Friday, March 27, 2009

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (review)

Title: Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Illustrator: N/A
Pages: 627
Genre: Fiction
Dewey Decimal: F Gab
ISBN: 0-385-30230-4
Cost: $0

This was a thick book but a good story. There were parts where I was pulled out of the story by circumstances I felt unbelievable, yet oddly enough, none of those surrounded the traveling through time.

The story is about a married woman in the mid-1940s who served as a nurse for the English military. Her husband served in the war and they're now enjoying a post-war life together. After a very slow start to the story, we finally see the young woman shoved back in time to the mid 1700s. Smack in the middle of the Scottish fighting the English. The young lady is then thrust in the middle as an unwilling pawn (later she's more willing to pick a side).

While she's from the future, there's little mention made of it. Spots here and there, but it becomes more of a mirage in the story. You think you see it until you look then it's gone. And that's because this story is really a romance. The romance of the young lady, the husband she left behind (or ahead in the future if you like) and the two main male characters in the story.

The two men are mortal enemies. One English and one Scottish. And in some sort of bizarre love triangle, they love each other. Sort of. You'll have to read it to understand what I'm talking about.

Anyway, if you're looking for romance, this is it. Sex o'plenty to be read. If you're looking for time-travel and science fiction, check out something else.

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