“My life is yours.” Outlander Week Six

Outlander Read-along

Chapters 36-41

We made it!! YAAYYY! I know it was harder to get through this book for some of us but overall I am thrilled to have participated in this read-along with you all!! I would definitely do it again! I am having a hard time deciding how I feel about the book at this moment so I will let the questions speak for me!

1. Jaime has the worst case of seasickness. Do you get seasickness or motion sickness? If not, is there something else that makes your stomach a bit queasy?

I have really only been on one of those ferry things while still sitting in my car during a rather SCARY storm so yes, I did get sick but I am not sure if it would happen if I was on a regular ship or not…Also, I hate to fly so I am debating going on some mini cruises to see how I hold up so I can have some way to travel :]

2. How did you handle reading the details of Jamie’s torture at the hands of Randall? Did you blame Jamie for anything that happened during the encounter with the captain? If you were Claire, how do you think you would have taken hearing about the abuse from your husband? What did you think of Claire’s method’s to get Jamie to start healing psychologically from his wounds from Randall (when she filled his room with opium and simulated another attack by the Captain)?

Honestly this part REALLY bothered me. I really don’t become sickened or horrified by anything while reading (or watching) but child molestation and rape are two things I cannot handle. I was enjoying the book (though some parts did make me rather angry) but this was too much for me. If I was Claire I would have been disappointed that Randall was killed by livestock and not killed at my own hands. I CAN NOT IMAGINE being on the listening side when someone I adore was recalling this trauma. I also kept thinking WTF while she was simulating another attack on him. I don’t even know how that idea crossed her mind to be honest and it really didn’t feel believable to me but kind of bothered me as much as the story of what happened at Randall’s hands..

3. This cover:

Outlander Special Edition

“history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…you know the usual stuff of literature.”

Which of the above elements of Outlander were you most looking forward to? Which did you enjoy the most while reading? Which did you enjoy the least while reading? Which did you just not care about? Any of these do you which there were more of? Or less of?

I was pretty much excited by all of it and I love my stories filled with hope, despair, love and okay, some sexytimes!! I wanted more from the time travel (why didn’t we hear more about Geilie??) and would have enjoyed a little more joy and a little less religion and rape.

4. Share with us your overall thoughts on Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Your favorite quotes, scenes, and/or your favorite words that had you searching for a dictionary. If you haven’t been marking your favorite quotes/passages, you can find Outlander quotes on Goodreads.

I don’t even know how to answer this question to be honest. There were parts I was smiling at the book and really loving Jamie and Claire and there were parts where I hated them both. I have to say that by the end Claire did redeem herself for me somewhat and I thought her to be a lot stronger than she had been. Looking back the parts that bothered me about the story (RAPE, RAPE RAPE!!) nearly outweighed the good parts. I read a lot of books that rip your heart out and mend it back together and honestly I am not sure that this story has mended me properly. I know its a series and I know that things aren’t always tied up neatly and I know that complete happy endings don’t always happen but after finishing last night I was let down and not happy about the book as a whole. I really am disappointed because I really did want to LOVE this series.
As for favorite quotes, don’t mind if I do:

“I had one last try.
“Does it bother you that I’m not a virgin?” He hesitated a moment before answering.
“Well, no,” he said slowly, “so long as it doesna bother you that I am.” He grinned at my drop-jawed expression, and backed toward the door.
“Reckon one of us should know what they’re doing,” he said. The door closed softly behind him; clearly the courtship was over.”

He was laughing so hard at this point that he had to gasp for breath between phrases. “Jamie…I said…for all she’s a Sassenach bitch…with a tongue like an adder’s …with a bum like that…what does it matter if she’s a f-face like a sh-sh-eep?”
I tripped him neatly and landed on his stomach with both knees as he hit the floor with a crash that shook the house.
“You mean to tell me that you married me out of love?” I demanded. He raised his eyebrows, struggling to draw in breath.
“Have I not…just been…saying so?”

“Where did you learn to kiss like that?” I said, a little breathless. He grinned and pulled me close again.
“I said I was a virgin, not a monk,” he said, kissing me again. “If I find I need guidance, I’ll ask.”

There are more I’m sure and yes, I know they all revolve around Jamie and sexytimes but don’t judge me, those were my favorite parts of the book 😀

5. Are you going to continue with the series or are you done after Outlander? For those of us who are new readers of this series, any predictions? Do you think participating in the read-along helped or hindered your experience with the story? For those of you who’ve already read Outlander and books beyond, how much did you enjoy (or not enjoy) this re-read?

Ahh this is a tough one…I am still debating. I liked the books enough to possibly continue on with the series but I don’t feel like I need to go grab them all right now and read them. I think the read-along may have hindered me in a way because I definitely looked at the books with a more critical eye. I really don’t know if I will go on, it’s too new.

*Bonus #1* Take the Outlander QUIZ on Goodreads and tell us how you did!*

I got an 86% woo woo

*Bonus #2* Claire is able to visit the library at The Abbey. Share with us pictures or a description of your own personal drawing of your dream library. Feel free to share more than one. Some of you may even have a Pinterest board full of inspiration, please share!

First, a non sexytime quote from Outlander that I loved: “Overall, the library held a hushed exultation, as though the cherished volumes were all singing soundlessly within their covers.”
To answer your question:

 

Yes, my dear beast. Yes, we do.

11 thoughts on ““My life is yours.” Outlander Week Six

  1. You are hilarious.
    I love all of your answers. So much.
    I think I’m the only person that hasn’t ridden a ferry or cruise boat or anything like that, which is sad because I live within an hour from the coast where there are ferries all over the place going to the NC Outer Banks. I’m ashamed and slightly embarrassed. I should fix this, but I WILL PUKE.
    I love that you kept reading even though you weren’t in love with the book. I like to think that it had something to do with the fact that you liked discussing it with people? I hate that the readalong hindered you, but it is AWESOME to now know you a little better and I’m not sorry one bit about that!!

    I TOTALLY agree that Claire redeemed herself. I just love your answers.
    Thanks a bazillion for participating. I love having you a part of my reading friends!!

  2. I had the same difficulty that you did with this section. I cannot handle reading about rape either and this was very very hard for me to take! But I think reading it as a group and having people to discuss it with really helped me get through it.

  3. Great answers. It really was hard to deal with the rape sections of the book — though it is 200 years in the past, and it was definitely more common then. I guess?

    Randall was …. I have no words! He was just so unlikeable, so it’s hard to believe that Frank held him so high on a pedestal. The more we saw of him in the book, the uglier her got. I’m curious if he really is dead — what does that mean for Frank?

    Love the Beast picture! That’s perfect!

  4. WAH! I’m sorry you didn’t like it so much. I feel like a tool for telling everyone how awesome it was and then turning around to discover that no one really liked it, haha! I have to say, Claire didn’t bother me as much as she seems to be bothering some of the readers in this readalong. In fact, I generally had none of the problems with it that some of you guys did. I mean, there were times when Claire annoyed me, but in general I liked her.
    As far as Randall and the rape goes, that really was horrible and hard to read. I definitely agree with that.
    I hope you keep reading the series, though! Maybe they’ll get better for you as they go. 🙂

    • Don’t feel like a tool!! I actually LOVE LOVE LOVED parts but then other parts I was like wtf am I readingggg and I REALLY think I had such a strong reaction to it because I was doing the read-along. It was like I HAD to critique Claire because I had my feminist English major hat on, you know? I most likely will continue on with the series!! 😀

  5. i think i will continue, but i HOPE that there are fewer rapes & attempted rapes. seriously. also, i love your picture of the beast. he’s right, bitches DO love libraries. i love how in the picture, it looks like he’s doing a fist pump. 🙂 ~dixie

  6. I have to go on my first cruise in Feb (yes, I say have to because I’ve never really had any interest in that type of vacation), so here’s hoping I don’t get sick!

    And yes, thank you, Claire’s ‘therapy session’ seemed really effed up to me, and pretty unbelievable that something like that would snap Jamie out of it. Once again, of course, we had the same thoughts in general.

    The Beast meme? Totally love it. And yes, yes we do.

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