I finally finished a book!!!
OK, so this was the second book I’ve finished recently, but Outlander took me forever to read.
That may be in part because it is a behemoth to read (600+ pages depending on the version, possibly more than 800+). It may be in part because I ran out of time on my e-book rental, had to wait to get it back on hold, and then had to wait for a physical copy to actually finish the book.
Seriously, if you plan on reading Outlander, budget time to read it.
This post is in lieu of a Monday must-read this week because it’s actually an update to a previous Monday must-read post: https://booksbybethany.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/monday-must-read-outlander/
Like I wrote in that original post, which I’m sure you will all click on and read, the premise of this book and the length of it were a bit intimidating to me. But, in an effort to read the book before I attempted to watch the series on Starz, I decided to try it.
I’m so glad I did.
Diana Gabaldon creates an entire world in the pages of her book and it’s so engaging, you want to just dive in and become a part of it.
Claire and Jamie are dynamic, complex characters who are grappling with their feelings and a circumstance neither could imagine. I had been concerned how Gabaldon would address Claire traveling through time and disclosing that to Jamie, which she obviously would have to do at some point. But it was handled well and organically.
I also thought the concept of there being others who time traveled was interesting too.
I did have some lingering questions, like how does time move in “her world?” Like has it stopped, gone slower than it is in the 1740s or moved like normal? If she goes back at some point, how will Frank react? How did he address her disappearance?
I’m actually going to try and read the second book in the series, Dragonfly in Amber, at some point in the future. I can’t read it right away as I have too many other books that have to take priority. (#bookloverproblem)
In the meantime, I may try and rent the first season of the show from the library to give it the old college try, too. (Despite the fact that the Claire from the show is not how I pictured Claire in the book… at least in photos.)
Have you read Outlander? Seen the show? Is the rest of the book series or the TV series worth my time? Let me know what you think in the comments!