Ahhhhh I feel a need to apologize for my lack of story updates lately. Unfortunately, I have succumbed to a grevious and vicious addiction which seems to have sucked the creativity completely out of me, leaving my brain feeling like a puddle of mush. I have been sucked down a dark tunnel into a web and maze of endless words and details that I continuously attempt to claw my way out of in order to reach some profound meaning or light at the end of said tunnel. I am in the depths and dregs of it searching for the slightest bits of clues, which are the one thing that feed this all consuming addiction. Each time I find myself close to the end, close to that light, I tell myself, “Enough now! No more. you can beat this thing. You are stronger than this, you will reach the end of it and you will not reach out for yet another dose of this depravity which has taken over your mind.” I continue to tell myself this, over and over… yet, I still reach out for that next bit, that next piece that I know full well will devour every spare moment I have, will completely take over what ever original thought that might pass through my mind. So, sadly, I must admit… I am weak, I have no will power in this addiction and I will sink to what ever levels of despair it brings just to know more, just to go on with the wretched experience of it. And, worse than this guilt, this knowledge, is the guilt of knowing that I was previously warned against going down this dark path, this deep endless well of words and chose to ignore that warning… even more painful is the acknowledgement on my part that I have willingly dragged others, such as my daughter, into this nightmare along with me. I have willingly led her into this realm, this other world that could easily be described as some sort of demented, mind controlling cult that others so happily refer to as….
By Diana Gabaldon
Yes, I admit it, I have been thoroughly sucked into the Outlander experience. No thanks to you, Diana… You have completely taken over my mind, my heart and my entire thought process for the time being and for the fore seeable future! I have only managed to work my way through book 5 so far, and that is no small feat by any means. For those of you who have already succumbed to the cult like following, you know what I am talking about. The books are extremely long, much of the time so highly detailed that one becomes overwhelmed and adrift in the maze of those details. You must wade your way through all of those often repeated, excessive descriptions in order to find the bits of the most in depth and intense story line that keeps you searching through that web of words in hopes of soon being rewarded with any small grain of clue to the story. You often find yourself slogging through massive amounts of meaningless words and characters, thinking there is no hope of reaching the end. There are countless times when you find yourself wishing that Diana Gabaldon were standing in front of you just so you could throw the book at her, curse her in what little Gaelic is still fresh in your mind and demand that she just tell you the rest of the story in quick fashion and be done with it already! But, alas, she is not there and you must continue on with the blasted book because you are now so sucked into the entire story line that you will not put it down mid way through and walk away not knowing. The not knowing, the insistent craving to know more is the fatal addiction of this cult like series. If you are one of those who has managed to walk away not knowing and at peace with that, then I commend you. You are far stronger than me in that respect!
As I mentioned, I have finished book 5, The Fiery Cross. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5542932-the-fiery-cross. There are eight books in the series, and all of the books are between 800 to 1500 pages long! Rather than go into a detailed description and review of each individual book, I will save my review until I have managed to finish the entire series. I will however, note here that book one and two were excellent! I do not know whether to advise you though, to go forth on this experience of reading them, or warn you ahead of time not to tread one foot into it all, lest you be completely sucked in and devoured as I was. I will advise you, enter at your own risk, you have been fore warned now ahead of time. Should you take the risk now, I can rest assured in the fact that I did give you fair warning of what would come! If you get through books one and two, you most likely will- as I said, they were excellent- book three was also quite good, but in some different way than the first two. It was books four and five that caused me the most dire frustration and temptation to just give up… probably more due to the length of them than anything else, and the almost drowning in those minute details. I have read reviews for book 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10965.A_Breath_of_Snow_and_Ashes. The reviews lead me to believe that it is well worth continuing and that it puts Diana back in many readers’ good graces after suffering through books four and five. Of course, if you have managed to get through this much of the series, you are already so sucked into it and the whole Outlander experience that you will go on, whether you intended to or not! On this note, I have to repeat, this series is not just a book, or two or three… It can only be described as what I have already alluded and referred to, an experience, a rather cult like experience! Please do not refer to them as Romance novels… yes, while there is a great amount of highly explicit and detailed romance (sex), there is also a vast amount of well researched and documented Historical information, more than enough mystery and suspense to satisfy just about anyone, along with well thought out and researched references to paranormal and unexplained natural and not so natural occurances and events!
If you do not have the enormous amounts of time to devote to reading all of it, but are still interested in being swept into the tidal wave of this experience, perhaps you should think about viewing it instead? The series will soon be appearing on Starz!
At the present time, it is a daily struggle for me to escape the clutches of Outlander! Try as I might, I can not drag myself out of it for any great lengths of time! It has consumed me! That being said and admitted to, I must warn everyone here that for a bit of time this could become an Outlander Fan page?! I will make every attempt to contain and limit myself but, there will be a constant nagging urge to share my addiction and I reasonably sure that it will spill out here!