2/08/2012

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

In an effort to simplify, I decided to incorporate Priceless Reads into Priceless Adventure. I'm having a hard enough time as it is writing on this blog while keeping up with Priceless Design Studio. I love that my little business is budding. It is certainly keeping me busy!

It took me almost 4 months to finish this book because of some combination of it being extra-extra long & me being extra-busy starting PDS. I think that is the longest I've ever taken to finish a book, sadly. I apologize in advance to those of you who just loved this book.
This book was not what I expected. I blame e-books and my own stupidity. If I had actually been at Barnes & Noble browsing for books there is no way I would have picked this one up on my own. Instead, I went off of what someone had said and because it was an e-book I didn't get to read the back (and was too lazy to google it).

The other deceptive thing about reading this book on an e-reader was the length. I guess I just didn't have a good feel for what 1400 pages on my iPad would actually be. I thought it sounded long, but figured it was probably just because the pages are smaller. I was thinking maybe an equivalent to half? Let me tell you, I was wrong, and it was long.

Let's talk about the actual book. I have no problem with historical fiction or fantasy, or even the two mixed together. That part didn't bug me. What bugged me were the scottish accents, written in words like "acht" or "ken." Drove me nuts! As did the cheesy love scenes. The scenes of graphic beatings were a different beast though. I cringed inside and they were hard for me to read.

One reviewer on Goodreads says everything I want to say about the book but better, here. {caution: spoilers.}

I will say that the book did keep me up several nights because I just couldn't put it down. There are 6 books in this series, and I might read the next one but I want to read something a little lighter first.

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