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A-Z Challenge Outlander

O is for Outlander

More of a historical romance than science fiction but the element of time travel puts this in our realm and since we’ve read the books we’re going to comment on the series and lightly on the TV adaptation that has come to STARZ.

Scottish Highlands, 1945. Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from 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 clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives. (Amazon)

While on a second honeymoon with her husband, British combat nurse Claire Randall is transported back in time to 1743 Scotland. Accused of being a spy, she is catapulted into danger and finds herself torn between two men in vastly different times. Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series is stunningly realized by Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore in Season One’s first eight episodes.

We haven’t started watching the show yet would you recommend it? The series has at least a dozen companion novels and a spin-off series, any favorites? Comment below and let us know what we’re missing.


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  1. I’ve heard of this, never seen it or read the books, but I believe the author admits that her character Jamie was inspired by the second Doctor’s companion Jamie, who was from that era and place. (The role was played by an English actor!) And having met Frazer Hines, the actor who played the Doctor’s companion, I’m not at all surprised. He was here for a pop culture expo some years ago. I hadn’t intended to buy a photo for signing, but he laid a hand on my shoulder and- SMILED, damn him! Those blue eyes, that smile… I found myself buying a photo and handing it to him to sign… And he was middle-aged! Not at ALL surprised Diana Gabaldon got ideas.

    Aussie children’s writers: O Is For Wendy Orr

  2. I LOVE Outlander, though I’ve only seen the show; I haven’t read the books.

    I’m saving them for when the show ends, I’ve heard they’re a bit different.

    1. I haven’t seen much of the show but I would think so. The books are mammoth. Gabaldon really gets into her detailed descriptions. But you really do get to LIVE with the characters a bit more in the books.

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