The Outlandish Companion: Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn

The Outlandish Companion Companion to Outlander Dragonfly in Amber Voyager and Drums of Autumn New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions of readers with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels the inspiration for the Starz original series From the moment Clai

  • Title: The Outlandish Companion: Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
  • Author: Diana Gabaldon
  • ISBN: 9780385324137
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions of readers with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels, the inspiration for the Starz original series From the moment Claire Randall stepped through a standing stone circle and was thrown back in time to the year 1743 and into a world that threatens life, limb, loyalty, heart, soul, and everyth 1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions of readers with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels, the inspiration for the Starz original series From the moment Claire Randall stepped through a standing stone circle and was thrown back in time to the year 1743 and into a world that threatens life, limb, loyalty, heart, soul, and everything else Claire has readers have been hungry to know everything about this world and its inhabitants, particularly a Scottish soldier named Jamie Fraser In this beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish, Gabaldon covers the first four novels of the main series, including full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn a complete listing of the characters fictional and historical in the first four novels in the series, as well as family trees and genealogical notes a comprehensive glossary and pronunciation guide to Gaelic terms and usage the fully explicated Gabaldon Theory of Time Travel frequently asked questions to the author and her sometimes surprising answers an annotated bibliography essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, creating characters, and professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire For anyone who wants to spend time with the Outlander characters and the world they inhabit, Diana Gabaldon here opens a door through the standing stones and offers a guided tour of what lies within.

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    1. The Outlandish Companion is definitely for the lover of all things Outlander. A reader who has never laid eyes on Diana Gabaldon's series will no doubt find interest in the sections that delve into her writing technique and research, past career in academia, and the sprinkling of folk lore. But, I fear, the rest of the 600 page book will be lost on the non-lovers. Thankfully, I am a lover.It has been quite a few years since I have read the first four books: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager [...]

    2. I was rather disappointed in this companion book. After reading J.R. Ward's Blackdagger Brotherhood Insiders Guide, I kinda expected this companion to be similar with inside insight into the characters and little tidbits of information not presented in the books. It read more like a dictionary. There are synopses of each book (through book 4 Drums of Autumn). She actually broke down each novel into roughly 15 pages or so. No insight just straight text giving the highlights of each novel. I expec [...]

    3. So excited that my secret Santa gave me an gift voucher and I could purchase this!! Merci beaucoup, mon amie. Je t'aime. xxxx

    4. I'm currently with my mom who is in the process of passing away from a terminal illness. She is an Outlander fan and I've spent many hours over the last few days reading to her from this book. It has been enjoyable for both of us to spend our time in this way. There were parts of the book we really liked and parts that weren't really something we wanted to know about, but probably interesting for others (things about the herbs and medicine Claire gets into). We enjoyed very much discovering some [...]

    5. I love love LOVE the Outlander series, so of course had to have this book. I thought it had many interesting bits, but also a bunch that I didn't care to read (and that's ok! That's what I expected!). I liked FINALLY knowing how to pronounce those Gailic words but WHY oh WHY didn't she have the Foreign Language Glossary in alphabetical order? What a PITA to look up anything.I did like reading her email exchanges with her computer group as she was hashing out ideas -- that was interesting. And I [...]

    6. This was an enjoyable extra to the Outlander series, though I did skip some sections, such as the list of characters, horological interpretations, Gaelic glossary, etc. It was amusing to see her write about being an author in the early days of the internet, and about her plans for the series when there were only a few books published, and to see how those plans have changed. I read the updated edition, but not all sections were as up to date. One section listed The Fiery Cross as the 2nd to last [...]

    7. This book was written as a "companion" to the Outlander series - a book full of fun facts, background details, and stories about "the making of" the series written by Diana Gabaldon. It was written after "Drums of Autumn" (the fourth book in the series). I waited until I had read the first four before reading this - and I would definitely recommend that, as there many "spoilers" included here, as well as a "synopsis" of each of those books. The fact that I would actually read this big, heavy har [...]

    8. If you are new to the Outlander universe, this is a gem of a book to pick up. Not only are there detailed summaries of the first books in this remarkable series, the author also has different chapters on where she got her ideas for the characters, her thought process on writing, information about herbal cures, a list of music that would bring Scotland to mind, frequently asked questions, Jamie and Claire's horoscopes, a listing of other books to read once this series reading has been exhausted a [...]

    9. Reviewed for THC Reviews"4.5 stars" The Outlandish Companion is an indispensable reference guide to all things Outlander. This book covers the first four volumes of the Outlander series, but Diana Gabaldon is reportedly working on a second volume which will detail the books that have been written since this one was published. Being a hard-core fan, I read it from beginning to end, and for the most part found it to be very enjoyable. As with most books of this nature though, some sections were ve [...]

    10. I'm kicking myself for not reading this sooner. Until now, I have used the companions as reference books-which they are wonderful for-but I didna realize how much I would love reading all they contain from cover to cover. If you are an Obsessenach like me, I highly recommend you READ these. It was simply delightful from page one. Can't wait to dive into Volume 2.

    11. I discovered this book when I was in the middle of the series and found it useful, but I think it could be improved (and hope it will be when Diana completes the series and another such volume might be required).1) It would have been easier to find negotiate the glossaries if the terms had been listed in alphabetical order rather than the order in which they appeared in the book. 2) What was the point of horoscopes for the two main characters? They are fictional characters, after all. I thought [...]

    12. I really enjoy Gabaldon's books. I treasure her characters. I admire her imagery. Her fiction speaks to me.But I can't stand her voice! I stopped in the middle of this book because it was ruining the magic for me. I don't want to know how unspectacular her inspiration was. I don't want to know her secrets. Let me remain blissfully uninformed!

    13. Like the title says, this is a companion to the series and should be read after reading the first four books. Since it contains whole book summaries and a full character index spoilers abound. Obviously.Recommended for: those who have finished the first four books and need an Outlander crash course

    14. El culmen perfecto para toda seguidora de la saga Outlander. Información extra historica, de idiomas, lugares, etc, que aparecen durante la historia de Claire & Jamie. Muy entretenido y útil.

    15. I wish i had this book as a reference when i was reading the first 4 of the series. It gives a synopsis of the first several books, and then delves into some of the "why" questions for character development. If you have already read the books, and wondered how to pronounce all the Gaelic words, this book tells you the phonetic rules for Gaelic, and how the words are used. It also tells you some of the nuances of meaning that aren't obvious in direct translation. The words are arranged by book - [...]

    16. Oh, what a fun listen! The Outlandish Companion is a reference based on the first four books of the Outlander series. Ms. Gabaldon describes how she began writing novels, her research approach (fascinating), synopses of books one to four, questions she gets from fans, etc.This audiobook is narrated by Davina Porter, as well as author Diana Gabaldon. Ms. Porter narrates most of the Outlander audiobooks (I believe the novellas have a different narrator) and is wonderfully talented. Ms. Gabaldon's [...]

    17. The introduction to this book chronicles Gabaldon's journey to becoming a ficion writer (quite a leap, considering her backround in zoology and comic bookss, you read that right.) It is one of the funniest things I've ever read. She has such a fantastic voice in her writing, I feel as though we're hanging out gabbing over a bottle of wine. You've got to love a girl who writes: "What was the easiest kind of book for me to write? I didn't see the point in making things difficult for myself. After [...]

    18. I love this book! I find that her books are so involved and intricate that when a new one comes out I need a little refresher on what has come before. In the past I re-read the first books, but now that we are at this point in the series that takes some TIME. With the companion I'm able to read the synopsis of each book and remember where we left each character when last we met. Wonderful!! I do, however, wish that she could update it since 2 or is it 3 now?, books have come out since. *HINT*

    19. I enjoyed this book (especially the glossory and pronunciation guide). It was wonderful to get some more background information about the series, what inspired it, why some things happened the way they did, etc. However, I felt that the book was much too long winded and redundant in some places. Overall, a good resource, though.

    20. This book helped me a lot while reading the Outlander books. The most important part was without doubt the part where all the characters were specified. But yes, if you are a reader like me, reading this books over a long stretch of time and having problems remembering who is who, then you definitely need this to piece together this immense story.

    21. A skim re-read because my interest in genealogy etc is pretty limited. The now-quite-outdated sections on the internet are a little time capsule.

    22. Interesting enough in parts, but mostly for reference. It contains a section at the end about the production of the TV series from the sale of the option for the story several times throughout the years to the start of filming in 2014. The part that I enjoyed the most was a collection of letters the author received from readers, some with questions, some with complaints, a lot of them outrageous, and her own responses to these letters. Quaint and picturesque enough to satisfy the incipient obses [...]

    23. I am not usually one to skim, speed-read, or skip entire sections of a book. But for a book in this format, I decided to make an exception. Some die-hard fans of the Outlander series have probably read every bit of this, and there really is a lot of interesting information in here, but not all of the content is worth taking the time to read (e.g. horoscopes). A lot of the information could have been posted on her website or blog. I don't see why she couldn't have made this content available to e [...]

    24. Update review for my 2016 audiobook listen, for the revised/updated 2015 edition of The Outlandish Companion, Volume I: Basically, this is a must-have for Outlander fans, and belongs on your shelf right next to the equally outstanding OCII. I wrote up a reading and listening guide for this volume -- you can view it here at Bookshelf Fantasies.My review of the original edition of The Outlandish Companion (read approx. 2012): For fans of the Outlander series, "The Outlandish Companion" is a must-h [...]

    25. Overall, an interesting book. I enjoyed Gabaldon's tone, and her anecdotes throughout. I learned some interesting tidbits in regards to the Outlander series, the creation and thought that went into it, as well as her process. Even got a bit of a history lesson, which is always appreciated.My only (personal) complaint is the book took on a professor/researcher tone at times, and that there were a section that was basically the art of research. Truthfully, I understand why this is included, so can [...]

    26. This book is a really cool companion book to the Outlander series. There are a lot of glossaries (characters, Gaelic pronunciations/meanings, etc.), so it reads much faster than you might think, given it's thickness (unless you want to read all that stuff, which if you've been reading the books, you already know about, os it's more a reference than anything).Although I don't recommend reading it till after you've read through "Drums of Autumn". I read it while I was reading "Voyager", and it's g [...]

    27. It's rather funny to think that I bought an 'encyclopedia' for my favorite book series, but well, there it is. If you love the Outlander series, you should own this book as well. It was really helpful in providing insight, helping you keep track of things, and overall just adding fun insight into the series. I'm sure that there will be an updated version coming out soon as this one only includes the books through Drums of Autumn. Still I love everything from Diana and wish I had just a snippet o [...]

    28. If I could give it a 0 I would. I should not have read this. It makes me like D.G. less. This book, to me, was all about D. and trying to justify something. The books are great with out this. It is NOT a companion. I thought that it would be references and stuff regarding Claire and Jaime. It was all about D.

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