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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:55:16 PM »
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 I have a friend (female) who loves this series and she's trying hard to get me to read them.  They're historical fiction (which I love) mixed with some romance (which I find silly).  Any y'all reading them?
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Re: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2013, 01:28:58 PM »
I reckon that's a "no".
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Re: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2013, 01:35:10 PM »
I've flipped through a few, though I haven't had time to really sit down with them. From what I hear, the first 2-3 are good, then the time-skipping starts getting a bit too much.
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Re: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2013, 01:36:11 PM »
It is in my case.  I agree with your opinion of romance, though books marketed as romance rarely have romance--just sex.  I checked out the author's site for this book, and in the description, it does only say 'sex' rather than 'romance,' and no, they're not the same thing.  Her description on the site is:

"history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…"

There's just nothing in there that would compel me to read this series.  Others may feel differently.  What is the sales pitch being presented to you by your friend?
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Re: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2013, 02:07:39 PM »
It is in my case.  I agree with your opinion of romance, though books marketed as romance rarely have romance--just sex.  I checked out the author's site for this book, and in the description, it does only say 'sex' rather than 'romance,' and no, they're not the same thing.  Her description on the site is:

"history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…"

There's just nothing in there that would compel me to read this series.  Others may feel differently.  What is the sales pitch being presented to you by your friend?

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Re: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2013, 10:40:12 PM »
 What is the sales pitch being presented to you by your friend?

 The 'historical fiction' aspect.  I've read and enjoyed some James Michener novels, but he obviously doesn't write a lot of sex scenes (at least not in any of his books I've read.)  She says it takes place in the Scottish highlands and America.  I'm pretty much set on skipping it altogether.
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Re: The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2013, 11:35:20 PM »
 What is the sales pitch being presented to you by your friend?

 The 'historical fiction' aspect.  I've read and enjoyed some James Michener novels, but he obviously doesn't write a lot of sex scenes (at least not in any of his books I've read.)  She says it takes place in the Scottish highlands and America.  I'm pretty much set on skipping it altogether.

Sounds highly skip-able to me.  lol.  Sounds like it's somewhere in the historical romance category, but that's one genre that nobody reads unless they're looking for it.  I used to do call center Customer Service for a publisher who had several lines of romance fiction, and with historical romance, either you already like it or you hate it.  It was a tough sell.  Guess there's not that many people out there that's into corsets.  rofl.   
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