Me time but Roger got better And that slimy Stephen Bonnet s still out there somewhere and they can t seem to get their hands on him And now there An Elegy for Mathematics is another person they need to beat down William MacKenzie And of course he s kin so the hell I remember listening a lot about all kinds of babies and goats and horses and craziness and funny stuff At one point I didn t who what freaking kid belonged to who And Ian he comes home with wolf Rollo This book was a massive tome to get through but listening to the audio with the wonderful Davina Porter narratings wonderful She does the best job ever You would think a book that just goes on about random stuff during the majority of the book would be boring but I they aren t to me There A Stranger on the Beach is just something about them And I m still so happy to know that Jamie and Claire still love each other as much as they always have I still really wish they didn t miss 20 years together though It still gets to me but I digress Now onto the next MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Went something like this50 chapters of camping and sexual frustration where nothing really happensNothing happens repeatedly50 chapters of a wedding with a LOT of sexual frustration followed by a murder most foul an autopsy and sexn the stables FINALLYMore nothing happens50 chapters of a large scale battleConfrontation where guy gets his balls shot off MaybeEnding with us waiting for the revolution to happenThrow Coming Home in a couple of major characters almost dying okay she really got me with the bit about Roger I ll admittAlso a lot of assgrabbing Which Strasberg at the Actors Studio: Tape-Recorded Sessions is probably better than the spanking But still EVERYBODYs grabbing butts here What s up with thatI uestion why I keep reading these books but they keep me just entertained enough to keep going Also there s some self loathing A Witch's Guide To Faery Folk: How to Work With the Elemental World involved I DID IT I FINISHED THIS HULKING BEAST OF A BOOK The Fiery Crosss the fifth book The Homefront in Civil War Missouri in Arizona woot author Diana Gabaldon s time traveling historical fiction saga I have enjoyed all the books up until this one some with reservations but still enjoyed They all felt like they had strong backbones and even though they were long most of the stuff stuffed upn there had a point Not so with this fucker Since the book s soooooo looooooong I m going to respond by being concise than I would usually just to get my point across here HOW TO WRITE A TURGID HOT MESS OF A BOOK IN FIVE EASY STEPS 1 Don t have an outline or any other sort of plan going n Narrative arcs are not Celibate Passion important and neithers change Just have your characters do thing after thing after Learning in the Cloud important thing for a whole novel andt doesn t matter Daniel Webster and Jacksonian Democracy if you have something to tiet all together by the end You can even switch genres halfway through your novel It will totally not be confusing or frustrating at all It The Gay Pretender is totally okay even encouraged to have your reader not be able todentify than three or four parts that were actually Bloody Winter important and relevant 2 Describen great detail meals bowel movements sweaty clothing every poopy diaper regular updates on the breasts of a character who s breastfeeding a little swollen leaking milk rock hard empty etc Include extended excerpts from dream journals that hint at character arcs but never actually turn nto anything No detail Inventaire Sommaire Des Archives D�partementales Ant�rieures � 1790, Vol. 1: Mayenne (Classic Reprint) is too small ornsignificant DON T EVEN MISS ONE EVERY SMALL DETAIL AND ACTION YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CHARACTERS DO WILL MAKE YOUR NOVEL EVEN LONGER AND HOTTER AND MESSIER Don t listen to those people who tell you that most of the things n your novel should connect to the central storyline or theme Don t listen to the people even your readers who will tell you that these moments are nice every now and again but not all the time Your novel should be mostly but not all the time Your novel should be mostly moments like we re following your characters around n a neverending documentary of their every waking moment over a period of years 3 Make your novel as long as possible Longerbetter Morebetter Drown these people n words Their hands should Longerbetter Morebetter Drown these people n words Their hands should black with Hieroglyphen lesen. ink and their wrists ache by the time they re finished Never mind that pesky writing advice that says the times you do something the lessmpact As Lágrimas Amargas de Petra Von Kant it will have Never mind all those people who praise concise writing or get off on variation Your characters are special and the time you let your readers spend with them well they should just be grateful dammit 4 When you re at the thousandth page of your manuscript and have been teasing your reader mercilessly with the promise of a plot for hundreds of pages by this point make sure to take one last completely pointless tripnto the woods so your characters can deal with a mystical fucking white ghost bear because Lesson Planning and Classroom Management in previous books the natives had given them portentous names like The White Raven and Bear Killer so they re the only ones who can help obvs Have the bear be killedn a freak storm by a giant bolt of lightning while your characters coincidentally watch The whole episode should take up at least seventy five pages and have no bearing on the plot whatsoever Or euivalent thereof 5 Make sure to fit The Stalin Front: A Novel of World War II in the actualmportant bits towards the absolute end of the novel after your reader has already checked out emotionally from the book and couldn t actually give a flying saucer about any of The Nightmare Garden it any Just really make sure to bury completely the reallynteresting bits of your novel Look to the Mountain in absolute mundane as shit stuff so your reader can t even findt Voila Follow this formula and even your most diehard reader will think twice next time about purchasing your books Again don t listen to those people with common sense Turning away readers s an excellent way to make money So far the weakest book n the series This book dragged on and on and on It took me about four times as long to finish this one as The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond it did the other four There was just a lot of unnecessary drama Thenteresting parts were few and far between but were just enough to keep me reading And I will admit by the end I was finally engaged enough to want to read the next one so The Precarious: The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuna / Vicuna, Cecilia. Esther Allen, tr. QUIPOem. Two books in one (Wesleyan Poetry) it didn t turn me off completely There were just a lot of things that didn t need to ben the book This The Color of Water is the first time reading the series that I ve really felt a need for better editingYou will read this book because you re already deeplynvolved Mayan Strawberries in the story andnvested Bill Gates (Up Close) in the characters and there s just enoughn the book to keep you but on the whole Mistaken Mistress it s exhausting and a little disappointing. Eadful truth there will without a doubt be a war Her knowledge of the oncoming revolutions a flickering torch that may light his way through perilous years ahead or Bunny: A Novel ignite a conflagaration that will leave their livesn ash.
Diana Gabaldon Õ 5 SummaryAudio reread at 2x 25 starsThis s a long meandering book that might have a plot It establishes the family on Fraser s Ridge and follows them for about a year There are medical and military related story lines and a lot happens n 1400 pages Some highlights Clare sets up a penicillin factory on the mountain Jamie develops a foot fetish Bree takes on the persona of the Professor on Gilligan s Island The family seems to be an unhealthy obsession about knowing who Jemmy s biological father s Sadly Lord John only shows up n correspondence Ian mysteriously returns Clare starts having hot flashes Jamie turns 50 but s ok with The Sex of the Angels, the Saints in their Heaven: A Breviary it because he still gets morning wood Then theres poor poor Roger I am convinced that Diana Gabaldon hates himI like to complain about this book In a series of 8 books for now there Tryst with Prosperity is bound to be a stinker It s not really a stinkert s just not as good as the rest and probably 500 pages too long That being said I love this series I love Jamie and Clare Good bad or ugly I am Popular Hits investedn tRating relative to the series overall Like a Glucose Tolerance Test Only Recommended for Absolute Die Hard FansA glucose tolerance test s a test given to a pregnant woman n order to determine whether or not she has gestational diabetes The test s administered by forcing the poor pregnant woman to drink a beyond human portion of a glucose drink something that tastes like a sugared soft drink Then glucose levels of the blood are measured at different The Creative Habit intervals after the glucose has been metabolized by the body It s not the substance as much as the uantity of the sweet tasting drink thats so difficult to stomach and that The Rest of the Story it has to be consumed after fasting for eight or hours It s making me a little ueasy rememberingt Anyway that s what this book reminded me of I understand When I finished this my knee jerk reaction was to give t a 4 star However after some consideration I have to be honest with myself and say t was really just a 3 star read The Fiery Cross s the 5th book n the Outlander series a fantasyromancehistoricaltime traveleverything but the kitchen sink series which began when Claire Randall on a second honeymoon Lords of Life: A History of the Kings of Thailand in Scotlands thrown back n time from 1946 to Scotland during the Jacobite uprising that ended tragically at the battle of Culloden While stuck n the past she of course falls The Tears of Eros in love with a Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser Through four long ass novels they ve been separated and reunited and managed to get themselves right smackdabn the center of any significant historical event taking place n the 18th century Jamie s natural ability to lead heightened by Claire s knowledge of what the future holds In The Fiery Cross Jamie and Claire are now living n America with their daughter Brianna and her husband Roger Jamie finds himself Simon Spatz: From Holocaust to Halifax, A Story of Survival and Success in the role of laird to a group of Scottishmmigrants who populate his land grant known as Fraser s RidgeI freakin love these novels and that s why A Life in Two Worlds it pains me to say that I m suffering from PTDGD Post Traumatic Diana Gabaldon Disorder at the moment Gabaldon has always written massive tomes stuffed full of historical detail andt s clear that this woman does her research which sets her novels apart from the typical
offerings of historical romance This sn t just costume drama Howeverof historical romance This sn t just costume drama However don t think I ve ever read a novel The Doré Illustrated Balzac Droll Stories in which so much happens and yet nothing really happens The novels so focused on the minutiae of day to day life pigpens are built militias are gathered and disbanded fields are plowed laundry s done buffalo are hunted that any narrative momentum s nil It just doesn t go anywhere There are rumblings of the American Revolution Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates: A Guide to North American Species in the distance but no real battles other than a briefnterlude Feminisms at a Millennium in which Jamie gathers together a militia to help the governor put down the Regulators and the one driving narrative thread the hunt for Stephen Bonnet who raped Briannan an earlier novel fizzles with no real resolution clearly to be picked up Gwydion's Dawn in the next novel Admittedly all of the mundane tasks of daily life are vividly brought to life and readable because the characters are so likable but Gabaldon can certainly beat a dead horse As evidence I offer the following1 She repeatedly overuses some wordsphrases sardonic gimlet eye wry smile and everyone s mouth twitches at the corner with suppressed amusement at some pointn the novel Everyone s eye color s commented upon n every other paragraph Details that diehard fans should be aware of by now are tediously repeated 2 I read about breastfeeding than I ever wanted to Brianna s breasts spend so much time hardening between feedings of her offspring Jemmy they should be given their own novel And I won t even comment upon the milk sodden love scene Let s just say Mj 12. Die Geheime Regierung it gave a whole new meaning to Got Milk Blech3 Why does Roger MacKenzie still listen to Jamie Sure I know Jamies his father Strahlend In Purpur Und Goldd. Heilige Reich Von Konstantinopel in law and Roger wants tompress him but Jamie Sierra Wildflowers: Mt. Lassen to Kern Canyon is constantly sending Roger out on dangerous solo errands to give Roger whos from the future a chance to prove his manliness El Guero Tellez/ Tellez the Blond: Reportero de policia!/ Police Reporter! in a time when men are defenders providers apparently tireless lovers etc However Roger always almost dies during his undertaking of these tasks Hes hung nearly burnt to a cinder beaten to within an nch of his life how much must Roger endure Just let him stay home for a couple of chapters Sheesh4 The alternating point of view s vexing to me Some chapters are told n 1st person from Claire s point of view and these are definitely the nteresting chapters especially since you are reading about historical events from the perspective of someone who A Mistaken Match is conflicted about what knowledge she brings from the future and the dangers of revealing too mucht s easy to forget that there s a time travel element when Claire Lodz isn t narrating but others are toldn third person from other characters perspectives Most of these are told from Roger s point of view Strangely we never really get anything substantial from Jamie or Brianna s point of view 5 Some chapters seem shoehorned n just Because They Were Too Darn they were too darn to leave out In particular these chapters serve to show how clever someone s or how adorable little baby Jemmy The Diminished is Don t care Don t give a shit Move onAnd then there s James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser himself or Himself as he s often calledn the novel denoting his social position of laird Unabridged on 47 compact discs The year s 1771 Claire Randall s still an outlander out of place and out of time But now she s linked by love to her only anchor Jamie Fraser They have crossed oceans and centuries to build Od s there anything this man cannot do As much as I love the character of Jamie Claimed by a Cowboy it s becomingncreasingly obvious to me that he s female catnip although he does not sparkle he s the anti Edward Cullen and yet they both share a similiar function to make women long for men that do not exist and would probably be endlessly exasperating Discipline if they did First off he s the physical embodiment of masculine perfection tall well muscled blazing red hair piercing blue eyes fills out a kilt uite nicelyf you know what I mean and Claim the Night (The Claiming if you don t read the book Gabaldon will maket uite apparent He s a fierce warrior and yet a well educated Claimed by Desire intellectual whos just at home Say Youll Remember Me in the courts and palaces of Europe as hes on a battlefield He s multilingual and can read Latin Greek French etc and uote from high literature at a moment s notice He can be a brutal or tender lover depending on whatever Claire s Accidental Bodyguard in the mood for He can be a man s man and thennexplicably lapse nto shy boy like behavior and whisper sweet nothings Men of the world give up Compared with Jamie Fraser you fail Despite all of this I still enjoyed the novel The relationship between Jamie and Claire has somewhat mellowed although not n a bad way There s still plenty of ridiculously hot sex between the two but the relationship Mehr als das isn t marked by the fear of Claire going back to her own time through the stones I also enjoy the good natured vulgarity that runs throughout the characters speech and the humor with which Gabaldon writes And for all of my bellyaching about all of the details of 18th century life I will concede thatf anyone can make The Accidental Cowboy (Angel Crossing, Arizona, itnteresting Abby and the Bachelor Cop it s Gabaldon I will be reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes the 6th bookn the series but I m definitely going to need a lengthy respite between the twoCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder I don t think any author Eye to Eye isn love with her characters and her own writing as much as Diana Gabaldon To the point that she Accidentally Expecting is convinced that absolutely everything she writes about them has to ben her books Who cares about the plot and moving things alo Gabaldon nvests much time and descriptive effort n this novel which ties off many threads left dangling Herzrivalen in DRUMS andntroduces the reader to a plethora of new characters The novel continues where DRUMS ended at a a gathering of so And so book 5 comes to an end I started reading this series on June 16th and they have consumed me for all of my summer holidays I swore I would take a break after each one but could not They are long they are detailed all the names get a little confusing sometimes I suppose I myself could be accused of jumping on the bandwagon what with the TV series airing last night n the USA Maybe so but as I have had the books on my kindle and some of them n paperback for some time now certainly before the glorious casting of Jamie Fraser I feel I can join the legion of true fans those of you who started reading this series when Alaskan Nights it was first released many moons agoTo be honest I am not sure where the last book finished and this one started All I knews that I wanted to read about Jamie and Claire and their journey n the New World Let the dead bury the dead Sassenach he said softly The past s gone the future s not come And we are here together you and I I was lucky enough to see the first episode of the TV series and t was wonderful I thought t stayed verra true to the book and I am sure that s what Ms
Gabaldon and the fans wanted Jamie Always Look Twice is perfect Hes sooooand the fans wanted Jamie All For You: Halfway There / Buckhorn Ever After / The One You Want / One Perfect Night is perfect Hes soooo He Any Man Of Mine is tough too but he has a heart of gold D ye ken that the only time I am without pains Annalee And The Lawman in your bed Sassenach When I take ye when I lien your arms my wounds are healed then my scars forgotten We did not study a lot of American History The Apollonides Mistress Scandal in school We did learn about the obvious major historical moments The American Revolution the Colonial period och aye anything where the British are trying to take over us Irish are verranterested I do like history and am very proud that my son s starting his first year n University IN SCOTLAND to study history I think this book was over a two or three year time spam I sort of know because Jamie was the same age as me when the book started and he did then turn 50 Even a fifty year old Jamie Anything For His Son is a fine figure of a man You are beautiful he whispered to me If you say so Do ye not believe me Have I ever lied to you That s not what I mean I meanf you say Anticipation it thent s true You make t true But this was not just Jamie and Claire s journey We had Roger and Brianna I love Roger What the poor man had to go through Bloody hell I nearly gave up at one stage when one part was happeningROGERBRIANNAThere s still a lot to happen n this adventureThat ballocks Stephen Bonnet s still out there or s he God I hate that bastard He would have to be Irish wouldn t he Here s who I Annie and the Outlaw imagine the toad would look like I will have the Gandy Police on my case now Och bringt on I have Jamie on my side There may be a day when you and I shall part again he said softly at last and his fingers brushed my lips light as the touch of a falling leaf He smiled faintly But ANNIE AND THE PRINCE it willna be today Off to find my next read It will be a hard act to follow this oneAnd how could we forget wee Jemmy And the story continues Listening to these audio books back to back they are starting to run together I think I mentioned this before butt s like one big ongoing Outlander movie or something I don t know The Single Dad's Redemption if what I listened to was something from the other book or vise versa Here s what I know Everyones living together at Fraser s Ridge Jamie gets called A Christmas Affair into the army by the Governor and Rogers with him There s some fighting but I think there s to come And sweet baby Jesus The Apple Orchard if Roger didn t go through hell I mean he did do something stupid I thoughtt was stupid You can t do that stuff back When Hitler Took Austria: A Memoir of Heroic Faith by the Chancellor's Son in the day you could hardly dot now But when he saw someone he knew he should have just waved and went on about t But no he has to be an diot and go over and talk and what not go over and talk and what not the middle of people wanting to start a war Then t just gets horrible from there Luckily a man came and got Jamie and Bree and Claire n the nick of time to save him They thought he was dead and my heart was on the floor until finding out he was still barely alive At this point I would have been thinking the hell did I come back to this damn arse time n history Alas t took so. Life together n North Carolina But tensions both ancient and recent threaten members of their clan Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy James must beleve Claire though he would prefer not to Claire has shared a dr. .