Sunday, August 2, 2009

OUTLANDER - Diana Gabaldon

I had the pleasure of meeting Diana Gabaldon twice during intimate lunches with other writers, and she is so passionate about her characters. In particular, she adores her hero, Jamie Fraser, and said (on both occasions) that she could never imagine any actor to portray him.

Recently, a screenwriter friend said that OUTLANDER, the first of an enormously popular series involving time travel, Scottish and American history, and a love comparable to the adult version of Bella and Edward (of TWILIGHT fame), was (finally) going to be made into a film. I remembered Diana's statements, so I re-read the book while vacationing to try to imagine who on earth could play Jamie Fraser.

If you are a romance reader, I need not review this novel. You read it more than a decade ago. You know that the latest addition is coming out next month. But for the rest of you, imagine a WWII nurse named Claire who is reunited with her husband, Frank, a historian/professor who has meticulously traced his heritage through the Scottish highlands. A chance visit to a rock circle during Beltane and she is transported a bit over 200 years into the past, where she gets to meet these famous relations who are rather more dark than "black sheep." Enter Jamie Fraser, dreamy red-headed romantic Scot, and you have a historical novel with a heap of good lovin'.

The next book is the "end" of the saga, so for those of you who have followed the series as I have, who do you think is the Scot that Frank meets on the street in this first book? I am interested in seeing how she wraps this up.

4.25 out of 5.0 Scotch Coolers.


moonrat said...

i met her too--she was so nice. i was really impressed with her.

haven't read any of her books yet. maybe i should...

Precie said...

Um, just a little edit--I frequent the Compuserve Books & Writers forum that is one of Gabaldon's stomping grounds, and she has said that this 7th book, due out this September, isn't going to be the last book. She's also releasing a graphic novel released soon that, if I remember correctly, is approximately the time period of Outlander from Murtagh's point of view. :)

Uh, have I mentioned that I enjoy the Outlander series? Thanks for the review.

Kristin Dodge said...

That's a change from three years ago (the last time I saw her). So, we won't find out "how it ends." I am a wee disappointed, but thanks, Precie.

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

I picked up this one on the recommendation that I had to start at the beginning. I hope it's as good as everyone says it is. Thanks for the review!