Thursday, September 23, 2010

Review for "The Exile" by Diana Gabaldon


I have just spent the last 2 hours in bed with....yes....another man! To be more specific, a hot, red-haired, brawny, gaelic-speaking Scot named James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. Mmmmmm....Jamie.....he's back and in full colour!

It was with much trepidation that I actually opened this graphic novel, for I didn't want to ruin the perfect picture of James Fraser that has been engrained in my psyche since I began my journey with the Outlander series. I am still not sure how I feel about it. (hence my lack of a star rating on this review) The illustrations are beautiful and the artist, Hoang Nguyen, does a remarkable job with the landscape scenes, bringing forth the immense beauty of the highlands with his use of colour and shades of light and dark. The scene with Jamie and Claire consummating their wedding vows is a hot one, yet tastefully done. The ever-famous page 5...hot...truly Jamie in all of his naked beauty! However, I did have some trouble distinguishing some of the minor male characters, for many of their features were the same. But Claire, who could miss Claire with those huge breasts spilling out of every dress!

Being an Outlander fan, I was already familiar with the story line, and I am glad that there were some plots revealed in this book that were different than the original novel, especially the insights from Murtagh's perspective. However, I don't think there was enough development of characters for a new reader to make a sound connection with any of them. Having said this, it is a fast paced, exciting piece of work that could be an engaging invitation into the world of Jamie and Claire. For those truly addicted to Outlander and everything JAMIE, it is a great addition to your collection.



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30 comments:

  1. How do you find all this time to read? Tell me your secret.

    I've got an award for you over at my blog. You can get it here http://augmentedgem.blogspot.com/2010/09/awarded-while-in-recovery.html

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  2. I had to stop reading the Outlander series when they got to America. I couldn't find the romance believeable anymore because I thought of them as an old married couple and they knew how they died. I haven't looked at it since then. Is it worth it for me to go back? I loved the series in the beginning. I absolutely loved Jamie and Claire. I wanted my own Jamie.

    Heather

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  3. Sounds like my idea of a good read, thanks for recommending this series of books - I'm hoping our library will have them.

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  4. Stopped by here looking for the hop... but I'm too daft to find it! XD

    New follower!!

    Check out my Hop here:
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  5. Have a blast hopping to/following new blogs!

    Here is my post! I am a seriously eclectic reader! I follow blogs via google reader!

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  6. I am so incredibly jealous that you have already read this. I must pick it up this weekend! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm glad that you found me.

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  7. Thanks for stopping by. I am so glad to have discovered more book ideas to add to my huge TBR pile!

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  8. Hi Mandy! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love meeting fellow Canadians on here. :)

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  9. Hop some more to make it to 100. Crazy for books hop is open all weekend.

    You'll get there, and yes it was you that I meant to send the tag you're it to. I thought it would give you some exposure since you're newish.

    Heather

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my place & for following! You & I (and many others) seem to review in about the same way.

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  11. Just hopped by to wish you an awesome weekend! I am already a follower.

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  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog! To answer your question, yes, I am an Outlander fan! I've only read the first 2 though, and Voyager is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get to it. This one sounds interesting!

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  13. cool lookin book and blog! Hopping by from the blog hop! Happy reading!
    -Danna from http://friendlyreaderohyeah.blogspot.com

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  14. Hi, Mandy! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm following back. :)

    Have a nice weekend,

    -Len-
    Musings of a Reader Happy

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  15. I will check this book out! Thank you for sharing.

    Happy hopping from an old follower!

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  16. Hi, nice to meet you. Love your blog!

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  17. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this even though I absolutely love the Outlander series- but now I think I will. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  18. Thanks for visiting! I'm following back.

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  19. Hopping through. Hope you're having a great weekend!
    My Hop

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  20. Love your review of The Exile...Thanks for stopping by The Blog O'The Irish...I have the book sitting here and looking at me..and I will savor itwhen I do read it....

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  21. Wow...sounds like a good series! I will have to look them up :) Thanks for the follow! I'm following you back now! Have a great Sunday!

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  22. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I love the first paragraph of your review for The Exile. It made me laugh! I haven't read any of the Outlander books yet.

    Enjoy the rest of your day!

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  23. hopped in via the Book Hop, and happy to find and read your blog. Happy reading, writing, blogging. :-)

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  24. Hopping by to say hello...beautiful blog design. Have a reading-filled weekend :)

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  25. Thanks, Mandy for following, and happy to follow you "escape" as well. You keep writing, girl.

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  26. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog and following. I'm a new follower.

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  27. Thanks for following me! Following back... enjoying your site so far! Thanks, Pris
    www.benterudbookshelf.blogspot.com

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  28. I have yet to read a graphic novel...this looks like it might be a fun one to start with, although I might be at a disadvantage because I have not read the Outlander series

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  29. It sounds like a very captivating book.

    Thank you for participating in the Book Lover’s Blog Hop @ Story Time Under the Stars. I hope you will link up a book review and participate in this week’s Book Lover’s Blog Hop as well.

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  30. This is a good supplement to the Outlander novels, for those who already know the story and can tap into their own knowledge of what isn't shown in the panels, particularly the depth of the character development featured in the novels. This piece primarily showcases the action, and layers on key events that took place outside of the presence of the novel's first person narrator. There are interesting new plot twists - the author is great at picking up loose threads and spinning them into new strands. The book adds new dimensions to the story, while understandably falling short of the novels in terms of emotional sway.

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