I loved Outlander and am so sad that it is coming to an end. Thank You hosts and fellow read-a-longers for participating. I love reading everyone’s answers each week. Hopefully I’ll catch some of you around Goodreads continuing the series. I have the next one sitting on my shelf waiting for its turn. Everyone is linking up one last time over at Gone with the Words.
Chapter 29-35 Discussion:
1. Jamie has the worst case of seasickness. Do you get seasickness or motion sickness? If not, is there something else that makes your stomach a bit queasy?
I’ve never been out on the open sea, but I don’t get lake-sickness. I used to get car sick if I sat in the backseat or tried to read. It has gotten better with age.
2. How did you handle reading the details of Jamie’s torture at the hands of Randall? Did you blame Jamie for anything that happened during the encounter with the captain? If you were Claire, how do you think you would have taken hearing about the abuse from your husband? What do you think of Claire’s method’s to get Jamie to start healing psychologically from his wounds from Randall?
It was gut-wrenching, especially at the point he just wish death would come. There really aren’t words. *tears* I don’t blame Jamie at all. He was trying to save his wife. He vowed he would do it with his life, if necessary. I just wonder did he know what kind of torture Randall was going to use when he said he wouldn’t fight? I think Claire did a great job staying quiet and letting him get it off his chest. He couldn’t have handled it, if she was interrupting with bawling or pity-filled comments. I totally didn’t know what Claire had up her sleeve, but I think it might of been brilliant. He had to get his fight back.
3. Which elements of Outlander were you most looking forward to? Which did you enjoy the most while reading? Which did you enjoy the least while reading? Which did you just not care about? Any of these do you wish there were more of? or less of?
I really didn’t have any expectations, but characters and their relationships are always most important to me. I felt this book got an A+ in this area. There was a lot of relationship building between Claire and Jamie, plus some nicely fleshed out secondary characters. I am going to stick with relationships. I loved the intimacy and the fiery-ness. The things that were less important for me was the moral ambiguity. I didn’t have any issues with the choices the characters had to make. The history (I know I’m a history teacher) wasn’t much of a player for me. 1730s Scotland wasn’t a significant moment in history for me, so it was simply background details for me.
4. Share with us your overall thoughts on Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Your favorite quotes, scenes, and/or your favorite words that had you searching for a dictionary. If you haven’t been marking your favorite quotes/passages, you can find Outlander quotes on Goodreads.
There are way too many as you can see by the picture of my tagged book. I loved the wedding, the consummation, the story-telling walk after Jamie spanked Claire, Claire choosing to stay, Jenny-Ian-Jamie reminiscing and Jamie giving his last reason why he married her.
5. Are you going to continue with the series or are you done after Outlander? For those of us who are new readers of this series, any predictions? Do you think participating in the read-along helped or hindered your experience with the story? For those of you who’ve already read Outlander and books beyond, how much did you enjoy (or not) this re-read?
I love read-alongs, because I’ve yet to find a book club and this is as good as it gets. I love the questions and love to read everyone’s responses. But like with all good books, I don’t ever want to stop at the end of an assigned chapter. I really liked it, but wish there weren’t so many readers that really didn’t enjoy the book I already have Dragonfly in Amber ready to read as soon as I get a break in some of my piles.
Bonus #2: Dream Library. I would just like to have a great set of shelves and I’d be happy. I don’t have the dual level or high enough ceilings for this, but it is pretty groovy.