"Gabaldon uses time travel primarily to allow a modern heroine, [but] this is basically a richly textured historical novel with an unusual and compelling love story."
"Great fun ...marvelous and fantastic adventures, romance, sex ...perfect escape reading!"
San Francisco Chronicle
After I wrote about the great time travel film, Hot-Tub Time Machine, Mary Rose sent me a very nice email and commented that HTTM "doesn't do the concept of time travel justice." Hmm, and I was just about to get into the jacuzzi and spill a Russian power beverage on the heating mechanism. (Of course, I'm kidding -- I don't have a jacuzzi.) Mary Rose recommended the time-travel worldbuilding in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels.
I've heard of these books and I didn't realize they were time-travel stories. I thought they were historical fantasies -- but isn't that what time travel is? So if you're looking for something to fill the gaping hole in your life while awaiting HTTM 2, you may want to bite into this more substantive series.
Outlander, (Outlander #1) - The 20th Anniversary edition was released last summer.
SUMMARY: The year is 1945. Claire Randall is traveling with her husband when she touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is hurled back in time to a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord 1743. Catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, she soon realizes that an alliance with James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, might be the only way to survive. Thus begins a work of unrivaled storytelling that has become a modern classic.
For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his....
Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart...
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone
Written in My Own Heart's Blood with be released in 2013. To learn more about Diana Gabaldon and her time travel series, visit her website.
If I have time tomorrow, I'll blog about sluts and sluttery and sluttishness and current culture and slut-shaming and all that. But I have a crazy-making deadline and so I may have to put the important topic of fun girls on hold.
GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAYThe theme is time: days, hours, weeks, years, minutes.
Just how cheezetastic is this song? Kelly Clarkson probably has nightmares about it.
This angsty tribute to Annie and Mitchell of Being Human really makes me miss this couple. It's set to 30 Seconds to Mars's version of "Bad Romance."
Here's something cheerful to counteract the angst.
And back to cheezetos territory.