex-ridden? So many rolls in the hay? Suer there are some but not so much as in a sensual romance novel. The central theme is the attempt to prevent - then survive - the Rising.


Kristen 3/4 finished and I feeling a little uncertain - no way around it I will have to buy book 3.


Elizabeth  Leonard Great review. "trash novel for lit nerds." Perfect description.


Steph Thebert Love this review. Sums up perfectly how i feel about this series so far!


Nancy Schober Best review ever...you hit the nail on the head


Heather Léger I am in love with your review! It is spot on.


message 10: by Lily (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lily How is it a "trash" novel? I think that's harsh especially in light of the ones we see on libraries' bookshelves these days


Stacey Rolfe Mackenzie I don't think she means trash novel literally...she means its the equivalent of a trash novel but for lit nerds...


Richard Morris I just started this volume and was really shocked at where it begins. Also didn't expect the news about some characters but I won't specify.


message 13: by Roberta (new)

Roberta LOVED IT


Pclaiborn08 This has a spoiler alert, FYI


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