Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Outlandish Companion

The Outlandish Companion The Outlandish Companion by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was an amazing trip inside the author's head. Although it only covered the first 4 books of the series (the other 3 hadn't been published yet) it wet my appetite to re-read the series. I love DG's sense of humor, and I think her personality is present so much in this book I feel that I know her personally and could pick up the phone to call her.

This book did an amazing job giving summaries of the first four books, picking the author's brain about research, characters and writing, and provided helpful character summaries, a bibliography, a recommended reading list, and even a glossary of terms/translations for the foreign languages used in her books.

If you read and love DG's Outlander series, you have to read this book too!

Pub. Date: June 1999

Synopsis: 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
With the insight, humor, and eye for detail that has made her novels such an outstanding success story. Diana Gabaldon here gives her readers the best gift of all—The Outlandish Companion.

Recommended Reading by Diana Gabaldon:
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn

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