Dragonfly in Amber and it's predecessor, Outlander, succeed because Diana Gabaldon really does her research in regards to the historical accuracy. She lists all of her sources in the book and thanks various historians for advising her. You believe you are in the time period because she is very much aware of what is going on in France at the time. The romance aspect is timeless and the characters are well-rounded and interesting.
A slogfest of a story
This the 2nd of the Outlander series and I just finished this one. Like the first, it's long, excessively so. What makes this different from the first, however, is that it's really really slow. About a quarter of the way in, I was ready to stop reading it. It didn't appear to be going anywhere and was starting to make me a little angry, to be honest. I felt cheated by the author. I had invested so much time into the first book and she's killing me slowly with the second.
It did redeem itself in the end. The story is well done, but really, half of the book could have been edited out and the story would have remained the same. I didn't realize there's such a following for these books, apparently entire groups formed around them. I would say they are good, but now the end-all be-all. I think they might be slightly overrated.
Having said THAT, the history that goes into the books is actually kind of impressive. It's not really my thing, but if you like hearing about the 1800s Scotland, France, etc... this is probably right up your alley and you wouldn't want to stab your eyes out with a spoon.
I'm debating on reading the third, but will definitely be taking a break from this series to read something a little more light and airy.
Finally a series that I want to tell eveyone to read!! I have not read the latest book (Echo), but I have read the first 4. I average a week to a week and a 1/2 per book. I CAN NOT PUT THEM DOWN!
I am so tired of reading about the next great author/series only to find the books are less than 250 pages. I fee ripped off when I find a great book and then finish it in a few days. Or worse, I find a great series that gets really popular - then slowly loses its individuality and creativity. (Sookie Stackhouse, for instance).
Well, redemption abounds! I love this series. And, it gets better with each book.
I had already bought all of the Outlander books but in paperback promising myself to aquire the hardcover copies when I was able to. I was a late-comer to this series which helped me having paperback first because I wrote so many comments and observations in the narrow margins of the paperback versions.
I was very pleased with the condition of the book and would order again from this seller. These are all wonderful stories to read and re-read.
Diana Gabaldon does a superb job of developing her characters that you feel you are right there with them as they live their lives through these stories.
Why do the new printings of Diana Gabaldon's books not have the original artwork on the dust jackets? Very disappointing. The books, however, are among my favorites and will be read again and again. She is a master tale spinner and you end up feeling as if you know these people and then miss them when the books is done.
From the author of Outlander... a magnificent epic that once again sweeps us back in time to the drama and passion of 18th-century Scotland...
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....
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