Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!



Here are some Halloween-themed quotes from the OUTLANDER books.

This is one of my favorites from AN ECHO IN THE BONE:
Now there was nothing out there but the black of a moonless Highland night. The sort of night when Christians stayed indoors and put holy water on the doorposts, because the things that walked the moors and the high places were not always holy.

(From An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 72 ("The Feast of All Saints"). Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Claire and Roger on Halloween night, 1968:
"No, I never could sleep on All Hallows'. Not after all the stories my father told me; I always thought I could hear ghosts talking outside my window."

She smiled, coming into the firelight. "And what did they say?"

"'See'st thou this great gray head, with jaws which have no meat?' " Roger quoted. "You know the story? The little tailor who spent the night in a haunted church, and met the hungry ghost?"

"I do. I think if I'd heard that outside my window, I'd have spent the rest of the night hiding under the bedclothes."

(From Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 22 ("All Hallows' Eve"). Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Roger's thoughts, on the eve of Claire's departure through the stones to find Jamie:
Hallowe'en had always seemed to him a restless night, alive with waking spirits. Tonight was even more so, with the knowledge of what would happen in the morning. The jack o'lantern on the desk grinned in anticipation, filling the room with the homely scent of baking pies.

(From Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 22 ("All Hallows' Eve"). Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I couldn't resist including a bit of Duncan's ghost story here:
"He said it was a figure like a man, but with no body," Duncan said quietly. "All white, like as it might have been made of the mist. But wi' great holes where its eyes should be, and empty black, fit to draw the soul from his body with dread."

(From Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 1 ("A Hanging in Eden"). Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Even wee Jemmy is affected by stories of "things that go bump in the night".
"Scared? Of what?" A little more gently, she pulled the shirt off over his head.

"The ghost."

"What ghost?" she asked warily, not sure yet how to handle this. She was aware that all of the slaves at River Run believed implicitly in ghosts, simply as a fact of life. So did virtually all of the Scottish settlers in Cross Creek, Campbelton, and the Ridge. And the Germans from Salem and Bethania. So, for that matter, did her own father. She could not simply inform Jem that there was no such thing as a ghost--particularly as she was not entirely convinced of that herself.

"Maighistear arsaidh's ghost," he said, looking up at her for the first time, his dark blue eyes troubled. "Josh says he's been walkin'."

(From A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 99 ("Old Master"). Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Here's one of the creepiest moments in the whole series, in my opinion:
"We should go before moonrithe," she said softly. "She cometh out then."

An icy ripple ran straight up my spine, and Jamie jerked, head snapping round to look at the darkened house. The fire had gone out, and no one had thought to close the open door; it gaped like an empty eye socket.

"She who?" Jamie asked, a noticeable edge in his voice.

"Mary Ann," Mrs. Beardsley answered. "She was the latht one." There was no emphasis whatever in her voice; she sounded like a sleepwalker.

"The last what?" I asked.

"The latht wife," she replied, and picked up her reins. "She thtands under the rowan tree at moonrithe."

(From The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 29 ("One-Third of a Goat"). Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
And finally....I don't care how many times I've read this, it still sends a chill up my spine, every time.
"You asked me, Captain, if I were a witch," I said, my voice low and steady. "I'll answer you now. Witch I am. Witch, and I curse you. You will marry, Captain, and your wife will bear a child, but you shall not live to see your firstborn. I curse you with knowledge, Jack Randall--I give you the hour of your death."

(From Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 35 ("Wentworth Prison"). Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Australia and NZ tour information

Here are a couple of links I found with information on Diana Gabaldon's upcoming book-tour of New Zealand and Australia:

New Zealand (November 2-6) - scroll down on this page to see Diana's tour information

Australia (November 9-20)

I hope those of you Down Under find this information helpful. If anybody has any more details, feel free to post a comment here!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Upcoming Gabaldon short story

Diana Gabaldon is wrapping up the Canadian leg of her book-tour this weekend. She will be heading to Australia and New Zealand at the beginning of November.

You'd think she wouldn't have time to write anything at all, with all the traveling, book-signings, etc. Well, in fact, she is currently working on a short story about Roger MacKenzie's parents! This story, titled "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows", will be published in an anthology called SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

There is an excerpt from the story here.

I don't have any information on a publication date, but I will post here as soon as I hear something more definite. Diana is not quite done with the story, but hopes to have it finished soon.

In the meantime, if you want to comment on the story, or ask Diana about it, the thread on Compuserve is here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Claire!

Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday, Claire!

Happy Birthday to Claire Elizabeth Beauchamp Randall Fraser, who would be 91 years old today (October 20th).

I've been so busy lately that I completely lost track of what day it is, so I'm a little late in posting this, but I wouldn't want to let this day pass without comment. So, here are a few thoughts I had about Claire on the occasion of her last birthday:

What I Like About Claire

ECHO Audio CDs



My copy of the ECHO audio CDs finally arrived today! I probably won't start listening to them for a while (I'm taking a break from ECHO for a few days -- see below for details) but will load them on my iPod this week.

CROSS STITCH

Many thanks to Judy Lowstuter of Celtic Journeys Tours for sending me a copy of CROSS STITCH! I'd never seen the UK version of the book before, and I have really been enjoying all the little differences (subtle and not-so-subtle) between CROSS STITCH and OUTLANDER. When I'm finished reading it, I'll post my impressions here, including some of the more obvious changes, additions, and deletions.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Favorite quotes from ECHO

Here are some of my favorite quotes from AN ECHO IN THE BONE.

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All of the quotes below are taken from AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon. Copyright © 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.
“Would you care to explain to me exactly which aspects of plant inspection require a penis?” (Chapter 16, "Unarmed Conflict", p. 148)
I love this line. Go Bree!
"I am the son of a great man.”
The hook touched Jamie’s hand, hard and capable.
“I wish for nothing more.”
(Chapter 18, "Pulling Teeth", p. 182)
One of the best Fergus moments in the entire series. Just wonderful!
“Be careful, Sassenach,” he said, still grinning. “Ye dinna want to knock off any more pieces; ye’ll only have to stick them back on, aye?”
“Don’t bloody tempt me."
(Chapter 62, "One Just Man", p. 549)
I love it when Jamie teases Claire. But it's her reply that makes me laugh out loud.
“Ever heard of coup de foudre, Sassenach? It didna take me more than one good look at you.” (Chapter 68, "Despoiler", p. 602)
This is a terrific line. I hadn't heard the term before I read ECHO, but having looked up the definition, now I'm sure I won't ever forget it. Boy, is that ever appropriate!
“If you find out who she’s sleeping with and don’t tell me, I will kill you.”
(Chapter 78, "Old Debts", p. 671)
A reminder (as if we needed one!) that Claire is not a woman to be messed with.
“Where d’ye think he is now?” Jenny said suddenly. “Ian, I mean.”
He glanced at the house, then at the new grave waiting, but of course that wasn’t Ian anymore. He was panicked for a moment, his earlier emptiness returning—-but then it came to him, and, without surprise, he knew what it was Ian had said to him.
On your right, man.” On his right. Guarding his weak side.
“He’s just here,” he said to Jenny, nodding to the spot between them. “Where he belongs.”
(Chapter 84, "The Right of It", p. 712)
I just LOVE this bit, with the deliberate "echo" of Ian's line in DRAGONFLY, which has long been my favorite Ian quote of the whole series.
"Like forgiveness, it was not a thing once learned and then comfortably put aside but a matter of constant practice—-to accept the notion of one’s own mortality, and yet live fully, was a paradox worthy of Socrates."
(Chapter 94, "The Paths of Death", p. 774)
Diana has said, on Compuserve, that the one-word theme of this book is "mortality". I don't think that theme is stated as succinctly, or as eloquently, anywhere else in the book.
Fuirich agus chi thu.”
“What?” He stared at me.
“Gaelic,” I said, with a small, deep twinge. “It means ‘Wait and see.’”
(Chapter 98, "Mischianza", p. 794)
This is an inside joke that few people outside of Diana's section of the Compuserve Books and Writers Forum will understand. The explanation goes like this: One of Diana's favorite phrases, in response to questions, is "Wait and see." About a year ago, Cathy MacGregor posted the Gaelic translation of this phrase, and a number of us, including Diana, have been using "fuirich agus chi thu" in the discussions there ever since. I was delighted to see it in print!
"Something like a geyser rose up inside me and burst in my head, the spray of it sparkling with sunlight and diamonds."
(Chapter 102, "Bred in the Bone", p. 809)
I love this description.
“Thee is a wolf, too, and I know it. But thee is my wolf, and best thee know that.”
(Chapter 103, "The Hour of the Wolf", p. 814)
How wonderful for Ian that he's found a woman who loves and appreciates him for who he is! I thought this was just the right note on which to end the book.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Historical figures mentioned in ECHO

I'm always fascinated to see real historical figures mentioned in Diana Gabaldon's books, from Charles Stuart in DRAGONFLY, to Hermon Husband in THE FIERY CROSS, to Flora MacDonald in ABOSAA. So I thought I'd list a few of the historical persons in ECHO that I found interesting or significant.

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1) Nathan Hale - A number of people on Compuserve who live outside the U.S. were puzzled by the reference to Nathan Hale in ECHO (Chapter 20, "I Regret...", p. 212). Schoolchildren in the U.S. are routinely taught about Nathan Hale as the man whose famous last words before his execution were, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." I thought it was really interesting that Diana's portrayal of Hale's execution in ECHO avoided actually showing us Hale's last words, instead focusing on the details of the hanging, the protruding tongue and so on.

2) Joseph Brant - Despite the English name, Brant was a Mohawk, also known as Thayendanagea. I wonder if the painting below might be the same one mentioned in Chapter 14 ("Delicate Matters"), p. 129, that was hanging on the wall in the Beefsteak Club in London?



Brant himself, of course, is mentioned later in the book, in chapter 40 ("The Blessing of Bride and of Michael"), when Ian goes to visit Emily, who is living in Brant's house.

There's more about Joseph Brant (Thayendanagea) here.

3) Andrew Bell - Edinburgh printer, and co-founder of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Look here for some thoughts I posted about Jamie and Andy Bell on Compuserve recently, after re-reading Chapter 74 ("Twenty-Twenty"), where Jamie and Claire encounter him in Edinburgh. He's a fascinating character, and I had never heard of him before I read ECHO.

4) Major General Lord Charles Grey - mentioned briefly in Chapter 71, "A State of Conflict", p. 619, as a cousin of Lord John's. As I told Diana, my reaction to seeing his name was, "Sure, why not, everybody else in this book seems to be turning up long-lost relatives and obscure branches of their family tree!" <g>



Interestingly enough, Sir Charles Grey's eldest son was the Earl Grey for whom the tea is named.

5) John Hunter - He's described in the book as a distant cousin of Denny and Rachel Hunter, a famous physician under whom Denny studied in London. But he's also a well-known historical figure, one of the pioneers of modern surgery, and a fascinating character in his own right.



If you want to learn more about John Hunter, I would highly recommend Wendy Moore's THE KNIFE-MAN, a very entertaining and readable biography. (One interesting bit of trivia: Hunter kept a wolf-dog hybrid as a pet for many years. I think he would have got on well with Rollo. <g>)

6) Daniel Morgan - When I first encountered him in ECHO (Chapter 61, "No Better Companion Than the Rifle", p. 538), the realization that he was an actual historical figure who'd been flogged worse than Jamie left me literally open-mouthed with astonishment. Can you imagine living through a flogging of 499 lashes?! Wow. Daniel Morgan's attitude toward his scars clearly had a profound effect on Jamie in ECHO, and I found that very interesting.



7) Jane McCrea - the scalped woman depicted in chapter 55 ("Retreat"), p. 494. That was horrible, just horrible, to read about. Diana told me that Jane's fiance, David Jones, never married after her death.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

ECHO: Claire and Lord John (Part 2)

Below are some comments that I posted on Compuserve today, regarding the events in the last part of the book between Claire and Lord John.

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Some more of my reactions and thoughts on the Claire/Lord John situation:

Chapter 94 - "Paths of Death"

"Like forgiveness, it was not a thing once learned and then comfortably put aside but a matter of constant practice--to accept the notion of one's own mortality, and yet live fully, was a paradox worthy of Socrates." (p. 794)

I love this quote. <g> And if the theme of ECHO is indeed "mortality", then I don't think it's stated as succinctly or as eloquently anywhere else in the book.

"the flame of her his candle in the dark" - Wonderful image, and I can't believe I missed that the first time.

Twenty years later, and Jamie still feels guilty over his role in Geneva's death. I'm not a bit surprised. And I am just as intrigued as everybody else here about the nameless girl in France; can't wait to find out the details of that in the graphic novel. <g>

Interesting that the thought of Bree is what pulls Claire back from the brink of suicide. It's entirely appropriate for Claire to be thinking about her return after Culloden, the last time she'd felt this sort of despair. "There were those who needed me--or at least to whom I could be useful" (p. 775) -- to me, this has echoes <g> of Jamie's line in ABOSAA, "You must continue, for their sake, though you would not, for your own."

"my heart echoed in my ears with the doom of distant drums" - I like that.

Chapter 95 - "Numbness"

Claire's brief flashback ("Bruise me") on pp. 776-77 was intriguing. I could really feel her struggling to find some solidity, some anchor in a world spinning out of control. And of course Jamie has always been that anchor for her; it's only natural that she would reach out to him in an effort to sort of re-orient herself. And I see now (as I didn't, really, the first time, because I was reading much too fast) that she's longing for Jamie, with every fiber of her being. I also see, as I did not before, that she's really been drinking quite a lot. <g> (As has John, for that matter.)

And then, of course, she wakes to find that the world really HAS spun out of control. <g>

I get the fact that both of them were making love to Jamie, not to each other. Not sure Jamie will appreciate the, um, metaphysical aspects of that....but on the other hand, he just might. He and Claire have both had experience with making love to a ghost -- he in Laoghaire's bed, she in Frank's. Or Jamie with Mary MacNab, who wished only to keep Claire alive for him. I think Jamie and Claire will reconcile over this pretty quickly. Their marriage has survived much worse shocks.

The discussion of Jamie's offer to Lord John (p. 779) - "Selflessness does carry its own reward--for if I *had* taken him, that would have destroyed forever what did exist between us." He's right, of course; I'm thinking about Jamie's telling his own side of this story, where he tells Claire that if John had accepted his offer and Jamie had discovered his intentions re Willie to be less than honorable, "I should have broken his neck there by the lake." (ABOSAA chapter 9, "The Threshold of War", p. 70 in the hardcover)

I like this bit on p. 780 - "[I] so urgently wanted him to be Jamie that I had succeeded for an instant in thinking that he was, only to be crushed like a grape at the realization that he wasn't, all my soft insides spurting out." And I see another echo here, of the scene in ABOSAA where Claire wakes after her illness to find her hair gone: "Grief simply burst from me, like wine spraying from a wineskin stabbed with a knife." (ABOSAA chapter 64, "I am the Resurrection, Part 2", p. 565 in the hardcover)

I'm looking forward to hearing more about Manoke in "Custom of the Army", but as I've said before, I'm happy for Lord John that he's been able to have a long-term relationship like that. And I'm fascinated by the "white deer" story, which is something I completely missed on the first reading. I wonder if the Indians would consider the white deer to be Lord John's spirit animal (totem?) in the same way that Jamie's is the bear or Claire's the white raven? I think it's actually a very apt analogy for how I feel about Lord John's role in the main OUTLANDER books -- when he's there, I'm glad to see him, but I don't necessarily miss him when he's "off screen", so to speak, because I'm so caught up in the lives of the other characters.

So, all right. The shock is gradually fading. I'm starting to be able to see the situation from the characters' point of view. And taking the time to read this part through very slowly and write up my comments has helped a great deal to allow me to come to terms with what happened.

One final note: I finished the re-read this afternoon. Still don't care for the scene where Claire takes Lord John "in hand", but it's a minor point, all things considered. I finished the book thinking, "Awwww, that's sweet!" at the end (re the scene with Ian and Rachel), just like the first time. Despite all the MANY loose ends left hanging, I'm left feeling rather peaceful and contented.

ECHO: Claire and Lord John (Part 1)

Below are some comments that I posted on Compuserve earlier this week, regarding the events in the last part of the book between Claire and Lord John.

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Here are my reactions after re-reading Chapter 93 ("A Series of Short, Sharp Shocks"). And I should preface this by saying, I really, really disliked the Claire-marrying-Lord-John subplot the first time I read it. (And said so, in no uncertain terms, to Diana when I first read it, and again on Compuserve recently.) The comments below are from my first re-read, when I made a deliberate effort to go as slowly and carefully through this part of the book as I could manage, and try to keep an open mind.

All right. I made it through this chapter, with my equanimity still intact. Some things I see now, that I didn't before:

Lord John is obviously shattered by the news. Walking the streets for hours (p. 769) - we know from BOTB that he walks like that when he's in shock, or when he needs time to think (after Percy's betrayal, for example).

"[Lord John] wasn't in the habit of lying to himself." (p. 770) - He knows perfectly well what he's feeling and why. Unlike Claire, he doesn't seem to spend any time in denial (or maybe he did, and we didn't see it?)

"But now he'd lost himself." That's a line I did not notice on the first reading, and I think it's significant. Is his relationship with Jamie Fraser so critical to his own self-image, to his own sense of who he is, that losing Jamie really means he's lost HIMSELF? If we were speaking of Claire, I'd say yes, instantly, with no reservations. It surprises me a little that John also feels that way. I knew he loved Jamie, of course, but I didn't realize before that his feelings ran that deep.

I suppose I always felt that Claire loved Jamie more than Lord John did, but I see now that I may have been letting my own feelings get in the way, reading something into the (overall) story that isn't, in fact, there. Now I'm beginning to grasp -- for the first time -- that Lord John might well love Jamie just as much as Claire does. That's not a thought I've been willing to entertain until now. Partly from sheer stubbornness, I suppose <g>, because I love Jamie and Claire's relationship SO much that I tend to resist -- strongly -- the notion that anyone else could love Jamie as much as Claire does. I think that's one reason why I reacted SO negatively to this storyline the first time, before I even got to the sex scene.

And it's not as though I don't KNOW how many times John has demonstrated his love for Jamie, his willingness to do absolutely anything he could for both Jamie and Jamie's family. Sending Jamie to Helwater in the first place, taking Willie to raise as his own son, looking after Brianna in DRUMS when Jamie could not, the many gifts he's sent them over the years, etc. I knew all that, and I STILL didn't believe that Lord John could possibly love Jamie as much as Claire does. Now, I'm wavering. I'm starting to see it. And I think I might be willing to be convinced.

Oh, and speaking of gifts -- about that medical chest. Reading the scene again this evening (pp. 772-773), I can see that from Lord John's point of view, this is (as many people on Compuserve have said) a touching example of his thoughtfulness, trying to give Claire what she needs for her medical practice. Somebody brought up the parallel of Lord John at Ardsmuir, giving Jamie "light and air and horses", and I do agree with that, now that I've taken the time to read this part in a calmer frame of mind (and, more importantly, to see the situation from Lord John's point of view rather than my own!)

As for the idea of Lord John marrying Claire in the first place, I still don't like it, but I do see the necessity of it, given the situation (and as I said before, I do see the parallel between Claire being forced to wed Jamie to escape BJR, and Claire being forced to wed Lord John to escape arrest).

Sorry to go on at such length, but I thought I owed it to Diana, in particular, to try to give a fairly detailed explanation of what I'm seeing on the re-read. I think the discussions on Compuserve are helping, immensely, to put these events into perspective.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

More good news about ECHO

Diana had this to say on Compuserve today when I asked her how the sales of AN ECHO IN THE BONE compare with those of A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES upon its publication in 2005:
It's been selling 93% _more_ than ABOSA--which has the NY publisher drop-jawed, because most authors' sales are down anywhere from 10-30%. They're scrambling to reprint and ship more copies--aggravating to have demand, and nothing to fill it with.
Isn't that fantastic news?! It sounds like all of our efforts to get the word out about this terrific book are paying off, big-time!

ECHO is #1 in New Zealand!

Diana just reported on Compuserve that AN ECHO IN THE BONE has knocked Dan Brown's THE LOST SYMBOL out of the #1 spot on the best-seller list in New Zealand.

Go Kiwis! <g>

I am slowly making my way through my first re-read of ECHO. Stopped last night about sixty pages from the end. I will be very interested to see if my reaction to the events of the last few chapters changes much on the second time through. I suspect it very well might, since I was in a state of shock the first time, and there has been a TREMENDOUS amount of discussion on Compuserve about the last part of the book, which is really helping me to put those events in perspective.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

ECHO makes the NYT bestseller list!

Diana Gabaldon's AN ECHO IN THE BONE debuts this week at number 2 on the New York Times hardcover fiction best-seller list!

Dan Brown's THE LOST SYMBOL is still, unfortunately, in first place, but given the immense number of copies in print, that seems inevitable. Even Diana predicted, months ago, that she wouldn't have a chance of making #1 this time. Which is really a shame.

The capsule description of ECHO in the NYT listing is as follows:

AN ECHO IN THE BONE, by Diana Gabaldon. (Delacorte, $30.) Jamie Fraser and his time-traveling wife, Claire, encounter pirates on the high seas; the seventh Outlander novel.
Pirates on the high seas?! That covers maybe two chapters of the entire book. Granted, it's difficult to describe a book like this in one sentence, but I would have said something about the Revolution instead.

Congratulations Diana!!

UPDATE 10/3/2009 6:32 am: You can see Diana's reaction on Compuserve here.

Audio version of ECHO


I just found out that the audio version of Diana Gabaldon's latest novel, AN ECHO IN THE BONE, is now available for download from audible.com. (Thanks to metpatpetet on Compuserve for letting us know!) This is an UNABRIDGED recording, narrated by Davina Porter. Click on the picture above to go to the download page.

I am still waiting for my copy of the audio CDs which I ordered from Amazon. They are saying "temporarily out of stock", which is understandable since even the Recorded Books web site says it won't be available until October 20. Oh, well. I can wait. I'm not anywhere near ready to start listening to the audio version anyway (being about 3/4 of the way through the book now on my first re-read).

By the way, in case you're wondering, the Recorded Books site says ECHO will use 40 CDs and will have a total running time of 46.25 hours. So it will be just a bit longer than DRUMS OF AUTUMN. I'm happy about that.

If any of you have a chance to listen to ECHO, I'll be very interested to hear what you think!

UPDATE 10/20/2009: My copy of the ECHO CDs arrived today! I probably won't listen to them for a little while yet, but I'm glad to have them.

Videos from Diana's book-signing

Here are some YouTube videos of Diana Gabaldon's appearance in Columbia, Maryland, on September 29, 2009. Thanks very much to Nikki Rowe on Compuserve for letting me know about this!

Part 1 (I'm in this one, about halfway back, waiting in the signing line)

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

And just when I thought it couldn't get any better....on Thursday Diana posted this on Compuserve:

It was a GREAT thrill to meet you in person! Like I said, I kept noticing you in the audience while I was talking, and thinking, "I must know that person, she looks _so_ familiar..." <g> I'm so pleased that they sent me somewhere close enough to you to see you.

SHE was thrilled to meet ME?!? Imagine that. I'm more than a little overwhelmed to hear it.

If you want to see the whole discussion on Compuserve, go here.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

September poll results

Here are the results of the September poll. A total of 302 people responded, which is the most I've seen for any poll I've done so far. Thanks very much to all of you who participated!

How long have you been reading Diana Gabaldon's books?

  • 22.8% - 2-5 years
  • 18.2% - 5-10 years
  • 15.9% - 10-15 years
  • 11.9% - 6 months to a year
  • 11.6% - 1-2 years
  • 9.3% - 15-18 years
  • 7.0% - Less than 6 months
  • 3.3% - I haven't yet read any of Diana Gabaldon's books
I didn't vote in this poll myself, but if I had, I would have fallen into the "2-5 years" category. It will be three years for me in late November.

Please take a moment to vote in the October poll. You may want to wait until you've finished AN ECHO IN THE BONE before you vote, however!

I also wanted to mention that I've updated the "Notable Dates This Month" to include some events from ECHO. If you haven't yet finished the book, you may encounter spoilers in that list!