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More than a decade ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon delighted her legions of fans with The Outlandish Companion, an indispensable guide to all the Outlander books at the time. But that edition was just a taste of things to come. Since that publication, there have been four more Outlander novels, a side series, assorted novellas, and one smash-hit StMore than a decade ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon delighted her legions of fans with The Outlandish Companion, an indispensable guide to all the Outlander books at the time. But that edition was just a taste of things to come. Since that publication, there have been four more Outlander novels, a side series, assorted novellas, and one smash-hit Starz original television series. Now Gabaldon serves up The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two, an all-new guide to the latest books in the series.Written with Gabaldon’s signature wit and intelligence, this compendium is bursting with generous commentary and juicy insider details, including• a complete chronology of the series thus far• full synopses of A Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood• recaps of the Lord John Grey novels: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner• a who’s who of the cast of Outlander characters,...

Title : The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two: The Companion to The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood
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The Outlandish Companion, Volume Two: The Companion to The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood Reviews

  • Sophia
    2019-04-08 14:07

    I've been meandering my way through this one. Sometimes treating it like a coffee table flip-through book and sometimes getting riveted to different parts. It really does its job of what I wanted it for by reminding me of what I was starting to get hazy on with some of the older books and also providing some great enrichment materials to better appreciate the books in the Outlander World.I was one that devoured and used the Outlandish Companion v. 1 so I was tickled to see that a v. 2 happened. This one does broaden the scope of what it covers now that Outlander is a sensation on the screen and in audio as well as in the written world. I thought this book did a good job of being an all things for all people so that from whichever path the Outlander lover followed to the companion they received something for it. For instance, I have not followed the show much, but I have read and listened to the books. However, I saw a lot of references that those watching the show could read and appreciate.It was fun to browse through this reading summaries of the books large and small, getting the Lord John and stories away from Jamie and Claire, too. I also enjoyed the lovely maps, charts, indexes (yay for that character one). The structure of this Companion was somewhat more relaxed and less of the scholarly reference tool feel you get when there are citations, cross-references and a ton of indexing. I like it either way.So, this is a great one for the extras and worked well the way I took my time with it. I know I'll pull it down off the shelf often to continue referencing it from time to time when re-reading and hey, if I need to pursue a historical point non-Outlander related as well.

  • Diana
    2019-04-24 15:58

    I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways for an honest review. That being said it was on my list to buy once it was released. I love these kinds of books. I have multiple ones, all for favorite series that have a companion book out. I bought the first volume years ago off of a bargain table, which made me kind of sad to see such a wonderful resource basically ignored. I like how this one is set out instead of just having all the information alphabetically so you have to search for what you want to look up for each book. It's in sections by book title so if you need a reminder about a character or place from a specific book, all you have to do is look up the book's title. At the beginning of each section, you get a synopsis of the book and what happened in it as a reminder so you don't have to go back and reread an entire book before starting the next in the series. The book also has some new information about specific books in the series in it, so it's a great gift for the diehard fans of the series. If you're a fan of Diana Gabaldon's work I seriously suggest getting both volumes of the companion, and any others she ends up releasing, I've used the first one multiple times. It's worth it.

  • Cindy
    2019-03-27 20:04

    Essential for every Outlander fan.The Outlandish Companion Vol 2 is even more comprehensive than the first volume and a wonderful reference peace that truly shows how dedicated to researching every detail and "leaving no stone unturned" Diana Gabaldon truly is.

  • Bookish Temptations
    2019-04-11 21:53

    A must for all fans of the Outlander series!

  • Erin McDonnell-Jones
    2019-04-10 15:54

    As always, very engaging reading. I love the summaries of each novel because I can then relive the books. I really enjoyed the essays on herbs and her research style.

  • Diane
    2019-04-19 14:52

    For fans of Diana Gabadon's Outlander series of books, having a "companion" book adds a rich background to the stories. This is the second volume and covers not just books 4 - 8 but the Lord John novels and novellas as well. There is a who's who for every character, fictional and real historic figures that appear in the books, and also a Gaelic and Lowland Scots dictionary with pronunciation. Those sections are best just used for reference. There are synopses of each of the four books and summaries of the Lord John books, excellent to get you up to date. touching on the highlights with some excerpts. for me, the best parts are the essays and articles by Ms Gabaldon and a few guest contributors. She writes about the sex and violence in her books, and her writing methods. Because there is now a television series, there are some contributions from jpeople involved with the production like the costume designer and musical director, very very interesting to hear how they create the look, feel and sound of the show. There's a herbalist and a cookery specialist, both of whom focus on the 18th century methods and recipes and the like. she includes a section with floor plans and maps, things like Lallybroch and Fraser's Ridge along with battle maps and maps of a few locations as they were in the time of the American Revolution. Last but not least is the "Methadone" list, books that Ms. Gabaldon recommends her fans might enjoy while they wait for the next of the series. It is always a few years in between books and fans are always looking for something to tide them over. It's a fine addition to the series.

  • Mlle Kurtz
    2019-04-17 14:57

    The Outlander Companion Volume 2 is a must-read for any devoted Outlander fan, especially if you have read and appreciated the first Companion. Even if Diana has been around for a long time, there's always some new background and some obscure and amusing fact to learn from her witty and fresh narrative. Seriously, I could read her account of a grocery shopping session... oh, wait, I did (in the first Companion) and it was really entertaining.And then there's the insight in the production of the TV show, a glimpse of which was already added in the second edition of the first Companion. The essays by Terry Dresbach (costumist), Bear McReary (composer), the lady who superintended the historical accuracy of plants and medicine (I can't for the life of me remember her name and I don't have the book near me) and - last but not least - Adhamh O'Broin, the Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic) expert, are absolutely the cherry on top.

  • Audrey-anne
    2019-03-31 16:53

    To be fair, I didn't read a 100% oh this but since it's on my bed side table, I read bits here and there in between other reads and that's how I like to go through it, you can't really go through that kind of material in one go, and since I don't feel like leaving it on currently reading forever, might as well put it away now, knowing full well I'll finish it anyway, sooner rather than later, and start the new year fresh. (or it could also be that I'm OCD and couldnt finish the year with 119 books read so this is going to solve my problem and give me a round number. xD)

  • Brenda
    2019-04-02 18:55

    The Second Outlandish Companion, which I had been wishing for! Nice. It includes the 2nd 4 books, plus all the other books written with some of the Outlander characters in them, The Lord John Grey series and others/short stories.Complete with floor plans of some of the most important houses in the stories, plus maps of various places and wars, and gaelic words, translated, herbal definitions, cast of characters. All every important when reading books of this length. You DO forget some of them.

  • Lisa Wolf
    2019-04-13 17:59

    Fascinating reference volume containing oodles of information about books 5 - 8 in the Outlander series, as well as long reflections from the author on writing, research and history. A must for fans. Note: I've posted a comprehensive, detailed reading and listening guide at Bookshelf Fantasies.

  • Sue
    2019-04-15 14:20

    Love it, great book. I plan to buy volume one at some point. The synopsis' are lengthy and detailed. So if you are adverse to spoilers do not read this book until you've completed the series. But if you want to reread the major highlights this book is for you or if you need spoilers to keep you going by all means enjoy.DG's also added some STARZ extras from the TV Series which purists will love.

  • Linda
    2019-04-20 16:10

    Very helpful resource while reading through the Outlander books. It helps sort out the characters, places, events and language of the times -- the American Revolution.

  • Roberta
    2019-04-02 18:56

    Confesso che non ce l'ho fatta a leggerlo tutto per intero... è praticamente impossibile: ho optato per una lettura veloce qua e là. La Gabaldon scriverà anche bene, ma accidenti quanto è prolissa e quanto divaga! Nella prima metà di questo volumone ci sono praticamente i riassunti (si fa per dire! perché anch'essi sono luuunghissimi) degli ultimi libri della serie attualmente pubblicati, e poi nella seconda parte tutta un'altra serie di divagazioni che consiglio soltanto agli aficionados ad oltranza.

  • Olivia
    2019-04-06 22:11

    My favorite part about Vol. 1 was the FAQ section. This volume didn't have that and I am very sad. I have questions about the later books I was hoping to discover answers to...looks like that's not to be the case though. That being said, I did still enjoy all the info provided, especially where Gabaldon discusses the use of rape in the Outlander books. There's a lot of debate about Jamie & Claire's wedding night that I have seen. I was both surprised (and pleased) that Gabaldon did not address it as a matter of rape.

  • Ronnda Pagan
    2019-04-21 16:55

    Both Outlandish Companion one and two are amazing resource guides in the world of Outlander. Diana has some great experts to glean knowledge of the 18th century life and world around those who fight for the cost of freedom.

  • Robin
    2019-04-09 21:01

    I really enjoyed this book. It is, at heart, a sort of reference book with synopses of the latest 4 books in the series, a look inside the authors writing prep, and a look inside parts of the making it the Starz show.

  • Dawn
    2019-04-14 18:14

    A must have for Outlander Series fans...

  • Grace Acevedo
    2019-04-15 21:06

    Just like Volume 1 this book provided awesome summaries of the books and detailed info that any Outlander fan will love. All I need now if for DG to release more books please.. :)

  • Susan White-Riggs
    2019-04-13 14:54

    I enjoy this series so much. This and Volume One are a nice addition to the novels.

  • Teva Gayou
    2019-03-31 18:03

    I had just read the series when I got this, so I didn't need the majority of it. Essays were interesting. Recipes much appreciated.

  • Sandra Walker
    2019-04-02 16:11

    Wonderful update on the books with its brief Synopsis that has made me want to re-read the outlander series. I really liked the Gaelic Dictionary better than the one I bought separately. This is brief but actually tells ye how to pronounce the words. That Author profile is also very informative.

  • Christy
    2019-04-19 19:57

    I liked this one much more than the first volume, although to be fair I didn't actually READ the 400 pages of synopses of the previous novels, I just read all the other things in this reference book. I always find Gabaldon's snarky and verbose tone amusing, especially because she can rant about literally anything. My favorite parts of this though, were the inclusion of chapters written by the costume team, the composer and the food department of the show. It was cool to see the thought process and devotion behind what goes into such a huge endeavor.

  • Wendy Mills
    2019-04-20 16:21

    168.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this informative and entertaining companion book to the Outlander books series.

  • Sheila Melo
    2019-04-09 19:01

    Useful Guide and Companion to the Outlander Series Both Books and TelevisionThis enormous book is the second companion volume to the popular Outlander series. As the title states, it covers the content of the series beginning with THE FIERY CROSS and ending with WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD. The book, however, really covers the entirety of the series including information and discussion about the hit Outlander television series. Along with the expected synopses of the books, this companion also provides various essays by Gabaldon in which she discusses issues regarding the series as a whole.The book includes:A synopsis of the entire series through MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD.Synopses of the novels in the series after THE FIERY CROSS (including the Lord John Grey novels which are a spin-off of the main series)A guide to the characters in the seriesAn Essay on Sex and Violence -- this was my favorite essay of the bunch. Gabaldon really examines and puts forth her opinions responding to the criticism of her series with regards to the sexual violence depicted in them.An Essay on History and Historical fiction including the justification of falsity in historical fictionA guide to the Scottish language as used in the books including a pronunciation guideAn essay on writingA section on the people who work on the Outlander television seriesSome maps and floor plansRecommended booksBibliography of the books Gabaldon uses to underpin the writing of the Outlander booksSome photographs from the set of the television showOutlander family treeThis book is for fans of the series, but also anyone who wants to know more about the process of creating these novels. I like the series but am not a hardcore fan and I enjoyed learning more about the series and reminding me of details to which I didn't pay attention. This is a book that you can dip into at your leisure to explore different issues. I especially liked the incorporation of the information about the television series and the contrast with the actual books in the series.

  • Tena Edlin
    2019-04-16 13:57

    I enjoyed listening to this book, even though I felt like it repeated a lot from what I'd heard in the first Outlandish Companion and from other sources. It was good to get a refresher of the book summaries since I'd finished some of them quite a long time ago, and I know I'll go back and listen to those before the next book in the Outlander series comes out. My main revelation with listening to this book, though, is the absolute GENIUS of Davina Porter, who reads all the audio books of the Outlander series. This book had several different narrators. I enjoy listening to Diana Gabaldon (even thought she talks really fast) because she has a witty sarcasm that I enjoy and can see come through in her writing. But... when the Lord John novellas were being summarized, I was so bored, I had to quit listening for a couple of weeks before coming back to this book. Wow and YUCK! If that guy had narrated the Outlander books, I wouldn't have ever finished book one. I also realize that Davina Porter is THE reason I chose to listen to all of the books instead of actually reading them in print. I wanted to hear HER, and her voice will be permanently etched in my mind with those stories. I love reading aloud, and I always think that I would like to narrate audio books someday. I aspire to her goal, and if I ever saw her in person, I would fangirl to an embarrassing level.

  • Janet
    2019-04-07 22:13

    Ok, so this one was MUCH more up to date (except the fact that we've already gotten 2 full seasons of the TV series). Again she gave a recap of the 5th-8th books, which was nice but was done in a slightly different format than the first companion book. She did talked about the Lord John series (not my thing), but did note that with a couple of exceptions, Jamie is not involved in that series, so it is technically a stand alone series.She did touch on some "controversial" issues and explained why they actually are or are not. It is neat to see her thought process with a lot of things, but people also need to remember that she is a historian and tries to keep historical accuracy when she can. Her since of humor is a little off (and a LOT like mine) so I like the random quips that she will throw in. The maps & floor plans in the back were neat as it helps to visualize things/places (some were not how I imagined). I know she's writing the 9th book and the 3rd season is being filmed, but it's really hard to be patient when you want things to be done now.

  • TheLadyKay Long
    2019-04-07 19:18

    This is the second volume of The Outlandish Companion books that serve as integral additional reading for those of us uber-fans of Diana Gabaldon's extensive Outlander series. Covering the last four (at this time) big novels of the series as well as other novellas and short stories that are all branches from the main Jamie and Claire epic tree.With additional info on the why's and how's of the storylines as well as a superb section about the craft of writing and researching for historical fiction. Also included are maps, family trees, and layouts of the differing homes we've all pictured in our minds. Plus more bibliography and recommended reading lists.This compendium of additional thoughts and information written largely by the author "Herself", deserves required inclusion to every Outlander fan's home library.

  • Caitlin
    2019-04-03 21:16

    To start with I'm a big fan of the Outlander series and I was very happy to win this companion. I have watched the show and love how the story doesn't stray far from the books and this companion goes on with very detailed descriptions of the characters and situations that go into the show and the books. I had many questions from both components and this companion cleared it up for me. I can see a lot of work and research in this book and it shows in the balance of being an informative piece and accelerating piece of work that I really enjoyed. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know more of the Outlander series and watch the show. It's very well done and wouldn't want to miss it.

  • Susan Csoke
    2019-04-21 22:08

    In the Fiery Cross, Brianna is conflicted. She and Roger are deeply in love and are planning to be married. Yet she is hesitant. An Echo In The Bone begins in 1776. Eighteen year old William Ransom who is the ninth Earl of Ellesmere is unaware of his true heritage. He is actually the bastard son of a Scottish criminal. Written In My Own Hearts Blood brings the reader back to the eighteenth century in the American Colonies for the adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser. Escapades of Lord John Grey. A cast of characters in Part three and a section about Mind Games!!!! THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRSTREADS FOR THIS FREE BOOK !!!!

  • Nancy Baldauf
    2019-04-23 14:13

    I didn't actually "read" this book so much as browse through the different sections as they caught my interest, starting with the pronunciation guide! I have read all the Outlander books, and love the way The Outlandish Companion provides background, references, and even explanations of the errata. My only problem was the difficulty of holding such a large book due to arthritis in my hands. And the illustrations are nice, too. Years ago I was fond of Isaac Asimov's Guide to the Bible for many of the same reasons. A broader understanding of the conditions, habits, and history of the time period add to the depth of understanding and imagining the tale you are reading.