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Diana Gabaldon
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Diana Gabaldon Published in October 21, 2018, 3:43 am
 Voyager (Outlander 3):Interdir

Voyager (Outlander 3):Interdir

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KC
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KC Reply to on 21 June 2017
Fantastic reading. As I watched the first two seasons on tv, I couldn't wait to find out how things turned out so bought the next book in the series.
I found it equally as intense as the series, and could relate to the characters and imagine in my head the sound of their voices. I've not finished the book yet, only 3/4 of the way through, but I can recommend it. Diana has an easy way or writing that envelopes you in the story. I will be buying more of the books in the series, as the tv versions will be a while yet. These books and tv series enticed us to travel up to Scotland this year, we'd not been before, but found it beautiful, so much so, that we intend to re-visit later in the year. I can't say a bad thing about any of her books, if you want to be transported away to another time, pick up and read one, you won't be disappointed.
Chocpot
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Chocpot Reply to on 10 August 2017
I read reviews of this book before buying it. Some of the criticisms are that there are just too many coincidences and that the story is too farfetched. I'd agree with them. However, despite this being the case it's still a ripping good yarn. When one considers any story whether in writing or on film/television, there are always loads of coincidences. And, just how many times that the baddie who gets knocked to pieces spring back to life again and it takes the goodie 4 or 5 goes to kill the baddie off?

The one thing that I found astounding about the story is the part where Claire gives Jamie the photographs of Brianna. This, I would have thought, would have produced some sort of amazed outburst, but there was none. There were no cameras in the 18th century. So, you might ponder, would Jamie not be astounded by the sight of an actual photograph? Of course, he would have! Now this, was the silly part for me.

Another major annoyance was at the start of the book, before Claire goes back through the stones. She's sitting in the doctor's lounge with Joe Abernathy and there, seemingly an awfully long time, Gabaldon reproduces the script of book that Claire is looking at. Was that really necessary? Did it anything to the story? Of course not and I don't see why she felt the need to it other than perhaps to satisfy her desire to write a Mills & Boon novel.

Claire is kidnapped by a British navy ship which is travelling far faster than than the Aramis. Somehow Jamie manages to row a boat sufficiently quickly to catch up with the navy ship. What an incredible feat of strength! It's obviously been quite a few days. Suffficient for Claire to tend to all of the typhoid stricken sailors before jumping ship, quite literally. In HIspaniola Jamie suddenly appears as the captain of some French soldiers with no explanation of how pulled it off. Hispaniola is a large island and yet, coincidentally, the Aramis lands only 2 miles from where Claire washed up.

Reading this probably sounds like I didn't enjoy the book. as so much of it doesn't stand up to scrutiny. This is not the case. One has to suspend disbelief in so many things. For those who watch soap operas, they'll know that the number of times that a character just happens to be looking out of a window at a crucial moment is par for the course. I think the criticism of Gabaldon is unfair. She is writing to entertain and that she does. If you want to read something that is completely accurate in every single manner you'd find the book the most boring thing you'd ever read and there would criticisms for the flow pace blah di blah di blah.

I've only given this book 4 stars and only this reason. The book is written in Amerenglish. The spelling drives me to distraction but even worse is the use of expressions that an awful lot of Brits would be totally unfamiliar with. And what's with this business of joining two words together unphenated. We most definitely not use the word printshop! At best it would be print shop and more likely just "printer's". Yes, it's petty. I marked every awful American spelling in pink and every American expression in blue. There is hardly a page on my Kindle that doesn't have some highlighting of one sort of another. This book concerns British characters and it should as a matter of courtesy to those in the UK (and anyone else who speaks British English) if nothing else, to have had this book edited as such, as Cross Stich was.
Jennifertapir
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Jennifertapir Reply to on 7 May 2017
This is yet another massive volume in the Outlander series. I loved the first two novels, especially the first which is intense and highly focussed. I am slightly less keen on Voyager - it is simply too big, covers two centuries, lives lived twenty years apart and a vast geographoical spread from Scotland to North America by way of Paris and the West Indies. But it is still a brilliant, enjoyable and totally engaging novel. It includes a central scene that readers grreatly love - without spoiling the story, I thought that scene was slightly underpowered and stretched by too much happening. There are few fantasty/historical/whatever novels of such power and offering so much - I look forward to the next volume.
Philip R Saunders
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Philip R Saunders Reply to on 5 December 2017
Having enjoyed the first two Outlander books, I was a little disappointed with this third instalment. The main problem is the length in relation to the content. At 1060 pages there is a lot of needless padding and far too many coincidences where the characters move from one ludicrous situation to the next meeting up with characters from previous books who just happen to be going their way. I doubt if the formula can be sustained over 8 books and with a 9th on the way, by which time Claire Fraser will be on her Zimmer frame.
Heather Davies
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Heather Davies Reply to on 15 June 2017
I would give this 10 stars, 3rd time of reading. The plots in Diana's books are so convoluted that you appreciate the twists and turns more with each reading. can't wait for the third series of Outlander to be shown on TV.
Varsha
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Varsha Reply to on 30 June 2017
I m addicted to the series. Jamie is my dream man. I would never cheat on my husband but with jamie i might. Can see why claire went back for him. Assumptions aside, its wonderfully written book that grips you from the first page. You just starve to get some time so you could read bit more. One of my fav.
Samuelle40
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Samuelle40 Reply to on 12 August 2018
Didn’t expect this book to surpass previous 2 books but it did.To add to the enjoyment the dvds came out to compliment the books.
The casting of Sam and Cat for Jamie and Clare is incredible just like I would have imagined them.Also the casting of the rest of clan however don’t understand why they gave John Grey black hair when he was blonde but a wonderful actor never the less..
This book was my favourite of the 3 can’t wait to read the next one now changing for American Civil War to start.
miss marple
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miss marple Reply to on 3 June 2015
I wish I had found these books years ago,I was actually crying this afternoon whilst reading.The characters of Jamie and Claire are so vividly portrayed they feel like old friends along with all the other characters we meet along the way.Attention to detail is second to none,you actually feel the 18th century brought to life with the authors descriptions.The story runs along at a fast pace,with twists and turns and surprises,which make the readers attention never falter because you are so emotionally involved yourself.Jamie is a heroe never to be forgotten,and I must admit I can see why Claire fell in love with him.These books belong with the classics such as Pride And Prejudice.
Taffy
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Taffy Reply to on 15 April 2016
The story of Jamie and Claire continues. I am not going to tell you what happens, (no spoilers here), suffice to say that the author has done an excellent job, (again), in bringing their continued story to us. Don't forget, if you love to read about Jamie and Claire, look here on Amazon for the series #1, on DVD. It was shown on American TV, but not here in the UK, )-: It is a set of 6 DVD's and covers the first book, although obviously, not in such detail as the book does it. My wife has not read the books but has heard my opinion of them, so she took a look at the DVD's. After the first one, she was hooked, and has watched the complete series over a few days. She has now seen it twice, and wants to watch again this week end.
Georgiana89
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Georgiana89 Reply to on 22 September 2014
I started this book the moment I finished book two, and until about two-thirds of the way through it, I felt quite obsessed with it, remaining n one of those odd "thinking about the book in every waking moment and then dreaming about it" moods that I find my favourite books always give me.

The first third of this novel has a far more complex structure than its predecessors. The chapters alternate between the 1960s, as Claire, Brianna, and Roger try to find out what happened to Jamie after he seemingly survived Culloden; flashbacks to Claire's life over the last twenty years; and chapters from Jamie's life over the same period of time, two hundred years in the past.

I love time-travel stories when they make your head spin, and this achieved it in a way that earlier books in the series didn't quite manage. I loved having the researchers in 1968 find something out about Jamie's life from a dry document, then getting to see the emotional reality of it through his eyes. This is particularly strong where things have passed into folklore. I'm always fascinated bye the idea of the difference between historical myth and reality, and there are some wonderful examples of it here: prepare to laugh at the story of how the place called Leap o'the Cask got it's name - and then to cry at the brutal reality.

I definitely saw the first book and to a lesser extent the second book as being primarily romance novels, even though many fans tend to argue against this. In this instalment, however, I felt that while the romance between Claire and Jamie was still the heart and soul of the book, the genres were genuinely much more blurred. It's certainly a brave romance novelist that keeps her lovers completely and utterly apart for the first third of a thousand page novel.

It's worth pointing out that while the 1968 scenes are a bit lighter, most of this first third is horribly depressing. Jamie's section opens with him living in a cave, and things rarely improve. There's no one scene as horrific as the ending of the first book, but he does have to live with a relentless, soul-sapping grimness. Claire isn't living in a cave in her flashbacks. She's living in a nice house in Boston, with her dream job as a doctor and her beloved daughter. And yet her guilt at leaving, her trauma over Culloden and her inability to either properly restart or fully break off her marriage to Frank means that it doesn't make for much happier reading. And running between both threads is an utter longing for each other, even though Claire is sure that Jamie is dead and he's convinced he's never going to see her again. The author somehow makes this more poignant, and yes, romantic, then many authors manage to make scenes of characters getting steamy together. It's lovely, it's tragic, and any reader is going to be dying for them to get back together, and maybe get a break.

I hate spoilers, but considering that this is an eight book series, I don't think I'm really giving much away to say that eventually, the longed-for reunion does occur. I felt it was perfect - moving and delightful and heartwarming, without skirting around the reality that two people can't just come back together after twenty years apart and expect nothing to have changed.

There's wonderful emotional drama in the immediate aftermath of the reunion but frankly, once it had been more or less resolved, I think the book should have ended. The plot of the final third of the book centres on a trip to the West Indies and pirates and slavery. It's perfectly fun and exciting and its nice to see Jamie and Claire rebuilding their life together, but it just didn't have quite the emotional or literary impact of the rest of the novel. It didn't affect me enough to make me lost interest or to mark the book down, but I don't think it added much.

Most of the things that bothered me about books one and two were gone, or at least substantially improved. There's much less rape and attempted rape, and only one (fairly half-hearted) flogging. The lurching from one disaster to the next aspect was played down in the first half, though did come back with a vengeance once the characters hit the high seas. I'm starting to think that the main characters are simultaneously cursed to have the worst possible things happen to them at all times, and blessed to somehow get through them without dying or permanently losing each other.

In my review of book one, I complained about the negative stereotyping of both English characters and gay characters. I'm delighted to announce that, as though to silence these complaints, this book includes a character who is English AND gay and yet utterly honourable and lovely. Lord John Grey is basically the anti-Jack Randall, and I think we can all be grateful for that.

On the other hand, I was rather upset with the treatment of the man who previously held the mantle of "only nice Englishman in the entire series." One of the real strengths of the first book was that it didn't take the easy way out and make Claire single or married to someone horrid. For me, the genuine love and affection between her and Frank permeated the 1940s opening scenes, and her initial longing to get back to him and later fond memories of him and refusal to let Jamie do anything that might risk his existence were extremely touching. Clearly, at this point, Jamie is the only man for her, but I still found it sad that her relationship with Frankp couldn't regain some of its old spark in his absence.

In addition, Frank seemed so out of character. He supported his wife going off to work as a war nurse and seemed to love her adventurous nature and upbringing and was lovely in book one. Why did he try to stop her becoming a doctor? Why did he complain when she looked a bit bedraggled? At the point when he inexplicably makes horribly racist comments, I felt that the author was just manipulating me to dislike him, and actually, it felt like a cop-out. That said, I only cared so much because of the extent to which the characters and the story had got under my skin.

Overall, this isn't an easy read, but only because the author makes you care about the characters so much before putting them through hell. If you enjoyed the first two books, you have got to read this- just try to find a quiet space where you can read for hours, and get yourself some tissues and comforting whisky!
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