Quick Note from Alexa: I’m currently a few chapters behind so I will come back to update this post in a few days with my answers to the questions. Please enjoy Stephanie’s answers though. 🙂
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?
Stephanie: I don’t get sickness from motion at all. I do however get restless leg syndrome in long car rides. They’ll just start shaking all by themselves. Not continuously but often enough to be annoying.
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)
Stephanie: Not well. Not well at all. No, I don’t blame Jamie. He was keeping his word. I would have wanted to kill Randall, then bring him back to life and think of new ways to hurt him and then kill him again. I am hugely protective of my family and my husband even more so. I was very worried about how Claire went about saving Jamie. It makes sense when you can look at it from the perspective of the reader but it would be one hell of a risk to take.
3. This cover:
“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?
Stephanie: Really, the time travel and relationships. I had heard so much about Jamie and Claire before reading about them that I was ready to experience their relationship. It was pretty amazing; in a way that most books very rarely claim. I least looked forward to the building and destruction of families and societies. I don’t know that the arrogance of mankind will ever cease to amaze me. I mean, how in the hell do you move into a new piece of land and deem that you are now the owner and the previous tenants will do as they are told?! How? To be honest, I wouldn’t have changed a single element of the book.
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.
Stephanie: “Ye werena the first lass I kissed,” he said softly. “But I swear you’ll be the last.” In my opinion, this quote sums up Claire and Jamie’s relationship.
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?
Stephanie: Yep! It’s on my series list for this summer. It will likely carry me through the next year though. I really enjoyed the re-read. It freshened things up in my mind so I can continue with the series.
*Bonus #1* Take the Outlander QUIZ on Goodreads and tell us how you did!*
Stephanie: I got a 93%! Yay me! 🙂
*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!*
Stephanie: Just imagine a big open space with a lot of wooden bookshelves crammed with books. Now add in one of those ladders to get the books at the tippy top, some nice rugs, a big overly stuffed comfy reading chair and you have my dream library!
A BIG THANK YOU to all the collaborators of this read-a-long! We had so much fun! 🙂