I am a devout DG Outlander fan, so of course I read Echo in the Bone as fast as I could get my mitts on itand it left me sorely disappointed I actually skipped pages She said that there were four story lines hence the four points on the Caltrop on the cover and I was excited at first But when I got into the story, I got bored with the overlong passages about William and John s intrigues Where were Jamie and Claire And why the hell can t they manage a sea voyage without trouble I actually started to wish I could read about Brianna one of my least favorite people I heard her say there was going to be another book after this one the ongoing belief was that this book was going to be the last one which is very apparent after this book that there has to be one But I feel like if she had cut half of the story out and finished the cliffhanging story lines, she could be done by now, and I could have peace of mind knowing the story is over I mean I really don t appreciate being led on for 2 3 of a book and then have four different surprise endings.Some other smaller points felt choppy dragged at points and then skipped over interesting points not enough Jamie and Claire I m going to read it again slowly to see if my opinion changes, but first I need to let the dust settle on my disappointment EDIT OK, So I ve had some time to sit and ruminate on the experience of this book and why I couldn t pinpoint the niggling reason like bothering a sore tooth with your tongue why I was so disappointed There were the shallow obvious reasons of course, like four surprise endings, but deeper still ran something vague and unnameable until now See, as silly as it sounds, I became emotionally invested in the characters and stories of Jamie and Claire, and rightly so, a good book should make you care about its characters Being a typical DG fangirl, I ve read all the Outlander novels without much complaint, and re read, and re read, and re read I don t think I can do that with this book I think there are about 100 pages I d be willing to go through again So yeah, I m angry that I don t have another book to keep re reading, as psycho as it sounds I m not really sure if I should be angry at Diana Gabaldon, her editor, her publisher, or anyone else who read this book before it went to press and didn t tell her she needed to get a pair of proverbial scissors Of course I ll be getting the next and hopefully last book, but with a lesser amount of trust and a greater wariness. The five stars are an expression of my Outlander fangirl enthusiasm, since I m incapable of objectively judging the quality of these books I d probably have given five stars to anything that wasn t a huge disappointment Which this wasn t, of course I thought it was quite good.The first couple hundred pages are admittedly a little slow We get a lot of POV from Lord John and 19 yr old William, and there is some crossover from the LJ spin off series, which I think may be confusing for people who haven t read those books I like John and William very much, but in this series I really want to read about Jamie and Claire and fortunately the book soon begins to focus on them.The last hundred pages are riveting and really quite shocking But after the earlier slow pacing they felt a little rushed, and the ending is abrupt It was made worse because I didn t realize that there is an author s note at the end, so the story stopped suddenly when I thought there were still a few pages to go If I weren t such a fangirl I would probably dock the book a star for concluding with multiple dramatic cliffhangers, which I in general dislike I don t remember the other books in this series leaving us hanging in mid scene There are also some storylines left unresolved, so even at 800 pages this felt like the first half of an extremely long novel.But dreamy sigh the book thrilled me anyway Gabaldon claims to write in scenes, and when I re read these books I do tend to skim some of the connecting narrative and focus on my favorite scenes, and there are plenty of new favorites in this one Claire s medical work is as fascinating as always, particularly a long sequence which I had already read as an excerpt in The Outlandish Companion. Bloody hell, I m freaking tired So here s the deal Most of my friends here on Goodreads know that I have been listening to these cd s from the library Well, I just happened to check the status of their return because I should have had one month for them to be renewed Noooooooooooooooooo, on this book someone placed a hold and it s due soon so luckily I started listening to it a few days ago, but now I m freaking tired because I have had to listen almost non stop while reading another book Not much sleep I do not like to listen to audio books for that long even if I LOVE the narrator Anyhoo, I m done and I can take my time with the next audio I didn t like this book as much as the other ones and it didn t even make my favorites list All the other books are 5 star favorites Oh well I don t like that the family is all broken up and in different places and of course Bree, Roger and the kids are back in the real time world I must have missed the explanation at the beginning because Bree and Roger are able to read letters from Claire and Jamie I don t get it and I m not going to look for it Oh, there was a book though that was written by Jamie, gave me a little tear in my eye when Roger read it Grandfather Tales, the book was titled, with the subtitle, Stories from the Highlands of Scotland and the Backcountry of the Carolinas, by James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser Again, printed by A Bell, Edinburgh, in the same year The dedication said simply, For my grandchildren Claire s portrait had made him laugh this one moved him almost to tears, and he closed the book gently That was Roger that read that and he had seen a picture of Claire Bree and Roger live in Lallybroch I reckon they fixed it up all nice It just breaks my heart William Jamie s son is in the book , what with him in the war and all Jamie and Claire go back to Scotland after awhile and we get to meet up with some of the old characters, Jenny, Ian and the kids, who are grown up And there is a death And of course, on their way back to Scotland they get attacked by pirates and such again Just stay off the freaking waters Fergus and the gang are in the book a little bit But, there is some crap that goes down at the end that I hated It makes me sick and I want to drop kick Lord John Grey Just grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I m hoping the next book is better than this one and I can get back to loving them or I m going to kick something I m not listening to it right away though because, uh, I m done listening for a little while after this one I need a break MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List God, your arse looks fine, wi the wet linen of your shift clinging to it, it goes all transparent, and I can see the weight of your buttocks, like great smooth round melons I sort of wondered when I started this book if I was going into Outlander overload and that I might tire of it seeing as I have read 6 of the books in the space of 2 months or so.No, this book was wonderful, for the most part I must admit there were some parts with Lord John and William that my eyes sort of glazed over and I lost interest a bit Only so much I want to read about a boot and foot stuck in a boggy hole This is the thin time, when the beloved dead draw near The world turns inward, and the chilling air grows thick with dreams and mystery We meet the characters from the previous books Of course, Jamie and Claire are still my favourites Bloody autocorrect , I spell favourite with a fecking u It got it eventually.Roger and Brianna wonderful I love them Wee Jemmy, what a sweetie Have ye ever in the slightest doubt that I need ye , he demanded No, to the best of my knowledge, you needed me urgently the moment I saw you and I haven t had reason to think you ve got any self sufficient since I have read some reviews that say the last part of the book is somewhat rushed and ended abruptly I did not find that It was a rushed in such a way that a LOT happens, my mind was spinning Of course, its easy for me to say that as I can dive straight into Book 8 I would have died if I had to wait a year or so to find out what happens next He would make her a new garden one day, God willing There were pathways in the dark I knew I had seen people die despite physical decay, there was no dying until the pathway was found I couldn t yet find mine Ian, love him too We catch up with most of the characters Fergus, Marsali Jenny and Ian Lallybroch Rollo I did shed a tear during one part of the book I canna thank of ye dead, Claire Anything else but not that I can t. First Sentence The pirate s head had disappeared.In this 7th book to the Outlander series, Jamie, Claire and Ian are leaving the Ridge headed for Scotland to take Ian back to his family and bring Jamie s printing press back to the Colonies Roger and Brianna have returned to the present and have settled at Lallybroch, but they ve not completely left the past behind William is anxious to prove himself in battle and Lord John is dealing with his family, both in England and in Pennsylvania.I was both delighted and disgusted with this book Either way, it is clear Ms Gabaldon 1 rushed the ending and 2 does not have a continuity editor The story was so rife with coincidence as to almost be humorous There were so many characters with significant stories it diluted each of the stories However, there were also historical characters whose presence may have added a veracity to the period but added little to the story.Jamie and Claire are the focal point of the series You d never know that from this book where we jump between Jamie and Claire, Roger and Brianna, Lord John, William, and Denny and Rachael Hunter The continual jumps in time and focus felt as though it was bad episodic television than reading what should have been a wonderfully engrossing novel In addition, there were inaccuracies and terrible inconsistencies that should have been caught What makes it difficult is that, in essence I did like the book There were scenes which touched my heart and even brought tears to my eyes Gabaldon is very good at tugging the heartstrings There were scenes of suspense and humor However, there were also scenes where critically important information was being conveyed among the characters, but the reader was exited from the scene All the scenes were so scattered throughout the story, it caused the pacing to be very uneven and the ending I am loathe to even mention the ending To say it felt rushed would be kind To say there were story threads left dangling than a cat playing in a yarn basket would be an understatement To say it was frustrating and extremely disappointing does not strongly enough express my feelings toward the ending.Were Ms Gabaldon a poor writer, I could dismiss all this and walk away, but she is not I have absolutely loved all the previous books in this series yes, even Fiery Cross She has created characters about whom I care and have taken to my hearts She has created a story in which I am invested both in time both in reading time alone and in the number of years this series has been part of my life and in money I own the books in hardcover, trade paperback and the audio books Ms Gabaldon is, apparently, going to fix some of the mistakes found in the hardcover edition of this book prior to the trade paperback edition being released That s all well and good, but it still leaves those of us with the hardcover edition, particularly where I bought 6 signed copies at full price, with error laden books I should have much preferred the errors be caught and corrected in the first place.I shall continue with the series as these characters are now part of my life and I really want to know where the story goes However, I do feel Ms Gabaldon has a responsibility, both to herself and to her very faithful legion of fans, to spend time and do a better job on Book 8. DG s still a PHENOMENAL writer, her talent has never been in question, but I do question her sanity after reading the last word of this hefty 814 page HC These are just my random thoughts somewhat friendly reminders to myself as future reference, in case I need to refresh my poor memory This is 1 helluva busy book, jammed w innumerable constantly shifting plots POVs but the resulting end wasn t a thrilling ride as the previous ones I really hope to hell this was simply a failed experiment that the next 1 will unfold smoothly than this I was left dazed confused times in trying to follow the zig zag tracks, or perhaps it was due to lack of sleep long hours of OT hahahaa I wish I d read this during my Dec staycation I ve read 21 books in between AEITB so it wasn t a v good sign cuz I used to devour DG s books as if there s no tomorrow I ll prolly not gonna reread 2 SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS WTF moments The noticeable imbalance in pacing throughout the book The stop and start, going into multiple directions formula could only go so far Claire boinked Lord John after Jamie s death the subsequent MOC Scratches wig For real Why not just have her commit suicide as she tried to but didn t Or have Claire take a mental vacay from reality for as long as she believed Jamie was 6 FT under Good grief What s the purpose of this plot device aka her momentary insanity Just to add dwamatic flavor into the BOILING cauldron Jamie s not even cold in his grave yet Ick How could she even think, let alone do Lord John Is this a potentially awkward luv triangle since he has feelings for Jamie too What a tangled web What s up w Jamie s mild reaction when Lord John fessed up that he had carnal knowledge of Claire Oh wait, I forgot, this book only serves as a stepping stone for the next installment Was DG sprinting to meet the deadline Was she watching Quentin Tarantino s Kill Bill Vol 1 2 when she wrote this epic saga As if we re not poor enough w the econ in the dumpster as it is If I d forked over big bucks outta my own negative piggy bank, I d have demanded a half refund Good thing I used a library card, not a CC Buccleigh Another TT victim So the portals have become a revolving door now Who s next The mystery of Roger s dad As if we didn t have enough intrigue Maybe he ll meet his da in another time, amidst his search for Jem Li l Jem got kidnapped took a train to destination unknown Roger left Bree Mandy behind, taking Buccleigh w him Will they succeed Buck s supposed to die 38 y o, his current age Yikes Do we really need another lesson in human disease, anatomy physiology Haven t I seen Claire stitch up Jamie before Ok so this time she s severing a full digit trying to leave him w a working hand I don t think my poor fragile heart can take any abuse than this How many lives does Jamie have left Have mercy When Willie met Jamie If that s all there is to it, I don t think it s worth waiting for It s supposed to build up like a crescendo till the moment of truth hits him in the face It got swallowed up by the impending troops I expected a so much electrifying reunion Can Lord John Willie s storylines be any boring Wish their tedious episodes coulda been condensed into merely 1 2 chapters Or least, keep them in separate sections instead of sneaking them in between Jamie, Ian, Claire, Rog Bree s perilous adventures It s too crowded If U wanna include em, least give us substance to root for My head s still spinning from the subplot overload Wonder why my short span attention drifted to other books I thought I could recharge my interest but it didn t work B I didn t care much for Rog Bree s modern life in the 1980 s either, hence the 2 stars I dinged on Just get over it Their kids were way riveting if it weren t for Mandy s acute sense of loss, Rog Bree wouldn t have known Jem was missing No wonder they say kids have a 6th sense For a moment there I felt like in a twilight zone The letters that Bree Roger read, actually made my eyes kinda glaze over They re small in italics, plus my eyesight is failing, the letters made me drowsy I was torn between skipping them not wanting to miss anything pertaining to Jaime Claire s adventures Lotsa v dull sea voyage scenes Here I am, a fan of swashbuckling pirate romance, I wanted them to get off the ship land somewhere The diminishing of Jamie ism my rapidly advancing age, I need to sustain me thru the next 4 yrs He still said the most luvly, aaawww worthy lines to Claire but they re too far few between DFav some gut wrenching moments Claire, like a loose cannon, gave Jamie a delish dressing down after seeing his injury decorated self Almost had a cardiac arrest when the scavenger duo were gonna kill him kicking heroine that she is, Claire got the biggest b ll when it comes to protecting Jamie Jamie s death defying, gritty battle scenes I prayed and this is coming from an unbeliever that Jamie would not get blown away to splinters like his comrades In the scene where Claire found him later on, he bared his soul to her bout his motives principles in joining the revolution Fell in luv w him all over again, what an amazing guy Ian s bloody slow death of consumption was heart breaking Luved that poignant scene where Jamie offered his severed finger to Ian He ll always keep a part of Jamie w him to next life Now that s what U d call a true BFF Young Ian got to see his da family He spent quality time w da revealed that he s in luv Ian can go peacefully, knowing that his son got another shot HEA Jenny Claire butted heads again, as expected Their volatile relationship might keep things interesting in the next 1 Jamie Claire took matters in their own hands, literally His sweaty, outraged reaction to Claire s request to luv thyself was comical P Why didn t we get lovey dovey scenes The freakin hawt chemistry was still alive kicking Instead, we re treated to various symptoms of fatigue, exhaustion, vomiting, thirst, starvation etc Granted, it s wartime they gotta conserve their energy, but the romance dept woulda benefited w J C s inspiring luv scenes Jamie Laoghaire s long overdue explosive reunion least they got to settle it once for all Laoghaire found happiness in an unlikely man, who needed her than Jamie ever did Li l Joanie was all grown up now made an overture to Jamie to pave her way to the convent Claire had the upper hand when she made a bargain w Laoghaire, who needed her medical skills for Marsali s kid 1 dilemma s solved Young Ian had a secret son, fell head over heels in luv w a Quaker It s kinda confusing reading Rachel Denny Hunters weird lingo Denny Dottie, Ian Rachel I liked their sweet 2ndary romance Ian s devotion to his mutt, Rollo I m a sucka for heroes who adore dogs Ian has become my 2nd fav character in the ginormous clan He felt so anguished over the accidental killing of Arch Bug s wife last he showed fine mettle, esp when Jamie s being blackmailed by a scumbag also in the final confrontation to save Rachel I wouldn t mind seeing of their conflicts in the next installment It ll be fascinating to see the adjustments on both ends Jamie saw Simon, his 2nd cousin, from the opposing end Didn t wanna kill his kinsman but ended up almost shooting his own son Willie in the head Jamie met his other cousin, Hamish, it s a small world indeed I wonder how many cousins Jamie ll encounter Liked Fergus his mysterious lineage plot I wouldn t have minded all if DG had included of his scenes w Jamie than the dull Lord John Willie s encounters Tom Christie returned, much to Claire s discomfort cuz he still carried a flaming torch for her DG s wonderful dialogues Just can t get enuff of em If her editor hadn t fallen asleep, methinks the book coulda been condensed into 500 pages Get rid of the yawn inducing segments like LJ Willie, they should be relegated to the farthest corner of the storyboard Same w Rog Bree, they should be placed in the back burner, tho I still wanna know whatever happened to li l Jem how Cameron will succeed in making Bree show him the much coveted treasure, I m keen on reading J C, plus young Ian Rachel I want crunchy moments between Jamie Willie, as everyone w eyes can see their striking resemblance I still luved her characters dynamics but I preferred a tighter pacing resolutions to dangling threads than just the daily occurrences 4 years is helluva long time to wait. The Seventh Outlander Novel From National Bestselling Author Diana GabaldonJamie Fraser, Erstwhile Jacobite And Reluctant Rebel, Knows Three Things About The American Rebellion The Americans Will Win, Unlikely As That Seems In Being On The Winning Side Is No Guarantee Of Survival And He D Rather Die Than Face His Illegitimate Son A Young Lieutenant In The British Army Across The Barrel Of A Gun Fraser S Time Travelling Wife, Claire, Also Knows A Couple Of Things That The Americans Will Win, But That The Ultimate Price Of Victory Is A Mystery What She Does Believe Is That The Price Won T Include Jamie S Life Or Happiness Not If She Has Anything To SayClaire S Grown Daughter Brianna, And Her Husband, Roger, Watch The Unfolding Of Brianna S Parents History A Past That May Be Sneaking Up Behind Their Own Family So I love Diana Gabaldon I wish she would write faster than one new book every four years in the Outlander series, but whatcha gonna do So Of course I ve been waiting with bated breath for this one Writing still draws you into the characters lives They are so human, so loving, so flawed yet continuously striving.Characters this book has four main plots yes, four We get Jamie and Claire, but we also get Ian who I like to read about , Roger and Brianna who I found annoying earlier in the series but now really am enjoying , and William and Lord John That last plot thread really plods I don t get the sense of empathy with these two characters that I can get with the others There s lots of plotting and intrigue that really doesn t amount to much I think the author is a frustrated mystery writer, but the mystery parts of her books don t do nearly as much for me as the time travel, romances, adventure, history, and humor Plot I don t know if I can forgive her for this She wrote a great book and then failed to end it Three of the four plots threads end with characters in terrible danger or a major unresolved issue Why would she do this In a book that s 800 pages long, it s not like she worries much about editing Couldn t she write another 50 to 100 pages and get them out of those messes The cliffhangers are ridiculous when we will probably have to wait another 4 years to see them resolved No matter how much tension she generates, four years will make it die down I can t write in any dignified way how upset I am by this it s cheap, a cheat, and unfair to her faithful readers. Diana Gabaldon needs to finish this series In fact, she needed to finish it in this book If she is so crazy about Lord John, keep writing those books about him Personally, he bores me, and I skipped over those sections I m not that into William either, even if he IS Jamie s son.How many times can Claire and Jamie run into pirates and take over a ship She s done this before in Voyager And there s lots of other material that repeats or echoes stuff in previous, better books.There are too many points of view and too much skipping from place to place If you re not interested enough in your characters to stay on them for than a chapter or so, why bother And last, but not least, virtually EVERYONE is left in a cliffhanger situation Nothing is anywhere near being resolved it just ends This whole book could have been cut down by about 3 4, added to whatever she is planning for a hopefully final book, and published when she is ready to publish that one But she yielded to her publishers, her agent, her fans, whoever and as a result we have this mess of a book.Sad, really. I m back on the Outlander trainagain Mostly because I just want to finish this series I definitely dived into An Echo in the Bone without expectations WHY Well, because I already knew it was probably going to be like 100x longer than it needed to be It might be poring in a ton of parts I might not like it What do you get from this book Well lots of POV s to start We get Claire, Jamie, Brianna, Roger, Ian, John, William, and so much This made me so happy because I was kind of getting sick of reading from Claire s POV Not that I hate the girl or anything but it was getting annoying and boring Unfortunately, I was kind of getting annoyed with Brianna s POV because it was like reading from Claire sThere is adventure in here too Plus Claire and Jamie also find trouble or does trouble always find them Either way the book makes you think they wont get from point A to point B but in the end they do They always do.The one POV I loved was probably from William I don t really know how to explain it but it was refreshing to read from I was definitely shipping him with Rachel Ugh, they were adorable Overall, I liked the book but I still found it boring and super long Maybe if it was cut in half I would ve enjoyed it
Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican American and English descent She has earned three degrees a B.S in Zoology, a M.S in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- 1149 pages
- An Echo in the Bone
- Diana Gabaldon
- 12 July 2017 Diana Gabaldon