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Diana Gabaldon

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Beachreader October 4th, 2006 02:32 PM PST

Have you ever waited anxiously for a book to come out and then instead of reading it from cover to cover immediately paced it out for weeks because you didn't want it to end? Such is the case for me with Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Hard to define, they are time-travel novels, historical novels, romance, and adventure that appeal to a wide variety of readers. Having traveled to Scotland in 1999 I was able to visit many of the locations mentioned including a surprise visit Clava Cairns the place the author has said was the mysterious location where Claire passed through one century to the other -- while reading the UK version of the first book called Cross Stitch there. There are few books that have such enthusiastic fans as these books and there are web sites devoted to this author's followers. Begin with the first in the series, Outlander, then follow in order of publication except for Lord John and the Private Matter which is a spin-off featuring a minor character from the other novels. If things get confusing, there's always The Outlandish Companion, a wonderful guide to all things Claire and Jamie.


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Diana Gabaldon (born January 11, 1952) is an American author of Mexican and English ancestry. Her most successful books are the best-selling Outlander series.

Her books are difficult to classify by genre, since they contain elements of romantic fiction, historical fiction, and science fiction (in the form of time travel). Her first fiction efforts were posted on the CompuServe writers forum. Favorable feedback from other members of this forum persuaded her to finish and publish the first book in the Outlander series. The stories center around a time-travelling 20th-century nurse (Claire Randall Fraser) and her 18th-century Scottish husband (Jamie Fraser), and are located in Scotland, France, and America.

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