It is a gorgeous day here in New England; but I am inside reading free books, stories and excerpts on a site http://bittenbybooks.com/. Am I crazy telling you about other sites; no, I think if I give you info you want you will appreciate it. Besides, I am sure you don’t want to just read my ideas all the time.
And, I am pretty sure you want to hear about other ideas and genres than just Vampires. So, I was thinking about one of my favorite series, Diana Gabaldon’s Voyager series. Last fall saw the release of the seventh in this long-lived series, An Echo in The Bone. I think I first read the original novel, Outlander. in 1994. It was originally published in 1991. And, there are few series I will buy at new release prices for Kindle or in hardcover. These I will (of course then I have to watch the Kindle price drop on a weekly basis. Aside from a great, hot romance these are really well researched and discuss life the way we do. Questions you may have thought of about the past are answered candidly.
The main female character, Claire is strong in this series, but I must say it is the man, Jamie Fraser who will steel your breath. Back then we used to say that Mel Gibson would have been the perfect actor to play Jamie. But, now, it would have to be someone younger, as Jamie is in his early twenties when the series begins. Gabaldon says she knows just what the characters look like but is not very familiar with the actors available today (except she doesn’t favor Ms. Bullock as Claire). She points out that many of her readers are quite sure of who should be which character and have sent many videos in to her which she has collected on her You Tube Channel. If you have read these books and wondered yourself who would be the perfect Jamie or Claire you owe it to yourself to look — Beannee73’s is particularly on the mark. Another suggests an actor who looks an awful lot like the blond Jesus print my mother (and a good many other’s) had hanging up my entire childhood. It would be akin to thinking of your parents in the throes of passion — that is, it would ruin the experience for me! Isn’t it a pain when you have imagined characters for so long and they cast the “wrong” actor! I am interested in your thoughts here too.
But, as the books have progressed so have the characters in age and time so while it is quite lovely that Claire and Jamie have been together through these seven books, it is now a read where passion is not the first thing about them. They are still great fun to read but the hot spark has been snuffed by the aches and pains of people my own age. But, to have kept this going for almost 20 years, that is something to feel proud about! There is a spin off series as well: the Lord John Grey novels and a few other bits and pieces.
Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series, snagged wholesale from her website:
- Outlander (also titled Cross Stitch) Published: June 1, 1991
- Dragonfly in Amber Published: July 1, 1992
- Voyager Published: December 1, 1993
- Drums of Autumn Published: December 30, 1996
- The Fiery Cross Published: November 6, 2001
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes Published: September 27, 2005
Winner: Quill Award Winner: Corinne International Book Prize
- An Echo in the Bone Published: September 22, 2009
- Book eight, Outlander series No Publication Date
Book Cover: http://126.96.36.199/~dianagab/IPK/IPK.html