Saturday, February 20, 2010

My Outlander Purgatory Chat Room

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31 comments:

  1. Great idea, Carol ~ can't wait to see it up and running!
    ~Laura

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  2. I love this idea. I very much enjoy your blog and would love to chat about the book with your other followers, however I am early into the series (beginning Voyager), so I have to be xtra careful of spoilers. Thanks for accommodating the newbie.

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  3. Thanks Holly and Laura!

    Holly I am a FREAK about spoilers so I try verra hard to avoid giving any out!! I wish I were you! Voyager is such a great book!

    (Hell I wish I was starting OUTLANDER for the first time!) :)

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  4. I wish I had Outlander before me too! What a great reading experience this has been. Carol, I echo what the guest said in the chat this evening - hope you didn't mind that we chatted in Spanish, since it was just the two of us! The chat is a fun addition and I've really enjoyed it.
    And, just started Echo... wish I were still on ABOSAA to keep up with the discussion!

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  5. I and take a walk just to clear my head of the whole thing! I understand "cliffhangers" and such, but must DG absolutely NOT let Claire and Jamie live in happiness for a period of time before she tears them apart, simply (in my opinion) to sell another book in her series?!! I am on the 3rd book and am thinking very seriously of not reading anymore, I know, for the simple fact, I am afraid to read any further because it appears that they will not end up happily ever after. The ghost in the first book? Somebody help me with that? And 20 years apart? She couldn't do with 5 or 10?! I know I am critical, but I am upset right now, I just want them to be happy for gravy's sakes!! zkmm53@goldmail.etsu.edu for any enlightenment!!

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  6. I and take a walk just to clear my head of the whole thing! I understand "cliffhangers" and such, but must DG absolutely NOT let Claire and Jamie live in happiness for a period of time before she tears them apart, simply (in my opinion) to sell another book in her series?!! I am on the 3rd book and am thinking very seriously of not reading anymore, I know, for the simple fact, I am afraid to read any further because it appears that they will not end up happily ever after. The ghost in the first book? Somebody help me with that? And 20 years apart? She couldn't do with 5 or 10?! I know I am critical, but I am upset right now, I just want them to be happy for gravy's sakes!! zkmm53@goldmail.etsu.edu for any enlightenment!!

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  7. Karen--you definitely sound like a woman in the throes of Voyager!! It is by far the most emotionally draining of the series--but for the love of all that is holy, KEEP READING. I don't think you'll regret it... ;-)

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  8. Karen,

    Keep reading... take it from me, this is the best series I have ever read in my life. Its life changing in the fact that I think about the characters almost every day, they are like real people to me. Regarding the 20 year separation, what would we all think of Claire if she abandoned her 10 or 12 year old daughter in the 1950s to go back to Jamie? The only way the author could bring Jamie and Claire together was by doing at a time when Claire would not be considered a horrible mother. At 20 years old, Brianna is old enough to be left behind (although this was still traumatic, of course). No spoilers here, but you must know that there are already 4 books written after Voyager...and they are about Jamie and Claire. So no worries. Also, the author has ASSURED all her fans that the series will end well. The ghost in Outlander, is a ghost... he will be explained at the end of the very last book Diana writes. She has said MANY times, that the series will end "Happily ever after". I am jealous that I am not reading Voyager for the first time!! Sal

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  9. Karen - What Sal said is PERFECT. It's exactly what I would have said. (Thanks to Sal for letting me be lazy. LOL) Just KEEP READING. I promise you I've felt the same way at one time or another. (Ask Tracey about my meltdown after Dragonfly in Amber. Lorddddd it was a meltdown.) I know you're going to love the books even more going forward. :)

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  10. PS - Sirena - girlfriend, you speak whatever language you want! When it comes to Jamie Fraser, there's only one language... the language of LOVEEEE baby! ;) (Corny, party of 1?)

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  11. Thank you all so much! It is unreal how I have gotten into these books! I too feel that they are real people, I worry about them. I thought I was losing it there for a while! I am driving my husband nuts: "I'm not going to read anymore! Oooh, that guy on UCF could play Jamie in a movie!.." on and on like that! I just needed to talk to someone who is actually reading the books and could help me out a bit! So, disheartening as it may be to go back to them, I will go back now and rejoin Claire on her search to see if Jamie is still alive...and I will stay with you all to see if they are united forever....Oh I hope so!!

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  12. My husband just corrected me:it is not UCF but UFC (ultimate fighting) I used to tell him it was barbaric to watch that, but last night an Irish guy was fighting and I was like "HM?" Ya know? Thank you about the 20 year bit. It would have been bad on Claire's part, you're right, to have left her child behind, but I had just wanted her to return to Jamie, with the child and not leave him for so long. That just broke my heart! Would it be spoiling it if you told me if they have more than just 3 years together from now on? Oh: how did you all get started reading these? I just stumbled on the Voyager book in a used bookstore a week ago. I asked the woman for book One because I didn't want to read it without having read the first one. On a whim I bought both of them. But I had to run to the bookstore and buy the second one before I even finished the first Outlander! I could just feel myself drifting into them! Another thing (sorry, I'm new here, I hope I don't aggrevate everyone! I'm a novice!) But, in the Voyager, when Jamie is talking about books and they discuss authors creating characters, do you think Diana was telling us something? I just thought of something positive though: since I am just starting these books, if I don't devour them too quickly, I won't have to wait long on the last book, will I?:) Thank you all for being so nice and helpful to a new Outlander fan!

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  13. Karen--Voyager is my favorite book in the whole series (I've read all but Echo). It's the best balance of raw emotion and riveting plot--and let me tell you, your reaction to what you've read so far is COMPLETELY normal. We've all been there, reacted that way. And I think you will be happy with how things turn out in this and future books... ;-)

    I started the series last year on the recommend of a friend. I was deep in the throes of Twilight, and my friend Emily was like, "If you love Edward, you will ADORE Jamie Fraser." It took me a while to pick up the first book--and get through the first couple hundred pages--but once I was onboard the Jamie Fraser train, you could not get me off!!!

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  14. Well, so far so good with Voyager. I rested peacefully last night, after days of agonizing over Jamie and Claire. Ugh!! But alas ladies, I find myself wanting to buy my hubbie a kilt!

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  15. I have not completed Voyager yet. I have forced myself to slow down a bit and actually enjoy the book, rather than read like a maniac to see how Jamie and Claire end up. I admit I have peeked at some of your discussion about the "future" and although I am confused by it since I don't know yet what all is to come, I went on a limb last night and bought "Drums" so I'm ready to move ahead. I am always so leary of reading when I am afraid something bad is going to come of the people I am entrnaced with, but I am trusting that you all would not have continued if it had not been worth the angst. Happy reading!

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  16. KILT! KILT! KILT! KILT! I say buy it!!!

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  17. I am soooo into this Voyager! I love it! Sometimes I could just choke Claire, but oh well!! Couldn't you just eat Jamie with a spoon, though?! No matter what he does or says it comes out perfect!! When's the movie?!

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  18. True dat, Karen. Jamie can do no wrong. I've been mad at him at different times in the past (ahem prostitutes in Dragonfly.. ahem) but I always forgive him. He's just so lovable.

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  19. I have finished Voyager and am beginning Drums of Autumn. I looove it. I am so grateful you all talked me down from my hysterical fit and I calmed down and kept reading! You were right! I try now not to do what Claire has been doing "visions only of that dreaded tombstone in the future" and I just enjoy when they are happy! AND what about Jamie and Ian finding Claire because of her shoes?! How awesome is that?! You all saved me in my Jamie/Claire distress and I continue forward! Yay!

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  20. OMG! I am so happy I found you. Up until last Friday, I thought I lived by myself in Outlander-verse.

    I had begun to read the series about 2 years ago but stopped after the "Wee Ho" incident in Voyager because I felt betrayed and hurt. Then as I was deciding what to do with my time between the fall and spring semesters at school this year, I decided to start the series again and fell in love with Jamie Fraser all over.

    I have since read all of the books, including ECHO and have lived in Outlander-verse ever since. I even changed my passwords at work to Outlander references so that I could have a few moments alone between myself and Jamie Fraser (crazy, right?) I have been dying to talk with someone about it but nobody I know will read them, although I am still working on them.

    I found your blog last Friday night nearly died laughing about farting and erectile dysfunction. It was then that I knew that I would follow you lovely Sassenachs anywhere. So, a big thanks to you and I look forward to further discussions.

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  21. Wow - thanks so much, Tracy M! That is verra cool and we're thrilled to have you joining our little blog-o-crazy! :) Jenn M, Shannon, Tracey R and I will be starting Echo as soon as Tracey R. allows it (she's my sister and our Outlander mentor). I canna WAIT to blog about it!

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  22. Tracy M. I know exactly how you feel! I was ready to quit before even getting to the middle of Voyager! I thought I was losing it, getting into a series so seriously! But the wonderful Sassenachs here thought it worth my time to continue...I did and I am not looking back! I just continue on and enjoy the love (and even the bad I know will come along!! ahem) I just can't get enough!! And I honestly think I would have thrown the books across the room and not picked them up had I not had encouragement...pitiful but true. Thank you fair ladies....

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  23. If yall decide to do that is only up to "Fiery Cross" - let me know - I'd LOVE to participate...until then, I suppose I'll keep my distance :)

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  24. OK Holly! I'll put the feelers out!

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  25. Just finished Drums of Autumn...wonderful book, as usual!! So, the following may not be good for someone who hasn't finished reading it!! I am a bit confused about a couple of things (not unusual) The baby Roger saved? Who is that supposed to be and the letter from Frank? The stone? Is that Jamie's stone that Claire found?! Did he have something to do with it? Am I reading correctly?!

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  26. Hello Sister Sassenauchs!! I don't know how close any of you are to Jonesborough, Tennessee, but guess what?! There is a tartan festival there this weekend! Seriously! I will be there, hoping to see kilts! Yay! Ha!:)

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  27. The Fiery Cross is beautiful so far. I am enjoying it verra much. Can Claire still have children? Or am I wishful thinking? Or would it be too much heartache and trouble for her and Jamie? I would just love to see her have another baby with Jamie? Anything for Jamie.....

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  28. I am loving the Fiery Cross. I am taking my time on this one. I don't want to end the story so quickly, especially since everyone is so happy for a while. And I don't want to wait two years to find out the ending. So if I can take my time on these last few maybe DG will be ready!!:) Still lovin Jamie and Claire!

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  29. I think you guys are the ones on you tube having a birthday party for Jamie?!?! If so, I love it! You're awesome. So fun and funny.
    I am in the middle of Fiery Cross. I was thinking to save the last 3 books for summer, but I just can't seem to stop reading!

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  30. I am loooving Fiery Cross so much! Oh if I had stopped at Voyager it would have been such a shame!! How about Claire and Bree with the buffalo? Awesome! And Jamie with this snake bite? Oh I couldn't even put it down!! I am wanting to save the last books too: If I can stand it that long!! Oh: Jamie was watching Claire brush her hair and smiling and Claire says "he loves to watch me brush my hair"....ok, the ghost was doing that in Outlander!!! Oh I can't imagine what is coming.....

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  31. Yes Anonymous - that's us! We had a ball! Almost lit the gazebo up with the candle on the shortbread and such windy conditions.. but all was well int he end! ;)

    Karen - it's so good. I have a friend who just started it - and another who just finished and moved on to A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Gotta keep reading!!!

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