Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shazam! Here We Go Again!

SPOILER ALERT:  Dinna read unless you have reached 4% in Written in My Own Heart's Blood! (Still canna believe I actually have it.  It's like a dream.) 

Before I talk MOBY, let me just say that I am not rushing through this book.  If I had any guts at all, I'd be like MOP bud, Tonya and wait until a few months before Book 9 comes out to read MOBY.  It is beyond enthralling to know you have unread Gabaldon at the ready.  But...alas...my will power is in the toilet...and I was sneakily peeking at 3AM the morning the book came out.

Soooo...that's why I'm only at 4%.  (Well that and the cray cray last two weeks of last-weeks-of-school mom hell I'm living this week and next.)

Let's go over a few points about what I've already read, shall we?

1 - TURTLE EFFING SOUP, PEOPLE!!!!  Could Diana have given us a better gift this early in the story than reminding us of Claire feverishly biting the berth?  No, no she could NOT!  (jumps up and down and claps hands) It was 3 AM and there it was, jumping off the page like manna from the heavens.  And for that I'm truly grateful.

2 - Here's me - in tears - at 3AM on Tues - reading about Jamie tapping the tune of the lone ranger on the door.  THAT - alone - was worth 4 years, if you're truly a Jamie Fraserphile such as myself.

No, I'm not playing a cool cat in LA!
I'm playing a Revolutionary War dude!
3 - LIBERTY CAPS!!!  Do we not swoon over Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell) in his liberty cap on Turn every Sunday?!  Love that!!

4 - Jethro Woodbine.  There is a "Woodbine" avenue in Philadelphia.  Just had to point that out.  Miss Erin (MOP Chat Frequent Flyer) will giggle when she sees this.

5 - "he was weeping savagely, tears running down his own face, and his wet, half-hard cock flopping out of his breeches."  This.  THIS is why I love William.  He's such a conundrum.  He's so perfect on the outside while being vulnerable (and downright clueless sometimes) on the inside.  He's like a wide-eyed child, trying so hard to be important...but the harder he tries, the sillier he appears.  It's impossible for me not to find him completely endearing, no matter what attitude he's spewing or sticky situation he's gotten himself into on any given day.

(Just realized how the above quote would look to someone who has never read the book.  I swear, it's not porn!  Read the series!!)

I wonder if Jenny and Claire will ever
go shopping for trendy duds and lip gloss. 
I want to throw a genuine Thank You out there to Diana Gabaldon for not making us suffer though a long, drawn-out rift between Jenny and Claire.  It would have been exhausting, and it's completely refreshing to see Jenny being so sisterly to Claire (who undeniably needs a lil' love right now).  I am totally enjoy watching the two of them prattling on like the besties they should be.  I hated hating Jenny; I'm so thrilled to love her again.

Off to read...but must mention this first.  Watching Jamie kick the shit out of Lord John was the most delicious literary fun I've had in eons.  And how exciting was it that their little scuffle was interrupted?  Way to drag it out, DG.  It's like the greatest fictitious foreplay ever.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm right where you are - reading it slowly, and noticed the same things!!!

Mon said...

Can I just say how EFFING EXCITED I am to finally be able to read these posts in 'real time'?!?!? So. Excited.

Vicky said...

I am at the same stage of the book as you, and you have definitely hit the high points that I would have. I have 30 mins till my lunch break then off to find a quite corner and get some more reading done.

Anonymous said...

I made that same vow. Held off until Tuesday morning to read. Started slowly and BAM now I'm at 46%. It's just no use.

Juliazun said...

So happy you've started blogging this book!!

bretam said...

Yayyyyy its begun...and I don't care how fast I read it cause we waited four looong years!!!

susan317 said...

Great article- I'm at 5% and intend to make it last as long as possible- it'll be loooonnnggggg time until the next book!

TRuff said...

I'm about the same point as you. ITA with everything you wrote! Especially turtle soup, I was totally getting the sensation. Lol. Love this! Even I have to admit I'd never be able to wait for this book like I did with Echo. Not possible. I'll be in purgatory with all my MOP peeps this time around. :)

Connie said...

Finished the whole thing and am like a limp dish rag, but am immensely satisfied. (Kinda sounds like sex, now that I go back and read what I just typed.) God, I love Diana Gabaldon!

Purgatory Carol said...

LOL Mon. You rock. :)

Purgatory Carol said...

OMG Mandy. That's what I'm afraid of. I have sooo much going on right now (spending the day at Washington's Crossing with my son's 3rd grade class; at least it's Revolutionary War-related!) But once I have a good chunk of time? I'm in big trouble. I will not be able to stop. Like Jamie and his unflagging joy. ;)

Purgatory Carol said...

RIGHT, Susan? I live in terror of these next four years!!!

Unknown said...

Work, then home, hubby wants supper, then "where are my pants?", so have to do laundry. Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! I CAN'T FINE TIME TO READ!!!! (But I have read this much! Loved the Lone Ranger bit!!)

Unknown said...

I'm a wee bit ahead of you but LOVED everything you pointed out! To hit us with Turtle Soup - and Claire's reminiscing .. fabulousness!!!

Also LJG yelling "I'm not sorry!" totally made me laugh out loud!

Erin said...

Personal shout-out!! Love it! I didn't realize those knit caps had a name. I've been watching Turn and wondered about that knit cap Abe's always wearing.

I'm reading slowly to, as I want to savor every moment.

Diane K said...

At about 20% now; spent over 2 hours last night on it because I. could. not. put. it. down!! I married into a Philly Quaker family, and DG has done a great job with that history. This time I can actually picture all the places where things are happening and as usual, Herself's research is epic. And, oh! Ian!!!

Suzy said...

Been waiting for your blogging...I finished it in 1. 1/2 days. Now suffering from major headache dizziness. ( I kid you not). My husband and children were set to fend for themselves. Wouldn't dare give anything away. First time I did not peek at the last page and so glad I did not. Anyway just wanted u to know I look forward to your posts. Now gonna start again, real slow!

Unknown said...

So glad to see your posts! I finished last night and intend to reread it next week. Looking forward to your reactions as you get farther into it.

Brymen said...

PART SIX - 68% I had to get up and attempt to focus my eyes on something farther than a 12 inches in front of my face. I have to keep reading. There have been some parts of the book that after I read them. I just stare into space not able to focus on anything and wonder about Diana and what a twisted, sadistic, humorous, evil, conniving, and wonderful imagination she has. Does she have any idea what power she has over her readers? What would it be like to have dinner with her?

Anonymous said...

I just started the last book (I was lucky enough stumble upon Outlander summer on a road trip--not even knowing the TV show or 7 more books existed), and I cannot believe I have almost reached the end of the series (thus far). Anyways, I have been reading along with your blog as well...thanks! I am on chapter 5, and I am scared that Jenny is going to die at the end. The book started with Ian and the cairns and the books almost always circle back to the seemingly random place they started. I think I would be okay if she did. I am so scared for LJG and William and Ian and Jemmy (when will that come around I wonder), that if somebody has to go I would not mind it being Jenny.

Dani said...

I just found your blog, and I was going to wait until I re-read the books (because I most certainly WILL until April), but I just couldn't. I DEVOURED the books since the mid-season finale of the series. I've just started MOBY, and I feel like I won't be able to put it down! I can't believe all the cliffhangers DG left (Jemmy!)
I've read some of your post about the other books and I LOVED them, I wish I had found the books earlier so I could have comment with you :(
So far I loved the way the relationship between Claire and Hal is developing, though I am truly afraid of what will happen when he finds out about Jamie...
And JAMIE! God, why would Lord John tell him THAT like THAT? Still, I get it. I LOLed at that part, but I'm really worried about John!
Okay, I'll go on reading now. I just want to add that your blog is amazing, and I really enjoy reading the comments and discussions. It's great to have found someone who does, because I'm from Argentina and here Outlander is not popular at all (shame on us!) I really NEED to talk about this with someone!

Purgatory Carol said...

Awww Thanks Dani! Welcome! We have chat TONIGHT - Monday night - at 9PM Eastern if there's any way you can join us! :) If not, keep on reading and keep on commenting!! We love discussing Outlander at MOP!

Anonymous said...

Ladies! I have finally caught up with you, almost. As a guy lurking in the shadows, I've spent many a night chuckling over the banter between our lead lassies (Carol and Tracy). I started reading in mid November and am now just starting MOBY. I don't know how you did it, having to wait years between releases. Me, i finish one and start the next same day. Please keep me laughting.

Purgatory Carol said...

Anon - it is not easy to wait! You will see when you are finished MOBY! Withdrawal City. :( We will be here for you when you do. And come to chat on Monday nights! We'll be your support group! And we looooooove male Outlander fans! :)