Book 4 in the Outlander series and I loved it!!! So many scenes we have been waiting for since Jamie found out about his daughter Brianna.
Unlike comments by other readers that say there are too many tedious descriptive passages in Drums of Autumn and Voyager, I find myself hanging on nearly every word. I appreciate the narrative that pushes me from one exciting event to the next, mostly because I enjoy the accuracy of the history Gabaldon writes. The one thing I don't appreciate is when she repeats phrases, but I don't race through books I enjoy, so I suppose less careful readers may need reminders once in a while. Also, when I appreciate a good book, I find it difficult to put down and I don't want it to end. Complaining about a book (or series) being too long or wanting to skip ahead because you're bored is just silly. If that's the case, find something else you like better!
her books are too damn long. at about 100 pgs before the end i start to get bored and a little anxious to finish. i'm an avid reader but these get to be a little too much. enjoying the saga, tho
As always, a good read, great characters. The one thing keeping me from giving it five stars is it at times seemed tedious and long. When there was something of importance going on it's engaging, when there is long, descriptive passages of their everyday lives dragging on, I found myself skimming to get to the next juicy part.
Loved book 1, was not fond of books 2 & 3, but was immersed in the lives of Jamie and Claire in book 4. Loved the scenes with Jamie/Roger/Brianna.
4th book in the series. We get to see Jamie and Claire in the American colonies.
Like the previous books in the series, this is a page turner; I finished it in three very long nights. By now I know and love all the characters. It's not a spoiler to say there were times I wanted to kick Jamie, Brianna, and Roger. Young Ian has always been somewhat immature, but he grows up by the end. Claire stays totally true to herself throughout, and by the end the others are settling down. Gabaldon definitely knows how to keep readers on tenterhooks of plot, and her descriptions of setting, whether of Scottish crofts, pirate ships, or climates where culture requires people to wear too many clothes in the muggy summer, are wonderful. She's also superb at dialog and accents, where only a few words are needed to distinguish English lords, southern slaves, 18th c. Scottish highlanders, and 20th c. scholars. I can barely wait for the next installment.
NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.
Her usual style but there was so much filler that I gave up reading the book early on. The story was taking sooo looong to make any progress. The story line was too much to swallow re: its credibility.
My ABSOLUTE favourite of the series, thusfar. Jamie is wonderful, and Brianna finally redeemed herself as a worthy character, in my eyes. Couldn't stand her earlier. The book was a little hard getting into, only because the plot kept bringing back characters I detested (I won't say who, lest I spoil it for someone). "Drums of Autumn" made up for all the crap I had to endure in the previous two books. For those like me that weren't entirely impressed with what Jamie did in the 20 year gap (however understandable it may have been), this book made it all better.
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