The Outlandish Companion

The Outlandish Companion

In Which Much Is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, Their Lives and Times, Antecedents, Adventures, Companions, and Progeny, With Learned Commentary (and Many Footnotes) by Their Humble Creator

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions of readers with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels, the inspiration for the Starz original series. From the moment Claire Randall stepped through a standing stone circle and was thrown back in time to the year 1743--and into a world that threatens life, limb, loyalty, heart, soul, and everything else Claire has--readers have been hungry to know everything about this world and its inhabitants, particularly a Scottish soldier named Jamie Fraser.
 
In this beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish, Gabaldon covers the first four novels of the main series, including:
 
* full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
* a complete listing of the characters (fictional and historical) in the first four novels in the series, as well as family trees and genealogical notes
* a comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage
* the fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel
* frequently asked questions to the author and her (sometimes surprising) answers
* an annotated bibliography
* essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, creating characters, and more
* professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
 
For anyone who wants to spend more time with the Outlander characters and the world they inhabit, Diana Gabaldon here opens a door through the standing stones and offers a guided tour of what lies within.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780385324137
0385324138
Branch Call Number: 813.54 GABALDON
Characteristics: xxix, 577 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Oct 08, 2015

The plot summaries of the first 4 novels in the series would be spoilers for anybody who hasn't read them yet. So don't read this book if you haven't already read those books! If you have, you might find at least sections of this book fascinating, as I did. Some more than others. I confess I skimmed the section on Gaelic, as I don't really care about the actual technical meaning; I pick up enough from the context. I was fascinated by Gabaldon's process of researching and writing her books. And I loved her own voice, which comes through loud and clear. She claims she's not Claire, but her voice is very much like Claire's (except she's very clear that she never swears, and Claire swears a lot). This book also explains, as much as she can, where her characters "come from." Interestingly, comments on her novels in reviews show that Brianna is the most problematic character. And Brianna had to exist for purely situational reasons in the beginning. No wonder it takes a long time for Gabaldon to fill her out as a person. That's my spoiler, I guess. I thought I'd pick and choose what I read in this book, but ended up reading it all, except for the Gaelic section. I did pick and choose the order I read it in, however, starting with the plot summaries, the characters, and the genealogical charts. If you're at all interested in writing, and have read the first 4 novels, this will probably appeal to you.

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.

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CatherineBrown303
May 06, 2011

Book 5

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elag24
Apr 20, 2011

This was helpful, but not as interesting as I had hoped it would be. I liked the Gaelic / English phrase dictionary. Useful for checking on what the characters were really saying. The synopsis could be a spoiler if someone hasn't read the first four novels.

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ilsamarie
Aug 04, 2010

Excellent resource intended for refreshing the memory on what happened in the first 4 books of the Outlander series.

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