Tuesday, August 7, 2018

SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL is out in paperback!

Diana Gabaldon's story collection, SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL, is now available in trade paperback format (that's the large size paperback) in the US!

You can order here:

Barnes & Noble
Poisoned Pen (autographed copies)

SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL is a collection of seven novellas that take place in the OUTLANDER universe:

"The Custom of the Army"
"A Plague of Zombies"
"A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"
"The Space Between"
"A Fugitive Green"

The first five of these stories were previously published in other anthologies and as standalone e-books, but "A Fugitive Green" and "Besieged" are available only in this collection.

For more information about this book, see my SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL FAQ page.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

OUTLANDER Season 4 premieres November 4!

STARZ released a new promo video on Facebook yesterday, similar to the Season 4 trailer we saw a few days ago. At the very end of the video, it clearly shows a premiere date of November 4.

We have known for a long time that Season 4 would premiere in November, but the exact date has been a matter for speculation until now.  I should point out that this date has not yet been confirmed in a press release or any other official announcement by STARZ, and nothing has been announced on the official OUTLANDER Facebook or Twitter accounts. The only evidence we have of this date is in the video on the STARZ Facebook page.

But assuming that this does turn out to be the real premiere date, that means we only have three more months to wait until #Droughtlander will finally be over!

Friday, August 3, 2018

STARZ TV tie-in paperback edition of DRUMS OF AUTUMN will be out Oct. 16

The STARZ TV tie-in paperback edition of DRUMS OF AUTUMN will be released in the US on October 16, 2018.

Like the previous STARZ tie-in editions, this paperback will presumably feature the actors from the TV series on the cover, but the text of the book will be the same.

They haven't released the cover art yet -- I expect that will come with a suitable amount of fanfare sometime in the next few weeks, when they announce the Season 4 "key art" and begin advertising the show all over the place -- but the pre-order links are available if you're interested.


Barnes & Noble

Poisoned Pen (autographed copies -- this is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore, and they ship all over the world)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Who is your favorite villain in the OUTLANDER series?

The August poll on Outlandish Observations asks the question, "Who is your favorite villain in the OUTLANDER series?"

Please note, by "favorite", I don't necessarily mean the one you like the best. It could be a character you love to hate, or the character who makes the most effective antagonist in the story, or the one who makes you mutter, "Go AWAY!" when you see him on the screen in the TV series. (That last reaction is how I feel whenever Black Jack Randall appears.) You get the idea, I'm sure.

Please take a moment to vote, and feel free to leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page explaining your choice. Thanks!

July poll results

Here are the results of the July poll, which asked the question, "What do you think of the Lord John books and stories?"

There were 604 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!
  • 30.79% - I love them!
  • 17.72% - I enjoy them, but I prefer to read about Jamie and Claire.
  • 11.26% - They add a lot of depth to his character.
  • 11.09% - They're an integral part of the overall series.
  • 6.95% - I started reading them after seeing what a major role he played in the main OUTLANDER series.
  • 5.46% - I'm not interested in reading them.
  • 5.13% - I haven't read any of them yet, but I'm planning to.
  • 3.31% - I think they're boring.
  • 2.81% - I like seeing a different side of 18th century life than we get in the OUTLANDER books.
  • 0.99% - I wish Diana would quit writing about him.
  • 0.99% - I'm not interested in reading about a gay character.
  • 0.66% - I'm new to OUTLANDER and haven't encountered Lord John yet.
  • 2.84% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • I want to finish the outlander series before i'll consider lord johns series
  • He and Jamie are my favs.
  • They add depth to all of the characters and their relationships
  • 3, 4, 5, 6
  • I haven't read them and don't know if I will.
  • I love them/him AND they add a lot of depth to his character.
  • I loved Scottish Prisoner but the others are just a soso like.
  • liked some, not others as much
  • I LOVE HIM !!!! Way better than Jamie and Claire. He's outstanding! The Best!!!
  • Read some, don't care for them
  • another view into choices of human sexuality
  • insight into his character...and integral part ❤️
  • Fell in love with the character from the get-go.
  • Just never picked them up.
  • Absolutely love them! Wish there were more!!!
  • I love them, the added depth & want more LJ!
  • I only read the ones with Jamie in them.
Please take a moment to vote in the August poll, which asks, "Who is your favorite villain in the OUTLANDER series?"

Monday, July 30, 2018

New Season 4 trailer! (SPOILERS)

At long last, here's a brand-new OUTLANDER Season 4 trailer!

There are SPOILERS in this trailer if you haven't read DRUMS OF AUTUMN (Book 4 of the OUTLANDER series).

I think it looks great, very intriguing, promising plenty of action and suspense. I liked seeing Otter-Tooth's skull.

Season 4 premieres in November and I can't wait!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Finished the series...again!

I finished listening to the audiobook of Diana Gabaldon's WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD last night, wrapping up my latest "re-listen" of the OUTLANDER series.

This is approximately my 20th time through the OUTLANDER books since November 2006.  I mostly listen to the audiobooks rather than reading print or e-book editions, because the audio versions force you to really slow down and pay attention to the details. I pick up new little details on every re-listen.  And besides, Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator! She does a terrific job with all the voices and accents.

It takes me a long time to get through the whole series, but this last re-listen took much longer than usual.  Looking through my iTunes library, I see that I started listening to OUTLANDER on August 4, 2016, so it's taken me almost exactly two years.

I took a long break from late August-November 2016 (my dad passed away in September of that year), and again in the fall of 2017 while Season 3 was in progress, but otherwise I maintained my habit of listening for 30 minutes to an hour most days.

In between the Big Books, I also listened to THE SCOTTISH PRISONER and all of the stories in SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL.

That's at least 400 hours of listening, spread over two years.

I will probably take another break from the audiobooks before I start over again with OUTLANDER. I always need some time to decompress after I finish the series.

What about the rest of you?  Any other audiobook-addicts or compulsive re-readers of the OUTLANDER books out there?