Book Review: Outlander

Can you believe it? This is the last Book Review for my September reads! I can't believe i am done with those. And now i am a bit behind on my October reviews, already, but still... I am working on it. I am sure that a reading slump will come soon enough and then i am thankful that i have a few reviews saved up.

And this is the second Saturday in a row, that i uploaded a Book review, as i hoped i would. So lets just take part in a very short dance party and celebrate, shall we?

Since I do tend to ramble, lets just cut that out and get on with it. 


Author: Diana Gabaldon
Language: English
Type of book: Mass Marked Paperback 
Pages:  880 pages or something like that
Overall rating: 3 out of 5
Book series: Yes! The Outlander series this is #1
Book received through: bought it myself
Summary on the book:
"The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, i just back form the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach -an "Outlander"- in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord ... 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot undersea,d Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For her James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire - and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives."

Favorite thing/moment in the book: That i was finally (FINALLY!) done with this!

Worth reading? 
If you love romance novels. If you love lots of sex and honestly overdone and a bit stupid romance and don't need much in logic or real thoughts, sure. You will love this! 
If you want a deeply thought out story, that has time travel as its main factor. Go somewhere else! Fast!  
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Full review: 

First thought after finishing the book: That was the end? Really? Where is all the real explanation? What kind of ending is that? What the actual heck, Gabaldon?

I read this book as a buddy read, started in August and finally pushed through those last few pages on the last day of September because we both just wanted to get it done and over with. 

Which does not mean that we not already talked about reading the next book of this series together, simply because we can not believe that this book was it. There has to be more. There has to be something that we both are missing. So we want to read the next book and see. What that one has to over. And just... we need more to understand. 

And honestly? 

I think that is how this series became so hyped. Because people just didn't know what the heck just happened at the end of this book and needed the next one to just try and understand, because the end of that first book? That was just... not only the easiest way out of every situation but just not fitting or smart or really anything other then deciding "you know what? I just wrote over 800 pages and now i have to end it somehow, i have no idea and before i write 500 more pages where nothing happened that has not already happened five times in this book lets just do that!"

And while i am on the topic?

This book? very repetitive. And i do mean that. There is nothing, NOTHING!, in this book that doesn't happen or is talked to death at least two times. 

And then the actual topics that are constantly talked about again, and again and again?

Not really necessary topics that need to be repeatedly talked about. 

The Sex talk? Or the constant talk about rape and how only screaming woman make it fun? Okay, it is historical fiction and in history (or even still today sadly) those things happen and i that is life, sadly or horrible but true. But the why it was written in this book? 

Beating up your wife or child and getting excited about it or enjoying it? Because beating your family? Should not be anything that you enjoy doing, that is sick! Punishment should not be enjoyable to anyone!

Really wanting to have sex with James Fraser? No matter if you're Claire or some random guy, or a tree? That guy is apparently that sexy that no matter who or what you are, you want to hit that!

And after constantly hearing about, it actually reading what happens is just... okay we already read 50 pages of talk, why do we need 100 for each of those topics where the very drawn out "action" actually happens?

And those "magical" aspects of the books where just... not really anything at all. They had nothing to do with anything. 

I never got the explanation of how Claire gone back in time. And if she can always do it, or not. or if you could take someone with her. Or if it is a specific time of the year/day kind of thing. Or what ever... How the heck did that time travel stuff work? No idea. Never got an explanation that made any kind of sense! Apparently this book has the same motto as this: 

And by they way claiming to love your husband, getting send back in time and then using that as a reason to run after the second guy you see? So not how you should behave if you really love your husband! Just saying in my unmarried option!

So all in all?

This book kind of.. stupid. But for some reason it still sucks you into reading it. And wanting to continue. Mostly because i can not believe that that was it. 

But this book and all the hype around it? 

Do not connect for me. At all. Don't mind me. I'm used to sitting there not being part of the explosive hype groups of all the hyped up books.

I also wanted to mention that the best review -thought spoilery, so be warned!- is here from Goodreads. Check that out and love it, because it is so true and to the point!

And after all this, i think we start the second book in this series in November. 

So even though this book was a bit of a big question mark to me, i still want to see if it gets better. Because honestly? It can't get too much worse. So at least there its that :) 

What about you? Have you read Outlander? Loved it? Didn't really know what the heck this book was all about and what you were doing reading it?

Hated it?
Don't plan to read it?
Never heard of it?

Let me know, talk to me. 

Write more later.... 


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