Editorial Reviews. mmoonneeyy.info Review. Set in pre-Revolutionary War America, readers finally Drums Of Autumn (Outlander, Book 4) by [Gabaldon, Diana]. Autographed Book. Drums of Autumn is the fourth novel in the Outlander · series by Diana Gabaldon. The novel takes place in the colony of North. Carolina from. Unforgettable characters richly embroidered with historical detail I just can' t put it down.”—The Cincinnati Post.
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Gabaldon, Diana - Outlander 04 - The Drums of Autumn. Read more Gabaldon , Diana - Outlandish 04 - Drums of Autumn · Read more. Gabaldon, Diana - Outlandish 04 - Drums of Autumn. Read more Gabaldon, Diana - Outlander 04 - The Drums of Autumn · Read more. In this breathtaking novel—rich in history and adventure—The New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon continues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager.
By this book DG is reusing plots that we've already seen and the characters are becoming two dimensional caricatures of themselves. Maybe a bit obsessed as well. Thus very often her plots are overridden with very unlikely coincidences and sometimes deus ex machina. I can only speak for myself, but I am living proof that men can read and enjoy the Outlander series. But I could read about Ian and Rollo!
No, not really. I hear the next one is a bit drawn out! Ian, what a brave lad he is. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach? View all 36 comments. I never thought I'd be the kind of person who would get swept up in a series of thousand-page epic fantasy adventure book, but here I am having finished book 4, mad that I have to wait a couple of days until the next installment arrives in the mail.
I spoiled myself a little for Drums of Autumn , not so much on its contents, but I became aware that many fans consider this to be one of their least favorites, and one of the slowest of the books. So I went into it with a bit of a bias that I have t I never thought I'd be the kind of person who would get swept up in a series of thousand-page epic fantasy adventure book, but here I am having finished book 4, mad that I have to wait a couple of days until the next installment arrives in the mail.
So I went into it with a bit of a bias that I have to say was happily proven incorrect. For me, this book almost lived up to Voyager , and was miles above Dragonfly in Amber. Not going to lie, for me one of my favorite elements of the series will always be the Highlands, and I'm still disappointed we didn't get more time there.
But that wasn't it, because the move to the American colonies I had been dreading wound up working well. I think what went wrong with DiA was the remake of Jamie into kind of a dandy, trying to fit in with the silly French noble class. Jamie just doesn't make sense to me as a character outside of a rugged setting with a battle to fight. That said, I like both Brianna and Roger a little less after this book. In large doses, they are both super annoying. But I could read about Ian and Rollo!
I didn't think the plot was slow. In fact, it gets a little old for me when Jamie and Claire have to escape death every 20 pages. But there was still a lot of story movement here. Enough to make it a page turner for me, for sure. View all 9 comments. Jane Upshall Great review!
Jan 05, Max18 This is an excellent concise review, enjoyed no spoilers and the effectiveness of comparing it to the other books.
Apr 08, I too, am one of those folks that was totally in love with Outlander and, despite some rather graphic violence, thought it was a good enough book that I have continued to read the series up to this one.
Unforunately, like most series, this one does not get better. By this book DG is reusing plots that we've already seen and the characters are becoming two dimensional caricatures of themselves. Jamie, the tough masculine hero, Claire, the strong and fiesty woman that knows how to handle her man, I too, am one of those folks that was totally in love with Outlander and, despite some rather graphic violence, thought it was a good enough book that I have continued to read the series up to this one.
Jamie, the tough masculine hero, Claire, the strong and fiesty woman that knows how to handle her man, the fiery Scots, the stereotypical early Americans.
I gave it two stars because I did finish the book and found it entertaining at points, but I also found it a bit high-handed and offensive at time. The overall sense I had at the end was "I wish someone else I know had read this book so they can just tell me what happens, because I can't deal with another pages of these characters! View all 6 comments. First half of this book was fairly slow, but the second half blew me away.
I especially loved watching Brianna and Roger's relationship blossom. Roger Mackenzie Jamie Fraser These characters are a pleasure to read, it's like coming home to family. Loved it! View all 25 comments. This book was the final straw for me. I wanted to love this whole series as I loved book one, but it has gotten progressively worse with every book, in my humble opinion.
Gabaldon's editors should be taking a much closer look at the arc, plot, and character development for inconsistency and redundancy. The first book was amazing, though the ending was very difficult to swallow. The second was very good, compelling but heartbreaking. The third starts to teeter on unnecessarily verbose with a This book was the final straw for me. The third starts to teeter on unnecessarily verbose with a wandering plot where characters tend to do things out of character.
However, it still had merit as an overall work. This one was disappointing on so many levels. Gabaldon drags on for pages at a time about absolutely nothing that pertains to the plot--bee hives, sunsets, the various shades of red of Jamie's hair, you name it. I realize many readers enjoy this in historicals, and while I enjoy beautiful imagery, I'd rather it not take over the entire plot.
Pacing was WAY off for me here. Also, the characters do several heinous things that are completely out-of-character from how the author originally wrote them.
At least, that's how it appeared to me. It is as if the characters switched places with people I've never met before.
So much so that Ms. Gabaldon has permanently scarred me from ever wanting to read one more word about their lives--good or bad. I just don't care anymore. All three main characters do ridiculous things which results in a forced plot.
Gabaldon is an excellent writer, there is no mistaking that. However, for me, there should be more than eloquent imagery and sexy lovemaking to keep me on the hook. View all 12 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I loved the ending of this book. I especially loved the birth scene.
It was funny, touching, and made me cry. Jamie has a grandson that's truly his own. Someone to help make up for the loss he's suffered in being denied the opportunity raise his own children. If anyone deserves lots of grand-babies, it's Jamie.
I love Lord John in this book. He kinda became my hero. Shocking, I know, considering how much I disliked him in the last book. He's charming, witty, and very sweet in this Wow! He's charming, witty, and very sweet in this story, and I love the relationship between him and Bree. Their characters had such great chemistry.
And I don't mean sexually. Roger is such a wonderful character. My heart broke, then ached for him in this story. I hope the next book is kind to him.
He deserves some happiness. Drums of Autumn felt different from the previous three books. There was a gradual shift in the storyline, from Jamie and Claire, to their posterity. In many ways, Jamie and Claire's story end with Voyager. They were finally reunited and for good. So I'm grateful Mrs. Gabaldon has continued to write about these wonderfully complex characters. Allowing us to find out what happens, not only to Jamie and Claire, but to the people they love.
I liked this book. A lot.
I'm looking forward to reading the next. A decision that will come to cause a ripple effect no one could have foreseen. Drums of Autumn was a fantastic read. It's easily my new favorite installment in the Outlander s series since the epic first book and the first half of Voyager. A magnificent read! So many things happen in DOA, it's almost like reading five books in one.
It's pretty gigantic so you will require ALOT of patience and time to get through it. But I can promise you it's worth it in the end. Diana Gabaldon has as always a brilliant way with words and DOA is a masterpiece in itself. This installment gives us literally a little bit of everything. Adventures, romance, danger and everything in between. The storytelling is absolutely brilliant. A bit older and wiser but still as irresponsible as ever.
Claire- a great heroine. Independent, smart, sassy and witty. I loved the way she was with Jamie in this book. When you move, I move sort of way. Brianna- I wish I could like her.
That would've make things easier. I had no problem with her for the first part of the book. I almost liked her. But when she basically called Jamie the worst father ever and that she wished she never laid eyes on him, she burned every bridge.
I wish she'd just go away. Roger- a good character. Much better than Brianna. A little dull but kept my interest. But as with Brianna, I only tolerate him in small doses. I read these books for Jamie and Claire. Lord John Grey- so good to meet him again. One of the best characters. Willie- father meeting son.
I adored Jamie's every moment with him. I can't believe I haven't realized what a great character he is before. My favorite after? We also get a quick visit at Lallybroch with Jenny love that woman , Leer'a damn that woman and young Jamie. I told you, a lot of things happens. We also get to meet Fergus and Marsali and new acquaintances like Brianna's maid Litzy.
Scenes I will bear with me- Jamie's first meeting with hos daughter he was pissing the first time she saw him and he thought she was a prostitute, LOL.
Jamie with his son. This is clearly a book for reunions. They really are outstanding in every way ; plot wise, the character, the amount of details, the maxing writing. The first three books has been the most romantic in certain sense.
But dinna fash. Jamie and Claire's epic love are still verra the heart and soul of this story. Claire — I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you.
View all 21 comments. How do I put into words the massive thoughts and emotions running through my head after finishing this grand opus of adventure, honor, love, and family? It has so many elements, including history, time travel, adventure, mystery, and yes, romance. Each book is epic and overwhelms the reader with rich background, complex plotting, and strong dialog. Each book in the series builds on the multi-layered mythology of the previous one.
And each one just seems to be better than the previous one. I can only speak for myself, but I am living proof that men can read and enjoy the Outlander series. As many are already aware the plot involves Claire Randall, a 20th century doctor who survived going back and forth through the ancient stone circle multiple times.
In order to avoid death they were forced to marry and fell in love. She later returned to the present to bear and raise his child when he was assumed killed in battle. Twenty years later, when their daughter, Briana is grown, Claire discovers he survived and she risks everything to return through the stones to Jamie.
Roger is driven to keep it a secret from Brianna, only to discover she knows and plans to go through the stones to save her mother and finally meet her biological father. My copy clocked in at pages. Patience and attention are required of the reader, but it comes easily. The primary reason was that this story built slower at the beginning, needing more time to percolate and heat up in order to create the multiple emotional payoffs throughout the last half of the book, including golden moments between Brianna and Roger, Brianna and Jamie, Brianna and Claire, Jamie and Roger, Brianna and Lord John, and Brianna and Roger again.
In my opinion, Gabaldon is an excellent writer that has mastered several key areas of great writing, including plotting, character, scenes, and dialog.
Her plotting is well-planned, multi-layered, detailed in whatever time period is involved, and full of many twists that lead to opportunities for future development. She grabs your attention and requires even your senses as you delve into her world. Her characters are rich and complex. Each have their own unique personalities, motivations, and attributes. You cannot stop yourself from loving the good guys and hating the bad guys, but every character is three dimensional and real in every sense.
You can picture them so clearly in your mind. I personally believe that her ability to write scenes and dialog is probably her greatest skill as a writer. Each of these books have such wonderful pay-off moments in them, especially in this book. It was a golden moment. When it comes to characters conversing and providing information each other to push the plot forward she is excellent. Her conversation flow and have a certain rhythmic quality that stands out above most writers.
He was not the same man at the end of the book that he was in the beginning. For me, she has found a way to create unforgettable characters that I have come to know and deeply care about. I am not afraid to admit that I have shared some deeply personal moments with them, including laughter, struggle and challenge, pain and sadness, and tears of joy in the moments that matter most in a family.
I cannot wait for the journey to continue… I'm kind of all over the place. These books are so freaking big. These books are sooooo freaking loooooong. A huge portion of this book was very boring 4. Wine didn't help at all 5. Like almost the last half of this book made up for the boringness in the beginning..
I love Jamie and Claire. I just do. Their relationship is basically goals for me. But Drums of Autumn was so boring. It almost put me to sleep. Then I tried wine because that usually helps me when books are boring I'm kind of all over the place.
Then I tried wine because that usually helps me when books are boring or characters are just plain annoying. Yeah, no amount of wine made this book better to me. Which makes my heart hurt because I really wanted to love this book - but god damn Diana..
I feel like if this was a lot shorter then I would've liked it a lot more. Plus, it kind of felt repetitive - at least to me? It seems like the same storyline.. I'm kind of hesitant to start the next book because I really want to finish this series and fall even more in love with Jamie and Claire's relationship but right now I have no idea what I want to do..
Another re-read of , there is definitely a lot to love about Drums of Autumn even after all these years. Now that Claire and Jamie are reunited and in America, a whole set of new and exciting adventures and new characters await one of my favorite literary couples. Claire and Jamie have spent 20 years apart and have never really had the chance to be a couple in a marriage.
So I think it's definitely a gift of the latter books that we see them actually have a change to "settle down. How foolish, right? I quickly realized that what DG was actually signaling is that she wasn't done telling us about this world she had built.
But in my defense, it was because I really wasn't overjoyed with Brianna and Roger. So many things infuriated me in regards to them and it wouldn't be until book 6 that I would begin cutting them some slack. But I digress Now in an effort to keep things spoiler free because season 4 is slated for late fall and I am sure people are getting prepared to dive into book 4, I won't delve more than the above into the synopsis.
Rest assured, book 4 offers a lot of surprises that still managed to tug at my heartstrings and help me fall deeper into the Outlander universe.
It's also the 1st book that I must confess that another character managed to steal some of the limelight from Jamie Fraser. His nephew, Young Ian Murray! View all 10 comments. And once again, the story has completely captivated me.
I found my emotions all over the place reading this book. And near the end, I was completely gutted!!!! I have found myself completely in her trance, her characters lodged deep in my heart, as if they were a part of my family. It is rare to connect with a work of fiction so intensely.
All I can say is that for those of us who fall under the Outlander spell It is more than worth the length of the books, in fact I dread reaching the end View all 14 comments. Claire gave up Jamie to save Brianna, and now Bree has sent her mother back to the mysterious Scottish warrior who was willing to give his life to save them both. Brianna dares a terrifying leap into the unknown in search of her mother and the father she has never met, risking her own future to try to change history.
But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past. The magnificent saga continues…. It began in Scotland, at an ancient stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past—or the grave. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice. Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became legend—a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child.
Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in frontier America. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century. Their daughter, Brianna…. Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the stone circle and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history…and to save their lives.
But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past…or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong…. Read An Excerpt. Paperback 3 —. Centered on time travelling 20th-century nurse Claire Randall and her 18th Autumn band - Wikipedia Members Current members. Jan Grijpstra - drums —present Jens van der Valk - guitars, backing vocals —present Mats van der Valk - guitars, backing I've never been afraid of ghosts.
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