The Outlandish Companion

The Outlandish Companion

In Which Much Is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, Their Lives and Times, Antecedents, Adventures, Companions, and Progeny, With Learned Commentary (and Many Footnotes) by Their Humble Creator

Book - 1999
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New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical stone that transports her back in time more than 200 years to 1743, and into the arms of Scottish soldier Jamie Fraser, readers have been enthralled with this epic saga of time travel, adventure, and love everlasting.

Now Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her bestselling series, the book only she could write -- a beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish. As a special bonus for those who are eagerly awaiting the next appearance of Jamie and Claire, she includes never-before-published excerpts from upcoming works in the series. And there's lots more in this lavish keepsake volume for the many devoted fans who yearn to learn the stories behind the stories:

¸  Full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
¸  A complete listing of the characters in all four novels, including extensively researched family trees and genealogical notes
¸  Professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
¸  A comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage
¸  The fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel
¸  Frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers
¸  An annotated bibliography
¸  Tips, personal stories -- even a recipe or two!
¸  Essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, and more
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Doubleday Canada Ltd., 1999.
ISBN: 9780385257398
Branch Call Number: 813.54 GAB
Characteristics: xxix, 575 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Oct 08, 2015

The plot summaries of the first 4 novels in the series would be spoilers for anybody who hasn't read them yet. So don't read this book if you haven't already read those books! If you have, you might find at least sections of this book fascinating, as I did. Some more than others. I confess I skimmed the section on Gaelic, as I don't really care about the actual technical meaning; I pick up enough from the context. I was fascinated by Gabaldon's process of researching and writing her books. And I loved her own voice, which comes through loud and clear. She claims she's not Claire, but her voice is very much like Claire's (except she's very clear that she never swears, and Claire swears a lot). This book also explains, as much as she can, where her characters "come from." Interestingly, comments on her novels in reviews show that Brianna is the most problematic character. And Brianna had to exist for purely situational reasons in the beginning. No wonder it takes a long time for Gabaldon to fill her out as a person. That's my spoiler, I guess. I thought I'd pick and choose what I read in this book, but ended up reading it all, except for the Gaelic section. I did pick and choose the order I read it in, however, starting with the plot summaries, the characters, and the genealogical charts. If you're at all interested in writing, and have read the first 4 novels, this will probably appeal to you.

May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.

May 06, 2011

Book 5

Apr 20, 2011

This was helpful, but not as interesting as I had hoped it would be. I liked the Gaelic / English phrase dictionary. Useful for checking on what the characters were really saying. The synopsis could be a spoiler if someone hasn't read the first four novels.

Aug 04, 2010

Excellent resource intended for refreshing the memory on what happened in the first 4 books of the Outlander series.

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