Friday, July 28, 2017

Another Season 3 trailer: Parallel Lives

STARZ released another Season 3 trailer today, featuring Caitriona and Sam talking about their characters, interspersed with a number of brief clips of scenes from Season 3.

I thought this was very well done!  Just about six more weeks to go....

Saturday, July 22, 2017

OUTLANDER panel discussion at SDCC

Here's the video of the OUTLANDER panel discussion that took place on July 21 at the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), featuring Sam, Cait, Tobias Menzies, Rik Rankin, Sophie Skelton, Ron Moore, Maril Davis, and Diana Gabaldon.

Watch for the surprise guest appearance!

(Updated 7/23/2017 9:46 am to change the links to the official STARZ video of the panel discussion.)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Two French fans review OUTLANDER Seasons 1 & 2

Here's a wonderful video featuring two male fans from France, explaining in detail what OUTLANDER is all about, and sharing their reactions to Seasons 1 and 2 of the TV series.

Thanks very much to OutlanderFrance for providing the English subtitles, so that those of us who don't speak French can follow along.  It's very clear that these two guys Get It, that they understand the characters very well, and that makes this video a real pleasure to watch.

It's about 40 minutes long, but well worth watching! (Please note, if you can't get the subtitles to work, try a different web browser, like Firefox or Chrome.)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Season 3 Trailer!

Here's the official Season 3 trailer from STARZ! It's almost 2 minutes long, and my reaction on seeing it the first time was, "WOW!!!"

It looks terrific (understatement!) and I really can't wait for September 10!

If you're having trouble catching all the details, try the slow-motion version here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

VOYAGER TV tie-in paperback will be out Aug. 15!

The TV tie-in paperback edition of VOYAGER will be published on August 15, 2017!

The image above, showing the brand-new cover art, comes from the website of Penguin Random House, Diana Gabaldon's US publisher.

Pre-order links:

Barnes & Noble

It will also be available from the Poisoned Pen bookstore, if you'd like an autographed copy.

For those who are wondering, there is no difference in the text of the book. They're just re-issuing the paperback with a new cover, as they did for OUTLANDER and DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, to promote Season 3 of the TV series.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Season 3 will premiere on September 10th!

Exciting news today for OUTLANDER fans!

We finally have a premiere date for Season 3:  Sunday, September 10, 2017!  (That's only 61 days from now....)

Please note: according to the official press release from STARZ, the show will air at 8pm ET/PT, not 9pm!

And here is the new "key art" for Season 3.

I like this artwork a lot!  I was saying just the other day on Compuserve that I hoped they'd do some sort of "split-screen" image, with Jamie in one century and Claire in the other -- and that's exactly what they've come up with! <g>

It definitely captures at least some part of the heartbreak, grief, and longing of those twenty endless years of separation. (That's not a complaint, at all!  I don't think any single picture could convey the full impact of what those twenty years apart did to both of them.)

And it reminds me of that very dramatic scene from Episode 108 ("Both Sides Now"), with Frank on one side of the stones and Claire on the other.

Great job! <g>

Finally, STARZ has released a new trailer in honor of the occasion:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

SEVEN STONES makes the NY Times Bestseller List!

Diana Gabaldon's new story collection, SEVEN STONES TO STAND OR FALL, has made the NY Times Bestseller List!

Congratulations, Diana!!

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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

REPOST: "1776", the Musical

Wishing all of you in the U.S. a very happy Fourth of July!

As I do every year, I'm taking this opportunity to put in a plug for my favorite Revolutionary War movie: "1776", which is a musical about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.

If you've never seen "1776", I highly recommend it. It came out in 1972 (based on the Broadway musical of the same name) and I think I've seen it almost every year since I was nine or so. That tradition continues to this day; my family always watches it on DVD every July 4th, and we will do so again this year.

Diana Gabaldon likes it, too; I've heard her describe it as "hilarious, moving, and very singable". I asked her specifically about the costumes, because I'm fascinated by the details of the 18th century clothing in this movie, and she said they're pretty accurate.

Here are a couple of my favorite songs from the movie:

1) "The Egg" - Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson choose America's national bird.

2) "Sit Down, John" - This is the movie's opening number.

You can get "1776" via Amazon, but it appears no longer to be available on Netflix, which is a shame. If you're in the US, it will be shown on TCM at 10:15pm today, July 4th.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

June poll results

Here are the results of the June poll, which asked the question, "What do you think of the Lord John books and stories?"
  • 36.43% - I love them!
  • 19.38% - I enjoy them, but I prefer to read about Jamie and Claire.
  • 9.21% - I started reading them after seeing what a major role he played in the main OUTLANDER series.
  • 8.24% - They're an integral part of the overall series.
  • 6.69% - They add a lot of depth to his character.
  • 4.94% - I'm not interested in reading them.
  • 4.65% - I haven't read any of them yet, but I'm planning to.
  • 2.91% - I like seeing a different side of 18th century life than we get in the OUTLANDER books.
  • 1.65% - I think they're boring.
  • 1.36% - I'm not interested in reading about a gay character.
  • 1.26% - I wish Diana would quit writing about him.
  • 0.58% - I'm new to OUTLANDER and haven't encountered Lord John yet.
  • 2.71% - Other
There were 1032 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!

Please take a moment to vote in the July poll, which asks the question, "Which is your favorite animal in Diana Gabaldon's books?" Thanks!