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1.0 out of 5 stars What a shame!, 29 Jan. 2010
This review is from: An Echo in the Bone (Outlander 7) (Hardcover)
I have read all the reviews of this book on Amazon and other sites, just to make sure it wasn't only me; that I wasn't going senile and missing the point. Like many other readers, I feel let down and betrayed by Diana Gabaldon. I have loved the previous six books in the series (some, admittedly, more than others) and have read and re-read them many times. Like many other fans, I had pre-ordered the book and awaited its arrival with keen anticipation.

Apart from the quantity (definitely not quality) of the plots and sub-plots; the references to the Lord John Grey series (which I tried but they were boring, and should definitely not have been included); and the multiple cliff-hangers at the end, I think the accuracy was sadly lacking in many scenes and details. As another reader pointed out (and I lived in the Highlands of Scotland, so I know it's so even with today's motorways!) it would have taken a lot more than 4-5 hours to drive from Oxford to Inverness! And this is just one small example of myriad mistakes and inaccuracies.

The feeling one is left with is that Diana Gabaldon wrote this in a hurry, or certainly with lack of attention, and was pushed to get it out for a deadline (which given that there was a four-year gap between books seems unlikely). Perhaps she herself is just bored with the series, but at the very least it should have been possible to give the book a rounded ending whilst still leaving it open for more books.
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Initial post: 30 Jan 2010 16:25:18 GMT
Ticked Off says:
I have to say that I'm not surprised. Although I loved the first three books in this series, I was disgusted, bored and frustrated by the fourth. In writing that, the author seemed to have abruptly forgotten that she was supposed to be writing an entertaining read. It read like a history paper and screamed of an author more intent on impressing everyone with her knowledge of history's minor details than telling a story. I was amazed to discover just now that the series has even reached to book 7! Doesn't sound from the reviews that she's improved much in the interim either.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2010 23:13:22 GMT
Herb Garden says:
I absolutely agree. First three books were excellant. Went quickly downhill from there. If you haven't read the last four don't bother.
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