Diana Gabaldon: A Breath of Snow and Ashes



Ck the words wry knuckle or rubbed or I would be in an alcoholic coma or worse dead Jamie looked at me and narrowed his cat eyes If our lives and the words the lady who writes these books uses bothers ya so much why do ya keep reading them The corner of his mouth twitched in a wry smile and he rubbed his long straight nose with his knuckleagain That s an excellent uestion Jamie and I don t have a good answer for you other then that I can t uit youeither of you sigh Awe Stephanie that s so sweet I could cry I think we need to drink to that said Claire Suuurewhat s a little whiskey gonna hurt at this point Said I Jamie pours us all a dram of whiskey says something in Gallic and we all drink it down in one swallow He then rubs his long straight nose with his knuckle and smiles wryly One thing I can say in the positive about the authors Diana Gabaldon word choices is that she never ever uses the words throbbing and member together and with all the sex scenes in all of these books that s saying something Blushes She writes aboutmm hmm What happens at night between meand my wife asks Jamie Oh surebetween the two of you and between Roger and Brianna between any two people who may cross paths I m pretty sure that s why so many people read the books I said She s also obsessed with describing hair Seriously how many times must we hear about hair I know everything there is to know about everybody s hair in the history of ever Yours Jamie is always a fire and Claire you constantly have escaping curls I said but I guess that s better than the last book The Fiery Cross where Diana was obsessed with describing every detail about every dirty diaper or clout as you call them that adorable little angelic Gem produced Forget about the obsession with lactating breastsand sex with around and about lactating breastsand the sticky aftermath I couldn t even come back and talk to you about it any review I tried to write ust came out dirty and not always in a good way That sounds disgusting Said Claire At times it was I said Well I better get this thing back to its owner before he misses it I m not scared of the guy he likes to pretend he s evil and all by wearing fake felt mustachesbut he doesn t fool me I said and then set the time mower for home instead of Kansas if Kemper wants his time mower back he ll ust have to come to Ohio and get it Haahaa haMwa ha haMWAHAHAHHAHAHAAAAA I did enjoy this book than the previous one It s a 35 There was a new time traveler from her time that enter the story and I was disappointed with how the author handled this character There was a potential there for something really interesting and she decided to make the character boring instead But overall it was entertaining 5 STARS JESUS H ROOSEVELT CHRISTimage error I feel I have already written a review with all the updates I did Where to start We know these books are long It s taking me on average three weeks to read them So you sort of have to be dedicated to the genre and writing style to appreciate themJamie and Claire are living in North Carolina Their passion is still alive their love is still true I absolutely love this couple Have loved watching them grow older together Ye ve no idea how lovely ye look stark naked wi the sun behind you All gold like ye were dipped in it A lot happens in this book and some uestions from the previous books are answered I canna look at ye asleep without wanting to wake ye Sassenach His hand cupped my breast gently now I suppose I find myself lonely without ye Her writing is very descriptive and she pays a LOT of attention to detail There was one part where Claire was making Black Pudding and I swear to God I swore I would never touch the stuff again I know I probably will I ust don t want to know how it is madeRoger and Brianna were wonderful also And wee Jemmy what a hoot he was Loved himVroom vroomI won t say too much as it would give things away and spoil the reading for others Or spoil the TV show if some of you will not read the books I chose my way when I wed ye though I kent it not at the time But I chose and cannot now turn back even if I would Would you I looked into his eyes as I asked and read the answer there He shook his head Would you For you have chosen as much as I The books is so much than my review There is Ian Lizzie the twins Malva the Bugs Lord John Bonnet Jocasta and many Pieces of the puzzle are put together and some pieces are left for us to discover in the next books I must applaud Lizzie for her way of ensuring that she got what she wanted Apologies for bombarding you with so many updates 45 starsThis book this series is a total love fest You would have to love it to come this far in the seriesand be dedicated to reading these long books I m always apprehensive to start one but when I do I m totally swept away and then I m sooo sad when I m finishedAs with all books in this series DG packs an enormous amount of happenings into them and I actually had to take notes But I m not sure that I can really talk about them without spoiling something Suffice it to say that this book will take you on a roller coaster of emotions Everything that you think might happen will happen and then some You may not understand these if you haven t read the book but some things I want to highlight Claire s surgeryether Cherokee agentnaked women LizzieManfredBobby RogerAmycalling Claire event 1Donner Henri ChristianIan with the wolf hide Claire event 2her hair Fergus Ian and Bree s trip LizzieJoKezzie liceRoger Jem Malva knew who it was arrestGovernor s houseTom Christie Bonnet Amanda BriannaWill Jamie s dreams stones firegold BOX Another fantastic addition to the series Loved Claire and Jamie and Roger and Brianna ButI didn t care for all the war talk and the correspondence Thank goodness it was only a very small part Favorite uotes Ye ve no idea how lovely ye look stark naked wi the sun behind you All gold like ye were dipped in it If I die he whispered in the dark dinna follow me The bairns will need ye Stay for them I can wait Ye ll do Auntie he said It s still you isn t it Claire he said uite gently it was you It s always been you and it always will be Get into bed and put the candle out As soon as I ve fastened the shutters smoored the hearth and barred the door I ll come and keep ye warm Ye re mine Sassenach And I would do anything I thought I must to make that clear But we are here all of us And we re here because I loved you than the life that was mine Because I believed you loved me the same way I canna look at ye asleep without wanting to wake ye Sassenach His hand cupped my breast gently now I suppose I find myself lonely without ye. Result will be independence with those loyal to the King either dead or in exile And there is also the matter of a tiny clipping from The Wilmington Gazette dated 1776 which reports Jamie’s death along with his kin For once he hopes his time traveling family may be wrong about the futu.

Add some SPOILERSSo this review is in no particular order As I have said before I m listening to them on audio and marking my place in the book and they are all starting to run together And there are lots of things going on in the books and I love most all of it Not the bad stuff There are some funny parts in the book I think my favorite is when Bree is in the shed chasing off a raccoon that is eating their food and Roger comes in scares her and she nails him in the head with a potato I wanted to add the excerpt of this but I didn t mark the freaking spot but I was rolling with laughter at that part and Roger s reaction There s a funny part about a snake in the church And I can t remember the others because I m all upset about the ending Nothing major Reunion just wait Life is going along with everyone BUT Marsali Fergus wife and Claire are out at the thingy working on the stuff for booze They are all by themselves because they think nothing of it Some arsehole men show up attack the women because they want the booze but the woman can t give them what they don t have These freakingerks kick Marsali in the pregnant stomach and take off with Claire Claire gets raped of course and beaten to within an inch of her life I think these are also the same men that killed a family sold some of the kids and burned another one alive in the home I think these were the same ones Oh how death needs to come to them And it does all the evil people should meet the same end Anyway Jamie wrings a neck and has the boys kill the rest of the gang Takes Claire through to make her look at all of the dead so that she knows they are gone and can t hurt her any It was horrible And the part before all of this when Jamie and Roger find that family killed and the little girl still alive in the burned house OMG I can t even I mean Roger had to suffocate her because it was so dreadful and I felt sorry for everyone involved Marsali and Fergus have another child and he s a dwarf that Marsali names Henri Christian So they have a ton of kids now But some arsehole The Rescuer jerk little kids tried to drown Henri and luckily Roger was there to save him and give those evil kids what for Not long after that Fergus tried to kill himself and luckily Jamie was there and it made me so sad Jamie and Claire had to send them away and got Fergus aob at a printer and Fergus was happy so hopefully all of that will work out Bree got to finally get her vengeance on her rapist She shot him in the head Good riddance Bree and Roger also had a little girl named Amanda Claire Hope and there were some medical issues with her that Claire couldn t fix because it was one of those advanced things This is where I get really sad because Bree Roger and the kids went back through the stones to save the baby And now Claire and Jamie only have Ian and it s so freaking sad because that whole family was there and I want them back Just damn it all Also in these books there are always references to the other books and things that happened Explanations and I like that Even still I m sad BUT on to the nextMY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Where I got the book audiobook from AudibleI have spent the best part of a year listening to the Outlander series and honestly by this point the books are ust blending into one another Most of the time the story isn t really a story so much as a container that holds a whole load of smaller stories some resolved uickly others left for later If things slow down one of the women gets kidnapped raped or threatened with kidnap or rape or all of the above Which probably happened uite a bit in pre revolutionary AmericaAnd then Jamie turns up and rescues everyone and takes Claire to bed Considering she s about 55 by now she s doing pretty darn well they don t seem to go much longer than 3 days without a good bonk Jamie never has eyes for anyone else and he likes it when she puts on a bit of weight because it goes straight to her lovely round arse The perfect man indeedAfter hundreds of hours of listening Gabaldon s writing is pretty predictable She never passes up the chance to use a well worn phrase endlessly describes what Jamie s hair looks like and loves to go off on a tangent about 18th century science or doctoring Narrator Davina Porter never flags although I have known her to mix up an accent here and there And you know what I ll miss these books when I m done They may be rambling and way too long but they re fun to listen to One day I ll probably go back to the beginning again Poor poor ClaireDiana Gabaldon sent you to hell and back in this book didn t she view spoilerShe had to endure one kidnapping one group rape having her husband being accused of impregnating a young girl said girl murdered getting arrested losing her daughter again and grandchildren to another time hide spoiler Poke Poke PokeAAAAHHHHHH What thewho thewhere theWhen theStephanie wake up It s Claire Fraser What are you doing here And should you be driving that contraption You smell like a breweryOh Jesus H Roosevelt ChristwhaaI m not hicup a saxtly sure how I ended up here Oh lookheehee I m sitting on the time mowerKemper ish going to be sooo pissed at me but what else is newhaaaaaaaa slowly sides off time mower in heap Claire what happened to her Jamiedo you remember Stephanie She s another time traveler like me but she s from somewhere in the 2010 s The corner of Jamie s mouth twitched in a wry smile Aye I do I d say that lassie is drunk he rubbed his knuckle on his long straight nose Holding my hand up That s because I amvery very drunk Ya see I read another book hic in the series that has been written about your lives A Breath of Snow and Ashes Don t ask me how this is poshsible I don t know but it s most likely something to do with you messing about with time Anyhow ust for funnzies I decided to make a drinking game out of the book whenever you said Jesus H Roosevelt Christ I took a shot of whiskey since you all drink the stuff like water and I thought whatzz good fer the goose is good for the ganderHaaaaaaweeee Why would you do that Not a wise move if you asked me I say that ALL the time Said Claire I KNOW That was the pointWell I didn t ask you Claire because I don t think you make the wisest choice with the whiskey yourself By the way who the hell do you think you are udging me about my alcohol consumption Around here it s the answer for everything Pregnant Drink some whiskey Just vomited from being sedated with homemade ether Drink some whiskey Been gang raped Drink some whiskeyokay that one makes sense Whatever is going on the answer is drink whiskey One has to admire that It s a damn good thing that I didn t pi. Kwoods of North Carolina isolated cabins burn in the forestWith chaos brewing the governor calls upon Jamie Fraser to unite the backcountry and safeguard the colony for King and Crown But from his wife Jamie knows that three years hence the shot heard round the world will be fired and the.

The paperback edition of what is the sixth book in the Outlander series is over 1500 pages long and sorry to say I did not hang on every word Who could There s so damn many of them Talk about bloated Diana Gabaldon s editor must love her a lot or is ust too nice for the business Kill your darlings remember that timeless piece of advice from Mark Twain I love Jamie and Claire not so much Roger and Brianna and have been hooked since Outlander but the series is floundering and has been for some time I could not even finish the fifth book The Fiery Cross As for Breath of Snow and Ashes how many times can any handful of people escape from prison mob scenes near death kidnappings etc etc Maybe I m ust cranky because while I was reading this tome I could have finished at least four other books on my to read list But I sacrificed I persevered and I wanted to LOVE this book I really did But alas it was not meant to be There was enough Jamie and Claire antics and classic Gabaldon humor to recommend this title but only to hardcore Outlander fans Remember 1500 pages is a huge chunk of prose which translates into a huge investment of your precious reading time Approach with caution Still hardly any plot ust people doing things a few kidnappings rapes and childbirths a million of scenes of Clare healing someone But at least Brianna wasn t lactating all book long this time The first book had me completely absorbed in the little details and fascinating plot the second book made me angry by the huge Arvyndase (Silverspeech) jump in time and then made me happy while the third book continued to hold my interest The fourth book was a little slow The fifth book made me wish for all that time spent listening back again because really however many pages an author should devote to homesteading Ms Gabaldon surpassed it at least ten fold The sixth book frustrated me with its plodding story with its hyper attention to detail and with the continued and inexplicable use of multiple narrators This does nothing but prolong the agony If the last two books have been less than ideal and even somewhat of a waste of time why did I continue the series and move on to A Breath of Snow and Ashes I wish I knewThe writing sucks It is not a well written series at all repetitive and worthy of many an eye roll or snort of disbelief Ms Gabaldon uses the same phrases descriptions and dialogue all the time While continuity is important the repetition becomes old very uickly This is on top of the fact that the entire series isust one big very bad soap opera the kind where the villain suffers forty different ways to die but always survives to torment his victims Stephen Bonnet is the eighteenth century Stefano One can practically predict which major character is slated for his or her turn at mortal peril because it happens to them all with such freuency Yet I keep listening yelling at the characters for their stupidity and getting anxious on their behalf even though I know they all survive for at least two books I was sucked into the Outlander world and I can t seem to get outIn the beginning of the series the sex scenes were so unusual in a romance novel because they were actually vital to the story Through their most intimate moments readers learned about Clare and Jamie their vulnerabilities and their sensitivities It was never a sex scene purely for titillation but a method by which the characters developed and grew The same can no longer be said about any of the sex scenes within these later novels First of all there is nothing to learn about Jamie or Clare Readers have been with them for years now and their characters are fairly set in their development Then there is the ick factor Both are approaching 60 years of age and while I appreciate that their love life is healthy and freuent it is not necessarily something about which I want to read Jamie s comments about Clare s body have him turning into a lecherous old man and that is The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies, just wrong Then there is the physical descriptions themselves While Jamie is clearly an ass man given his many lascivious and slightly disturbing comments about the state of Clare s derri re I m beginning to think Ms Gabaldon is a breast woman herself There is way too much attention and description devoted to all females breasts Dresses cling to them sweat trickles between them they are fondled kissed and cupped they leak milk and babies release them with audible noises If there is a woman in any given scene Ms Gabaldon will inevitably mention something about that woman s breasts Frankly it s annoying and disappointingThen there is the issue with Jamie and Clare s daughter and son in law I hate Bree and Roger There I said it Bree is one of the most spoiled stupid girls in print Roger was great if a bit weak and unmanly in comparison to Jamie until he married Bree With that one act he became thoroughly uninteresting and superlative As for Bree she isust now thinking of the dangers of going back in time 200 years to the Revolutionary War after the war has started For someone who is supposed to have such a brilliant mind she completely lacks in common sense as well as empathy The scenes told from either of their points of view are ust agonizing as Roger spends most of his time thinking about Bree and Bree spends most of her time worrying about how certain events are going to affect her Their sex scenes are not in the least bit erotic or even very romantic Very rarely do they contribute something to the overarching plot and most of the time their presence causes complications than solutions It goes without saying that their removal from the story would also eliminate a good number of pages in this very bloated seriesThe problem is that at an average audiobook length of 50 hours I have spent way too much time devoted to Jamie and Clare to uit the series now I may not be uite as vested in their survival as I once was but I would like to solve the mystery of how they die I would like closure Ms Gabaldon has not yet written her stories to provide closure and so I am stuck in this world of time travelers I will continue with the series onto book 7 and eventually book 8 when it is released next year Perhaps by then Ms Gabaldon will have made it possible for me to say good bye Until then there will be yelling and eye rolling and general frustration at the slow pacing repetitive syntax unnecessary narrative shifts and completely unnecessary sex scenes It is most definitely the book world s version of a daytime soap opera I got through another door stopper But this one made me freaking cry in the end Just nooooooooo I will talk about that later I still love it though I guess I m going to. A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the extraordinary story of 18th century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th century wife ClaireThe year is 1772 and on the eve of the American Revolution the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit Men lie dead in the streets of Boston and in the bac.

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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and is of Mexican American and English descent She has earned three degrees a BS in Zoology a MS in Marine Biology and a PhD in EcologyShe currently lives in Scottsdale Arizona