Book Review — Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

OutlanderOutlander by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the first few pages, I couldn’t put this book down. And it stayed that way throughout. (For an 850-page doorstopper, that’s saying a lot).

Diana Gabaldon writes with an easy grace that makes for helplessly compelling reading. Not to say that the writing is simple or commercial, but she has the story and scene beats nailed down. It sounds weird for a book which seems as if it should be mostly filler…but line by line you’re drawn in. It was unputdownable in the “holy shit it’s 1 a.m. and I can’t keep my eyes open anymore but I MUST KEEP READING sort of way.”

Outlander a direct adventure novel with one point of view and nothing tricky or fancy, just Gabaldon painting an incredibly detailed and compelling scene, much in the same way as the middle Dresden novels.

On top of that, I quite like this world. It’s not as deep as most fantasy, but I guess that’s because it should more accurately be categorized as “historical fiction.” Scotland has always fascinated me, and this is scratching that itch. (I’ve since been reading Bill Bryson’s book about the UK Notes from a Small Island, and am now watching the Outlander TV show).

The Scottish dialect can be off-putting at first, but you get used to it quickly and it only adds to the charm. I’ve also a soft spot for castles and horses and the woods and that sort of stuff—I would recommend Outlander if you do too.

I’ve also been thinking…and I’m pretty sure this is my first romance novel. Now, perhaps I’m a sap (I did give The Notebook five stars and cried during The Fault in Our Stars movie), but I really enjoyed the romance side of this book.

Like, a lot.

I don’t know why I’ve been scared of picking them up in the past (even though I know I’m a total sap), but now I am on the hunt for similar novels (well, as soon as I finish this series, anyway).

The one thing I could really have done without though is all the rape and beatings. Not just graphic, but too prevalent by far. I get that this was written almost 25 years ago…but can we please stop using rape as a plot device? Seriously.

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  1. Pingback: Book Review — Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson | Ristea's Reads

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