Sunday, March 1, 2009

February poll results, and a little news

February Poll Results

Here are the results of the February poll. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

What's your favorite romantic quote from the books?

44.7% - FIERY CROSS (look here for some comments by Diana about the inspiration for this particular quote):

"When the day shall come, that we do part....if my last words are not 'I love you'--ye'll ken it was because I didna have time."

(From The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 111 ("And Yet Go Out to Meet It"). Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

18.4% - DRUMS OF AUTUMN:

"And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours. Claire--I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you."

(From Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 16 ("The First Law of Thermodynamics"). Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

11.4% - OUTLANDER:

"Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone. I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done."

(From Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 14 ("A Marriage Takes Place"). Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

11.4% - ABOSAA:

"Claire," he said, quite gently," it *was* you. It's always been you, and it always will be."

(From A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 31 ("And So To Bed"). Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

7.9% - VOYAGER:

"I have burned for you for twenty years, Sassenach," he said softly. "Do ye not know that?"

(From Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 25 ("House of Joy"). Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

3.5% - DRAGONFLY:

"I do not know if the wound is mortal, but Claire--I do feel my heart's blood leave me, when I look at you."

(From Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 29 ("To Grasp the Nettle"). Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

2.6% - Other

I hope you'll vote in the March poll, which is all about one of my favorite addictions, the OUTLANDER audiobooks. <g>

Panalba

You may have seen the recent announcement on Diana's blog regarding a new web site called Panalba, which is devoted to All Things Scottish.

The site is currently in beta testing mode, which means that you need to send an email to the site administrator in order to request access. I was rather put off by this, and waited most of a week before I finally gave in and submitted my request, at the urging of a number of people on Compuserve who'd seen the site and had positive things to say about it. But the request was approved pretty quickly, so the process does seem to work.

I'm glad I did finally decide to sign up. It looks like a very interesting and informative site, and Diana has written two articles for it so far. The more recent of the two is a fascinating (and humorous) look at Scots and Gaelic as they're spoken in Scotland.

ECHO Countdown Clock

You may have noticed the countdown clock I've added to my site, showing the number of days left until the publication of AN ECHO IN THE BONE. The rumor (based on what Diana has said on Compuserve and on her blog) is that the date will be September 22, 2009, but we still haven't seen any official announcement of that date on her web site, so I suppose it's possible that it might change.

At any rate, I hope you like the countdown. It's synchronized to the same date and time as the one on the LOL Books Board (many thanks to Judie at LOL for posting her version, which turned out to be more accurate than mine!), which is 9 am ET on 9/22/09. (Less than seven months now, can you believe it?)

3 comments:

Karen Henry said...

It's been brought to my attention (thanks Kristina!) that I neglected to provide an option in the March poll for people who intend to listen to the audiobooks some day but haven't yet gotten around to actually doing it. <g> Sorry. That's my personal biases showing, I suppose.

If you fall into this category, my advice to you is to choose that last option in the poll, the idea being that you won't really understand what all the fuss is about until you've listened to at least one of the audiobooks.

Karen

Jari Backman said...

Dear Karen,
Great poll and already an amazing amount of votes (47 and 27 days to go <g>).

It isn't relevant for the poll, but I think that also ABOSA is within the 10 year grace period, so people outside US have no way to get them directly. Of course I am talking about the one and only real version, the unabridged.

Karen Henry said...

Jari:

Thanks for pointing that out! I'm always confused about the licensing for the unabridged version of ABOSAA, because I got my copy from Amazon, and I just figure that everyone around the world can do the same. I'm listening to ABOSAA myself at the moment (hoping to finish up this weekend!)

I do think it's a shame that more people around the world don't have access to FC and ABOSAA unabridged. And I was glad to hear Diana say a few months ago that the audio version of ECHO will not have those same licensing restrictions.

Karen