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Books By Diana Gabaldon: An Echo In The Bone By Diana Gabaldon Book Review

Updated on March 24, 2011

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Diana Gabaldon's An Echo In the Bone definitely brings to mind the age that we live in. Her newest in the Outlander series is definitely not meant for the blog-minded! I think it weighed in at 817 pages and I just finished it. All I can say is wow!

I hear this term a lot these days - 'chick lit' - or 'chick read'. It mostly annoys me because I don't really understand what makes women's tastes in literature so very different from men's but that would be a whole other hub I suppose. I have to throw out the challenge though - guys get to reading this series!

When I started reading her first book in the Outlander series, I was hooked. She somehow manages to combine Scottish history intertwined with one of the most romantic stories I've ever read that spans hundreds of years and throws in a lot of time travel (through the stones) and even manages to branch off into American history! In my humble opinion, I would think just about anyone could find something to enjoy in her books.

The only thing I would point out is that her books are not for the 'casual' reader or someone who wants to pick up a book and be done with it in a day or two. Her stories are so engrossing but extremely well compartmentalized so that you can read little 'capsules' without becoming overwhelmed but still keep the thread going. She usually has so many side stories going on at the same time that you find yourself trying to jump ahead to figure out the final outcome. Good luck with that!

I have read a lot of the reviews so far and people are complaining mostly because the WAIT for the next one in the series will be too long! That has to say something! I have just finished An Echo In the Bone; I'm dying already because there were probably 6 loose ends that needed tying and now I will just have to wait to see how they all come out!  It may kill me to wait but oh well.  I guess that is the beauty of writing and keeping someone 'on the hook'. To be so mesmerized by a tale that you cannot wait to read more - what a gift.

Why I Love Diana Gabaldon's Books

Not sure if it is a testimony to 'chick lit' or not but I just love reading her novels - these are just some of the many ways she hooks me!

  • History - Scottish as well as American History brought to life intertwined with human stories of characters that are believable if not downright lovable
  • Time travel - She makes you believe stepping through the stones and going back in time or forward can happen
  • Romance - Some of the most poignant love stories are interspersed throughout all of her books but the classic is Jamie and Claire - you just have to fall in love with them as characters and as they grow and become more mature, expand their love for one another, you want it never to end
  • Fantasy - In a world full of realities, sometimes it is just a wonderful thing to have someone 'take you away' to another time, another place and another story.  Somehow she manages to lift you out of your own life and transport you to someplace else that is full of endless emotions and exposures.  You can almost see the battle of Culloden as if you were there; you can feel their pain and suffering.  You can almost see Benjamin Franklin literallly 'in the flesh' as she paints such a colorful picture of his personality.  You can truly feel the agony of love lost and then the joy of regaining that love.

I guess it would be obvious that I would probably give the book a 4-thumbs up review but then I have so enjoyed ALL of the Outlander series.  They are wonderful reads and well worth the time it takes to keep reading!  The Lord John series books are also wonderful and they deal with homosexuality in a time when it certainly was not fashionable.  Again, I think her insights are remarkable and the stories fascinating! 

I sincerely hope I can wait for the sequel to this one!

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      ssusco 5 years ago

      I think Echo in the Bone was 600 pages too long and was very boring. I have read all of the books and have enjoyed them, but, maybe it is time to end the series.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Workingmom - I TOTALLY agree with you about chick lit - I only threw that in because GUYS refuse to read this kind of book and it makes me so mad! She is an absolutely incredible writer, and I'm going to copy this and send it to you on a private email just because....that is what Diana does. You have the benefit of reading only the last in the installment. I have ready every single book she's ever written and have been so hooked it drives me insane to get to the next book.

      She'll be back - and the way I figured it, there were AT LEAST 6 loose ends to tie up. I try not to think about it and you can go and read all her previous books to bide your time. On the other hand, I'm stuck in Diana Gabaldon land waiting for these loose ends and I'm going to probably be insane by the next book! ha ha

      Luckily I have a lot of other authors that I read because I just resign myself to waiting a couple of YEARS before the next book comes out.

      Thank you for confirming that chick lit cannot be so categorically thrown out there - I HATE that term and if you look up on the Internet what the male version of that, that pretty much says it all. ***ck lit. Give me a break. I find so many books like Jodi Picoult's or Anita Shreve's that are profound and still they get 'chick lit' labels from friends of mine in the writing business. It infuriates me.

      I only put that in to entice (read challenge) men to actually READ these books and then form their opinions. I love Diana Gabaldon and hope you'll read her earlier books because it'll keep you very busy while waiting for those loose ends to be tied up. I still think about them every day - but then again, isn't that the mark of a very, very incredible author?

      Merry Christmas and thanks SO much for stopping in!

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      Mishael Austin Witty 7 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Hi. I just have to throw in that I don't think this book (or series, for that matter) would qualify under chick lit at all. Here's the first sentence of the wikipedia definition of chick lit: "Chick lit is genre fiction within women's fiction which addresses issues of modern women often humorously and lightheartedly." When I think of chick lit, I think of books like Bridget Jones's Diary and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Gabaldon's books don't fit into this category at all.

      This is the only one of her books that I've read so far, and I was surprised to find that I wasn't nearly as lost as I thought I would be. I downloaded the first in the series for free from Amazon, but I haven't had much of a chance to read it yet. I'm very interested in seeing how Claire and Jamie ended up together, especially considering she was married to someone else at the time. And, I must say that I was really irritated by the book's ending. I mean, I think Gabaldon could have at least resolved a few things for us, you know? Oh well. It was definitely a fascinating read.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Hi Mary - I have a feeling it will be some time yet - it seems that once we get 'hooked' on Diana's books we have to wait a seeming eternity! I was so bummed that so many things were left undone but then I take hope in the fact that she will HAVE to come back and tie them all up so the book series is not done! I believe she has another book out right now or it is coming out shortly - and that will have to tide me over I suppose until the sequel to this one comes out. She is a marvelous writer though don't you think that we can so drool waiting for the next book? Thanks so much for stopping in!

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      mary 7 years ago

      just finished echo in the bone, left hanging , when is the sequel ??????????????

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      I wrote mine on 11/03 though - so think I might have done mine before yours - but no matter - great subject! Now we have to wait and wait for the sequel....

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      Nell Rose 8 years ago from England

      Great minds think alike! yeah she is good, and it's funny that you should write this a few days after me not knowing i had as well! never mind, it just goes to show how good she is, if this makes more people read her all the better. thanks for your comment on my page lol Nell

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      Audrey Kirchner 8 years ago from Washington

      You will love them - as I say - just lots of pages but the verve with which she writes - just gotta love it! Congrats on being the first guy to take the challenge.....

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      Ronnie Sowell 8 years ago from South Carolina

      You figured out it was ok, didn't you! Book reviews, I mean.

      Well done and I am not big into chick lit (LOL!!) but I will take a look at these the next time I am at B & N. Who knows I might expand my horizons a bit.