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“Snow and Ashes (I do so miss The Ridge) and Dragonfly in Amber remain my favorites, but I did enjoy it. It was more chopped up than the others and the last 200 pages jumped into overdrive compared to the rest of the book and left things unfinished in an odd way-like she ran out of pages before...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“As usual, too long and too verbose. But I read it anyway.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Excellent addition to the series. Never thought I'd be hooked on a romance series, but Gabaldon gives so much more in plotting, historical tidbits, and even the use of medicinal herbs and attempts to bring the 20th century back to the 1700s. It's hopeless for me now - must read them all.”Elena R wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great series.”Barnsley Historian wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best series EVER!!!”Justine S wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Echo begins in North Carolina and traverses the country as we follow the adventures of Jaime and Claire as they step in and out of the conflict preceding the American Revolution. The characterization remains strong and believable, but the sheer size of the story tends towards bloatedness. And while interesting, one or two additional rounds with the editorial pen would not have gone amiss.”Elisha D wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good, but long series. In a way I am glad to finish for now, so I can go to other books. ”Conan J. Robison wrote this review Saturday, February 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“AAAAAAAH! You guys did not WARN me that the series is unfinished!!! I got to the end of this one and was looking for the next only to find out it wsan't there! This one was the worst with the hangers too! So frustrating!”Heidi G wrote this review Sunday, January 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Soap opera (and not a very good one) complete with cliff hanger to get you to tune in next time. Dun-dun-DUN. I'm done-done-DONE!”Kathleen S wrote this review Monday, January 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Long but captivating. Great ending”Anne W wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
There's really no way to do a review without spoilers so I'm just going to write down some thoughts.
Wow...I really can't believe I'm finally at this point - being all caught up with the Outlander books. I've always heard how everyone loves them but the sheer size of them is just scary! However, they are definitely an adventure not to be missed.
I decided to let myself kick back and enjoy them and enjoy them I did. What a treat! I loved getting to know all these characters...loving some of them, hating the others and some I was seriously surprised at how much I came to like.
Diana Gabaldon doesn't do anything half way and I guess that explains why the books are taking so long to write now. I'm thankful that I don't have to wait four years for the next one but I'll be with you guys for the ones after that.
I think that's the main problem with her books. Everything is in such detail and it makes you feel like you are literally there. Whenever she writes about lice, I swear I'm itchy for days! I'm not a big fan of wars and tales about the Indians and medical procedures but I do have to say that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, I've probably learned a few things here and there. The bad part is that there is no way to remember everything that has happened! I feel for the most part that she does a good job catching you back up because I'm not sure I could read these all again...not for a while!
Sooo...some thoughts on the book:
I LOVE Jamie and Claire and I can't imagine that ever changing. Their love story is truly the heart of the book and I don't ever want to think of that ending! Some parts of this book made me hesitate though and one part at the end that was left unresolved has me worried!
Roger, Brianne, Jem and Amanda hold a special place for me as well. I love hearing about the 'connection' between Jem and Mandy but I can't believe what happened!! At that point, I was thankful for William MacKenzie but I'm still worried about Roger.
I really enjoyed getting to know Willie better. All the hits and misses were great but the ending was crazy and my mind is going a million different directions on what DG will come up with.
I loved everything about Ian even though Arch Bug gave it a whole creepy factor. I'm so happy about Rachel...I really hope we get some happiness there. And of course, Rollo helped save the day!
It was great when Jamie and Claire went back to Lallybroch. I was hoping things would settle better between Claire and Jenny and they still might. Things were really sad about Ian (Sr.) but I thought the part with Jamie's finger was really touching. I didn't like anything about Laoghaire but I was glad that things seemed to work out for everyone.
There are sooo many other characters that it would take forever to touch on everyone and every event. There are a lot of touching and sweet moments that I really enjoyed such as Jamie and Claire getting glasses! I thought that was great! And don't even get me started on Tom Christie!
I had read the blurb for the next book so thankfully I wasn't terribly upset when certain events happened. I'm just glad that the things I thought were spoilers were addressed in this book...that would have been terrible to be left hanging from those events! Can Fall 2013 get here any faster?
♥ "I canna think of yea dead, Claire. Anything else--but not that. I can't."
♥ “But ye couldna weep for the bairns. Or the house. Or your wee garden. Or the poor dead lass and her bairn. But if ye weep for your cheetie, ye know ye can stop.”
“How do you know that?” My voice was thick, but the band round my chest was not quite so tight. He made a small, rueful sound.
“Because I canna weep for those things, either, Sassenach. And I havena got a cat.”
♥ “Then I grew older still, and discovered that, after all, it was true. I am the son of a great man.”
The hook touched Jamie’s hand, hard and capable.
“I wish for nothing more.”