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message 1: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Ok, so I keep trying to get my friends to read the books, without any luck! What do you tell people to get them interested? I am afraid if I say too much I will give everything away. But, if I do not tell them enough, they have nothing to go on. They see that I am "obsessed" and that scares them! Tell me what you do in this situation!


message 2: by Dolly (new)

Dolly Sullivan (dollymamma) | 31 comments Anyone that I tell about these books seem to want to read them just to see why I am so obsessed. I also tell them to trust me and to give it at least 2 chapters. So far no one has been disappointed!


message 3: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments I know, I just keep telling her if she can get through the first 30 pages of Outlander, she will be hooked!


message 4: by Wendy F, biblioholic (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 3151 comments I never had much luck either. Even when I try to tell people what it's about they look at me like I'm crazy. They think it's going to be a stupid romance, and it's hard to get them to see the depth beyond the tagline (Girls falls back through time by touching a mini-stonehenge, and is kidnapped by Scottish Highlander). It's like when I try to convice people to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer despite the corny name.

Normally I just bug and bug people until they've finally read it because they're sick of hearing me. It's worked for 3 people at my work and my best friend.


message 5: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. | 322 comments It's especially hard to tell people about this book and then they see how big it is. I almost had my niece convinced to read it and when she saw the size of the book she changed her mind. I just love it and I think I may come across as almost manic when I describe Jamie. :)


message 6: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Wendy wrote: "I never had much luck either. Even when I try to tell people what it's about they look at me like I'm crazy. They think it's going to be a stupid romance, and it's hard to get them to see the dep..."
Girl, I hear you about Buffy. I was in labor with my first child and refused to go to the hospital until the episode was over! I brought my laptop to work and have the audible versions, I keep playing it, to get them interested....lets keep our fingers crossed!


message 7: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Carolyn F. wrote: "It's especially hard to tell people about this book and then they see how big it is. I almost had my niece convinced to read it and when she saw the size of the book she changed her mind. I just ..."

One friend said that if she was going to read a book that thick, she would read the Bible...I mean what can you say! I am obsessed with a fictional character!


message 8: by Lotte (new)

Lotte | 330 comments This is not exactly according to the heading, but does not fit in somewhere else either:


Yesterday I had to go to the dentist and to spend the time waiting, I brought DOA. When the dentist saw my book, he asked me what it was I were reading. I showed the cover to him and he asked: "I think my wife is reading this as well, it's about time travelling, and there are more books, 5 or 6?" A very close guess for a man. As it is rather difficult to keep a conversation with your dentist, ours was a bit restricted and I just managed to ask him, whether his wife read to him the scene when Claire describes to Jamie what a dentist is. (Jamie: What could you do to a tooth but pull it? Claire: You'd be surprised!) She did not, that's something I can't understand. He even asked in which book this is in and is also aware that his wife keeps re-reading the series.


message 9: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments That is funny...My Aunt saw me walking into the house with DIA, and said she read them years ago. But, she did not know that there were more books! Can you imagine reading the first 2 and not having anything else! I was quick to run home and get the rest for her!


message 10: by Cat (new)

Cat | 10 comments The only thing that keeps my friends from reading them is the size. But more times than not, I just tell them..."get through the stones and you'll be hooked!"


message 11: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Cat wrote: "The only thing that keeps my friends from reading them is the size. But more times than not, I just tell them..."get through the stones and you'll be hooked!""

Thanks, I am going to use that line!


message 12: by Wendy F, biblioholic (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 3151 comments Mamamichelle wrote: "Wendy wrote: "I never had much luck either. Even when I try to tell people what it's about they look at me like I'm crazy. They think it's going to be a stupid romance, and it's hard to get them ..."

haha! That's great! Do you remember what episode? I have that show on DVD, it is my all time favorite. When I try to tell people how deep and serious it was, or how they handled real topics they just look at me like I'm crazy. They all expect it to be s cheesy as the movie.

I keep saying that to people too. "Once she goes through the stones it'll get much better." But DEFINITELY after Claire and Jamie marry, thats really when I knew I was hooked. That scene with Dougal by the well and him telling her she has to marry, leading to the wedding and the wedding night. It was immediately my favorite book.


message 13: by Mary G. (last edited Nov 07, 2010 11:12AM) (new)

Mary G. (nonometoo) | 319 comments I've been using a line that DG uses- Open the book anywhere and then try to put it down. So far it's worked very well. Because, once they start to read it's all over. There is no way I can summarize and do justice to this series; better to challenge them to decide for themselves.


message 14: by Annie (new)

Annie (annieargyll) A friend (also an American living in Scotland) told me for several years that I should read these books. I guess she didn't describe them very well as it sounded like flakey romance to me. I never read books that are purely romance - gotta have something along with it.

I finally got around to reading them when I needed some 'escape' books while living in Africa. I gobbled them up one after the other. My dh calls them porn books because he got little sleep when I was reading the first two books! I got a couple of volunteers hooked on them as well when I described them.

I like historical fiction. The first ones I read were 7th century Ireland.


message 15: by Lotte (new)

Lotte | 330 comments Annie wrote: "A friend (also an American living in Scotland) told me for several years that I should read these books. I guess she didn't describe them very well as it sounded like flakey romance to me. I neve..."

Would you please give us the title(s) of you 7th century Ireland historical fiction?

I so far read "Dublin Foundation" and the sequel "Ireland Awakening" by Edward Rutherfurd. This author starts his stories in prehistoric times ending either in the present or not too long ago. I noticed him with his first book "Sarum" and loved his story about the area around Stonehenge. His latest book is about New York, which I have not yet read.

Nigel Tranter and his Scottish history books are fine as well - but nothing compares to our beloved Outlander series!


message 16: by Annie (new)

Annie (annieargyll) Would you please give us the title(s) of you 7th century Ireland historical fiction?

The Sister Fidelma series by Peter Tremayne. She is a detective/lawyer of sorts and also the 7th century version of a nun. They were still allowed to marry then so there is a wee bit of a romance with a monk. Mainly the books are crime solving. I think there are about 17 books in the series. They get predictable after about the 10th one though. But the relationship develops in later books. Good research done and the culture of the 7th century is interesting. Some of it takes place in England where the monk if from.
http://www.sisterfidelma.com/


message 17: by Latinlandish (new)

Latinlandish | 376 comments I tell people that Outlander is the most romantic book ever, and you will be able to forget all the problems of your life while you are reading it. The book is about time traveling, and you will learn about the time of the Jacobites in 1700's Scotland. But the best part is the main character.
And I always finish with: Your husband will be happy that you are reading this book.
We have a book club, and all the women confessed that they they have had some some good time with their own dh because of Jamie! LOL


message 18: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Maybe I am just not that smart...but what is DH?


message 19: by Lotte (new)

Lotte | 330 comments Annie wrote: "Would you please give us the title(s) of you 7th century Ireland historical fiction?

The Sister Fidelma series by Peter Tremayne. She is a detective/lawyer of sorts and also the 7th century ver..."


Thank you for the reference! I'll try one.


message 20: by Latinlandish (new)

Latinlandish | 376 comments Mamamichelle wrote: "Maybe I am just not that smart...but what is DH?"

Dear husband!!! If he is nice. :)


message 21: by Wendy F, biblioholic (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 3151 comments Funny, I assumed it meant darling husband, lol.


message 22: by Latinlandish (new)

Latinlandish | 376 comments Well, sorry for my poor knowledge of English. Sometimes I do say things that don't sound too right! What would be the difference? :)


message 23: by Wendy F, biblioholic (new)

Wendy F (blessedwannab) | 3151 comments Nothing, lol. I had no idea what DH meant either. I just guessed in my head.


message 24: by Ledda (new)

Ledda Gh | 50 comments I tell people If you read up to the wedding night and you are not hooked I'll read a book of your choice. It has worked for me 6 times (Thank God) LOL!

My friend lent Outlander me and it sat in my library for 1 year! It wasnt until last Jan that I got the Swine flu and having nothing else to read because I couldn't get ot to the store that I started reading the book. It took me a week to read it and I hallucinated about it for the entire time while I was burning with fever. When I was better I didn't know if I had really read this incredible book or was just inmagining it so I read it again (this time it only took me 3 days) I'm so thankful for the flu :D lol


message 25: by Sharonh (new)

Sharonh | 472 comments Annie wrote: "A friend (also an American living in Scotland) told me for several years that I should read these books. I guess she didn't describe them very well as it sounded like flakey romance to me. I neve..."

Well, they are definitely libido boosters! My husband says I have turned into a "crazed cougar"!!!!


message 26: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 31 comments I'm so glad to hear it's not just me :) My DH says he is exhausted all the time.


message 27: by Sharonh (new)

Sharonh | 472 comments LOL Sandra! But I bet all our husbands have a happy grin on their faces all the time!


message 28: by Annie (new)

Annie (annieargyll) Lotte wrote: "Annie wrote: "Would you please give us the title(s) of you 7th century Ireland historical fiction?

The Sister Fidelma series by Peter Tremayne. She is a detective/lawyer of sorts and also the 7th..."


They must be read in order, like Outlander.


message 29: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 31 comments hi sharonh, and we're in our early 60's. it certainly helped reignite the spark!!


message 30: by Sharonh (new)

Sharonh | 472 comments Sandra, well we are in our mid-60s and the flame is burning again. Yeehaw!


message 31: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 31 comments Sharonh---- LOL!! :)


message 32: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (gillie) I first noticed these in the audiobook section of the library & seriously thought that "outlander" was the name of a science fiction novel along the lines of other planets - but was lured by the sheer size of the book - how marvelous it was for me to find I was wrong! lolol


message 33: by Wan (new)

Wan (wanwaddell) | 564 comments Same with most of us, I can't get anyone of my friend to try … and yeah the plot is kinda out there (but if only one would give it a try). Not to mention the books, themselves, are pretty intimidating.

At least, I made a progress. When Amazon.com offered the free download, I got one of my friends to down load the book. Now, I'm sitting and waiting to see when she'll read it. It's just the matter of when not if, now. :-)


message 34: by Ladyhawk (last edited Nov 08, 2010 08:35PM) (new)

Ladyhawk | 957 comments I was going crazy with no one to share my new read with when I started Outlander! Of course I took to the net to find other obsessed fans and of course I found them! But I told my best friend I needed someone close to talk about them and being the great friend that she is said, "sure, I'll read it! You know I follow you into all your obsessions!" She is such a great friend! Little did she know what she was getting herself into!


message 35: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments I think I have one finally hooked! So, I have been listening to the books on audio latley, and really enjoying it. Last night I was listening to Voyager, the part where Geneva is blackmailing Jamie. Hearing it, it gives you a completely different outlook. When I read it, I just kept thinking "what a bitch!" But listening, I started feeling sorry for her.


message 36: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (gillie) Mamamichelle wrote: "I think I have one finally hooked! So, I have been listening to the books on audio latley, and really enjoying it. Last night I was listening to Voyager, the part where Geneva is blackmailing Jam..."

Listening is A very different experience.


message 37: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Ok, so now I am crying...The part where he says goodbye to Willie, is just heartbreaking!


message 38: by Sharonh (new)

Sharonh | 472 comments I know Mamamichelle! That scene got me too! I cannot even imagine how heart breaking it must have been for him. He thinks he has lost everything at this point...except Jenny and her kids. He doesn't even have the assurance that Claire and their baby are alive.


message 39: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 31 comments It's amazing how caught up we are in their lives. I care, worry and am afraid for them so much that sometimes I had to put down the book for a while to catch my breath and then see what happened


message 40: by Chris (new)

Chris | 13 comments I'm jumping into the conversation ladies....I tried to get my sister in law to read Outlander and she wrinkled her nose, kept delaying and finally I just gave her the book and kept asking if she'd started it yet. I told her I was obsessed with these books and the characters. I said read at least until she goes through the stones. Well she finally started and is now obsessed too. She loves the books, and can't wait to get her hands on the next one the moment she's even nearing the end of a book.


message 41: by Sandra (new)

Sandra | 31 comments my friend just went on a cruise and downloaded it to her kindle after I told her how the books make me feel. I hope she's reading it now. She'll be back in 2 weeks and can't wait to talk to her about it.


message 42: by Sharonh (new)

Sharonh | 472 comments Dollar to a donut she will be hooked Sandra!


message 43: by Beth (new)

Beth | 22 comments I'm having problems getting anyone interested as well. I'm so glad we have the internet now to share our obsession! I LOVE these books more than anything I've ever read, and to read some of the 'meh' reviews on Goodreads, it just completely puzzles me. I wonder what it is that makes some of us fall in love with the series and others just don't seem get it?


message 44: by Sharonh (new)

Sharonh | 472 comments I wonder that too Beth. Maybe some women are down on men...thus they don't want to read about "the perfect man...Jamie Fraser".... Also the Twilight series does not interest me at all so I will never read them or go to see the movies....just my personality I guess. Now if Jamie wanted to bite my neck...'twould be a different story!


message 45: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Ok, so today has been rough! Listening to Voyager has my stomach in KNOTS!!! I mean I have read it 2 other times, but Lordy, I am on pins and needles...the reunion was never my favorite moment while reading, but OMG!!! Hearing Davina read it, had me in tears! Not just regular tears, but sobbing slobbering gasping for breath sobs!


message 46: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (gillie) Mamamichelle - I know, it's amazing! One of the things I love about audio is not being able to look ahead or skim through certain things. Davina's narration is so amazing that I have been caught breathless.....


message 47: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Sarah wrote: "Mamamichelle - I know, it's amazing! One of the things I love about audio is not being able to look ahead or skim through certain things. Davina's narration is so amazing that I have been caught ..."
I agree! Even though I know what is going to happen, I am still excitied! I am working a double today, so I will only get to listen in the car...boo hoo!


message 48: by Sandra (last edited Nov 10, 2010 06:24AM) (new)

Sandra | 31 comments do you think you need to have read the book to get the best impact from the audio books?


message 49: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (gillie) Sandra, I don't think so. I've been doing audio for so long that I've maybe read 1/3 of the books I've listened to. The real impact, of course, comes from a really great narrator. Whether it's Claire & Jamie or Harry Potter. :0)


message 50: by Mamamichelle (new)

Mamamichelle | 163 comments Sarah wrote: "Sandra, I don't think so. I've been doing audio for so long that I've maybe read 1/3 of the books I've listened to. The real impact, of course, comes from a really great narrator. Whether it's C..."

I agree with Sarah...It is just a different experience. Imust say that I do love Davina porter! She does such a good job at making a difference between each character.


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