While I was down and out with morning sickness, I read Outlander again in a period of three days. Although it’s a big book, it’s a book I love and really enjoyed reading again. I was refreshing myself on the plot as it was my pick for my FLICKS Book and Movie Club for May. I must admit though, I was more than a little disappointed in my book club. Out of seven of us, only three people actually read Outlander (everyone else seemed to be intimidated by the size). Out of the three, two of us really loved it. At least I got one new person hooked on the series. A question for my blog followers on book clubs, do most book clubs have problems with “big books?” Every book club I’ve ever been a part of seems to have issues with books that are too large. It makes me sad as I think people are missing out on a lot when they deem a novel too large and decide not to read it!
For a brief recap, Outlander is the story of Claire Randall. She is on a second honeymoon in Inverness, Scotland after being away from her husband, Frank during the duration of WWII. After touching a stone in an ancient stone circle, Claire finds herself transported backwards through time to 1743. While there, she at first desperately tries to find her way back to her husband Frank, but finds herself intrigued with a young Scotsman, Jamie Frasier.
Reading Outlander again, I remembered why I love this novel. The story is fresh and Claire is a great heroine. I love that she is a unique character and that in this story she has more of the “hero” role with Jamie more as the “female” role. Not that there is anything feminine about Jamie, he is one of the sexiest heroes I have ever read. I guess I love that she is the woman of experience, while Jamie is surprisingly a bit more innocent. I love that this book combines action, adventure, historical fiction, romance, and science fiction. It is a hard book to adequately describe or categorize, but the characters are wonderfully developed and hard to resist reading about. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has not yet been seduced by the series!
Book Source: I bought my used copy from a library book sale back in 1994 or so.