My life is full of demands and distractions. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book I couldn’t put down. I just don’t have the time. But I spent four consecutive hours finishing Outlander last week. That’s as close as unputdownable as I get.
The arrangement between Colum, Letitia, and Dougal didn’t surprise me at all. I suspected those exact circumstances from the beginning. In fact, the practice is almost Biblical. If a man died without a male heir, his brother was allowed—expected even—to marry the widow and get the job done. So in my twisted mind, their deed is perfectly acceptable. How messed up am I? Too bad Dougal didn’t enjoy it more. He’s lucky they got a boy on the first try.
Dougal says he can’t do anything about getting Jamie out of prison? I call bullshit. The size of Scotsman’s (and women’s) balls are legendary. Hadrian’s Wall was built to keep the Scottish away from the Romans. (That’s my theory.) The pansy wants Jamie dead, and he’s only too happy to let the English do it for him.
I know Jamie won’t die because there’s seven more books coming, but I’m a nervous wreck. I hope Claire and Jamie have a detailed reunion, or I’m gonna be really frustrated.
Ahh… I needed that.
Damn, Gabaldon takes the ‘torture your characters’ idea literally—and to the extreme. She did the worst things imaginable to Jamie, and she let you see him at his weakest point. I’m used to seeing heroes who never waiver, never crumble, but she made him human. And that is more appealing than a guy who can’t or won’t let you in.
When Outlander was released, all I heard about was Claire’s dual marriages. Why did I never hear about her absolution? My born again Christian friends should’ve been all over that. Maybe they never read that far. Or maybe I did hear about it, but I’d already closed my mind.
If I were reviewing this book, I’d give it 4.5 stars. It tends to drag in spots, and Gabaldon does a few things my editor would never let me get away with. I think there were enough sex scenes, but I would’ve spread them throughout the book instead of concentrating them in the first half. That’s a personal preference rather than a criticism. But a book that can pull me away from the chaos of my afternoon is going on my keeper shelf, and I’m sure the rest of the series will join it.
Conclusion: The original issue I had with Claire’s supposed adultery proved baseless pretty quickly. My only defense is that… nope. No defense. I learned to think for myself a long time ago, but there are still lessons I need to learn. But that’s okay, I love learning new things. If I ever get to the point where I think I know everything, I’m gonna have a problem.
Thank you for sticking with me. Here’s your reward.
Ooo… I get all squirmy listening to Sam/Jamie.