Follow Friday

Q. Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?

I do have a favorite series that I come back to but only every couple of years, typically when a new book is coming out because I need to be able to remember what has happened, and a TON happens.  Each book is about 1200 pages long so there is a lot to remember.

The series is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  Here is what the author has to say about this series (from her website).

The OUTLANDER series started by accident, when I decided to write a novel for practice, in order a) to learn what it took to write a novel, and b) to decide whether I really wanted to do that for real.  I did, and I did–and here we all are, still trying to figure out what the heck you call books that nobody can describe, but that fortunately most people seem to enjoy.

In essence, these novels are Big, Fat, Historical Fiction, ala James Clavell and James Michener.  However, owing to the fact that I wrote the first book for practice, didn’t intend to show it to anyone, and therefore saw no reason to limit myself, they  include…

history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships,
the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses,
gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…

you know, the usual stuff of literature.

 

I don’t like  to do things I’ve already done, so (in spite of the fact that this is a series, and does involve the same central characters throughout) each book is unique in structure, tone, approach, and theme. The books can be read independently of each other (I can’t be sure that people seeing the newest one on a bookstore table will realize that it’s part of a series, so the books are (with minor exceptions) engineered to stand alone)–but if you have a choice, I’d strongly recommend beginning at the beginning, with OUTLANDER, and reading through the story in order of publication  (I’d say “in chronological order,” but that isn’t necessarily a useful term when you’re playing fast and loose with time, which I not infrequently do):

Gabaldon-OutlanderGabaldon-Dragonfly-in-AmberGabaldon-VoyagerGabaldon-Drums-of-AutumnGabaldon-Fiery-CrossGabaldon-Breath-of-Snow-and-AshesAn Echo in the Bone (Outlander Series #7) by Diana Gabaldon: Book Cover

I love the history and pure plot and idea behind this series.  Also, the character list is OUTSTANDING and so very diverse.  Overall, I just love this series and would highly recommend it.

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8 thoughts on “Follow Friday

  1. I love Outlander. That is definitely one book that I could read over and over again.
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  2. I’ve gotten Outlander from the library quite a few times, but I never have time to start it. I guess I should though! Great choice 🙂

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  3. I’ve never read this series. I’ve heard a lot about it though. Good pick

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  4. Seen this series around quite a bit, yet I’ve never read it! Not even 100% clear on what it’s about! I am so behind on too many things!

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  5. I have never read the outlander series. I will have to add it to my wishlist.

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  6. Hopping through. I’ve meant to read Outlander for a long time. People rave about it.
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  7. I only read Outlander this year, but I can’t wait to read other books in the series. I think it will be one of my favourite series, too.

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