The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is the story of a 20th-century British nurse Claire Randall who time travels to 18th-century Scotland where she falls in love and finds adventure with a gallant young scots warrior named James Fraser.
Sounds simple enough (a bit like ’50 Shades of Grey’ and simplistic drivel I hear you saying!) but the books are anything but! Yes! – I am an unashamed “Outlander” tragic, having read all eight novels in this historical multi genre series and eagerly awaiting the ninth book currently in the pipeline. I have watched all four seasons of the TV series (not anywhere as good as the books), and I follow the odd social media fandom page!
In the words of the author herself, “these novels are big, fat Historical Fiction… and include… history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honour, 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…”
What appeals to me about these books is the fact that they encompass numerous genres including Romance, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction and Time Travel Fiction. Diana Gabaldon’s writing is richly detailed and beautiful. I flew through these hefty, lengthy books and loved them!
Now want to visit Scotland and explore the fascinating historical sites and countryside. If I am lucky, I might run into a certain good-looking Scottish highlander although I, uh, only watch and read Outlander for the history, mind you!
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