Saturday, March 10, 2012

...aaand I'm hooked

Between this series and the Dies the Fire series I have a lot of McKenzies in my life. This book was on sale on audible for 4.99 so I downloaded it, and now it is every morning through chores, every morning driving to work, at work, through the drive home, more chores and then as I cook dinner. I now know why my coworker James says I talked with a Scottish accent sometimes. Oh, aye. 'Tween the sheep and audiobooks I ken I lifted a lilt from the ruttin' books.

If you're into post-oil societal change books, read Dies the Fire. And if you have seen Braveheart about 50,383 times, get Outlander. This post had nothing to do with homesteading whatsoever. But I want a Jamie Fraser now.

52 Comments:

Blogger Jen said...

I really really enjoyed most of the "Dies the Fire" books, but hardly ever see anybody discussing them! Glad to see somebody else digs them.

March 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger becky3086 said...

I have the whole Outlander series. EVERY one should have it! Best series I have read in a long time.

March 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Jenna H said...

I have been a Jamie and Claire fan for 20 years now. All of Diana Gabaldon's books are wonderfully entertaining. Enjoy the ride.

March 10, 2012 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger K said...

The only bad thing about that series?

The LOOOOOONG wait for the next book to come out.... :)

Enjoy!!!

March 10, 2012 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

I too am a Highlander fan, and have all the books. I agree that the hardest thing is the loooong wait inbetween. I love Jamie also!

March 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Love the Outlander series!

March 10, 2012 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

I've loved the Outlander series for years, whenever I run low on new reading material it's the first thing I re-read. I too long for a Jamie :)

March 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Tiffrz-N-Kidz said...

Yeah, it's a hook-line-sinker series. Set your alarm to remind yourself to go to bed.

March 10, 2012 at 8:11 PM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Amazing coincidence! My daughter has been wanting me to read the Outlander series for years, and now that I, just this week, got my self an Audible account, Outlander was my first choice. Then I need to get Pillars of Earth for my hubby, who doesn't read, but does like to listen to the audible books. The next Outlander will be next on the list after that.

March 10, 2012 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger CallieK said...

I liked the Outlander series when it first started but I gave up after the third book - I think the story line got too repetitive for me but I might like to reread them now. I also tried reading Dies the Fire after you suggested them but I couldn't even finish the first book. Jenna, you are a far better writer than that guy- I found his characters so uninteresting I was hoping they all die!

March 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

I've read that entire series and am on pins and needles for her next Outlander book... beware each book in the series gets LONGER. They are GREAT!

March 10, 2012 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

:) I first read Outlander just after I studied in Scotland and oh so much wanted a Jamie Fraser of my own. I have to catch up on the rest of the series, but I HAVE visited the stone circle that supposedly inspired the author to include the time- travelling- through-stones bit. :)

March 10, 2012 at 8:21 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

I got turned on to Gabaldon's work by my high school English teacher, and I'm hooked, too! Such good stuff. You might also be interested in checking out Karen Maitland's medieval thrillers.

March 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

I envy you having the whole series in front of you...I stl love these books!

March 10, 2012 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I'm struggling with book 2 of Outlander. LOVED book one even if Claire almost got that beautiful specimen of a man killed with her modern ways. Scotland was so fun to read about, France, not so much. I'll keep going though even as i'm sure the violence will make me nuts. I have a hard time knowing that the Jamie Frasiers of the world were slaughtered. I hate that. Same problem I have with Braveheart (the truth is out Jenna). It makes my stomach hurt thinking of all those men killed, not to mention that final scene which I can't think about even though it's been 15 years since I've seen it! One fun thing though was looking up my husband's family and finding that they lived on Frasier lands!!

March 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

YES!!!! Love, love, love Outlander. Just wait until you get to the second, and third...Aw, hell - all of them! So incredibly wonderful. Gotta love Jamie and Claire <3

March 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

YES!!!! Love, love, love Outlander. Just wait until you get to the second, and third...Aw, hell - all of them! So incredibly wonderful. Gotta love Jamie and Claire <3

March 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

I got hooked on the Outlander series about 21 years ago. By far one of the BEST series I've ever read - and I wait impatiently for each and every new book!!! And just for the record, back off, cause Jamie's MINE!!!!! :-)

March 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

I got hooked on the Outlander series about 21 years ago. By far one of the BEST series I've ever read - and I wait impatiently for each and every new book!!! And just for the record, back off, cause Jamie's MINE!!!!! :-)

March 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger Owl said...

If you like this series you will also like
Jean Auel's, Clan Of the Cave Bear series and
Sara Donati's - Into the Wilderness series.....

March 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Stormy said...

Outlander quite possibility ruined me forever. I find it impossible to read other series that do not pale in comparison. Outlander was the first book that went on my iPad becuase I find I can read the series again and again.

March 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Lyssa said...

I picked up Outlander when it was a free Sony eBook special, and I loved it! Och!

March 11, 2012 at 1:30 AM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

I could do with a couple of Jamie Frasers for my daughters too - one to stand up to the feisty one, and one to protect the gentle one with the broken heart.

I have loved all the Diana Gabaldon books, and am just re-reading The Fiery Cross at this very moment! I'm a fan of Jean M Auel too and can recommend her books, though the earliest couple are the best.

March 11, 2012 at 4:09 AM  
Blogger Anke said...

I love the Outlander series!!

March 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I love the series! I check for new books every time I got by the book store!

March 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Maery Rose said...

Your mention of taking on the accent made me laugh. I thought I was the only person prone to that. You should hear my southern drawl.

March 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Chelseajean said...

The Outlander Series is great- especially on audio. They are hours and hours of entertainment.

March 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Cheryl Connell said...

oh, Jenna you are in for a treat. And you dont have to wait for them! She isn't done yet either 20 years later...

I think we all want a Jamie Fraser. :)

March 11, 2012 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Erin Frase said...

I actually consider the Outlander books one of my guilty pleasures and I've been milking them so as not to finish them, literally, for years! Just saw a new one at B & N last night though--it's a Lord John Grey book, a spin-off series which is also good. There is nobody like Jamie Fraser though!

March 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Weez said...

My wife and I have re-listened to the Outlander and Dies the fire series again and again as well as the Clan of the Cave and Into the Wilderness series. We love audible books.

March 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

Naaa you don't want a Jamie Fraser....too much drama.

March 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger kbrow said...

Currently reading the series. There's a good group on Ravelry dedicated to such fannishness. Jump in!

March 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

I loved every one of these books and have re-read them while waiting for the next .. fall, 2012, I think...... and I've been in love with Jaimie Fraser since he first showed up !! I'm 64 and I'm looking for him to .... Be still my heart... my little dog is named for him ...he is a westie/shitzu mix .. a little highlander of my own ...

March 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger jamiebazemore said...

Jenna, I have been reading your books and blog for the past two years and it would take the Outlander series to get me to post my first comment. They are amazing. You will love every second of them, even the parts that break your heart. Be careful, because you are now an addict. It took me over 6 months to get through all of them and I am poised to pounce when the final one comes out. Stick to listening to them rather than reading them. I am jealous. I wish I could go back and hear them again as a first timer. Once Jamie and Claire Fraser enter your life, there is no going back and who would want to anyway?

March 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I am just halfway through the first book! But I used my new audible credit this month for the next!

Exciting, romantic, steamy, action, horses, kilts, what more could a woman want?!

March 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger tami said...

I envy you, Jenna. Oh, to be an "Outlander Virgin" once more!

I went to a book signing back in 1997 and DG wrote in my book "I don't write for Wussies."

(Books are WAY better than audio IMHO.)

March 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger Jenny Glen said...

Funny- I would have thought you'd already found this series. I read them at least 15 years ago. I picked up Outlander thinking it was going to be some silly romance and started it at 10PM one night. I didn't put it down until 6AM the next morning and only stopped to get a few hours sleep and then finished it. The whole series is great but Outlander is the best one.

March 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

I don't comment here often, but now I have to. Outlander and Dies the Fire are my absolute favorites!

March 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger hayes8705 said...

Right? One of our all-time bookclub favorites...

March 11, 2012 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I think every woman needs a Jamie Fraser. I've wanted one for years now.

Another Scottish, historical, intrigue-and-violence-filled series with a seriously hot hero is Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles. He's about the only literary competition Jamie Fraser has in my book.

March 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger blind irish pirate said...

Just you wait. The rest of the series is yet to come. And, shit, is there a lot of the rest. Have fun losing yourself in someone else's world.

March 12, 2012 at 5:06 AM  
OpenID meatbagz said...

I was trying to come up with something to say, but all I can come up with is "Yup."

So I'll leave it at that.

-kate

March 12, 2012 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger quiltaholic said...

Oh, to have a Jamie Frasier of my own..... My husband (who is Swedish/Polish) looks at me like I'm crazy when I tell him he'd look amazing in a kilt. Maybe someday...

I just finished listening to this (for about the 20th time!). Fabulous! Beware though, Audible doesn't have the whole series in the 'unabridged' form. I had to get two of them from the library instead, because I wanted to hear Davina Porter's narration.

March 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Kevin'sHeart said...

wait till you read the rest of the series - you're only getting started!

March 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Joie said...

So glad you are enjoying the Dies the Fire books! I find that idle thoughts of what my life would be like post-Change often fill my mind when I'm out walking or doing relatively mindless chores.

Also, woo hoo you joined the Jamie fanclub. I <3 him.

March 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Like some others, I love your blog but it took the Outlander series mention to get me to comment. I enjoyed the earlier books most.

March 14, 2012 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger VTGrown said...

Jenna, this made me smile. I was obsessed with this series about 10 years ago. I would love me a Jaime too!

March 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger VTGrown said...

Jenna, this made me smile. I was obsessed with this series about 10 years ago. I would love me a Jaime too!

March 14, 2012 at 5:52 PM  
OpenID Linda said...

I have read the whole Outlander series and can't wait for the next one...

Between that and The Earth Children series (Jean Auel) they both leave me waiting... LOL

Btw, I just found your blog...

March 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

I discovered Outlander when I was working at a bookstore and we received an advanced copy before its release. I was hooked. Outlander is my favorite in the series, but I do think her writing gets better as the series progresses. It amazes me how richly layered Jamie and Clare's relationship is and it is wonderful to be able to watch it develope.
Please do pick up the books, or at the very least, get the unabridged audio. DON'T MISS A WORD.
I can't tell you how many people I have turned on to Diana Gabaldon and I envy every one every time, the thrill of reading her for the first time. If I had known you hadn't read them... I would have recommended them to you long ago.
Enjoy.

March 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

I discovered Outlander when I was working at a bookstore and we received an advanced copy before its release. I was hooked. Outlander is my favorite in the series, but I do think her writing gets better as the series progresses. It amazes me how richly layered Jamie and Clare's relationship is and it is wonderful to be able to watch it develope.
Please do pick up the books, or at the very least, get the unabridged audio. DON'T MISS A WORD.
I can't tell you how many people I have turned on to Diana Gabaldon and I envy every one every time, the thrill of reading her for the first time. If I had known you hadn't read them... I would have recommended them to you long ago.
Enjoy.

March 15, 2012 at 11:10 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I laughed when I saw your post about Outlander. My husband asked what was so funny. "My two guilty pleasures have collided!" I said.

I started reading Outlander back in 1996, and found that I couldn't put it down. I finished the first book (which has a cliffhanger ending) at about 10:45 at night. I woke my 3 year old up to rush pellmell for B&N before they closed at 11 to grab the next book. They are THAT good. (And if you knew how hard it was to get my three year old to bed, you'd really understand how addictive they are)

Now, all these years later, I take Diana and Davina with me every day, listening to the series on audio for at least an hour or more a day, keeping me company on my walks. I speak differently and occasionally find myself using the Gaelic terms without realizing it, only understanding what I've done when I'm met with blank looks from whomever I was addressing.

Jenna, enjoy! :)

March 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM  

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