Wednesday, March 4, 2015

One month and counting!

One month and counting until the OUTLANDER TV series returns on April 4th with all-new episodes! STARZ released these new promotional images today:




I like these very much!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

OUTLANDER Season 1 Vol. 1 now available on DVD/Blu-ray!



OUTLANDER Season 1, Volume 1 (covering the first 8 episodes) is now available on DVD and Blu-ray!

If you can't find it in your local stores, you can order from Amazon here:

DVD
Blu-ray

NOTE IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE US:  The links above are for the US version only.  The DVD is, or soon will be, available in several other countries, including Canada, Australia, and Germany, but check with DVD sellers in your country to confirm availability.


Look here for a detailed description of the additional features available with each edition. I love watching the extra features on DVDs of movies and TV shows in general, and I can't wait to see the "goodies" they've included with OUTLANDER!

Please note:  The special "Collector's Edition" Blu-ray box comes with additional storage space designed to hold the DVDs for the second half of Season 1, when they eventually become available, so that you can keep all of the Season 1 episodes in one box.

I'm interested to hear what the rest of you think of the "extras" they've included.  Feel free to post a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page.

For more information about the OUTLANDER TV series, see my FAQ page here.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Results of the February poll

Here are the results of the February poll, which asked the question, "How did you discover the OUTLANDER books?"
  • 28.01% - A friend or family member recommended the books to me.
  • 23.74% - I started reading the books as a result of watching, or hearing about, the OUTLANDER TV series.
  • 19.94% - I stumbled across them while browsing in a bookstore or library.
  • 7.98% - A friend or family member gave me a copy of OUTLANDER, saying, "Read this, you'll love it!"
  • 2.85% - Someone on Facebook, Goodreads, or another online site recommended them.
  • 2.33% - I read a review in a newspaper, magazine, or online.
  • 2.29% - I found the audiobooks before reading the print version.
  • 2.11% - I found a used copy at a garage sale, second-hand bookstore, etc.
  • 1.68% - A librarian or bookstore employee recommended them.
  • 1.55% - Doubleday Book Club or other book-of-the-month club.
  • 0.60% - Someone at my book club mentioned them.
  • 6.91% - Other
There were 2317 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! I was fascinated to see how many people found the OUTLANDER books as a result of watching, or hearing about, the TV series.

I didn't vote in the poll myself, but I found OUTLANDER entirely by accident, browsing in Barnes & Noble in 2006.  You can see my story here if you're interested.

Please take a moment to vote in the March poll, which is all about what you're doing to survive #Droughtlander (as many fans call the long wait before the TV series resumes in April).  Thanks!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

OUTLANDER on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK starting March 26!



It's official: OUTLANDER will be shown on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK starting on March 26, 2015. The first 8 episodes will be available on March 26, with new episodes available weekly starting April 5, only a few hours after they are broadcast on STARZ in the US.

Diana Gabaldon commented on Facebook:
Amazon Prime Instant Video will be presenting the show--and has also announced that they will not (as many carriers _do_) edit any of the original content. You'll see everything exactly as it's shown in the US. Watch it anywhere, anytime, and as often as you want!
For more information, look here and here.

Here's a new UK trailer.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New OUTLANDISH COMPANION FAQ page!



I just posted a new FAQ page about the two upcoming OUTLANDISH COMPANION books that Diana Gabaldon will be publishing this year.

Diana's reaction on Compuserve last night: "Beautifully organized and clearly expressed, as always!"

I hope you find it useful.  Please pass the link on to any other OUTLANDER fans you may know.  Thanks!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

REPOST: Winter pictures

Considering that many parts of the US are suffering bitterly cold temperatures this week, I thought it might be a good time to repost this collection of winter pictures that remind me of the OUTLANDER books, along with some of my favorite winter quotes.  Click on the photos to enlarge them.



1) Grandfather Mountain, NC, near where Fraser's Ridge is supposed to be located.  (Photo credit: akunkle99, on Flickr.)
The snow was falling thicker and faster, and I felt some uneasiness. If it covered his tracks before I found him, how would I find my way back to the cabin?

I looked back, but could see nothing behind me but a long, treacherous slope of unbroken snow that fell to the dark line of an unfamiliar brook below, its rocks poking up like teeth. No sign of the cheerful plume of smoke and sparks from our chimney. I turned slowly round in a circle, but I could no longer see the falls, either.

“Fine,” I muttered to myself. “You’re lost. Now what?” I sternly quelled an incipient attack of panic, and stood still to think. I wasn’t totally lost. I didn’t know where I was, but that wasn’t quite the same thing. I still had Jamie’s trail to guide me--or would have, until the snow covered it. And if I could find him, he presumably could find the cabin.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 21, "Night on a Snowy Mountain". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)   



2) Ashness Bridge, the Lake District, England, near where Helwater is supposed to be located. (Photo credit: Mark & Sue, on Flickr.)
It was so cold out, he thought his cock might break off in his hand--if he could find it. The thought passed through his sleep-mazed mind like one of the small, icy drafts that darted through the loft, making him open his eyes.

(From THE SCOTTISH PRISONER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 1, "April Fool". Copyright© 2011 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)  



3) The Plains of Abraham, Quebec (where William spent the winter of 1776-77).  You can see in the center of the photo one of the old cannons left from the 1759 battle described in "The Custom of the Army".  (Photo credit: Francesco Santini, on Flickr.)
The Snow is deep, more may come at any Moment, and Business must be urgent indeed which could compel a man to venture any Distance. I am of course somewhat disturbed at Captain Randall-Isaacs's abrupt Departure, curious as to what might have happened to cause it, and somewhat anxious as to his Welfare. This does not seem a Situation in which I would be justified in ignoring my Orders, however, and so...I wait.

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 24, "Joyeux Noel". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)



4) Icicles in Boone, NC, in the vicinity of Fraser's Ridge. (Photo credit: eightylbs, on Flickr.)
January 21 was the coldest day of the year. Snow had fallen a few days before, but now the air was like cut crystal, the dawn sky so pale it looked white, and the packed snow chirped like crickets under our boots. Snow, snow-shrouded trees, the icicles that hung from the eaves of the house--the whole world seemed blue with cold.

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 111, "January Twenty-First". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


5) Soldiers' quarters at Valley Forge, PA. (Photo credit: paulbradyphoto, on Flickr.)
Valley Forge looked like a gigantic encampment of doomed charcoal-burners. The place was essentially a wood lot, or had been before Washington’s soldiers began felling everything in sight. Hacked stumps were everywhere, and the ground was strewn with broken branches. Huge bonfires burned in random spots, and piles of logs were stacked everywhere. They were building huts as fast as possible--and none too soon, for snow had begun falling three or four hours before, and the camp was already blanketed with white.

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 86, "Valley Forge". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Hope all of you in the US stay warm and safe over the next few days!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Favorite romantic quotes from the OUTLANDER books

In honor of Valentine's Day, here are some of my all-time favorite romantic quotes from the OUTLANDER series.  It was hard to pick just one per book! I hope you enjoy them.

"Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone. I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done."

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 14, "A Marriage Takes Place". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"I'm honest enough to say that I dinna care what the right and wrong of it may be, so long as you are here wi' me, Claire," he said softly. "If it was a sin for you to choose me...then I would go to the Devil himself and bless him for tempting ye to it."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 22, "The Royal Stud". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

"I have burned for you for twenty years, Sassenach," he said softly. "Do ye not know that?"

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 25, "House of Joy". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours. Claire--I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you."

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 16, "The First Law of Thermodynamics". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"When the day shall come, that we do part....if my last words are not 'I love you'--ye'll ken it was because I didna have time."

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 111, "And Yet Go Out to Meet It". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"Claire," he said, quite gently, "it was you. It's always been you, and it always will be."

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 31, "And So To Bed". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"Ever heard of coup de foudre, Sassenach? It didna take me more than one good look at you."

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 68, "Despoiler". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
“Thy life’s journey lies along its own path, Ian,” she said, “and I cannot share thy journey--but I can walk beside thee. And I will.”

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 57, "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Feel free to suggest your own favorites!