The Outlandish Companion

The Outlandish Companion

Volume Two : the Second Companion to the Outlander Series, Covering The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood

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The perfect holiday gift for readers of the bestselling Outlander novels--and don't miss the revised and updated first volume of The Outlandish Companion !

More than a decade ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon delighted her legions of fans with The Outlandish Companion , an indispensable guide to all the Outlander books at the time. But that edition was just a taste of things to come. Since that publication, there have been four more Outlander novels, a side series, assorted novellas, and one smash-hit Starz original television series. Now Gabaldon serves up The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two, an all-new guide to the latest books in the series.

Written with Gabaldon's signature wit and intelligence, this compendium is bursting with generous commentary and juicy insider details, including

* a complete chronology of the series thus far
* full synopses of A Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood
* recaps of the Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner
* a who's who of the cast of Outlander characters, cross-referenced by book
* detailed maps and floor plans
* a bibliographic guide to research sources
* essays on subjects as wide ranging as Outlandish controversies regarding sex and violence, the unique responsibilities of a writer of historical fiction, and Gabaldon's writing process
* a guided tour of the clothes, food, and music of the eighteenth century
* a Scottish glossary and pronunciation guide
* personal photos from the author taken on the set of the Starz Outlander series

As entertaining, sweeping, and addictive as the series itself, this second volume of The Outlandish Companion is a one (or two)-of-a-kind gift from an incomparable author.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385344449
0385344449
Branch Call Number: 813 Gaba
Characteristics: x, 640 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical chart ; 25 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Dec 19, 2015

For Gabaldon fans who are serious about her series of 8 Jamie and Claire novels, and the Lord John novellas and short stories, this second volume is probably a necessity. Her plot summaries are even more complete than I remember from Vol. 1 on the first 4, while skimpy on the Lord John novellas. She does give a helpful genealogy chart for his family. Some of the rest is an edited repeat from the first vol, sometimes expanded. Her explanation of the character of Black Jack Randall, and why she portrays him as she does, is more detailed, and more compelling, for instance. Gabaldon also gives info, including pictures, on the Starz version of the first book, which I haven't seen. I appreciated the floor plans of Lallybroch and the Big House at Fraser's Ridge, and wish they'd been in the novels.

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