Saturday, November 28, 2015

What's your favorite gift in Diana Gabaldon's books?

Now that the holiday season is here, I thought it might be fun to talk about our favorite gifts from the OUTLANDER and Lord John books.

Here are my top three:



Claire's silver wedding ring (book version), available here.



Claire's pearl necklace (The one pictured above comes from Hamilton & Young.)



The medical chest Jamie gives Claire in DRUMS OF AUTUMN.

There are so many other wonderful gifts in the books:
  • The "vrooms" Roger makes for the children
  • Adso the kitten
  • Fergus's last name
  • Brianna's photos
  • The cherrywood snake Jamie's brother made for him
  • The rosary Jamie gave Willie as a farewell gift
  • Hugh Munro's dragonfly in amber
  • The poison ivy bouquet
  • The bracelet Roger gave to Bree
  • etc.
What are some of your favorites?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of the upcoming holiday, here are some Thanksgiving-themed quotes from the OUTLANDER books. This has become an annual tradition here on Outlandish Observations, and I hope you enjoy them!

*** SPOILER WARNING! *** If you haven't read all of the OUTLANDER books, you will encounter spoilers below! Read at your own risk.



1) Roger and Brianna, hunting turkeys:
"What a thing," he said. He held it at arm's length to drain, admiring the vivid reds and blues of the bare, warty head and dangling wattle. "I don't think I've ever seen one, save roasted on a platter, with chestnut dressing and roast potatoes."

He looked from the turkey to her with great respect, and nodded at the gun.

"That's great shooting, Bree."

She felt her cheeks flush with pleasure, and restrained the urge to say, "Aw, shucks, it warn't nothin'," settling instead for a simple, "Thanks."

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 20, "Shooting Lessons". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I love this scene, especially for Roger's reaction. He's a little taken aback by her shooting skills, but his ego doesn't seem to be threatened by the fact that she's better at hunting (providing food for the family) than he is.



2) Claire and Jamie receiving gifts from the local Native Americans, very much in the spirit of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving:
Once the official introductions were over, Nacognaweto motioned to Berthe, who obediently brought out the large bundle she had carried, and opened it at my feet, displaying a large basket of orange and green-striped squash, a string of dried fish, a smaller basket of yams, and a huge pile of Indian corn, shucked and dried on the cob.

“My God,” I murmured. “The return of Squanto!”

Everyone gave me a blank look, and I hastened to smile and make exclamations--thoroughly heartfelt--of joy and pleasure over the gifts. It might not get us through the whole winter, but it was enough to augment our diet for a good two months.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 20, "The White Raven". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


3) Jocasta and Duncan's wedding feast:
"Can ye not decide where to begin, Sassenach?" He reached down and took the empty wineglass from her hand, taking advantage of the movement to come close against her back, feeling the warmth of her through his clothes.

She laughed, and swayed back against him, leaning on his arm. She smelled faintly of rice powder and warm skin, with the scent of rose hips in her hair.

"I'm not even terribly hungry. I was just counting the jellies and preserves. There are thirty-seven different ones--unless I've missed my count."

He spared a glance for the table, which did indeed hold a bewildering array of silver dishes, porcelain bowls, and wooden platters, groaning with more food than would feed a Highland village for a month.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 46, "Quicksilver". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Most major holiday dinners give me this same feeling, although I can't say I've ever seen thirty-seven different varieties of *anything* at one meal before. <g>



4) The "hearth blessing" on Fraser's Ridge:
We blessed the hearth two days later, standing in the wall-less cabin. Myers had removed his hat, from respect, and Ian had washed his face. Rollo was present, too, as was the small white pig, who was required to attend as the personification of our "flocks," despite her objections; the pig saw no point in being removed from her meal of acorns to participate in a ritual so notably lacking in food.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 19, "Hearth Blessing". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Considering how successful that little homestead on the Ridge would prove to be, I think there must have been something extra-powerful in that blessing. <g> And I love the mention of the little white piglet, who will grow up to become the infamous White Sow. If this blessing was intended to ensure fertility on the part of that sow, it succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.



5) The Selkirk Grace:
[Hamish] glared round the table to insure that everyone was in a properly reverential attitude before bowing his own head. Satisfied, he intoned,

"Some hae meat that canna eat,
And some could eat that want it.
We hae meat, and we can eat,
And so may God be thankit.
Amen."

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 6, "Colum's Hall". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Happy Thanksgiving! (And to those of you outside the U.S., best wishes for the holiday season.)  If you're looking for OUTLANDER-related food ideas, check out this OUTLANDER Thanksgiving Feast posted by Theresa of Outlander Kitchen!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nine years!

Nine years ago this week, I started reading OUTLANDER, and my life changed forever, in more ways than I can count.

Here's the story of how I found Diana Gabaldon's books.

Diana often says that these are "word-of-mouth" books, but that's not true in my case. I had never heard of the series or its author, I knew no one else who had read the books, and I knew nothing at all about the plot or the characters in advance.  I found OUTLANDER completely by accident, browsing in a Barnes & Noble bookstore sometime in the fall of 2006.



It was the small-size (mass-market) paperback edition. I remember it was on a rack at the end of one of the aisles, or I probably would never have noticed it. My eye was caught by the striking blue color of the cover, and I picked it up (a little startled by the size of it, but not at all put off -- I like Big Fat Historical Novels, and always have) and briefly glanced through it.
Time-travel...that's good, I'm always up for a decent time-travel story. Hmm...Scotland? That could be interesting. BUT...it starts in 1945, and the main character is an Englishwoman. Is the author British too? Probably.* I often find British novels hard to get into, especially if they take place that far in the past [and by that I meant the 1940's, not the 18th century!]. Am I going to be able to, you know, relate to these characters? **
And so I put it back on the rack. Walked out of the store, and promptly forgot the author's name (quite unintentionally) ***. But I hadn't forgotten about the book, by any means, and I promised myself that if and when I ever saw it again, I'd give it a closer look.

A couple of months went by, and then I finally did find OUTLANDER again. I still hesitated (my thought at the time was, it's an awfully big book to buy if you're not sure ahead of time if you'll like it or not). So I went home without buying it, again, and with the name of the book and the author firmly fixed in my memory this time, looked up the Amazon reviews. (Lots of talk in there about the Wentworth scenes, but I'd already had a bit of warning about that, having flipped through the book in the bookstore. The first bit of a scene I read was the part where Jamie tells Claire about the fortress inside him, so I knew something awful was going to happen to him. But I had no idea just how devastating it would be. Not a clue.)

I was still wavering, undecided, and then I got a B&N gift card for my birthday. And I figured, why not? <g>  Within a few pages, I was hooked! I devoured the first six books (ECHO and MOHB hadn't yet been published) in only about five weeks, then immediately started over, and I have been in a more-or-less continual state of re-reading or re-listening to the books ever since.

HUGE thanks to Diana Gabaldon for creating this amazing story, and for her support and encouragement over the last few years!

* It took me a LONG time to learn otherwise. For those of you who don't know, Diana was born and raised in Arizona, and currently lives in Scottsdale, AZ.

** Mea culpa #1. This particular thought makes me want to go back in time and slap myself. <g>

*** Mea culpa #2. I would have been hooked several months earlier if I'd just bought the darn book the first time I saw it! <wry g>

#FranceNeedsOutlander Twitter party rescheduled for Dec. 7

OUTLANDER France announced today that the #FranceNeedsOutlander Twitter campaign, postponed due to the terrorist attacks in Paris, has been rescheduled for Monday, December 7.

As some of you may know, the OUTLANDER TV series is still not available in France. :-(

French fans have been waiting for a very long time for news about which TV channel will carry the series, but so far they've heard nothing. You can imagine how frustrating that is for them, when OUTLANDER is being broadcast all over the world, including in many parts of Europe. There will even be a French version available in Canada, starting in January 2016.  But in France itself....?  RIEN!



So the French fans have decided to hold a Twitter campaign to raise awareness and hopefully catch the attention of the TV network executives in France.

If you're on Twitter, please tag your tweets with #FranceNeedsOutlander on Monday, December 7, from 6-8pm France time (that's noon-2pm ET, 9am-11am PT, 5pm-7pm in the UK).

For more information, see the announcement here.

Please help spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks!

Friday, November 20, 2015

OUTLANDER 12 Days of Christmas

Check this out!  I think it's hilarious.



OUTLANDER: 12 Days of Christmas

Thursday, November 19, 2015

What are you looking forward to in Season 2?



What are you most looking forward to seeing in Season 2 of the OUTLANDER TV series?

* * * S P O I L E R  W A R N I N G!! * * *

If you haven't yet read Diana Gabaldon's DRAGONFLY IN AMBER (Book 2 of the OUTLANDER series), you will find MAJOR SPOILERS below! Read at your own risk!

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Which characters introduced in DRAGONFLY IN AMBER are you really excited about getting to see on TV?  For me, that list would include the young Lord John, Mother Hildegarde, Master Raymond, and Fergus.

Which scenes from DRAGONFLY are you looking forward to the most, and why?  Personally, I can't wait to see:
  • Jamie and Claire's reunion after the miscarriage
  • Jamie in the brothel with a "verra large sausage" <g>
  • The French court at Versailles -- I'm sure the costumes will be amazing!
  • The whole sequence involving the 16-year-old Lord John at Prestonpans
Of course there are scenes I'm dreading, too.  It's going to be really tough to say goodbye to Rupert, Murtagh, and Dougal at the end of Season 2.  And I'm 100% positive that the farewell scenes at Craigh na Dun will leave us in floods of tears -- but I don't want to think too much about that just yet!

What about the rest of you?  Which scenes, characters, locations, etc., are you looking forward to the most in Season 2, and why? Please leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Davina Porter wins an award for MOHB!



Davina Porter has won a 2015 Voice Arts Award for her audiobook narration of Diana Gabaldon's WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD!

From the Recorded Books blog post announcing the winners:
Created by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences as part of the That’s Voiceover! Conference, the Voice Arts Awards is an international competition showcasing the best work in professional voiceover acting, creative direction and communications for advertising, audiobook narration, movie trailers, video gaming, animation, television, radio and casting realms.
Congratulations, Davina!

The audiobook of WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD is available for download here. I highly recommend it, and all the other OUTLANDER audiobooks.

Monday, November 16, 2015

OUTLANDER Pop! Photography on Instagram

I'm sure many of you have seen the little Pop! Vinyl OUTLANDER figures from Funko.

I just discovered an Instagram account where a fan has been posting some very clever recreations of scenes from the OUTLANDER TV series, featuring the Pop! figures.

OUTLANDER Pop! Photography



Here, for example, is the scene from Episode 102 ("Castle Leoch") where Claire takes a basket of food out to Jamie in the stables.

You can see the whole collection here. Some of these photos are hilarious!

Happy Birthday to a 98-year-old OUTLANDER fan!



This is Grandma Meister, who is celebrating her 98th birthday today.  She's one of the oldest living OUTLANDER fans in the world!

I don't know her personally, but her daughter-in-law, Maryann, submitted this photo as part of the Droughtlander Photo Contest, with the following description:
This is Grandma Meister who will be celebrating her 98th birthday on November 16 (born in 1917).  Could she possibly be the oldest current Outlander reader on the planet?  Reading is going a little slow since she also loves softball and baseball and the playoffs and World Series are getting in the way. Grandma Meister is my mother-in-law and is well-known across the country as she used to travel up until last year following a high school aged girls' softball team and would often be seen cheering in her wheelchair all over the country. She was, and still is, quite a wild one in her day.
Please join me in wishing Grandma Meister a very happy birthday! If you're on Twitter, you can send birthday greetings to @jerseyinferno.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Have you ever done this?

Browsing in Barnes & Noble yesterday, I spotted a display of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER books that looked very much like this. (Photo by _booksandsuch_ on Instagram.)



What's wrong with this picture? Well, as any diehard fan of the series will tell you, the books are out of order!  It bothered me enough that I took the time to carefully rearrange the books on the display rack to put them in order of publication.

Have you ever done that with Diana Gabaldon's books, in a bookstore or library?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

More Season 2 casting news!

Here's the latest OUTLANDER Season 2 casting news!



1) Scottish actor Clive Russell will play Jamie's grandfather, Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat, aka the "Old Fox".  Some of you may remember Russell from GAME OF THRONES, where he played Brynden 'Blackfish' Tully.



Here's the famous Hogarth engraving of Lord Lovat in 1747, just prior to his execution, just for comparison purposes. (Click on the photo for a bigger view.)



2) Sixteen-year-old Oscar Kennedy will play the young Lord John Grey.

I'm really glad that they didn't cast an older actor and attempt to age him "down" to 16.

The character's name is listed as "William Grey" on the Episode 209 IMDB page, which is consistent with the way he's referred to in DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. But this is definitely the young Lord John!  If you find this confusing, it may help if you think of "William Grey" as an alias of sorts, as Diana Gabaldon explained in a post on Compuserve from 2009:
Lord John did _not_ announce that he was Lord John Grey--but rather hastily gave his middle name, as simple "William Grey", presumably to keep this barbarian Highlander from realizing that he'd snared a member of the aristocracy, who might be held to ransom or otherwise be of (unpleasant) interest.
Having said that, it's true that Diana changed the character's name when she wrote VOYAGER:
He was originally called William; however, I very much wanted to name Jamie's son Willie, and--with Jamie's older brother having the same name--I thought that would be too many Williams in a small space, so I changed Lord William to Lord John, as unobtrusively as I could.

(From THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION by Diana Gabaldon, p. 399. Copyright© 1999 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I have complete faith in the casting people. I'm sure Oscar Kennedy will do fine, and if and when we get to Season 3 <crossing fingers>, they'll find just the right person to play the older Lord John.

(Please note: we still have no information on Brianna or Roger's casting. I promise I'll post here as soon as I hear anything.)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Have you ever been to Scotland?

This month's poll asks the question, "Have you ever been to Scotland?"

I went on Judy Lowstuter's Celtic Journeys OUTLANDER Tour in 2012, along with my mom and my sister and a group of other OUTLANDER fans, and had a fabulous time! You can see my blog posts about the trip here. It really was the trip of a lifetime for me, and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to go! (The photo of me below was taken at Culloden.)



What about the rest of you? Do you live in Scotland? Is a trip to Scotland on your bucket list? If you've been there before, would you like to go again? Have you visited any of the locations used in the filming of the OUTLANDER TV series, such as Castle Doune?

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

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Results of the Droughtlander Photo Contest!

I'm delighted to announce the results of the Droughtlander Photo Contest! I received a total of 150 photos, from all over the world (including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, UK, and the US).

Thanks SO much to everyone who sent in photos! I think they're all terrific! Here is a collage of the contest photos. Click on the individual photos to enlarge them. (This is just to give you a quick glimpse of the whole collection. The slideshow of all of the contest photos is here.)



The contest winners (selected using a random number generator from random.org) are:



29) Jennifer Thompson - "At the lake is my favorite place to read the books. Photo taken at a Shawnee State Fishing Lake in Shawnee County, Kansas. A peaceful Fall evening at sunset waiting for the stars to come out."



93) Esther Bohlig (Germany): "I took this pic for your contest in 2013, but then life got in the way and I never got to send it. So, I guess here's my second chance! :D This was my DG-Collection back then and our oldest bear is reading to the younger ones. He's actually SO old, he needs glasses (just like I do). So there are my favourite books, my favourite fluffies and my favourite place for reading in that pic."



35) Martha Boschuk - "This is my first time read through... I became addicted after watching the TV series On Demand one weekend... (July 5th to be exact - I asked my friends on FB what they thought of the series and if it was worth the shot)... The next weekend (July 12th) I went out and purchased the first 3 books... And well... If you read Diana...You know... It's like potato chips... I couldn't stop... So... 6,707 Pages & 100 Days Later this is what it looks like... LOL! :-D Looking forward to reading the Novellas, The Exile & The LJG Series as well... Also... People ask me all the time what the tabs mean (I posted pics of the books as I finished them)... Here ya go... LOL! Red = Sex or Implied Sex, Purple = Kisses or Compliments, Green = Things That Made Me Laugh Out Loud or Smile, Blue = Clues, Further Research & Comments of Note, Yellow = AWESOMENESS ;-)"

Congratulations to all three of the contest winners! I've sent each of you an email asking for your mailing address, so I can arrange to have your prize shipped to you.

The slideshow of all of the contest photos is here.  I would really encourage all of you to take the time to read all the captions! They add immeasurably to the experience of viewing the photos. I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I have!

Thanks again to everyone who sent in photos and helped to get the word out about this contest. And to those of you who are relatively new to OUTLANDER, let me just say that this collection proves beyond a doubt what I have told newcomers on Compuserve for years:

"You're in good company here, believe me! Many of us, including me, are just as addicted as you are."

Friday, November 6, 2015

Last call for Droughtlander Photo Contest entries!


Have you sent in your photo for the Droughtlander Photo Contest?

If not, time is running out!  The deadline for submitting photos for the contest is midnight Eastern Time on Saturday, November 7.

The rules for the contest are very simple:

1) Email a photo containing at least one of Diana Gabaldon's books (in any format, including e-books) to contest@outlandishobservations.com.

2) Please use the subject line "Outlander Photo Contest", and include your name and a brief caption or description of the photo.

3) Please state whether it's OK to share your photo online as part of the collection, after the contest is over.

Look here for the full contest announcement with more information.

I've received 115 entries so far, from all over the world, and I'm delighted with the results!  Thanks so much to everyone who's sent in photos.  I plan to post a slideshow of the whole collection of photos here on Outlandish Observations sometime on Sunday, as part of the announcement of the contest winners.  Hope you'll come back and check it out!  It's really an impressive collection of photos so far, and I can't wait to share it with everybody.

OUTLANDISH COMPANION 2 makes the NY Times Bestseller List!



Diana Gabaldon posted this on Facebook yesterday:
A HUGE thanks to all of you!!! THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION hit the New York Times bestseller list first week out of the box! (I do hope you're all enjoying it!)
Congratulations, Diana!

I have to say I'm not a bit surprised. It's a terrific book, interesting and informative, with a LOT to absorb, and we've been waiting a very long time for it.

For more information about both of the OUTLANDISH COMPANION books, see my FAQ page here.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Droughtlander Photo Contest ends Saturday!



I've received 100 entries so far for the Droughtlander Photo Contest, and they're all terrific! Thanks so much to everyone who's sent in photos.

If you've been procrastinating, time is running out!  The deadline for submitting photos for the contest is midnight Eastern Time on Saturday, November 7.

All you have to do is email a photo containing at least one of Diana Gabaldon's books (in any format, including e-books) to contest@outlandishobservations.com.  Please use the subject line "Outlander Photo Contest", and include your name, a brief caption or description of the photo, and whether it's OK to share your photo online as part of the collection, after the contest is over.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, November 8.  I can't wait to share the photos with all of you!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Vote for OUTLANDER in the People's Choice Awards!



It's time to vote in the People's Choice Awards! OUTLANDER has been nominated in three categories this year:

Favorite Cable TV Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show

Sam Heughan, for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor

Caitriona Balfe, for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress

I don't normally participate in these online "clicking contests", but I will gladly make an exception for this one.  Voting ends December 3, 2015.  And yes, you can vote as many times as you want! Please help spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Season 1 Ultimate Collector's Edition now available!



Here's a holiday gift idea for the serious OUTLANDER addict:  Outlander Season One: The Ultimate Collection is now available! This Blu-ray collector's edition includes all 16 episodes from Season 1, plus a number of "extras".

From the description on Amazon:
Special Features Include:
  • A Keepsake Box
  • A Collectible Book that takes a deeper look into the first season of Outlander with photographs and excerpts from the crew
  • An Engraved Flask with one of three unique quotes from the series
  • A Curated Collection of Photographs chosen by the actors, creator and author, complete with frame
  • The Season One Soundtrack with three exclusive tracks
  • A Bonus Disc with exclusive special features and the Outlander Yule Log
Here's a short video with Sam Heughan showing what's inside the box.



And here's a more detailed look inside, from Three If By Space.



For more information, look here.

It's expensive (currently listed at $104.99 on Amazon) but it would make a great holiday gift for any fan of the TV show.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

October poll results

Here are the results of the October poll, which asked the question, "What do you think of the Lord John books and stories?"
  • 22.35% - I love them!
  • 20.37% - I enjoy them, but I prefer to read about Jamie and Claire.
  • 10.81% - They're an integral part of the overall series.
  • 10.08% - They add a lot of depth to his character.
  • 8.73% - I haven't read any of them yet, but I'm planning to.
  • 8.00% - I started reading them after seeing what a major role he played in the main OUTLANDER series.
  • 5.09% - I'm not interested in reading them.
  • 3.95% - I like seeing a different side of 18th century life than we get in the OUTLANDER books.
  • 2.08% - I think they're boring.
  • 1.87% - I wish Diana would quit writing about him.
  • 1.35% - I'm not interested in reading about a gay character.
  • 1.14% - I'm new to OUTLANDER and haven't encountered Lord John yet.
  • 4.16% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • meh, I'm not a big fan of John Gray
  • LJG makes me laugh out loud. I love him and Tom too! Read and listen!
  • I found most of them difficult to get into and have only read 2
  • a love story no matter the gender is beautiful...glad to see someone write for it
  • I would be very intersted in looking at 18th c. london gay life
  • I love the Lord John character so I really enjoy the Lord John books!
  • I love LJ. I started reading Diana thanks to him. He's my favorite character!
  • Loved The Scottish Prisoner, but couldn't get into the others.
  • I love them & they add depth & they're an integral part & more 18th century :)
  • I have read two of the Lord John Books when Jamie is involved. Don't like him.
  • I read one and didn't like it. Haven't read any others.
  • I re-read them all back to back and enjoyed them so much more.
  • LJG is one of my favorite characters...an honorable man.
  • wish I could choose more than one. Love them. LJG is my fave character.
  • I like them only if Jamie is in them.
  • I have read a few but don't like his character so have read none after that.
  • I did not like the book
  • Brotherhood of the Blade and Scottish Prisoner show Jamie/John relationship.
  • I love them AND they add a lot of depth to his character.
  • I prefer LJ short novels vs novellas
  • I couldn't finish the first one , I keep looking for Claire and Jamie
  • Good as filler.
  • Always want another one!
  • reading to get more Jamie details.
  • liked them, helped me recognize characters in the main series
  • Enjoyed Scottish Prisoner, not so much Brotherhood. Just surviving till BOOK 9!!
  • Options 5, 6, 7, 9 and 12
  • I love the insight they give me into Lord John but I find them a bit boring.
  • I love them Lord John is my favorite
  • They add....., They're an..... AND I love them!
  • Have only read the Scottish Prisoner because Jamie
  • I don't think he respects J's marriage to C.
  • I listen to them on audio but have never read them
  • Love LJ, but the only book I like is Scottish Prisoner
  • I can't get enough of Diana's characters!
  • Her time would be better spent writing MORE about Jamie and Claire.
  • I like the Lord John series but would LOVE to read more about Master Raymond!
  • Lord John had to grow on me, is now my favourite character after Claire
  • Overall... LJ leaves me cold.
  • I have read both Outlander (8) & LJ books. I prefer Lord John.
There were 962 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!

Please take a moment to vote in the November poll, which asks, "Have you ever been to Scotland?" Thanks!