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Ming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ash. Like a Glucose Tolerance Test Only Recommended for Absolute Die Hard FansA glucose tolerance test is a test given to a pregnant woman in order to determine whether or not she has gestational diabetes The test is administered by forcing the poor pregnant woman to drink a beyond human portion of a glucose drink something that tastes like a sugared soft drink Then glucose levels of the blood are measured at different intervals after the glucose has been metabolized by the body It's not the substance as much as the uantity of the sweet tasting drink that is so difficult to stomach and that it has to be consumed after fasting for eight or hours It's making me a little ueasy remembering it Anyway that's what this book reminded me of I understand that letting Diana Gabaldon run wild without a heavy handed editor worked like magic in the past but there's always an exception to a rule and this would have to be it I loved Loved LOVED the first four books in this series and I have given them as gifts to one of my best friends my mother and my mother in law I thought they were fabulous I can't say enough good things about them I'm having a hard time thinking of something good to say about this book I do however have plenty of criticism My dilemma is where to startand then when to stop I think I could go on and on First let me say that there is absolutely no reason for this book to be 979 pages long almost nothing happens There is no unifying thread of story that draws the reader along in this story there are a few interesting mysteries but they happen somewhat suddenly and then are resolved rather uickly There are two exceptions that will obviously be continued in the next book I loved these characters going into this book I read in The Outlandish Companion that Diana Gabaldon when asked how she keeps all the details of her characters straight said that they are like real people to her and she wouldn't forget things about someone she knew Well I think she must be suffering from some form of long term memory loss because she forgot plenty A few things that were huge beyond forgiving in my opinion that Duncan has only one arm that Jamie is left handed I couldn't understand how those two things could ever be forgotten There is a scene where she describes Duncan being carried to bed by Jamie and Major MacDonald 'limp arms about their shoulders' There's another place where she describes Jamie's injured right hand and how it makes writing difficult for him he's been left handed in the previous four books and he is again at the end of this book but somehow he's using his right hand to write in the middle of the book There were so many other details that were inconsistent but I'm not going to try to list them all here I also thought that Gabaldon really victimized Roger to the point of annoyance I thought she completely changed Brianna's character and failed to develop or reveal the character of any of the rest of the family Fergus seemed an after thought Lizzie and Marsali as well And the preoccupation with all things scatological was over the top and the phrase 'comically blank' used to describe someone's facial expressions was used so often it almost became a catch phrase And just one thing I have to get off my chest There is a scene where Jamie and another man have an altercation and the man calls Jamie a c the c word Let me say that I am not offended by the c word but that the use of it in this situation was just completely incongruous and gave a false ring to the entire scene I was so disappointed by this book that I'm not sure I will read the next one As a reader and fan of the Outlander and the first four books in the series I'd really like to know What the heck happened

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The Fiery CrossThe year is 1771 and war is coming Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so Little as he wishes to he must believe it for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy a. So far the weakest book in the series This book dragged on and on and on It took me about four times as long to finish this one as it did the other four There was just a lot of unnecessary drama The interesting parts were few and far between but were just enough to keep me reading And I will admit by the end I was finally engaged enough to want to read the next one so it didn't turn me off completely There were just a lot of things that didn't need to be in the book This is the first time reading the series that I've really felt a need for better editingYou will read this book because you're already deeply involved in the story and invested in the characters and there's just enough in the book to keep you but on the whole it's exhausting and a little disappointing

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The Fiery Cross Read & Download ï 104 ç The year is 1771 and war is coming Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so Little as he wishes to he must believe it for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time traveler’s certain knowledge Claire’s uniue view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of theTime traveler’s certain knowledge Claire’s uniue view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the onco. When I finished this my knee jerk reaction was to give it a 4 star However after some consideration I have to be honest with myself and say it was really just a 3 star read The Fiery Cross is the 5th book in the Outlander series a fantasyromancehistoricaltime traveleverything but the kitchen sink series which began when Claire Randall on a second honeymoon in Scotland is thrown back in time from 1946 to Scotland during the Jacobite uprising that ended tragically at the battle of Culloden While stuck in the past she of course falls in love with a Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser Through four long ass novels they've been separated and reunited and managed to get themselves right smackdab in the center of any significant historical event taking place in the 18th century Jamie's natural ability to lead heightened by Claire's knowledge of what the future holds In The Fiery Cross Jamie and Claire are now living in America with their daughter Brianna and her husband Roger Jamie finds himself in the role of laird to a group of Scottish immigrants who populate his land grant known as Fraser's RidgeI freakin' love these novels and that's why it pains me to say that I'm suffering from PTDGD Post Traumatic Diana Gabaldon Disorder at the moment Gabaldon has always written massive tomes stuffed full of historical detail and it's clear that this woman does her research which sets her novels apart from the typical offerings of historical romance This isn't just costume drama However I don't think I've ever read a novel in which so much happens and yet nothing really happens The novel is so focused on the minutiae of day to day life pigpens are built militias are gathered and disbanded fields are plowed laundry is done buffalo are hunted that any narrative momentum is nil It just doesn't go anywhere There are rumblings of the American Revolution in the distance but no real battles other than a brief interlude in which Jamie gathers together a militia to help the governor put down the Regulators and the one driving narrative thread the hunt for Stephen Bonnet who raped Brianna in an earlier novel fizzles with no real resolution clearly to be picked up in the next novel Admittedly all of the mundane tasks of daily life are vividly brought to life and readable because the characters are so likable but Gabaldon can certainly beat a dead horse As evidence I offer the following1 She repeatedly overuses some wordsphrases sardonic gimlet eye wry smile and everyone's mouth twitches at the corner with suppressed amusement at some point in the novel Everyone's eye color is commented upon in every other paragraph Details that diehard fans should be aware of by now are tediously repeated 2 I read about breastfeeding than I ever wanted to Brianna's breasts spend so much time hardening between feedings of her offspring Jemmy they should be given their own novel And I won't even comment upon the milk sodden love scene Let's just say it gave a whole new meaning to Got Milk Blech3 Why does Roger MacKenzie still listen to Jamie Sure I know Jamie is his father in law and Roger wants to impress him but Jamie is constantly sending Roger out on dangerous solo errands to give Roger who is from the future a chance to prove his manliness in a time when men are defenders providers apparently tireless lovers etc However Roger always almost dies during his undertaking of these tasks He is hung nearly burnt to a cinder beaten to within an inch of his life how much must Roger endure Just let him stay home for a couple of chapters Sheesh4 The alternating point of view is vexing to me Some chapters are told in 1st person from Claire's point of view and these are definitely the interesting chapters especially since you are reading about historical events from the perspective of someone who is conflicted about what knowledge she brings from the future and the dangers of revealing too much; it's easy to forget that there's a time travel element when Claire isn't narrating but others are told in third person from other characters' perspectives Most of these are told from Roger's point of view Strangely we never really get anything substantial from Jamie or Brianna's point of view 5 Some chapters seem shoehorned in just because they were too darn cute to leave out In particular these chapters serve to show how clever someone is or how adorable little baby Jemmy is Don't care Don't give a shit Move onAnd then there's James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser himself or Himself as he's often called in the novel denoting his social position of laird God is there anything this man cannot do As much as I love the character of Jamie it's becoming increasingly obvious to me that he's female catnip although he does not sparkle; he's the anti Edward Cullen and yet they both share a similiar function to make women long for men that do not exist and would probably be endlessly exasperating if they did First off he's the physical embodiment of masculine perfection tall well muscled blazing red hair piercing blue eyes fills out a kilt uite nicely if you know what I mean and if you don't read the book Gabaldon will make it uite apparent He's a fierce warrior and yet a well educated intellectual who is just at home in the courts and palaces of Europe as he is on a battlefield He's multilingual and can read Latin Greek French etc and uote from high literature at a moment's notice He can be a brutal or tender lover depending on whatever Claire's in the mood for He can be a man's man and then inexplicably lapse into shy boy like behavior and whisper sweet nothings Men of the world give up Compared with Jamie Fraser you fail Despite all of this I still enjoyed the novel The relationship between Jamie and Claire has somewhat mellowed although not in a bad way There's still plenty of ridiculously hot sex between the two but the relationship isn't marked by the fear of Claire going back to her own time through the stones I also enjoy the good natured vulgarity that runs throughout the characters' speech and the humor with which Gabaldon writes And for all of my bellyaching about all of the details of 18th century life I will concede that if anyone can make it interesting it's Gabaldon I will be reading A Breath of Snow and Ashes the 6th book in the series but I'm definitely going to need a lengthy respite between the twoCross posted at This Insignificant Cinder