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Old 12-31-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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I'm kind of interested. Is Outlander more like a romance, or more like an adventure story? It's hard to tell from the reviews. I can't stand a schmarmy romance, but since it's so popular I'm thinking there must be more to it.

For $1.99, I should probably just download it and see, right?
I get where you are coming from. When my SIL first recommended the series to me several years ago, I was very hesitant as reading the book description made me think it was just some long trashy romance novel. While there is romance, there is so very much more. First, fair warning, there is time travel. I know that has turned off others. The time traveling is really only between two different time periods and isn't like some sci-fi type time travel (IMO). I do remember when I first read Outlander that it took like 50 pages or so before I really started liking it. But it is so good!! There are currently 7 books with #8 due out in June and a 9th book has not been ruled out as far as the last rumors I heard. Many people re-read the books frequently.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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So, Stephen Konkoly has the first book of a new series out. WOW, is that poor grammar or what? LOL

I decided to reread a previous book of his titled The Jakarta Pandemic first. I donated that book to Goodwill a few years back. I went to amazon (to visit the queen) and the price was $0.00. Free? Guess why? Amazon is giving me the kindle edition free because I had bought the hardback from them way back when. I had no idea they did this. Cool beans (blackeyed peas).
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:38 AM
 
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I get where you are coming from. When my SIL first recommended the series to me several years ago, I was very hesitant as reading the book description made me think it was just some long trashy romance novel. While there is romance, there is so very much more. First, fair warning, there is time travel. I know that has turned off others. The time traveling is really only between two different time periods and isn't like some sci-fi type time travel (IMO). I do remember when I first read Outlander that it took like 50 pages or so before I really started liking it. But it is so good!! There are currently 7 books with #8 due out in June and a 9th book has not been ruled out as far as the last rumors I heard. Many people re-read the books frequently.
Thanks! I love big series, so I'll download the first one and see what happens.
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Old 12-31-2013, 02:13 PM
 
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I think I read the Outlander years ago and it seems like I enjoyed it. I never went back to read the series, but it is very popular.

I am only 15% into the "Tolstoy My Father: Reminiscences" but I am loving it. He doesn't go off on his own trip like Proust, but just provides snippets of memories of his life from his early childhood (so far), interjecting stories and legends of the family's ancestors. I feel like I am better understanding not just Tolstoy, but the times of the late 19th century in Russia.

As an aside, I learned that Tolstoy: served in the last days of the Crimea War, had bouts of suicidal tendencies while writing "Anna Karenina," and became quite spiritual in his later years. Also, he was buried by the local peasants in a grove of trees he loved as a child on the land where he was born.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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Ok, I added Outlander to my library list. I'm not much for the romance, but I love some good historical fiction.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:11 PM
 
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I think I read the Outlander years ago and it seems like I enjoyed it. I never went back to read the series, but it is very popular.
I know there is another Outlander book out there by I think a male author. You should check it out again, though. Just in case.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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Ok, I added Outlander to my library list. I'm not much for the romance, but I love some good historical fiction.
Oh the romance part is only a part of the story. There is so very much more to it! Pretty much anything you can think of is part of this series. There's history, there's battle, there's travel, there's romance, there's illness, there's medicine. Oh my goodness, there is just so much to it. I really hope you like it!
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:22 PM
 
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I know there is another Outlander book out there by I think a male author. You should check it out again, though. Just in case.
Otherland by Tad Williams? I enjoyed that, but haven't read the rest in the series.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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Ok, I just realized that 1Q84 is almost 1000 pages.... and is known for a somewhat meandering style. Which is a mix almost guaranteed for me to lose interest. But I'm 8% of the way in and enjoying it so far. Not sure if I'll be able to finish it before the library loan expires though, unless I turn off my WIFI.

My new Kindle is supposed to come in today!!!
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:07 PM
 
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Otherland by Tad Williams? I enjoyed that, but haven't read the rest in the series.
No, The Outlander.
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