Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What would you ask Diana, if you could?

So this happened today, on, which is the new online home of the former Compuserve Books and Writers Community....

Diana Gabaldon was talking about the questions she's been asked by interviewers over the years, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to mention something I've been thinking about for a long time:  I'd love to interview her myself some day.  And I was thrilled to see this response from Diana. (Click on the image for a bigger view.)

Wow! "Extremely Perceptive and articulate" is high praise indeed, coming from Diana, and the sort of comment I'll treasure for a long time.

So, clearly she'd be happy to answer any questions I can come up with, within reason. <g>  As for what to ask...?  That's the hard part, and I plan to spend some time thinking about it.  I have a few ideas, but I'm not going to share them ahead of time.

Instead, I thought I'd ask the rest of you:  What would you like to ask Diana Gabaldon, if you could?

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Happy Birthday, Mandy!

Wishing a very happy birthday to Amanda Claire Hope MacKenzie, aka Mandy, who was born on April 21, 1776.

That would make her 242 years old, which is rather mind-boggling to contemplate, considering that she was only a toddler when last seen in WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD.

Here are some of my favorite quotes by and about wee Mandy.  Hope you enjoy them!

* * * SPOILER WARNING!! * * *

If you haven't read all eight of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER books, up to and including WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, there are Major Spoilers below. Read at your own risk! 

1) Roger holds his baby girl for the first time.
Roger had never felt so terrified as he did when his newborn daughter was placed in his arms for the first time. Minutes old, skin tender and perfect as an orchid’s, she was so delicate he feared he would leave fingerprints on her--but so alluring that he had to touch her, drawing the back of his knuckle gently, so gently, down the perfect curve of her fat little cheek, stroking the black cobweb silk of her hair with an unbelieving forefinger. 

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 114, "Amanda". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
2) We get our first hint that baby Mandy may have inherited her parents' time-travel gene:
Jamie Fraser took his father’s ruby ring, and held it over the face of his granddaughter. Amanda’s eyes fixed on it at once, and she stuck out her tongue with interest. He smiled, despite the heaviness of his heart, and lowered the ring for her to grab at.

“She likes that well enough,” he said, skillfully removing it from her grip before she could get it into her mouth. “Let’s try the other.”

The other was Claire’s amulet--the tiny, battered leather pouch given to her by an Indian wisewoman years before. It contained assorted bits and bobs, herbs, he thought, and feathers, perhaps the tiny bones of a bat. But in among them was a lump of stone--nothing much to look at, but a true gemstone, a raw sapphire.

Amanda turned her head at once, more interested in the pouch than she had been in the shiny ring. She made cooing noises and batted wildly with both hands, trying to reach it.

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 114, "Amanda". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
3) Roger and Claire, not long before the MacKenzies returned to the 20th century.
"Mandy's got my mother's hair."

"Oh, good," Claire said dryly. "I'd hate to think I was entirely responsible for it. Do tell her that, when she's older, will you? Girls with very curly hair invariably hate it--at least in the early years, when they want to look like everyone else."

Despite his preoccupation, he heard the small note of desolation in her voice, and reached for her hand, disregarding the fact that she still held a plant in it.

"I'll tell her," he said softly. "I'll tell her everything. Don't ever think we'd let the kids forget you."

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 21, "The Minister's Cat". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
4) Jemmy and Mandy at Lallybroch:
"But Mama! Mandy hit me!” came an indignant report from the top of the stairs. Looking up, she could see the top of his head, the light from the window glowing on his hair.

“She did? Well—”

“With a stick!”

“What sort of—”

“On purpose!”

“Well, I don’t think—”

“AND …”--a pause before the damning denouement--“SHE DIDN’T SAY SHE WAS SORRY!”


“MANDY,” she bellowed. “Say you’re sorry!”

“Non’t!” came a high-pitched refusal from above.

“Aye, ye will!” came Jem’s voice, followed by scuffling. Brianna headed for the stair, blood in her eye. Just as she set her foot on the tread, Jem uttered a piercing squeal.

“She BIT me!”

“Jeremiah MacKenzie, don’t you dare bite her back!” she shouted. “Both of you stop it this instant!"

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, Epilogue I, "Lallybroch". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
5) This scene from ECHO hit me like a gut-punch the first time I read it. Mandy may be only a toddler, but I think she does an amazing job of telling her parents what's wrong and communicating the urgency of the situation. Thank God Bree and Roger took her hysteria seriously!
He made it to Amanda’s room a half step before Brianna and scooped the child out of her bed, cradling her against his pounding heart.

“Jemmy, Jemmy!” she sobbed. “He’s gone, he’s gone. He’s GONE!!” This last was shrieked as she stiffened in Roger’s arms, digging her feet hard into his belly.

"Hey, hey,” he soothed, trying to rearrange her and pet her into calm. “It’s okay, Jemmy’s fine. He’s fine, he’s only gone to visit Bobby overnight. He’ll be home tomorrow.”

“He’s GONE!” She squirmed like an eel, not trying to get away but merely possessed by a paroxysm of frantic grief. “He’s not here, he’s not here!”

"Aye, like I said, he’s at Bobby’s house, he—”

“Not here,” she said urgently, and thumped the palm of her hand repeatedly on the top of her head. “Not here wif me!”

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 85, "Son of a Witch". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
6) Many of you will recall that Diana Gabaldon said repeatedly that she wanted an octopus on the cover of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD. She didn't get that, but I knew there would be an octopus reference in the book somewhere:
Mandy unbuckled her seat belt and popped up on her knees. She’d pulled her arms out of her sweater so they flopped around, and now just her face was poking out of the neckhole.

“I’m an ottopus!” she said, and shook herself so the sweater’s arms danced. Jem laughed, in spite of himself. So did Mam, but she waved Mandy back down.

“Octopus,” she said. “And put your seat belt back on right now. Octo means eight in Latin,” she added. “Octopuses have eight legs. Or arms, maybe.”

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 99, "Radar". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
7) In spite of the seriousness of the situation, Mandy's counting makes me laugh.
"Go, Mandy. Right now. Mummy will be there before you can count to a hundred. Start counting now. One...two...three..." She moved between Cameron and Mandy, motioning firmly with her free hand.

Reluctantly, Mandy moved, murmuring, "Four... five... six... seven..." and disappeared through the back kitchen door.


"Think fast,” he shouted up at her. “Your wee lass will hit a hundred and be back any second!”

Despite the situation, Brianna smiled. Mandy had very recently been introduced to the idea that numbers were infinite and had been enchanted by the concept. She wouldn’t stop counting until she ran out of breath or someone stopped her.

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 26, "A Step Into the Dark". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
8) I love the way Jem is so protective of his little sister.
There was a lot of screaming and crying going on inside the Buchans’ house, and he felt his chest go so tight he couldn’t breathe.

“Mandy!” He tried to call, but her name came out in a whisper. The front door was hanging open. Inside, there were girls everywhere, but he picked Mandy out of the muddle in the lounge instantly and ran to grab her. She wasn’t crying, but she latched on to him like a leech, burying her black curly head in his stomach.

“It’s okay,” he told her, squeezing the stuffing out of her in relief. “It’s okay, Man. I gotcha. I gotcha."

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 38, "The Number of the Beast". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
9) I don't have words to express how relieved and grateful I am that the MacKenzies found each other at last.
"Think ye might have lost something,” Buck said gruffly, and handed Mandy carefully down to him. She was a heavy, lively weight in his arms--and smelled of goats.

“Daddy!” she exclaimed, beaming at him as though he’d just come in from work. “Mwah! Mwah!” She kissed him noisily and snuggled into his chest, her hair tickling his chin.


Roger was crying again, couldn’t stop. Mandy had burrs and foxtails stuck in her hair and in the fabric of her jacket, and he thought she might have wet herself somewhere in the recent past. Buck twitched the reins, as though about to turn and go, and Roger reached out a hand and grabbed his stirrup.

“Stay,” he croaked. “Tell me it’s real.”

Buck made an incoherent noise, and, looking up through his tears, Roger could see that Buck was making an inadequate attempt at hiding his own emotion.

“Aye,” Buck said, sounding almost as choked as Roger. He looped his reins and, sliding off into the road, took Jem very gently into his own arms. “Aye, it’s real."

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 108, "Reality is That Which, When You Stop Believing in It, Doesn't Go Away". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Happy Birthday to our favorite time-traveling toddler and "feisty wee baggage", Mandy MacKenzie!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Culloden anniversary

Today is the 272nd anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, which took place on April 16, 1746.

I like this video very much. (The song is "The Ghosts of Culloden", performed by Isla Grant.)

Diana Gabaldon noted in her blog post about her 2008 visit to Culloden that she saw the place where Jamie woke after the battle, thinking he was dead.  When I asked her on Compuserve if she recalled where that was, exactly, she said,
Jamie made it almost to the second government line.  He woke in a little swale or dip (you recall he was lying in water), about forty feet off the path that leads from the Visitors Centre--maybe a couple of hundred yards beyond the VC itself.
The photo below shows the area where the government lines were, marked with a red flag.

I was lucky enough to be able to visit Culloden in 2012, and again in 2016.  It's an amazing place, and the Visitors Centre is very well done.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

OUTLANDER Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD now available in the US!

The OUTLANDER Season 3 Blu-ray and DVD is finally available in the US!

You can find it wherever DVDs are sold, or order from Amazon here:

Collector's Edition Blu-ray

Look here for a detailed description of the three editions.

I'm well aware that many of you outside the US have had the Season 3 Blu-ray/DVD for a month or more, but it's been a long wait for American fans. I haven't actually seen any of the "extras" or deleted scenes yet, and I'm looking forward to seeing them for myself when my copy arrives on Wednesday.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

March poll results

Here are the results of the March poll, which asked the question, "Do you read excerpts or #DailyLines from Diana Gabaldon's upcoming books or stories?"
    There were 1114 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!
    • 67.15% - Absolutely! I will gladly devour any excerpt or #DailyLine I can find.
    • 10.86% - Yes, and I wish Diana Gabaldon would post them more often!
    • 7.00% - No, I would rather wait and see those bits of the story in their proper context, when the book comes out.
    • 6.64% - Sometimes.
    • 1.89% - No, I am trying hard to avoid the excerpts and #DailyLines.
    • 1.44% - I'm addicted to the #DailyLines!
    • 1.26% - I used to read them, but I don't anymore.
    • 1.17% - What excerpts? Where can I find them?
    • 0.63% - What are #DailyLines?
    • 0.54% - I read excerpts, but only for certain books or stories.
    • 1.44% - Other
    I didn't vote in the poll myself, but I fall into the third category above. I've been an excerpt-avoider since 2008, but I certainly don't mind if other people devour them! I think it's fascinating that people have different levels of tolerance for reading excerpts.

    Please take a moment to vote in the April poll, which asks, "Which of Diana Gabaldon's books are you currently reading or listening to?"

    Saturday, March 31, 2018

    Happy Easter!

    Here are a couple of Easter-related quotes from Diana Gabaldon's books, just in time for the holiday.

    *** SPOILER WARNING!! *** 

    If you haven't read all eight of the OUTLANDER books, there are spoilers below. Read at your own risk.

    Easter Eggs

    I like Roger's memories of Easter with his kids:
    [Roger's] heart rose, in spite of his anxiety, when he came to the top of the pass and saw Lallybroch below him, its white-harled buildings glowing in the fading light. Everything lay peaceful before him: late cabbages and turnips in orderly rows within the kailyard walls, safe from grazing sheep--there was a small flock in the far meadow, already bedding for the night, like so many woolly eggs in a nest of green grass, like a kid’s Easter basket.

    The thought caught at his throat, with memories of the horrible cellophane grass that got everywhere, Mandy with her face—and everything else within six feet of her—smeared with chocolate, Jem carefully writing Dad on a hard-boiled egg with a white crayon, then frowning over the array of dye cups, trying to decide whether blue or purple was more Dad-like.

    (From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 29, "Return to Lallybroch". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    I'm Jewish, so I don't celebrate Easter, but we did occasionally dye eggs when I was little, just for fun, and this bit makes me smile, remembering that.

    The photo above shows the Easter vigil at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.  It looks very much as Jamie remembers:
    "The church was all dark,” Jamie continued, “but the folk coming for the service would buy small tapers from the crones at the doors. It was something like this”--I felt, rather than saw, his motion at the sky above--“a great space above, all ringing wi’ the silence, and folk packed in on every side.” Hot as it was, I gave an involuntary shiver at these words, which conjured up a vision of the dead around us, crowding silently side by side, in anticipation of an imminent resurrection.

    “And then, just when I thought I couldna bear the silence and the crowd, there came the priest’s voice from the door. ‘Lumen Christi!’ he called out, and the acolytes lit the great candle that he carried. Then from it they took the flame to their own tapers, and scampered up and down the aisles, passing the fire to the candles o’ the faithful.”

    (From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 2, "In Which We Meet a Ghost". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    Happy Easter to all of you who are celebrating!

    Sunday, March 25, 2018

    ABC's of Lord John Grey

    ABC's of Lord John Grey

    I borrowed this idea from a writer's exercise that was posted on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community (now a few years ago. The idea is to list one word pertaining to the character for each letter of the alphabet, along with a brief explanation. Here's my alphabet for Lord John.

    All quotes from the OUTLANDER and Lord John books are copyright © Diana Gabaldon, of course.

    * * * SPOILER WARNING!! * * *

    If you haven't read all of the OUTLANDER and Lord John books and stories, you will find Major Spoilers below! Read at your own risk.









    A for Ardsmuir Prison, where Lord John served as Governor, and where he first formed a tentative friendship with Jamie Fraser.

    B for Blurter. John has a habit of impulsively blurting out things he shouldn't, particularly under stress.
    "I did not come with the intention of seducing your husband, I assure you,” he said.

    “John!” Jamie’s fist struck the table with a force that rattled the teacups. His cheekbones were flushed dark red, and he was scowling with embarrassed fury.

    “Sorry.” Grey, by contrast, had gone white, though he remained otherwise visibly unruffled. It occurred to me for the first time that he might possibly be as unnerved as Jamie by this meeting.

    “My apologies, ma’am,” he said, with a curt nod in my direction. “That was unforgivable."
    (From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 25, "Enter a Serpent". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    C for Crefeld, the site of the battle where Lord John was badly injured by an exploding cannon. Also Claire, of course.

    D for Dueling. We've seen Lord John fight two duels, in "The Custom of the Army" and THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, and in both cases those duels had consequences that he could not have foreseen.

    E for the Electric-Eel party that Lord John attended in "The Custom of the Army".

    F for Friendship.  Lord John values his relationships with his friends, from Harry Quarry to Stephan von Namtzen to Brianna, but above all with Jamie Fraser.  Even after the disastrous chess game at Ardsmuir, when Jamie did everything he could to sever their relationship, John still acted as a friend:
    And he had not done it for revenge or from indecent motives, for he never gloated, made no advances; never said anything beyond the most commonplace civilities. No, he had brought Jamie here because it was the best he could do; unable simply to release him at the time, Grey had done his best to ease the conditions of captivity--by giving him air, and light, and horses.

    (From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 16, "Willie". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    I love watching the evolution of Jamie and Lord John's relationship over the course of the series, and I was fascinated to see how they gradually healed their friendship in THE SCOTTISH PRISONER. (If you haven't read that book, I highly recommend it!)

    G for the Graf von Erdberg, aka Stephan von Namtzen, Lord John's good friend.

    H for his elder brother Hal. Hal may be a ruthless SOB, but the brothers love each other deeply. H is also for Lord John's sense of Honor, which is an essential aspect of his character.

    I for Isobel Dunsany, younger sister to Geneva, whom Lord John married shortly after Jamie left Helwater.

    J for James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, of course. Jamie's life has been inextricably intertwined with Lord John's for many years. But their relationship hasn't always been an easy one, to put it mildly!
    "You did forgive him, though," [Brianna] said quietly. "Why?"

    He sat up then, and shrugged, but didn't put away her hand.

    "I had to." He glanced at her, eyes straight and level. "I hated him for as long as I could. But then I realized that loving him ... that was part of me, and one of the best parts. It didn't matter that he couldn't love me, that had nothing to do with it. But if I could not forgive him, then I could not love him, and that part of me was gone. And I found eventually that I wanted it back."

    (From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 59, "Blackmail". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    Considering how tense and uncomfortable their relationship is at the end of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, I really hope that Jamie will come to a similar realization before too long, and forgive John.

    K for Kindness.  Lord John has gone out of his way to help Jamie and his family in many ways over the years, sending them gifts (vitriol and glass globes for Claire's ether-making, a set of toy soldiers for Jemmy, and so on) and even posing as Brianna's fiancĂ© for several months to protect her from Jocasta's efforts to marry her off.

    L for Loyalty.  John is extremely loyal to his family, to his friends, to the men in his regiment, and to his country.  That last will cause him some difficulty as the Revolutionary War progresses, as Jamie notes:
    Oh, God, and there was John. What could he say to his friend, when the time came? Convince him by logic and rhetoric to change his coat as well? He hissed through his teeth and shook his head in consternation, trying--and failing utterly--to envision John Grey, lifelong soldier, ex-Royal Governor, that very soul of loyalty and honor, suddenly declaring himself for rebellion and republic.

    (From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 41, "The Gun-Smith". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    I had to laugh, in MOHB, when John was forced by circumstances beyond his control to do just that. <g>

    M for Manoke, the Native American cook at Mt. Josiah plantation with whom John has had a long-term sexual relationship.
    "It is not merely the relief of necessary urges," he added pointedly, turning his head to meet my eyes. "There is true liking between us."

    (From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 95, "Numbness". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    N for his Nephews and Niece: Benjamin, Adam, Henry, and Dottie.

    O for his sexual Orientation. John's homosexuality is an integral part of his character, to be sure, but it does not define him. He's not a "gay character", he's a character who happens to be gay, and I think that distinction is important.  John is surprisingly comfortable with his sexuality, even though it was considered an unspeakable perversion, and a capital crime, in the 18th century.
    "Do you ever wish that you were ... not as you are?"

    The question took him by surprise--and yet he was somewhat more surprised to realize that he did not need to think about the answer.

    "No," he said.

    (From LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 19, "Pictures at an Exhibition". Copyright© 2007 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    P for Percy Wainwright.  Percy's betrayal hit John very hard, and even twenty years later, in ECHO, he still doesn't trust the man at all. P is also for Protection.  As Percy tells John in BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE, chapter 21: "You protect everyone, John--I don’t suppose you can help it.”

    Q for Quick-Witted.  Lord John is highly intelligent and a quick thinker, which makes him a good person to have around in a crisis.  Q is also for Harry Quarry, a loyal friend to both John and his brother Hal.

    R for Rationalist. Unlike many of the major characters in Diana Gabaldon's books, Lord John doesn't have a strong religious faith:
    Now and then he wished ardently that he had faith in a merciful God and an afterlife in which the dead might live on--Jamie Fraser had such faith; burned with it, in a way that excited both Grey’s curiosity and his envy. But Grey was a rationalist. He accepted the existence of God, but had no conviction of the nature of such a being, and no sense that his creator took a personal interest in him. Just as well, considering.

    (From LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 5, "Genius and Sub-Genius". Copyright© 2007 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    S for Soldier. Lord John was a soldier for most of his adult life.  I like the advice that he gives William in ECHO:
    "Orders,” he repeated. “You follow orders, of course; you have to. But there will be times when you have no orders, or find yourself in a situation which has changed suddenly. And there will be times--there will be times, William--when your own honor dictates that you cannot follow an order. In such circumstances, you must follow your own judgment, and be prepared to live with the consequences.”

    (From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 6, "Long Island". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    T for Tom Byrd, Lord John's valet, and one of the most memorable minor characters in Diana Gabaldon's books.

    U for Unrequited. It took John a long time to accept that his feelings of love for Jamie Fraser would never be reciprocated.
    "Do you know," he said again, softly, addressing his hands, "what it is to love someone, and never--never!--be able to give them peace, or joy, or happiness?”

    He looked up then, eyes filled with pain. “To know that you cannot give them happiness, not through any fault of yours or theirs, but only because you were not born the right person for them?"

    (From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 59, "In Which Much Is Revealed". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    V for Vocabulary. From the moment he first appeared as the sixteen-year-old William Grey in DRAGONFLY, calling Jamie a "poltroon" and an "unprincipled voluptuary", I have always found Lord John's choice of words highly entertaining, just as Bree does:
    "You say I do not know your feelings, which is undeniably true." He allowed a tinge of wryness to creep into his voice. "Whatever they are, though, they must be exigent, to cause you to contemplate such drastic expedients."

    A slow smile grew on her lips, spreading into her eyes.

    "I really like the way you talk," she said.

    (From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 62, "Three-Thirds of a Ghost". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    W for William, the bastard son of Jamie Fraser, whom John raised as his own son from the age of six.
    "So you see, there is no blood between us at all--and yet were any man to impugn my affection for him, or to say he is not my son, I would call him out on the instant for it."

    (From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 63, "Forgiveness". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    X for the eXplosion of the cannon during the battle of Crefeld in 1758, which nearly killed him.

    Y for Youngest.  As the youngest of the four Grey brothers, Lord John is free to pursue his own career and interests, in a way that his brother Hal cannot.

    Z for Zombies. Lord John's encounter with a zombie on Jamaica was unforgettable!
    Bloody hell, where was the man? If it was a man. For even as his mind reasserted its claim to reason, his more visceral faculties were recalling Rodrigo's parting statement: Zombie are dead people, sah. And whatever was here in the dark with him seemed to have been dead for several days, judging from its smell.

    He could hear the rustling of something moving quietly toward him. Was it breathing? He couldn't tell, for the rasp of his own breath, harsh in his throat, and the blood-thick hammering of his heart in his ears.

    (From "A Plague of Zombies" by Diana Gabaldon, in SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL. Copyright© 2011 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    I hope you enjoyed these! Here are the other posts in this series:

    ABC's of Jamie Fraser
    ABC's of Claire Fraser
    ABC's of Roger
    ABC's of Brianna
    ABC's of the OUTLANDER TV Series