I started reading Outlander as part of Tome Topple but didn’t finish it. Also the reading experience for the first half of Outlander was already almost 900 pages so I decided to break it into two parts.
As always the overall portion will not have any spoilers but the parts below will.
I’m astounded at how much effort Gabaldon put into making sure this was all historically accurate. It covered everything from how they did medicine to the viewpoints and what marriages were like.
I’ll definitely be continuing with the series but I never really read books in series back to back.
This entire part seemed mainly a filler and the chapters were insanely long. It took me an hour and 45 mins to finish chapter 25. It definitely could have been split into two.
I really like how she came out to Jamie about the time travel and by the end of the chapter I was wondering what was going to happen the last 300 pages. The chapter was super entertaining and their were some revelations that were well needed. I really wish we had gotten more of Geilie’s story but it doesn’t even look like any of the bonus stories she’s written are about her.
I don’t know why but I’ve really slowed down on reading this. I don’t necessarily think it’s the book either. Although I kind of stand by how it should have been two different books.
I think it should have ended this one when she made the decision between past and present but I’m also loving getting to know Jamie’s family and the interactions between Jenny and Claire. And all of the family connections in general.
I’ve noticed it getting a lot more suspenseful and I think under normal circumstances I’d be able to just sit and read for hours on end to find out what happens but instead my attention span is nowhere.
It’s about time we got this story moving again. Now we’re getting somewhere. Also, it was only one chapter and I was thinking we were going to get Dougal’s entire backstory and I was going to be bored out of my mind because I feel we already got to know so much about him.
I’m glad the story is picking back up because that was a really long lull in my opinion.
I finally did it! I’m done with the first book! This was surprisingly easy to get through after I actually picked up the book.
Jamie is basically torn to shreds and I think this actually made him a lot more bearable, even after. I felt bad for him but I really couldn’t find myself to particularly care. I’m sure part of it was because I was on the fence to begin with and the other part because there are a million more books in the series so of course he’s going to live.
I absolutely love how this part really shows how smart Claire is. Between talking about her full predicament in confession to her way of getting Jamie to sweat everything out.