EW just revealed the cover of the next book in the Outlander series!! It’s different than the version I saw earlier this year (I work for the children’s side of her publisher, but I have access to their titlesheets/manuscripts—hence the peeking), but I love this one so much more.#Outlander #Diana Gabaldon #Written in My Own Heart's Blood
“When I woke, I was trussed up in the wagon wi’ the chickens, jolting down the road toward Fort William.”
”I see. I’m sorry. It must have been terrible for you.”
“Oh aye. Chickens are verra poor company, especially on a long journey.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures TV has closed a deal for the rights to Outlander, Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling fantasy/romance/adventure series of books. Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore will write the series adaptation, with Jim Kohlberg’s Story Mining and Supply Co producing. The project will be taken to cable networks this week.
The book series starts off in 1945 and follows Claire,
an engageda married WWII combat nurse who accidentally steps back in time to the Scottish Highlands of 1743. Catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that send her on the run and threaten her life she is forced to marry Jamie, a gallant and passionate young Scots warrior, igniting a passionate love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire… and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. The seven-book series has sold over 20 million copies. An eighth novel is slated to come out next year. The books have developed passionate fan following, with multiple companies running “Jamie and Claire” tours of Scotland, where they visit locations from the books.
The success of this series is totally going to be in the actual casting. Because, for real, how do you ever cast a real human being as Jamie Fraser? (Richard Madden is still my first choice, but does he have the actual charisma needed for it?) I have a lot of faith in Ron Moore, but this series is tricky on several levels… Well, we’ll see if anything actually comes of it. So glad they’ve moved past the idea of a movie series to a TV series—there’s definitely enough content to merit a Game of Thrones style treatment.
“I talk to you as I talk to my own soul… And Sassenach, your face is my heart.”
-Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Jamie Fraser, why are you perfection!?!?
“That dog is a wolf, is he not?”
“Aye, well, mostly.”
A small flash of hazel told him not to quibble.
“And yet he is thy boon companion, a creature of rare courage and affection, and altogether a worthy being?”
“Oh, aye,” he said with more confidence. “He is.”
She gave him an even look.
“Thee is a wolf, too, and I know it. But thee is my wolf, and best thee know that.”
An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
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Oh shit, y’all! Book 8 has a title, and it is scaring the everloving crap out of me. Characters I am now genuinely concerned about: Jemmy, Willie, Brianna, and Young Ian. (And Roger Mac, but that kind of goes without saying seeing as at least one terrible thing has to happen to him in each novel.) She’s used the Gaelic phrase “A chuisle” (“my heart’s blood”) before a few times, usually in reference to someone’s child.
DG mentioned the theme of this one is betrayal. I’m going to assume that betrayal means we’re finally going to see Benedict Arnold betray the colonies (since she set him up so nicely in ECHO), but I’m also going to assume that William’s going to be so distraught after the revelation about his father(s) that he just might do something stupid after all. I’m also very curious about whether or not we’ll see Lord John come around to the American cause, or at least act in a way that might be deemed traitorous by the crown. Someone’s going to end up betraying their principles, methinks.
P.S. Am I allowed to say that while I like the title, I don’t know that it matches the rest of the series? It’s the “My” that’s throwing me off, I think—the direct reference to someone.
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone
Written With My Heart’s Own Blood
See? There’s just something slightly off about it. Hmm… (AN ECHO IN THE BONE is my favorite title, but I love the symbolism of DRAGONFLY IN AMBER. Really beautiful stuff.)#Outlander #Diana Gabaldon #YAAAAAY #WHY IS IT NOT 2012 YET
He was looking out the window, toward the blue distance where the sky darkened toward infinity. His throat moved a little as he swallowed.
“It gives me the same feeling, Sassenach,” he said, “to hear ye rustling about in your surgery, rattling things and swearin’ to yourself.” He turned his head, then, to look at me, and his eyes held the depths of the coming night.
“If ye were no longer there—or somewhere—” he said very softly, “then the sun would no longer come up or go down.
“Well, I’ll tell ye, Sassenach, ‘graceful’ is possibly not the first word that springs to mind at thought of you.” He slipped an arm behind me, one hand large and warm around my silk-clad shoulder.
“But I talk to you as I talk to my own soul,” he said, turning me to face him. He reached up and cupped my cheek, fingers light on my temple.
“And, Sassenach,” he whispered, “your face is my heart.”
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
Trying to convince Jules she has to read at least the second book in the Outlander series. It just… compliments the first book so well! And you get to meet Roger! And Fergus! And there are duels, an exiled prince, scandalous love affairs, and-and-and—well, I can’t spoil THAT. ;)
“Sometimes,” he whispered at last, “sometimes, I dream I am singing, and I wake from it with my throat aching.”
He couldn’t see her face, or the tears that prickled at the corners of her eyes.
“What do you sing?” she whispered back. She heard the shush of the linen pillow as he shook his head.
“No song I’ve ever heard, or know,” he said softly. “But I know I’m singing it for you.”
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
This is probably my least favorite of the series so far, if only because the plot feels a little soggy. It’s a series of wonderful/exciting/heartbreaking scenes, all knit together, but the overall backbone of the plot isn’t quite as strong as the earlier books. I genuinely disliked some of the plot twists in The Drums of Autumn (don’t get me wrong, they make for a great story, but it’s tough to read about your favorite characters getting assaulted/hurt/sold into slavery due to a misunderstanding about their last name), and Brianna is far from my favorite character, but… man, when that Terrible Horrible Thing happens to Roger in The Fiery Cross and he can barely speak, let alone sing…
“I will find you,” he whispered in my ear. “I promise. If I must endure two hundred years of purgatory, two hundred years without you—then that is my punishment, which I have earned for my crimes. For I have lied, and killed, and stolen; betrayed and broken trust. But there is one thing that shall lie in the balance. When I shall stand before God, I shall have one thing to say, to weigh against the rest.”
His voice dropped, nearly to a whisper, and his arms tightened around me.
“Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well.”
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