QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What are the Top 5 Books that you are looking forward to in 2013?
Do you find yourself thinking that the books you read would be good on film? Do you wish the things you watched on TV or in the movies were available as book?
Some really can’t be converted, of course, but some definitely can (and it’s not always the ones you think will work). There’s something to be said for different forms of media, but a good story is universal … or is it??
London, 1760. For Jamie Fraser, paroled prisoner-of-war in the remote Lake District, life could be worse: He’s not cutting sugar cane in the West Indies, and he’s close enough to the son he cannot claim as his own. But Jamie Fraser’s quiet existence is coming apart at the seams, interrupted first by dreams of his lost wife, then by the appearance of Tobias Quinn, an erstwhile comrade from the Rising.
Like many of the Jacobites who aren’t dead or in prison, Quinn still lives and breathes for the Cause. His latest plan involves an ancient relic that will rally the Irish. Jamie is having none of it—he’s sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with a summons that will take him away from everything he loves—again.
Lord John Grey—aristocrat, soldier, and occasional spy—finds himself in possession of a packet of explosive documents that exposes a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Time is of the essence as the investigation leads to Ireland, with a baffling message left in “Erse,” the tongue favored by Scottish Highlanders. Lord John, who oversaw Jacobite prisoners when he was governor of Ardsmiur prison, thinks Jamie may be able to translate—but will he agree to do it?
Soon Lord John and Jamie are unwilling companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead. A captivating return to the world Diana Gabaldon created in her Outlander and Lord John series, The Scottish Prisoner is another masterpiece of epic history, wicked deceit, and scores that can only be settled in blood.
WoW! Another week that’s jam packed with all kinds of goodies for you here at Bookish Temptations.
Might as well start the New Year off right… right?!?
I promised you big news…huge even…Ready?!?
Ya gotta make the #jump…
After putting myself through the trauma of choosing an order for my Top 10 Books for 2011 I decided I deserved a reprieve for my favorite Top 10 Book covers. They are presented in no particular order, but I loved them all. Several of them were what drew my interest to the book in the 1st place.
I’m afraid in this day and age of ebook popularity that book covers aren’t given as much thought and attention as they should receive. I believe that’s a huge mistake. Whether I’m in a book store browsing, looking online, or perusing a publishers site, I’m still drawn in by a great book cover. Sometimes it’s the colors that catch my eye, sometimes it’s the design/ picture/text, and sometimes it’s all. I work in retail as a merchandiser when I’m not doing this, and my boss has a saying he’s fond of…It’s a 5 second decision for customers.
I don’t know how much input an author has on his/her book cover, but authors if you do have anything to say in the matter make sure your book cover speaks for you.
Alright, show time…
By Diana Gabaldon
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives
It’s hard trying to talk about this book, without telling to much. I want to tell you ALL about it, but that would defeat my purpose, which is to get you to read it! At first, when I got the book recommended, I thought it sounded a bit typical. The highlands, big Scottish types.. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, in every second erotic book I’ve read the last couple of years. With the virgin heroin and the dark, handsome scot that sweeps her of her feet. Oh yeah, and the time travelling. I thought I was looking at the Highlander series all over again. Oh, was I wrong.. This book is SO. MUCH. MORE!
It starts off nice and easy. Maybe even a bit too nice and easy, I almost put the book down for a second there. I have never once regretted NOT putting it down. The experience I had with this book blew me away. I honestly have never had so many emotions reading a book before. I was amazed. A bit bored at times. I laughed so hard my tears were streaming down my face. And then there was the moments when my tears where streaming down my face for entirely other reasons. The way Diana Gabaldon describes things without using to many words is incredible. The love, the lovemaking without making you feel you’re reading porn. The heartache. The agony. The excitement, The despair. It. Has. It. ALL.
There’s one scene towards the end that is the worst scene I’ve ever read. I was sobbing, no kidding. Never before has a fictional character made me feel so much compassion. I still feel it, so much so that I almost put down the next book, Dragonfly in Amber, when it indicated a wrong turn in the story. I honestly just LOVE the main characters in Outlander, and especially James Fraser. He is the perfect hero. He has flaws. Sometimes you want to shake him. Other times you wish you were Claire and could pull him behind some shed and have your way with him. He’s young, younger than Claire, and does not always do the right thing. He’s strong willed, stubborn as hell and not your typical dark, sexy and brooding man of the year. He does not always win the fight. Does not always save the day or get out of difficult situations.
With these two, you never know what’ll happen next. I seriously read this book, all of it’s 863 pages, in two or three days. My boyfriend almost gave up on me, my kids had to make their own food, mama was BUSY. So I’m rating this book right up there on the top. I wish I’d never read it, just so I could experience reading it with innocent eyes again. I read this on my Kindle, but rest assured, I am getting this in hard cover! Its going on my shelf.
Heidi’s rating for Outlander is 5 hearts
Thanks Heidi for your great review! Hope you come back soon! Xo
November has quite a few book releases coming out, so I wanted to share a few that I’m very excited about.
If I missed a great book that you know is coming out in November leave a comment so I can add them. Thanks!
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia - November 22nd.
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon – November 29th.
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich- November 22nd.
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton- November 14th.
I thought it was time to do a fantasy boyfriend part 2. There’s so many yummerific fictional guys to choose from… today I think I’ll choose… James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser, aka JAMMF, or Jamie from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
Jamie Fraser stole my heart about a year and a half ago when a friend insisted I read Outlander. Once I started I just couldn’t stop, and I read the entire series back to back to…well you get the picture. 7 books in all and Ms. Gabaldon does not write short books. But… the characters and story were so fantastic that I became addicted with a capital A. Jamie is tall, well built with broad shoulders and a slim waist…O my fave. He has the most arresting blue eyes and hair almost like a lion’s mane. It’s thick and longish, and the colors of fall: auburn, cinnamon, and streaks of blond. YOWZA! Did I mention that he’s Scottish…yep, so that means an accent to die for comes with this delectable hunk. He’s a jack of all trades, meaning he does whatever he has to, and he’s good at everything he does. He’s an excellent lover by all accounts wanting to give pleasure every bit as much as he likes to receive it. MmmHmm…my kind of dood.