Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.
From Stephanie at Fangs Wands & Fairy Dust:
I read a lot and always have. But it is a testimony to the excellence of this book that I can remember when I first bought it, and where in the now defunct bookstore I bought it. Furthermore, I remember going back there again and again waiting for the next book in the series.
I always thought I remembered a lot from my first reading. But, even reading through the last couple of books in the series, I realized I had forgotten an awful lot of the details, had some out of order, and thought different characters did different things. So about a week and a half ago I began rereading the story.
There has been a lot of contention since the series came out about whether it would stick to the book in plot and character. And, I have to say that it has really kept to the book, the last couple of episodes in this first season took some not unwelcome liberties, but all in all it has.
There is a lot less Jamie in the first few parts of the novel. He doesn’t appear nearly as much as I seemed to recall. I’ve chalked it up to wishful thinking on my p[art as who wouldn’t rather Jamie than his gnarly uncle? And the paradox of marriage to someone who has not yet been born is still really, really interesting.
This is a long book but really worth the time and money. It is in all likelihood at your local library in a couple of formats. I think it is well-written, engaging, gripping and un-put-down-able — even after the second read. And, I enjoyed reading it even as I watched the series.
I admit to having read Outlander when it was first released. In fact I’ve read the entire series. The characters are so real to me that I’ve had mixed feelings about any translation to either the big or small screen. The Starz series has managed to win me over, despite some lingering trepidation. Dear Ms. Gabaldon, it’s been 23 years, yet Claire and Jamie still have the power to enchant.
Read Stephanie’s perspective here.