Thursday, March 31, 2016

STARZ video recaps Season 1 in six minutes



I saw this video on STARZ On Demand the other day and I thought they did an excellent job of recapping the highlights of all 16 episodes, considering that they did it in only six minutes. <g> I'm glad they're making the video more widely available now. Enjoy!

Monday, March 28, 2016

OUTLANDER Season 1 episode recaps



With the Season 2 premiere of OUTLANDER less than two weeks away now (the series resumes on Saturday, April 9th, on STARZ), I thought this would be a good time to repost my reactions to the Season 1 episodes:

Episode 101: "Sassenach"
Episode 102: "Castle Leoch"
Episode 103: "The Way Out"
Episode 104: "The Gathering"
Episode 105: "Rent"
Episode 106: "The Garrison Commander"
Episode 107: "The Wedding"
Episode 108: "Both Sides Now"
Episode 109: "The Reckoning"
Episode 110: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
Episode 111: "The Devil's Mark"
Episode 112: "Lallybroch"
Episode 113: "The Watch"
Episode 114: "The Search"
Episode 115: "Wentworth Prison"
Episode 116: "To Ransom a Man's Soul"

These are my initial impressions of each episode.  I plan to do similar posts for each of the Season 2 episodes.  Hope you enjoy them!

For more information about OUTLANDER Season 2, see my FAQ page here.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

Here are a couple of Easter-related quotes from the OUTLANDER books, just in time for the holiday.

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 this week!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Diana Gabaldon's annotated version of the windowsill scene from FIERY CROSS



Diana Gabaldon posted this on Facebook yesterday and I'm sure many of you would find it as interesting as I did. <g> This is her "annotated" version of the infamous windowsill scene in THE FIERY CROSS, from chapter 107, "Zugunruhe".

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDianaGabaldon/posts/1060694193973416

Please note, although Diana mentions that she wrote this as part of an e-book on how to write sex scenes, we have no idea when that book might be published. I'll post here when more information becomes available.


The latest OUTLANDER Season 2 trailer

Here's the latest OUTLANDER Season 2 trailer!  This one features a closer look at some of the Paris scenes.



17 days and counting until the Season 2 premiere on STARZ!  (For those of you who don't know, the series resumes on Saturday, April 9th.)

For more information about OUTLANDER Season 2, see my FAQ page here.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Binge-watch OUTLANDER Season 1 for free!



OUTLANDER Season 1 is now available to binge-watch for free on STARZ.com and STARZ On Demand, even if you are not a STARZ subscriber!

Go here to watch all 16 episodes of Season 1:

http://www.starz.com/originals/outlander/episodes

(Please note: I don't know if the videos on that page will work if you live outside the US.)

Please help spread the word! Remember, OUTLANDER Season 2 premieres on STARZ on Saturday, April 9th.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



I don't have a drop of Irish blood myself, but I'm reliably informed that everybody's Irish on St. Patrick's Day!  So, in celebration of the day, here are my top 10 most memorable Irish characters from Diana Gabaldon's books, in alphabetical order.

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If you haven't read all of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER and Lord John books, you will find SPOILERS below! Read at your own risk.

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1) Bernard Adams.  You may remember that Lord John gouged his eye out at the end of LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE.  He later confessed to the murder of Lord John's father, the Duke of Pardloe.

2) Stephen Bonnet. One of Diana's most memorable villains.  I think Brianna gave him a more merciful death than he deserved.

3) Father Donahue, the priest who baptizes Germain, Jemmy, and Joan in FIERY CROSS.  He seemed a very pragmatic, adaptable sort of person, perfectly willing to baptize the children with whisky instead of water if that was the only option available.  (And IMHO he gets extra points for managing to keep a straight face while listening to Jamie's confession involving Claire and the butter churn. <g>)

4) Father Michael FitzGibbons, abbot of Inchcleraun monastery, Ireland.  The abbot is a decent man (despite his desire to get Jamie involved in the Jacobite scheme), with a curiosity about the natural world that I was surprised to see in a priest.

5) Jeffries, the Dunsanys' coachman in VOYAGER.  Besides Jamie, and Lord and Lady Dunsany, he's the only other eyewitness to the death of the Eighth Earl of Ellesmere.  I wonder if we'll see him again in a future book?

6) Aloysius O'Shaughnessy Murphy.  Ship's cook aboard the Artemis, in VOYAGER. He makes a truly memorable (or should we say infamous?) turtle soup! <g>

7) The O'Higgins brothers, Rafe and Mick, who helped to smuggle Percy Wainwright out of prison near the end of BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE.  They played only a relatively minor role in that book, but I thought they were pretty entertaining.

8) Tobias Quinn.  He was certainly a memorable character in THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, although I found him somewhat irritating and a nuisance most of the time.  I liked his sense of humor.

9) Finbar Scanlon. The apothecary in LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER.  Among other things, he cured Maria Mayrhofer of syphilis by deliberately infecting her with malaria.

10) Gerald Siverly.  He saved Lord John's life in "The Custom of the Army", but that's his only redeeming quality, as far as I'm concerned.  He was a very memorable villain in THE SCOTTISH PRISONER!

And last but definitely NOT least, here's to our favorite Irish actress, the amazing Caitriona Balfe!!



Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day, everybody!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

OUTLANDER Season 2 episode titles



Here is the complete list of OUTLANDER Season 2 episode titles:

Episode 201: "Through a Glass, Darkly" (premieres April 9, 2016)
Episode 202: "Not in Scotland Anymore" (premieres April 16, 2016)
Episode 203: "Useful Occupations and Deceptions" (premieres April 23, 2016)
Episode 204: "La Dame Blanche" (premieres April 30, 2016)
Episode 205: "Untimely Resurrection" (premieres May 7, 2016)
Episode 206: "Best Laid Schemes..." (premieres May 14, 2016)
Episode 207: "Faith" (premieres May 21, 2016)
Episode 208: "The Fox's Lair"
Episode 209: "Je Suis Prest"
Episode 210: "Prestonpans"
Episode 211: "Vengeance is Mine" (This is the episode Diana Gabaldon wrote)
Episode 212: "The Hail Mary"
Episode 213: "Dragonfly in Amber"

Those of you who are familiar with Diana Gabaldon's novel DRAGONFLY IN AMBER (Book 2 of the OUTLANDER series) can probably guess the content of most of these episodes by the titles. Hint: stock up on tissues for Episode 207!

For more information about OUTLANDER Season 2, please see my Season 2 FAQ page.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A tribute to Ian the Elder

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If you haven't read all of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER books, you will find Major Spoilers below! Read at your own risk.

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Today is the anniversary of Ian Murray's death in AN ECHO IN THE BONE, which took place on March 10, 1778.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes by and about Jamie's beloved best friend. Hope you enjoy them!

1) Ian and Claire's first meeting:
"Frasers dinna listen to anything when they’ve their danders up. When they’ve shouted themselves out, sometimes ye can make them see reason, but not ’til then."

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 26, "The Laird's Return". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
2) Jenny, telling Claire about Ian and Jamie:
"I remember, when they were young, auld John told Ian it was his job to stand to Jamie’s right, for he must guard his chief’s weaker side in a fight. And he did--they took it verra seriously, the two of them. And I suppose auld John was right, at that,” she added, snipping off the excess thread. “After a time, nobody would fight them, not even the MacNab lads. Jamie and Ian were both fair-sized, and bonny fighters, and when they stood shoulder to shoulder, there was no one could take the pair o’ them down, even if they were outnumbered.”

She laughed suddenly, and smoothed back a lock of hair behind her ear.

“Watch them sometime, when they’re walking the fields together. I dinna suppose they even realize they do it still, but they do. Jamie always moves to the left, so Ian can take up his place on the right, guardin’ the weak side.” 

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon,  chapter 33, "Thy Brother's Keeper". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
3) Jamie, describing Ian to Claire:
"He’s only a year older than me. When I was growing, he was always there. Until I was fourteen, there wasna a day went by when I didna see Ian. And even later, after I’d gone to foster wi’ Dougal, and to Leoch, and then later still to Paris, to university--when I’d come back, I’d walk round a corner and there he would be, and it would be like I’d never left. He’d just smile when he saw me, like he always did, and then we’d be walkin’ away together, side by side, ower the fields and the streams, talkin’ of everything.” He sighed deeply, and rubbed a hand through his hair.

"Ian...he's the part of me that belongs here, that never left," he said, struggling to explain.

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon,  chapter 33, "Thy Brother's Keeper". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
4) This is one of my favorite Ian-and-Jamie scenes:
"Have ye really got to do it, Ian?” Jamie made one last effort, turning to appeal to his brother-in-law.

“Well,” said Ian slowly, “as I’ve told the lad he’s going to be thrashed, and he kens verra well he’s earned it, I canna just go back on my word. But as for me doing it--no, I dinna think I will.” A faint gleam of humor showed in the soft brown eyes. He reached into a drawer of the sideboard, drew out a thick leather strap, and thrust it into Jamie’s hand. “You do it.”

“Me?” Jamie was horror-struck. He made a futile attempt to shove the strap back into Ian’s hand, but his brother-in-law ignored it. “I canna thrash the lad!”

“Oh, I think ye can,” Ian said calmly, folding his arms. “Ye’ve said often enough ye care for him as though he were your son.” He tilted his head to one side, and while his expression stayed mild, the brown eyes were implacable. “Well, I’ll tell ye, Jamie--it’s no that easy to be his Da; best ye go and find that out now, aye?"

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 32, "The Prodigal's Return". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
5) Diana Gabaldon has said that she knew for many years that Ian would die of consumption. If you've read AN ECHO IN THE BONE, it's impossible to read this next quote without seeing it as foreshadowing:
"Da told me about one time he was arrested, when they took him to Edinburgh, and kept him in the Tolbooth. He was in a cell wi’ three other men, and one of them a fellow with the consumption, who coughed something dreadful, keeping the rest awake all night and all day. Then one night the coughing stopped, and they kent he was dead."

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 2, "In Which We Meet a Ghost". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
6) What a sweet, poignant moment between eight-year-old Jamie and his best friend Ian, age nine:
"I thought I’d have a new brother,” he’d said suddenly. “But I don’t. It’s just Jenny and me, still.” In the years since, he’d succeeded in forgetting that small pain, the loss of his hoped-for brother, the boy who might have given him back a little of his love for his older brother, Willie, dead of the smallpox. He’d cherished that pain for a little, a flimsy shield against the enormity of knowing his mother gone forever.

Ian had sat thinking for a bit, then reached into his sporran and got out the wee knife his father had given him on his last birthday.

“I’ll be your brother,” he’d said, matter-of-fact, and cut across his thumb, hissing a little through his teeth.

He’d handed the knife to Jamie, who’d cut himself, surprised that it hurt so much, and then they’d pressed their thumbs together and sworn to be brothers always. And had been.

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 81, "Purgatory II". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
7) This is my favorite quote about Ian in the entire series. Perfect, just perfect!
“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."

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 84, "The Right of It". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


8) And finally, here's a quote from Diana Gabaldon's novella, "Virgins", the story of Jamie and Ian as young mercenaries in France, before Jamie met Claire.
"Well, if ye’re goin' to Hell, I might as well go, too. God knows, ye’ll never manage alone."

(From "Virgins" by Diana Gabaldon. Copyright© 2013 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Some of you may recall that this line was used in OUTLANDER Episode 113, "The Watch".

RIP, Ian Murray!  We miss you!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

DRAGONFLY IN AMBER imagery



I first posted this in January, 2011, but I thought I'd repost it in honor of today's release of the TV tie-in paperback edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER.

* * * SPOILER WARNING! ***

If you haven't yet read Diana Gabaldon's DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Book 2 of the OUTLANDER series, there are SPOILERS below! Read at your own risk.



I was intrigued by a comment on Compuserve a few years ago about the fact that there are many references in that book to things that are "stuck" or "frozen" somehow, unchanging, unmoving.  I thought it might be interesting to compile a list.

Please note, all quotes used below are copyright © 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.



1) The dragonfly in amber that Hugh Munro gave Claire as a wedding present.  (And the chunk of amber that Jamie gave to Claire as a gift for their first anniversary.)
"Amber,” he said, with satisfaction, as I turned the irregular lump over with a forefinger. It seemed warm to the touch, and I closed my hand over it, almost unconsciously.

“It needs polishing, of course,” he explained. “But I thought it would make ye a bonny necklace.” He flushed slightly, watching me. “It’s…it’s a gift for our first year of marriage. When I saw it, I was minded of the bit of amber Hugh Munro gave ye, when we wed.”

“I still have that,” I said softly, caressing the odd little lump of petrified tree sap. Hugh’s chunk of amber, one side sheared off and polished into a small window, had a dragonfly embedded in the matrix, suspended in eternal flight. I kept it in my medicine box, the most powerful of my charms.

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Chapter 33, "Thy Brother's Keeper", p. 456 in the hardcover)


2) The skeletons that Jamie and Claire discover in a cave in France, with their arms locked about one another.
He turned again then to the two skeletons, entwined at our feet. He crouched over them, tracing the line of the bones with a gentle finger, careful not to touch the ivory surface.

“See how they lie,” he said. “They didna fall here, and no one laid out their bodies. They lay down themselves.” His hand glided above the long armbones of the larger skeleton, a dark shadow fluttering like a large moth as it crossed the jackstraw pile of ribs.

“He had his arms around her,” he said. “He cupped his thighs behind her own, and held her tight to him, and his head is resting on her shoulder."

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Chapter 29, "To Grasp the Nettle", p. 416 in the hardcover)
I was stunned to discover that there really was such a Neolithic couple, discovered in a cave in Italy in 2007 -- a full fifteen years after DRAGONFLY was published!  I think the picture above is just amazing.

Fraser clan stone at Culloden

3) The clan stones at Culloden, erected in 1881 and weathered by many years' exposure to the elements, but otherwise unchanging.
“Look,” Brianna said, almost in a whisper. She pointed at one of the stones. A small heap of greenish-gray twigs lay there; a few early spring flowers mingled, wilted, with the twigs.

“Heather,” Roger said. “It’s more common in the summer, when the heather is blooming--then you’ll see heaps like that in front of every clan stone. Purple, and here and there a branch of the white heather—the white is for luck, and for kingship; it was Charlie’s emblem, that and the white rose.”

“Who leaves them?” Brianna squatted on her heels next to the path, touching the twigs with a gentle finger.

“Visitors.” Roger squatted next to her. He traced the faded letters on the stone--FRASER. “People descended from the families of the men who were killed here. Or just those who like to remember them."

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Chapter 4, "Culloden", p. 43 in the hardcover)
I was so glad that I got to see Culloden for myself, on my visit to Scotland in 2012.  It's a very moving experience.



4) The objects -- including Roger's genealogical chart -- pinned to the giant cork-board in the Rev. Wakefield's study. (I always imagine the cork-lined wall as looking something like this, only much larger and more crammed with papers.)
The wall exemplified the Reverend Wakefield’s mind. Completely covering one side of the study, it was an expanse of corkboard measuring nearly twenty feet by twelve. Virtually none of the original cork was visible under the layers upon layers of papers, notes, photographs, mimeographed sheets, bills, receipts, bird feathers, torn-off corners of envelopes containing interesting postage stamps, address labels, key rings, postcards, rubber bands, and other impedimenta, all tacked up or attached by bits of string.

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, chapter 2, "The Plot Thickens", p. 27 in the hardcover)
I was delighted to see that they included a smaller version of it in OUTLANDER Episode 108, "Both Sides Now".



5) The miniature portraits of Claire and Jamie.  Claire's dream (nightmare?) of being trapped inside the portrait always makes a shiver go up my spine:
"A Lady," he said softly, cradling the last of the portraits in his palm, shielding it for the moment. "With brown hair curling luxuriantly to her shoulders, and a necklace of pearls. Undated. The artist unknown."

It was a mirror, not a miniature.  My cheeks were flushed, and my lips trembled as Frank's finger gently traced the edge of my jaw, the graceful line of my neck.  The tears welled in my eyes and spilled down my cheeks as I heard his voice, still lecturing, as he laid down the miniature, and I stared upward at the timbered ceiling.

"Undated. Unknown. But once...once, she was real."

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Chapter 10, "A Lady, With Brown Hair Curling Luxuriantly", p. 152 in the hardcover)
I like to imagine that this miniature portrait was what Frank was holding.

6) Claire's description of the way a child's personality is fixed at a very early age.
But from the very start, there is that small streak of steel within each child.  That thing that says "I am," and forms the core of personality.

In the second year, the bone hardens and the child stands upright, skull wide and solid, a helmet protecting the softness within. And "I am" grows, too. Looking at them, you can almost see it, sturdy as heartwood, glowing through the translucent flesh.

The bones of the face emerge at six, and the soul within is fixed at seven.  The process of encapsulation goes on, to reach its peak in the glossy shell of adolescence, when all softness then is hidden under the nacreous layers of the multiple new personalities that teenagers try on to guard themselves.

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Chapter 4, "Culloden", p. 55 in the hardcover)
7) Claire waiting for Jamie when he's taken away for questioning following the incident at the dinner party after Mary's rape:
But for the hours of the night, I was helpless; powerless to move as a dragonfly in amber.

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Chapter 19, "An Oath is Sworn", p. 270 in the hardcover)
8) The stillborn baby, Faith, who will always remain exactly as she was when Claire saw her.
"She was perfect," I said softly, as though to myself.  "So small.  I could cup her head in the palm of my hand.  Her ears stuck out just a little--I could see the light shine through them."

The light had shone through her skin as well, glowing in the roundness of cheek and buttock with the light that pearls have; still and cool, with the strange touch of the water world still on them.

"Mother Hildegarde wrapped her in a length of white satin," I said, looking down at my fists, clenched in my lap.  "Her eyes were closed.  She hadn't any lashes yet, but her eyes were slanted.  I said they were like yours, but they said all babies' eyes are like that."

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Chapter 28, "The Coming of the Light", p. 398 in the hardcover)
9) And finally, heartbreakingly...the twenty-year separation that left Claire and Jamie "frozen" in each other's memories, not dead, but trapped in time, unchanging through all their years apart.
He was slow, and careful; so was I.  Each touch, each moment must be savored, remembered--treasured as a talisman against a future empty of him.

(DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, Chapter 46, "Timor Mortis Conturbat Me", p. 698 in the hardcover)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Season 2 key art and DRAGONFLY IN AMBER TV tie-in paperback



STARZ has released the official key art for OUTLANDER Season 2!  Click on the photo above for a bigger view.

Left to right:  Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day), King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser), Louise de Rohan (Claire Sermonne), Murtagh (Duncan Lacroix), Jamie (Sam Heughan), Claire (Caitriona Balfe), two unidentified ladies (not sure who they are), the Comte St. Germain (Stanley Weber) and Prince Charles Stuart (Andrew Gower).



This is the cover art for the TV tie-in paperback edition of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, due out on March 8, 2016. Click on the picture for a bigger view.  I think it looks great, and I can't wait to add this book to my collection!

Please note:  This new paperback of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER has a different cover, but the text of the book has not changed at all.  It's still the same novel by Diana Gabaldon that fans have loved for many years.

You can pre-order from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You can also pre-order from the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Arizona if you want an autographed copy. The Poisoned Pen is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore, and they ship all over the world.

For more information about OUTLANDER Season 2, see my FAQ page here.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Diana Gabaldon talks about the EW cover photo




Here's Diana Gabaldon's response, on Facebook, to the Entertainment Weekly photo featuring Sam and Caitriona.

I would really encourage all of you to read the whole thing!


Poll results

Here are the results of the February poll, which asked the question, "Do you read excerpts or #DailyLines from Diana Gabaldon's upcoming books or stories?"
  • 64.11% - Absolutely! I will gladly devour any excerpt or #DailyLine I can find.
  • 9.46% - Yes, and I wish Diana Gabaldon would post them more often!
  • 8.04% - No, I would rather wait and see those bits of the story in their proper context, when the book comes out.
  • 6.79% - Sometimes.
  • 2.68% - What are #DailyLines?
  • 2.23% - I'm addicted to the #DailyLines!
  • 1.96% - No, I am trying hard to avoid the excerpts and #DailyLines.
  • 1.70% - I used to read them, but I don't anymore.
  • 1.34% - What excerpts? Where can I find them?
  • 1.07% - I read excerpts, but only for certain books or stories.
  • 0.63% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • I did, until I read Karen's thoughts. I may be more sporadic in reading them now
  • Yes,wee postcards from The Ridge, but would enjoy more in book form.
  • I try not to but I have no self control
  • Yes, only 'til I know when the book will be out
  • Not aware of, wouldn't spoil by reading.
  • I will once I finish MOBY! :)
  • Each one of the first five choices based on mood!

There were 1120 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! I didn't vote in the poll myself, but I have been an excerpt-avoider since 2008.

Please take a moment to vote in the March poll, which asks the question, "What are you doing to pass the time until the OUTLANDER TV series resumes?" (Season 2 premieres on STARZ on Saturday, April 9. For more information about Season 2, see my FAQ page here.)