Jamie and Claire again!

Diana Gabaldon created quite a stir in the 1990s with the publication of the first volumes of the Outlander series, which blended time travel, historical fiction and romance – so much so that what had been originally planned to be a trilogy has grown to a 7-volume series, with at least one more book to come.

The first 3 books (Outlander/Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager), which were mostly set in Scotland in the period prior to and after the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s dreams of capturing the British throne were thwarted, were undeniably the most popular.

Cover of An echo in the bone.
An Echo in the Bone

However, while some readers fell by the wayside with the shift of scene from Scotland to America, many New Zealanders remain faithful to the books’ hero and heroine, Jamie and Claire Fraser, if the number of holds on the latest book in the series, An Echo in the Bone, is anything to go by (I started out at number 147 and am now number 98). In fact the book is currently number 2 in the NZ Bestseller lists, just behind Dan Brown’s latest offering.

If you are one of the people who has already managed to get their hands on the book, I’d love to hear what you think about it – is it worth me waiting for my hold?

If you are still waiting, or have already read all of the books by Diana Gabaldon and want more reading material along similar lines, you might want to try the suggestions on our If you like Diana Gabaldon page or on the Author Read-alikes on Novelist Plus.

And if you are really keen, why not go see Diana Gabaldon herself at her talk here in Christchurch on 4th November?

5 thoughts on “Jamie and Claire again!

  1. Donna 30 October 2009 / 4:33 pm

    I’m so glad you posted on this, I was one who fell by the wayside. But I remember how much I used to love this series, I might have to start from the beginning again … now that’s a lot of reading.

  2. Rachael 31 October 2009 / 3:16 pm

    I loved this book, and found it hard to put down. I find US history interesting and the characters and storyline are still developing nicely. I’m looking forward to the next installment.

  3. Vanessaccl 2 November 2009 / 8:11 am

    Hi Rachael, thank you for your comment. Great to hear the wait is going to be worth it.

  4. jane 3 November 2009 / 10:36 am

    Diana Gabaldon was on nine to noon yesterday, she is an incredibly fast speaker whose ideas and thoughts seemed to be wizzing round at the rate of knots. She said that she writes her books in sections, and doesn’t have any idea of chapters until just before she sends it off for editing, where she pulls it altogether.

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