This year, Literary Escapism is hosting the Outlander Reading Challenge, a fabulous saga of love, intrigue, war, politics and everything else one would want in a story. At a whopping 6,720 pages, this series is definitely one that can be a little intimidating for anyone who’s just starting; but one I believe is well worth the time and effort it takes. So let’s take a look at this series together.
Each month during 2012, we’ll be discussing each novel from this series, as well as the Lord John spinoff, and I totally can’t wait to see how everyone is enjoying each novel. This month, we are discussing Jamie and Claire’s time in Paris as well as Brianna’s first trip to Scotland in Dragonfly in Amber.
What do you think? Did you enjoy Dragonfly in Amber? Is this your first time reading it or are you re-reading the series along with me? If this is your second time, did you notice anything that you had missed the first time through?
What did you think of Brianna’s reaction to learning about her blood father? How would you have reacted?
We definitely see a lot of different places in Dragonfly in Amber – Lallybroch, Paris, Culledon – which location was your favorite? While at each location, Claire and Jamie are put through a gambit of emotions; did you react right along with them or did you feel some of the scenes were forced?
At the end, do you think Claire makes the right choice? If you were in her place, what would you have done?
What did you think of Charles Stuart, the man responsible for all the heartbreak Claire and Jamie has endured in Dragonfly in Amber? Are you familiar with him, historically speaking? What did you think about Gabaldon’s portrayal of him?
We get to see a different side to Jonathan Randall when we’re introduced to his brother, Alex. Does his relationship with his brother help redeem him a little in your eyes?
Speaking of Jonathan, do you think Jamie’s reaction to the situation he finds Fergus in warranted or did he overreact?
Was there a particular character, aside from Jamie and Claire, that sticks out for you? Was there one that you instantly took a dislike to?
Was there a part of the novel you just have to discuss? Did something stick out for you, strike a cord?
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to post a link to your review over on the challenge page. If you’re just joining the challenge, you can still participate in the discussion for the first novel, Outlander. We’ll be discussing the first novel in the Lord John spin-off, Lord John and the Private Matter, at the end of the month. I hope you’ll be able to join us.