How’s everyone surviving the long slump between Outlander seasons? I spent the past few months discovering new stories and fascinating characters by authors with beautiful, sometimes spine-tingling, imaginations. Here’s a brief sampling of my summer findings.
I kicked my reading frenzy off with American Sniper by Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen. It’s an eye-opening account of war and its toll on the soldiers fighting for each other and their country. Amid the descriptions of events we can only ever imagine, the late Mr. Kyle also showed off his sense of humor, creating a well-balanced autobiography. A highly recommended read.
Next, I read an extraordinary, turn-of-the-twentieth-century tale about the sacrifices of love in a world of magic, entitled The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The ethereal atmosphere and multiple characterizations are vivid and breathtaking. Ms. Morgenstern’s writing enables the reader to be more than a spectator and makes you wish the fictional spectacles could be made real. If you read only one new novel this year, make it The Night Circus.
I also read about the hardships and bravery of two young women – estranged sisters – during the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, entitled The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. The concurrent stories are solid, heart-wrenching and historically realistic, but I found the telling to be a bit disjointed in places, as if more than a single writer authored the novel. It’s a compelling look at the war behind the front lines of battle, revealing the desperate and brutal struggle for survival among the civilian population.
Along the way, I discovered a well-established Scottish author who is new to me – Peter May. He has an illustrious career as a storyteller and has written several novels. I am particularly engrossed with The Lewis Trilogy. It follows the contemporary story of a Scottish detective, Fin Lewis, who returns to his childhood home in the Outer Hebrides after a twenty-year absence. The writing is superb, the scenery bleak, the characters broken. Mr. May gives a down-and-dirty look at life in Fin’s small village.
Wonderful books and authors all, but Blake Crouch has kept me enthralled with his suspenseful novels for the last few weeks. I first read the Wayward Pines Trilogy, which was adapted earlier this summer into a single season television series starring Matt Dillon. The show was very good, but the books are great – if you like a mixture of scary, gory, and mysterious. I’ve read several of his other books, but Mr. Crouch’s Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series currently has me hooked. If you’re looking for a good ol’ adrenaline-pumping read, any of his books will do.
None of these books seem to have a connection with Outlander, but if you think about it, Outlander is a story about sacrifice, hardship love, war, Scotland, and has a mixture of suspense with a dash of gore. Perhaps I haven’t strayed so far from my favorite series of books by Diana Gabaldon, after all.
I’ll stop yakking now, and get on with it.
During this Outlander dry spell, I decided to whip out the Top 30 and dust it off. Luckily for us – though not so luckily for Jamie – I identified a bounty of awkward moments for Sam Heughan to showcase his acting talents. Hopefully, I can conjure a chuckle or two out of you as you take a stroll down memory lane. Here presented are my choices for Jamie’s Top 30 Awkward Moments from Outlander Season 1, Part 2.
30: Jamie’s Awkward Submission Moment from Ep116: TO RANSOM A MAN’S SOUL – Don’t know if this is awkward so much as devastating. Whatever you call it, it’s the worst moment of Jamie’s life – thus far.
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