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Book Review – Outlander

Outlander book coverOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

This review will undoubtedly cause some strong feelings. I found Outlander to be mediocre. It is incredibly long and drags in the middle. I mean how many ways can Jamie and Claire save each other from death? How many times do they need to? I did enjoy the characters of Jamie and Claire. She is a strong, capable woman and he is a passionate, dauntless man. I can also see how Outlander can be turned into an entertaining, popular television series. The novel is broken down into episodic chunks with dramatic events every few chapters. However, I want to watch the series more than I want to read the rest of the novels.

Book Review – The Spider and the Stone

The Spider and the StoneThe Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney

“The Spider and the Stone” takes place during the Scottish War for Independence in the 14th century. It follows the fictional account of historical characters James Douglas and Isabelle MacDuff who were key figures in the crowning of Robert Bruce as King of Scotland. Author Glen Craney has spun some impressive prose in this book. It is beautifully written. Although I don’t know many details from this time in history, the novel seemed well-researched and where it dovetails from actual known facts, the story still seems plausible. It is an excellent historical novel. My only complaint would be that time moves very quickly in the book as it covers over thirty years. Sometimes the time jumps were confusing. but overall I would recommend “The Spider and the Stone” for its tale of star-crossed love and sacrifice in the name of independence.

*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*