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An Echo in the Bone (Outlander Series #7)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

27 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

I was duped! Yea!

I thought "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" was the end. What a pleasant surprise to find out I have another opportunity to get lost in this world again. When I bought "Outlander", the woman behind the counter at Barnes & Noble told me that the book had originally been cat...
I thought "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" was the end. What a pleasant surprise to find out I have another opportunity to get lost in this world again. When I bought "Outlander", the woman behind the counter at Barnes & Noble told me that the book had originally been catagorized as a Romance novel. While I would agree that the relationship between Claire and Jamie is incredibly romantic and then some, there's so much more to to these books. If you haven't read the first six books in this series, read those first. And to further quote the B & N sales lady, "if you're just starting out...I envy you."

posted by DGMDGM on June 21, 2009

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74 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

Letdown

If you have not yet finished the book, don't read this review!

Like most Outlander fans, I was hotly anticipating this book, but upon finishing it, I felt like I had been led on a lengthy preview of a "real" story still out there waiting. This book entwines several d...
If you have not yet finished the book, don't read this review!

Like most Outlander fans, I was hotly anticipating this book, but upon finishing it, I felt like I had been led on a lengthy preview of a "real" story still out there waiting. This book entwines several different concurrent story lines, yet resolves NONE OF THEM. The book has no conclusion.
All of the books are lengthy, but the first four in the series kept the reader completely engrossed because the actions were fast-paced with a series of mini-climaxes and revelations scattered throughout them, rather than following the traditional you-find-everything-out-at-the-end format. Now, the length is the result of too much useless detail rather than action resulting in too little development following a story twist. Once the story gets interesting, the reader is either disappointed by the extremes of an overly obvious or equally incredulous resolution or none at all. The style that made Gabaldon stand out from her peers has been lost.
Gabaldon's stories have always been somewhat realistic in their unfolding even if unrealistic in their premise. This is why her books have been so popular. In the past, we have seen how difficult it is for Jamie to grasp 20th century concepts, yet Wm. Buccleigh MacKenzie supposedly comes to the 20th century and is not at all concerned with cars, electricity, etc. and is not inclined to fight with anyone he encounters in the future? Claire loses Jamie and in less than a month sleeps with Lord John, yet in Dragonfly, she doesn't sleep with Frank until well after Brianna's birth? And speaking of frank -- she just blurts out "I know these things because I'm really from the future" to Jamie's family and they're just cool with that? My, did things come a long way in those 30 years since she was almost burned at the stake! Additionally, the reader is to believe that Fergus' parentage is suddenly established and he's a part of the French nobility? And Amanda is somehow psychicly linked to Jem? Fans were initially drawn in by the realistic depiction of a 20th century woman trying to live in the 18th century. It didn't take much to make the original story somewhat believable and that's what intrigued readers. Now, it is just too far-fetched to retain the original audience.
This book also contains too many references to Lord John's activities from her other series. How many careers does one English Lord have? Soldier, prison warden, governor, soldier again, spy . . . isn't he the jack of all trades!
Overall, I found this story to be a real letdown both in its lack of realism and its missing conclusion. I feel that Gabaldon has moved away from her original style that made Outlander unique. I waited on pins and needles for four years for this book. I'm not sure if I'll bother with the next one.

posted by DRayne on September 28, 2009

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Waited so long to be disappointed

    Every time I bought a book in the Outlander series I would sit down and read the entire book in a day - or two at the most. I've had this book since it came out and have barely made a dent in it. I haven't read any of the Lord John books so I don't really 'get' what is going on with him and frankly don't care. I want to read about Jamie and Claire and am forcing myself to read a little bit every night in hopes that it gets better.

    Ms Gabaldon is a very gift writer and hopefully she won't disappoint us again.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Once again the pages are messed up

    In every single book, there are multiple copies on series of pages over & over. This time around pages 895 - 920, there is an overlap of the end of one page written over another page. I realize these are long books but whomever trypset them did a horrible work. This goes on for 50 pages. Very annoying to say the least. I have yet to get a clean copy out of 7 books. WTH?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Series is turning into a bad soap opera. I'm starting to not l

    Series is turning into a bad soap opera. I'm starting to not like...Claire! "Beat me, lie to me, kidnap me, unbefriend me, double-cross me, cheat on me, attempt to kill me - doesn't matter who you are, I'm sure you have a VERY good reason for it and on some level, I probably deserve it."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    The weakest in the series. The only one in which I have skipped

    The weakest in the series. The only one in which I have skipped or glazed over entire sections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    I agree with Letdown. I have read all the books in this series

    I agree with Letdown. I have read all the books in this series and I think Diana has written too many Lord John books to be able to keep up with her story line in the books about Claire and Jamie. If I had wanted to know more about him, I would have purchased a book in his series not this one. I understand getting to know more about others in the storyline, but please get your stories back on track and give the readers who have been a fan from the beginning what we pay for.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Donna-Oregon

    I recently finished reading my long awaited Gablodon 7th book, and sorry to say what a disappointment it was. I rushed thru the first six books, so you know I couldn't wait to settle down to reading about Claire and Jamie and their adventures during the revolution war. As many of your reviewers commented, the story seemed rushed and definately not up to her marvelous writings of the first six books. THE ENDING WAS UNBELIVEABLE. As one of your
    reviewers exclaimed "thats it. Thats all!" I am so glad I did not purchase this book as my local library supplied it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    An echo in the bone

    What happened? So disappointed in this book. Where did the ending go? Jeeze....what a let down, so sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Soooo Disappointed in Ms. Gabaldon!

    Does she really think that those of us who have read all her other books won't read the next one? This one had too many cliffhangers. Unfortunately you have to read this one just to keep up with the people plots. I felt so let down after reading it.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    Past their prime.....

    I really hate to say but Clare and Jamie are way past their prime, It is ok with Brianna and Roger. That could make for a good story. I am sure there will be another book... and yes, I will read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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