Hello, BiblioFiles readers! Long time, no posts.
I’m sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted any updates to this site. With so much going on in my life over the last 3-4 months, I haven’t had that much time or motivation to read.
But… I finally finished a book!
I started reading Drums of Autumn (the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series) in early fall. Over the weekend, I finally finished it. Yes, I am very proud of myself for this accomplishment. (See above about lacking time and motivation…)
The Outlander series is one of those that when you decide to read them, it’s a massive undertaking. Each of the books (eight have been published so far) are hundreds of pages long. And they’re dense.
Diana Gabaldon has created complex, dynamic characters with flaws. She has masterfully researched the history of the area and the time where those characters are and weaves it in beautifully. There’s a lot on each page to digest and process.
It makes these books delightful to read.
I would strongly encourage anyone to read these books. There’s a little something for every type of reader. There’s a small fantasy element (with time travel), there’s history, there’s romance, there’s general fiction, there’s some mystery and suspense. It’s all there.
Drums of Autumn begins with Claire and Jamie Fraser in the American colonies and Claire’s daughter, Brianna, and her beau, Roger Wakefield, in the “present day.” When Brianna decides to travel back in time to try and meet her biological father (Jamie) and warn Claire and Jamie of their reported demise several years in their future, Roger follows her. The pair don’t reunite until they’re both in the colonies and chaos ensues.
The chaos involves the Mohawk and Iriquois Indians, sexual assault, piracy, pregnancy, indentured servitude, repayment of debts etc. It’s a fascinating story.
There are heartbreaking moments where you genuinely feel what the characters are feeling because of the strength of Gabaldon’s writing. There are moments where you’re cheering for the characters or glaring just as strongly at the words on the pages as a character is on them.
And, you find yourself rooting for your favorite couple. (Mine is Brianna and Roger. I really like them together and the dynamic they share.)
I’m excited to start The Fiery Cross (Book 5) soon and work my way through it. Hopefully, it won’t take me nearly as long!