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The Outlandish Companion [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
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1 Sep 2006
New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of millions with her critically acclaimed novels, Outlander. Dragonfly In Amber, Voyager, and Drums Of Autumn. From the moment Claire Randall accidentally steps through a magical stone that transports her back in time more than 200 years to 1743, and into the arms of Scottish soldier Jamie Fraser, readers have been enthralled with this epic saga of time travel, adventure, and love everlasting.

Now Diana Gabaldon has written the ultimate companion guide to her bestselling series, the book only she could write - a beautifully illustrated compendium of all things Outlandish. As a special bonus for those who are eagerly awaiting the next appearance of Jamie and Claire, she includes never - before - published excerpts from upcoming works in the series. And there's lots more in this lavish keepsake volume for the many devoted fans who yearn to learn the stories behind the stories:

• Full synopses of Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
• A complete listing of the characters in all four novels, including extensively researched family trees and genealogical notes
• Professionally cast horoscopes for Jamie and Claire
• 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
• Tips, personal stories - even a recipe or two
• Essays about medicine and magic in the eighteenth century, researching historical fiction, and more

With the insight, humor, and eye for detail that has made her novels such an outstanding success story. Diana Gabaldon here gives her readers the best gift of all—The Outlandish Companion.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385324138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385324137
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 18.6 x 4.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is the internationally bestselling author of many historical novels including Cross Stitch, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross and A Breath of Snow Ashes. She lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for the die-hard fan 25 Jan 2005
By P. Burt
If you, like me have been entranced by Diana Gabaldon's Outlander/Cross Stitch series of novels, then you will want this book to fill in all those unanswered questions that have popped into your head while reading (...what did that Gaelic phrase mean? Who was that character from book 2 that you'd forgotten about? Exactly what did Claire's wedding ring look like?). However, be careful because there's a chapter containing synopses of the first 4 books. If, like me you are tempted to buy this book before you've read the whole series and don't want your future reading spoiled - be warned!!
I was fascinated by the descriptions by the author on how she got her inspiration for many of the ideas and characters in the series, and the Gaelic language bit was good fun and interesting stuff! It's the sort of book you'll want to dip in and out of rather than read straight through. The minus points are the rather frustrating index of foreign phrases and list of "dramatis personae" which are not in alphabetical order (grrr!)and the rather pointless astrological charts which some might find fascinating, but come on - these are fictional characters, not real people!
To sum up - buy it if you must, but much of the information within is easily obtainable on the Internet, so I'd advise you to save your money for the next instalment of the series instead.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Diana's great sense of humor 20 July 1999
By A Customer
I have to admit that when I first heard that Diana was coming out with a companion, I thought it would just be a filler. But in reality it's a gracious and humorous way of deflecting the oft-repeated questions of her fans and at the same time a wonderful glimpse into her personal life. I've enjoyed reading everything by Diana, from her on-line chats to interviews to everything on her web-page, and I still find the Companion a satisfying and intriguing addition to the novels. To those who are disappointed in it, don't fret so much. As others have said, you don't have to buy it, it's very clear from the book itself and reviews of it that it is indeed a Companion and *not* a continuation of the novels. So don't complain. Diana certainly doesn't owe us anything.
I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering more about an author who also manages to be happily married, raise children, cook (loved the recipes!), keep animals, go to church, tell us all exactly how she writes, and answer many a clueless question, among countless other things. She has inspired me to do more and learn more.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story only a great storyteller can write! 5 July 1999
By A Customer
Ms. Gabaldon has captured characters, places and times as if she actually lived them! In the Oulandish Companion, she lets the light shine into the creation of her great literary characters (namely Claire and Jamie). This is a must have for those who love the Outlander series! If you have any questions or curiosities, this book will help you understand the complexities of Diana Gabaldon's writing. There are detailed synopsis, cast of characters, family trees (you must admit, you too get confuse about who is who's descendent!), a pronunciation guide, and, perhaps most importantly, is the excerpts of future books. Though I can hardly wait until The Fiery Cross is released, this will just have to appease my appetite until I can sink my teeth into Jamie, Claire, Bree and Roger's next adventure. Thanks Diana!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
I'm not here to bash Ms.Gabaldon and her novels (all of which I quite enjoyed (okay I didn't love Dragonfly in Amber - but so what?)) A couple of weeks ago I wandered into my local book store and picked up the Companian and I have to admit I was enthralled by it. Ms.Gabaldon has a clear, honest, true voice that is very obviously her own and I really appreciated her insights on the novels. I did not buy a copy at that time (knowing I could get it cheaper on-line). The thing is I still haven't bought one. Mostly because I took a second and checked out her homepage and found the exact same stuff as was in the book.
Was I disapointed? Big time. But so what? A lot of people love these book, and don't have access to the internet. Personally I think I will wait until the other books in the series have come out before buying this book. Because as it stands right now, why buy a companion to an unfinished series? So I am hoping that by the time Ms.Gabaldon is finished with her writing in this series, she will take the time and give us an updated Companion to enjoy along with her great series.
And as for all this squabbling about this book - what does it really matter if one person loves it and another doesn't? Is it really that big of a deal? I don't think so.
Enjoy the series and grow up a little and understand that Ms.Gabaldon is under contract to a publishing company. She may very well have had to write this book due to contractual purposes. And if she did write it for money making purposes, who cares? This is her job - she has to make money to live on. You don't have to buy it. (Whoops sorry, got a little testy there myself.)
Like I said, personally I'm going to wait until the series is finished, and then buy this book (hopefully updated) to complement a great collection of works.
This is just one person opinion - you don't have to listen to me either. Buy what you will, enjoy what you will.
Happy Reading.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic COMPANION to the Outlandish series 20 Aug 1999
By A Customer
I absolutely loved The Outlandish Companion. I think it deserves one star for the Gaelic pronunciations and explanations, a second star for the sketches and pictures (loved seeing Claire's rings!), a third star for the character list, a fourth star for Diana taking the time to answer all of those questions from everyone, and the fifth star for her explanation of where characters come from. I would give her a sixth star for her wit and humor if Amazon gave me that option. I was a little surprised to see how closely the horoscopes matched Jamie and Claire's personalities. Diana didn't write the horoscopes anyway, they were sent to her and she liked them so she included them for anyone who was interested. Who cares that they are fictional characters? Not me. The fact that Diana has made Jamie, Claire & Co. 'real' to so many people is an amazing accomplishment itself. I enjoyed the Companion for the reasons I listed above. Will I read the book cover to cover repeatedly? No. Will I go through it fairly often? Yes. Why? Because it's interesting information and I participate in Outlandish Trivia Games and I could use all the help I can get. My book was worth every penny I spent on it and I hope to someday have it signed along with the rest of my books. Great job Diana and I look forward to books 5 & 6 as well as the next Companion!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Pat Grubb
I have been very pleased with this book. It is obvious a lot of care has been taken in compiling all the information. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Judith Harley
4.0 out of 5 stars I love all things Jamie & Claire
Diana writes these characters and they become real, I feel like I know them and I love to read and re-read her books but I love it when something new comes out and this is perfect!
Published 13 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Very pleased. The book was as described. Posted very quickly too I am a huge fan of Diana gabaldon and this really is the perfect companion
Published 15 months ago by Lena
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding jamie Fraser
Prompt service well packaged what I was expecting. A beautifully presented book. Compelling reading. Interesting illustrations. Read more
Published 19 months ago by jenny meah
4.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Revelations
As an avid reader of Diana Gabaldon's time-travel books, I bought this book to see if it answers some of the questions I have had from time to time about certain instances or... Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by Mrs. T. Mannell
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It was very interesting information and being a big fan of the books I found the information helpful and impressive. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2011 by C.M
5.0 out of 5 stars Gabaldon forever
I have of course read all her books about Jamie and Claire and I had to wait for some time to get The Outlandish Companion at the right price! Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by Cooix
5.0 out of 5 stars Background info
An excellent book to dip into, explore character history and answer questions. Might keep me going until a new Jamie and Claire book is published
Published on 9 Sep 2010 by J. Drake
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as all her books!
This is such a useful book if you have read all of Diana Gabaldons Outlander Series. Not only is it useful if you have read the books but it makes essential very interesting... Read more
Published on 22 May 2010 by Mrs. J. W. Long
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