Tuesday, August 15, 2017

VOYAGER TV tie-in paperback edition is now available!

The TV tie-in paperback edition of VOYAGER is now available!

You can find it here:

Barnes & Noble

It's also available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore, if you'd like an autographed copy. The Poisoned Pen is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore, and they ship all over the world.

For those who are wondering, there is no difference in the text of the book. They're just re-issuing the paperback with a new cover, as they did for OUTLANDER and DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, to promote Season 3 of the TV series.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A new OUTLANDER blog focusing on North Carolina

Introducing a new OUTLANDER blog by a friend of mine who lives in North Carolina. OUTLANDER North Carolina will focus on the history and places of NC featured in the OUTLANDER books (and, we hope, eventually in the TV series as well!)


If you haven't read DRUMS OF AUTUMN (Book 4 of the OUTLANDER series), there's a Major Spoiler below! Read at your own risk!








As a longtime resident of NC, I will never forget how stunned, delighted, and fascinated I was, on my first reading of DRUMS OF AUTUMN, to discover that Jamie and Claire were going to settle in North Carolina.  I love seeing references to North Carolina in the OUTLANDER books, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

This new blog looks like it's going to be a very interesting site. Please take a moment to check it out!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Going to see Diana Gabaldon in September!

I'm very excited to announce that my mom and I will be attending Diana Gabaldon's appearance at the Bookmarks Book Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, on September 10th!

Tickets just went on sale yesterday, and given how fast her events typically sell out these days, I'm amazed there are still seats available.  But we got our tickets, and we're going!

This will be the first time in more than four years that I've had the opportunity to attend one of Diana's events.  Yes, it's on the same night as the Season 3 premiere, but I keep telling myself that's what the DVR is for. <g>

Here's Diana's announcement of the event on her Facebook page.

If you're interested in attending, you can purchase tickets here.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July poll results

Here are the results of the July poll, which asked the question, "Which is your favorite animal from Diana Gabaldon's books?"
  • 55.25% - Rollo
  • 11.62% - Adso
  • 11.62% - Clarence, the mule
  • 7.17% - The White Sow
  • 7.17% - Bouton
  • 3.58% - Donas
  • 0.72% - Lucas, the Friesian stallion
  • 0.56% - Gideon
  • 0.56% - Ping An, the pelican
  • 0.40% - Hiram, the goat
  • 0.16% - I'm new to OUTLANDER and haven't encountered any of these animals yet.
  • 1.19% - Other
There were 1256 responses to this month's poll. I've been featuring these monthly polls on Outlandish Observations since 2008, and I have to say, this has been one of the most competitive and most entertaining polls I've ever done.

True, the first-place winner was never in doubt (Rollo has a LOT of fans!), but what surprised me was how close the race for second place turned out to be. Clarence and Adso were only a couple of votes apart the entire time the poll was running, and I think it's fitting that the wee cheetie and the gregarious mule ended up tied for second place.

Thanks very much to everyone who participated!

Please take a moment to vote in the August poll, which asks the question, "Which NEW character are you most looking forward to seeing in OUTLANDER Season 3?" Thanks!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Another Season 3 trailer: Parallel Lives

STARZ released another Season 3 trailer today, featuring Caitriona and Sam talking about their characters, interspersed with a number of brief clips of scenes from Season 3.

I thought this was very well done!  Just about six more weeks to go....

Saturday, July 22, 2017

OUTLANDER panel discussion at SDCC

Here's the video of the OUTLANDER panel discussion that took place on July 21 at the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), featuring Sam, Cait, Tobias Menzies, Rik Rankin, Sophie Skelton, Ron Moore, Maril Davis, and Diana Gabaldon.

Watch for the surprise guest appearance!

(Updated 7/23/2017 9:46 am to change the links to the official STARZ video of the panel discussion.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Two French fans review OUTLANDER Seasons 1 & 2

Here's a wonderful video featuring two male fans from France, explaining in detail what OUTLANDER is all about, and sharing their reactions to Seasons 1 and 2 of the TV series.

Thanks very much to OutlanderFrance for providing the English subtitles, so that those of us who don't speak French can follow along.  It's very clear that these two guys Get It, that they understand the characters very well, and that makes this video a real pleasure to watch.

It's about 40 minutes long, but well worth watching! (Please note, if you can't get the subtitles to work, try a different web browser, like Firefox or Chrome.)