Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; Amazing Storyteller


Oh Diana, what a story you have woven.   Before reading  Outlander,  a fellow book club member gave us the backstory on the author and a taste of the storyline.  Diana Gabaldon; degreed in marine biology, zoology, and ecology. Dr. Gabaldon did research, was a scientific computing and database expert, and taught university classes for college credit in anatomy and other subjects. Oh, and one day she decided to  writing a novel because she wanted to learn how.  Wow, I couldn't wait to read this book, which I must say was a bit intimidating due to the thickness.  But, this woman had already inspired me with her tenacidity to not only follow through with an epic novel , but to then spawn a series of novels with the never-fading main characters, Claire and Jamie!
Nevertheless, I curled up on the sofa and dove in.  Gabaldon did not dissapoint. From  the first page, I was hooked.  Layers and layers of emotion, the humanity (and inhumanity) of the characters took me  for a ride.  Rich characters that you fall in love with, relate to, and feel true emotion for (shock at times). A storyline that at times seemed unimaginable, yet a luring fantasy you wanted to get lost in.  Webs of thoughtfully constructed historic, scientific, and romantic fiction mingling together and create a thrilling, can't-put-the-book- down-at-1-in-the-morning, first novel.  And, not only did I fall into this Outlander world once. I am revisting the dynamic characters Diana has created for the fourth time in Drums of Autumn; the fourth book in the Outlander series. 

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