I've commenced reading the second Outlander novel, "Dragonfly in Amber".
The novel has started in modern times for Claire. She is in Scotland with her daughter Brianna, looking into what happened to Jamie's men (not Jamie because she knows he died of course) and to find a way to let her daughter know who her father really is ... was. Employing the help of Roger Wakefield (MacKenzie), Claire is able to find out what happened to some of the men from Lallybroch, though Roger keeps coming across the name Jamie Fraser, though he doesn't appear on Claire's list. She informs him she knows he died on the field of Culloden.
After finding the location of Johnathon Randall's grave, Roger takes Claire and Brianna (Bree is very excited about this because it is her "daddy's" ancestor, therefore hers) to the kirk at St Kilda to see the grave site, though Brianna insists it stays a secret to surprise her mother.
Claire unexpectedly comes across the grave of James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser .. her husband and not where she expected to find him. Claire now begins the tale of her life in Scotland, 200 years in the past.
It has been some time since I updated, life has been busy!! Well, I've finished the first novel for the I have no idea time and loved it as I always have, though I think this was the first time I didn't sob like a baby with what Black Jack did to Jamie and then everything that happened at the Abby in France. I've started reading "Dragonfly In Amber", hopefully I'll not take long.
What I'd give to have a day with nothing more to do than read. I've never taken this long to read Outlander before .. anyhow, the story continues ...
Claire overhears Colum berate Dougal for his stupidity and believes that Dougal has gotten Loaghaire pregnant. Whilst visiting with Colum, Claire witnesses young Hamish come off a horse and nearly squished by the beast and witnesses Colum's despair and she she notes to him that he loves the boy as if he were his own. The story of 16yr old Jamie and the Duke of Sandringham is told and we learn that the Duke has a taste for young boys. Claire helps Jamie and Auld Alec deliver a foal and much to her surprise, she enjoys the experience. Whilst out with Geillis, Claire comes across a baby on a fairy hill and learns about changeling babies and the strong belief held to the people of the town. Wanting to rescue the baby, she once again places herself in danger but is stopped by Jamie from doing so, but was it before anyone had seen her with the baby? On a visit to the Duncan's, Claire finds herself under the influence of opium and questioned of who she is by Geillis. Back at the castle, Arthur Duncan dies even after Claire attempts to revive him ... her lips are numb from performing mouth to mouth. Jamie goes hunting with the Duke and asks Claire to stay away from Geillis Duncan, though when Laoghaire comes to Claire and says that Geillis is ill and has sent word for Claire to visit, she goes against Jamie's wishes and leaves to visit her, finding that Geillis didn't actually send for her.
SPOLER ALERT!!!!! News reaches Castle Leoch of Dougal's wife's death. Though married for 24 years, Jamie's guestimates that in reality they'd probably only spent a total of 3yrs together as Dougal was usually at the castle and doing business in Colum's stead. Jamie gives young Hamish a lesson about horses and answers his questions about having a wife and the duties that come with being a husband. Claire treats Auld Alec and learns of Ellen MacKenzie and how she and Brian Fraser were married, despite the wishes of her brothers.
I've been somewhat busy, so I've not read in such a long time, it was nice to read a few chapters tonight and escape into Claire and Jamie's world again.
Dougal receives word that the Duke of Sandringham is visiting Castle Leoch. The Duke just may be able to pardon Jamie for the crime of a murder he didn't commit, a murder that was apparently committed by Captain Randall, yet pinned on Jamie. Being back at Castle Leoch, Jamie is reminded that his marriage entitles him to a percentage of the earnings from rent collecting and is keen to get his hands on that money which equates to 20 pounds a quarter. Claire sees Laoghaire back at the castle and finds that she is not only jealous of the girl but also conflicted about her deep feelings for Jamie and for the first time is faced with the thought of losing him when and if she makes it back to the stone circle. Jamie surprises Claire by using his share of the rent by purchasing a wedding ring for her. It is a wide silver band, decorated in a Highland interlace style with a small and delicate Jacobean thistle bloom carved into the center of each link.
Down on the banks, having gone to cool off ... Claire encounters a myth in her time, but a reality in her new time. The Loch Ness Monster. While in their travels with the MacKenzie clan, Claire wakes to find a piece of amber with a dragonfly suspended ... a gift from Hugh Munroe. This is wrapped with an inscription on the material in latin … da mi basin mille, diende centum, dein mille altera, dein secunda centum… As they travel throughout the lands, Jamie slowly tells Claire more about himself and family. A shocking discovery she finds is that if Jamie dies, she becomes the sole owner of Lallybroch, though she has never yet been there. It seems that life goes from peaceful, romantic and discovery and then quickly to danger, time and again. Jamie and Claire have a moment alone and take advantage of the time, to find in the midst of passion, a musket is placed against Jamie's head and Claire is nearly raped, having to save herself by using the skills taught to her by stabbing her attacker. Not long after, Jamie leaves Claire alone while he goes to conduct business and one thing leads to another and she finds herself yet again in the company of Black Jack. Having put herself, Jamie and the rest of the men they are traveling with in danger, Jamie hands out the punishment he threatened upon Claire if she didn't stay safely where he'd placed her and so he takes a strap to her backside. Naturally Claire objects highly to this treatment having come from a time when men beating their wives was somewhat frowned upon, so their relationship is tested. Riding through the night, they begin to talk and open up to each other again and Jamie tells Claire of his history with Black Jack, why he was angrier than he would normally have been and the offer Black Jack made so Jamie could get out of a second whipping, that he declined and possibly led to his father's death.
Was able to read a few more pages tonight, I hope the weekend gives me time to read a considerable amount more.
With the choice of facing Black Jack or becoming a Scot, Claire finds herself married to Jamie, in the same church that 200 years ahead, she married Frank in. Much to her surprise, it turns out to be quite agreeable with her and she is enjoying all aspects of being married to Jamie. Through this time, we hear Jamie call Claire "mo duinne" which means "my brown one" .. a term of endearment. (A note for those who haven't read the novels before, this term changes in the following novels as DG found out that it wasn't quite correct, so had that changed). It is during this time that we also realise that Jamie often calls Claire "Sassenach", also as a term of endearment. Jamie and Claire cross paths with Hugo Munro who is a friend of Jamie's and a local beggar. Though Hugh can't talk, he communicates very well with his own hand gestures that Jamie understands as well as though he was speaking. Through their conversation, Jamie is able to change the location of meeting Horrocks, a man who may help prove Jamie's innocence and take the price off of his head. After a clash with the Grant's, it is discovered that Jamie has given Claire a knife for her own protection, but he hasn't taught her how to use it. So clan MacKenzie along with Jamie, train Claire how to use it so that she can sufficiently protect herself.
I've slowed down on my reading as I'm back at work and busy with life matters that just pop up, but I have done some reading.
SPOILER ALERT Claire has been riding around the country side with Clan MacKenzie, collecting rents and money for Bonnie Prince Charlie and in that time, Dougal took Claire to meet with the garrison commander at Brockton who just happens to be Captain Jonathon Randall. After a thump to the stomach and then a visit to St Ninian's Spring with Dougal, he is convinced that Claire isn't a spy, French or English and the only way to save her from being handed over to Black Jack is to become a Scot. How does one do that? Marriage of course.
So I spent the day off and on reading when I had a moment to spare .. so hate being interrupted when reading, but I guess that is always going to happen.
Though a brief outlay of what I've read and where I'm up to .. still this is necessary ... SPOILER ALERT!!! Read further is to do so at your own risk.
So where am I up to. Lets see, Claire and Frank were on their honeymoon in Scotland after reuniting post war, trying to get the love happening, more importantly wanting to make a baby. Claire went back to the stone circle, Craigh na Dun and fell through the cleft in the stones and what do you know, she is now in 1743, having come from her time of 1945. After her encounter with Black Jack (he never fails to make my skin crawl), she was 'rescued' by Murtagh, only to find herself a guest at Castle Leoch, whether she likes it or not. Whist there, Colum has had her tend to people's injury's, Mistress Fitz has had her attend the herb garden, she has met Geillis Duncan, there has been the Gathering and the MacKenzie Clan have pledged themselves to the MacKenzie, though Jamie tactfully got out of that sticky situation .. well, so he thought. Now Claire is back on the road with Dougal MacKenzie while he collects rents etc for Colum, Jamie is along for the ride, to find out that he wasn't oh so clever at the Gathering and Claire has found herself engaged in conversation with Ned Gowan.
And that is where I'm at! Wanted to get more read, but it is a good start.
Happy New Year to all. Now that it is 2012, I can finally commence the Diana Gabaldon Reading Challenge benig held by Lit Bitch (http://www.thelitbitch.com/?page_id=1314) ... I'm SO very excited about this. Yeah I know, I should be too hung over to be reading, but thankfully I'm not and well, it is after 3pm in the afternoon, what a perfect time to start :)
I just happened across a site that gives you a step by step self tour called "The Diana Gabaldon trail". The tour is to give you a taste of the places that Claire and Jamie travelled throughout Scotland in their travels together. I SO have to get there one of these days and mark my words, I will!
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Headed to the Big Screen
Diana Gabaldon's popular "Outlander" series of fantasy novels are headed to the big screen. Essential Pictures is developing the franchise with a screenplay by Randall Wallace, of Braveheart, Man in the Iron Mask, Pearl Habor, and We Were Soldiers. No director has been chosen yet, although the screenplay is currently out to filmmakers. The series, which began in 1991 with the novel "Outlander", tells the story of Claire Randall, the time-traveling wife of an 18th century Scottish Highlander named Jamie. Essential has fast-tracked the project and is hoping to quickly get it into production sometime next spring.
With only a few more days to go before I start re-reading the Outlander series and I'm excited! It has taken my everything to not pick up Outlander and read it now, but I will wait till 2012 and read with everyone else in the challenge, this is going to be brilliant!
This morning I visited Diana Gabaldon's website, just to check to see if there was a date listed for the 8th novel and perhaps a title. I'd not visited in quite some time.
My heart was instantly broken.
Though there was the title of this much anticipated novel, "Written In My Own Heart's Blood" ... there was also in brackets after it (due out early 2013) ... and there is the sound of my heart breaking. I have to wait another year. Perhaps I'll finish this reading challenge and move onto the Lord John series which I tried long ago but just didn't get into. I need something to sustain me and perhaps this is the motivation to get into the others. Feeling somewhat disappointed.
I've signed up at Lit Bitch reading challenge for the Outlander Series. How freaking perfect!! With the next novel due out 2012, I always re-read all of the current novels before the newest comes out (this is even more of a challenge because I'm reading two different novels at the moment and I want to finish them as well, there's just not enough hours in the day). I will also take the opportunity to gather information from the novels to update this site.
Anyhow, I want to keep a track of how I'm going, along with my thoughts and comments, which I believe I'll be posting on The Lit Bitch's site, so that will work out well for here too. I'm SO excited about reading the series again and chatting about it with other readers ... SO CAN'T WAIT!! I just wish I knew the actual date that it was starting, other than Jan 2012 ... guess I'll just start reading and visit back to the site to see how this all works. I think there will be questions and participation ... will have to wait and see. Anywho .. for others who are interested in joining in .. here's the information from the site:
Sign Up Details: If you want to take part all you have to do is create a sign up post in the Mr Linky area located at the bottom of this page.
To sign up you MUST comment after linking your info below.
Please add the button to your sidebar – make sure that it links back to this post so others can join the challenge if they wish. Please make a post on your blog about participating in the challenge and link back here.
If you don’t have a blog or URL that’s fine you can still participate….please email me your info and I will post. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio books are ok
If you have read the series before or are a few of the books that’s fine feel free to participate…..the goal is to read all the books whether it’s your first time or not ENJOY
Challenge Details: Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 – 31 Dec 2012 (SIGN UP ANYTIME BETWEEN NOW AND THEN!!) Rules – Read all SEVEN (7) books in the Outlander Series (books titles below). The reading challenge can crossover into other challenges. You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year. Reviews are great but not required.
You DO NOT have to have a blog to join in -just email me at email@example.com and I will be sure to include you in the challenge/subscriptions– join the discussion and comments section to let us know when you’ve read a book and what you thought of it!
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Books in Series Order: Outlander (1991) Dragonfly in Amber (1992) Voyager (1994) Drums of Autumn (1997) The Fiery Cross (2001) A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005) An Echo in the Bone (2009)