Thursday, September 3, 2009

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

There is no way to tell you what this book is about. It simply encompasses too many things. Simply put, it is a story about life and love in Scotland around the 1740's. Claire is from 1945, but finds herself transported back in time. Armed with her knowledge of the future and the new life that has built itself up around her, we follow her on her journey. And yet, it's about so much more than that.

The blurb describing this book for the LibraryThing Member's Giveaway certainly did not do this book justice - in fact, I almost didn't request it. To say that it's about time travel is to say that the original Star Wars trilogy is about a farm boy. Sure, it's there, but it doesn't begin to cover the vastness of it all.

Before I even finished this book I purchased two more books in the series. That's how much I enjoyed it. For a book well over 700 pages, there wasn't a dull one in the bunch. This was one of the most enjoyable historical fiction novels I've read in a while.