Review: Voyager

At over 1000 pages, Voyager is not brief but it’s an excellent continuation of the story started with Outlander and continued with Dragonfly in Amber. I’d encourage anyone interested to not be discouraged by the length. Diana Gabaldon has a way of creating a story that makes the reader forget the number of pages. Believe it or not, this book was an absolute page-turner.

The incredibly accurate account of history is here again, as is the beautiful love story. And this is a love story because Claire and Jamie have to find their love for each other again. I won’t mention details and ruin the book but suffice it to say that they need to reconnect.

The characters have grown, yet in the most important ways have remained the same Jamie and Claire that we fell in love with in Outlander. There is still danger and adventure and through it we rediscover our hero and heroine and find new ways to love them.

Like all of Ms. Gabaldon’s books, there are cultural details, biologically accurate facts and rich background stories to liven the story. This is not a single, weak plot but a thick tapestry of tales, mystery and plot twists. We meet new characters and new places that are as wonderful as they are dangerous.

It’s easy to see why this series has caused such an international following. The writing is superb, the history flawless and the love story breathtaking. This is a must-read for anyone into romance or historical fiction and I know I will reread this book many times in the future. What an absolute delight.

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Posts I loved this week

There were some truly awesome posts this week. Check them out!

My ongoing obsession with Outlander wouldn’t be complete without reading this review and this one. A huge thank you to Penny Dreadful Book Reviews for continuing these lovely posts. Can’t wait for the next one!

If you’re into reviews, check out the blog Natacha Guyot. It’s consistently reviewing movies and has outstanding posts. Check out this one on the movie Maleficent.

If you’re into photographs, the site That Montreal Girl is amazing. Check out this picture of flowers. It took my breath away.

A fantastic post on Banned Books Week to finish it off, I cheered out loud at it. Don’t miss this wonderful post by Winter Bayne.

A huge congrats to Infinitefreetime for releasing Skylights and to Mishka Jenkins for releasing The Magic Spark.

Why you need to write a series is a great post for those of us starting out writing. Check it out in Writer Unboxed.

Ridiculous self-indulgence…but here are a bunch of photos from Outlander. Sigh…

Jeff Goins posted about the realization that turned him from amateur to professional in this post.

Five Tips for writing Historical Fiction by Live Write Thrive.

A test to see if you’re showing or telling by Monica M. Clark from The Write Practice.

Tips from Molly Greene on how to build the Perfect Blog Post.

Here‘s a great post on 9 ways to promote your book without being obnoxious about it on Positive Writer.

How negative attention can be a good thing for your book by Wise Ink. I have to admit, I never once thought of this when I got a bad review.

Finally, this lovely quote from freeholidayquotes.com

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Top 10 posts for August

Here are the top 10 posts according to you!

10. To start things off is my review for Hands of Evil and absolute awesome read.

9. This one was so much fun to write and you guys thought it was great to read too!

8. My first attempt at this theme was a total hit. A huge thank you to Gene’O for arranging it all.

7. I still shake my head and sigh when I read this post. You guys loved it though.

6. Monday Morsel was a twist I made up on a bookish meme. This one was a total hit with readers.

5. One of my favourites, you guys loved this one as well!

4. I think this one was a hit because of the popularity of the book. If you haven’t checked it out, it’s a great read!

3. Posts I love this week is a well-liked feature of my blog. This one is August’s favourite.

2. By a very close second, this post caught everyone’s eye.

1. This one was everyone’s favourite and no wonder! The show’s amazing.

There they are the Top Ten posts for the month of August according to you, the reader. Thank you so much for reading and visiting my blog!

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My first look at Outlander

The book Outlander might be thick but it’s a legend. First, you have a top-rate love story. Then you have completely accurate historical facts and finally, it takes place in Scotland. It’s an incredible book.

A lot of folks were worried that the series wouldn’t do the books justice. I was just hoping we’d get to see it in Canada (we don’t always). When I found out we did, I screamed a little.

I loved the costumes. They were just the way I saw them in my head and added pieces that I couldn’t figure out. Their hats, the way the full kilts looked, the way they rode on horses with them, the scenery without lights or roads. It looked absolutely realistic. I could feel the midst and humidity.

I loved the dialogue. I knew they’d have to cut some stuff out, but I was ecstatic that they kept the best parts. And I particularly loved the accents and the music was awesome. Just right.

I thought the acting was really good. I liked Caitriona Balfe as Claire and Sam Heughan as Jamie. I thought they were just like the book characters, except alive.

What I didn’t like was how short the first episode was. I couldn’t believe it when the credits rolled by. I honestly wished it would have gone on longer.

Everything else I absolutely loved. Have you seen it? What did you think?

 

1526635_10151968619307108_1161877111_n_zps8bd3d532Still hungry for more? Check out these other reviews of the Outlander series.

http://romanceuniversity.org/2014/08/25/outlander-hits-the-small-screen-with-elizabeth-eckhart/

All About Romance’s Review.