The Fiery Cross

The Fiery Cross✯ [PDF] ❤ The Fiery Cross By Diana Gabaldon ✼ – Unabridged on 47 compact discs The year is 1771 Claire Randall is still an outlander out of place and out of time But now she is linked by love to her only anchor Jamie Fraser They have crossed oceans Unabridged on compact discs The year is Claire Randall is still an outlander out of place and out of time But now she is linked by love to her only anchor Jamie Fraser They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina But tensions The Fiery PDF/EPUB ² both ancient and recent threaten members of their clan Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy James must beleve Claire though he would prefer not to Claire has shared a dreadful truth there will without a doubt be a war Her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through perilous years ahead or ignite a conflagaration that will leave their lives in ashes. I don't think any author is in love with her characters and her own writing as much as Diana Gabaldon To the point that she is convinced that absolutely everything she writes about them has to be in her books Who cares about the plot and moving things along and putting in her novels only events that would advance the plot? Not Diana I've loved the Outlander books for a while in spite of their fragmented nature and sometimes convoluted story lines but this time even the most dedicated fan would notice that There is hardly any plot in it I am still trying to figure out what the purpose of this book was my only guess is to lead to the confrontation with Stephen Bonnet? But then hundreds and hundreds of pages in The Fiery Cross are dedicated to the events that have nothing to do with the main story line of it At least 23th of the novel could have been cut out because the only thing that happens there is that Jamie Claire and Roger have to go on some militia business and then come back twice During these trips nothing important takes place except of course they meet some random people And don't get me started on Brianna's breasts If all the bits about her breasts being swollen or leaking milk and her wanting Roger to suckle on them were taken out The Fiery Cross would have been at least 100 pages lighter And another 100 pages lighter without little Jemmie pooping in a diaper or otherwiseCertainly we fans have a fair amount of patience for Gabaldon's long books and a lot of love for the characters and scenes in their lives but come on a novel is still a novel If there is hardly any forward motion in the story no danger no intensity if you can skip hundreds of pages without missing anything vital and the author is preoccupied with indulgently recording every occurrence in her characters' lives important or not she might as well call her work fanfiction Or a soap opera with no end in sightInterestingly enough even after spending a year reading The Fiery Cross and dropping it so many times I can't count I still couldn't bring myself to give it less than 3 stars and I already have the next book in the series loaded onto my iPod This crack has a firm hold on me For now 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 And the story continues ♥Listening to these audio books back to back they are starting to run together I think I mentioned this before but it's like one big ongoing Outlander movie or something I don't know if what I listened to was something from the other book or vise versa Here's what I know Everyone is living together at Fraser's Ridge Jamie gets called into the army by the Governor and Roger is with him There is some fighting but I think there is to come And sweet baby Jesus if Roger didn't go through hell I mean he did do something stupid I thought it was stupid You can't do that stuff back in the day you could hardly do it now But when he saw someone he knew he should have just waved and went on about it But no he has to be an idiot and go over and talk and what not in the middle of people wanting to start a war Then it just gets horrible from there Luckily a man came and got Jamie and Bree and Claire in the nick of time to save him They thought he was dead and my heart was on the floor until finding out he was still barely alive At this point I would have been thinking the hell did I come back to this damn arse time in history Alas it took some time but Roger got better And that slimy Stephen Bonnet is still out there somewhere and they can't seem to get their hands on him And now there is another person they need to beat down William MacKenzie And of course he's kin so the hell I remember listening a lot about all kinds of babies and goats and horses and craziness and funny stuff At one point I didn't who what freaking kid belonged to who And Ian he comes home with wolf Rollo This book was a massive tome to get through but listening to the audio with the wonderful Davina Porter narrating is wonderful She does the best job ever You would think a book that just goes on about random stuff during the majority of the book would be boring but I they aren't to me There is just something about them And I'm still so happy to know that Jamie and Claire still love each other as much as they always have I still really wish they didn't miss 20 years together though It still gets to me but I digress Now onto the next MY BLOG Melissa Martin's Reading List 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 I DID IT I FINISHED THIS HULKING BEAST OF A BOOK The Fiery Cross is the fifth book in Arizona woot author Diana Gabaldon’s time traveling historical fiction saga I have enjoyed all the books up until this one some with reservations but still enjoyed They all felt like they had strong backbones and even though they were long most of the stuff stuffed up in there had a point Not so with this fucker Since the book is soooooo looooooong I’m going to respond by being concise than I would usually just to get my point across here – HOW TO WRITE A TURGID HOT MESS OF A BOOK IN FIVE EASY STEPS 1 Don’t have an outline or any other sort of plan going in Narrative arcs are not important and neither is change Just have your characters do thing after thing after important thing for a whole novel and it doesn’t matter if you have something to tie it all together by the end You can even switch genres halfway through your novel It will totally not be confusing or frustrating at all It is totally okay even encouraged to have your reader not be able to identify than three or four parts that were actually important and relevant 2 Describe in great detail meals bowel movements sweaty clothing every poopy diaper regular updates on the breasts of a character who is breastfeeding a little swollen leaking milk rock hard empty etc Include extended excerpts from dream journals that hint at character arcs but never actually turn into anything No detail is too small or insignificant DON’T EVEN MISS ONE EVERY SMALL DETAIL AND ACTION YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CHARACTERS DO WILL MAKE YOUR NOVEL EVEN LONGER AND HOTTER AND MESSIER Don’t listen to those people who tell you that most of the things in your novel should connect to the central storyline or theme Don’t listen to the people even your readers who will tell you that these moments are nice every now and again but not all the time Your novel should be mostly these moments like we’re following your characters around in a neverending documentary of their every waking moment over a period of years 3 Make your novel as long as possible Longerbetter Morebetter Drown these people in words Their hands should be black with ink and their wrists ache by the time they’re finished Never mind that pesky writing advice that says the times you do something the less impact it will have Never mind all those people who praise concise writing or get off on variation Your characters are special and the time you let your readers spend with them well they should just be grateful dammit 4 When you’re at the thousandth page of your manuscript and have been teasing your reader mercilessly with the promise of a plot for hundreds of pages by this point make sure to take one last completely pointless trip into the woods so your characters can deal with a mystical fucking white ghost bear because in previous books the natives had given them portentous names like The White Raven and Bear Killer so they’re the only ones who can help obvs Have the bear be killed in a freak storm by a giant bolt of lightning while your characters coincidentally watch The whole episode should take up at least seventy five pages and have no bearing on the plot whatsoever Or euivalent thereof 5 Make sure to fit in the actual important bits towards the absolute end of the novel after your reader has already checked out emotionally from the book and couldn’t actually give a flying saucer about any of it any Just really make sure to bury completely the really interesting bits of your novel in absolute mundane as shit stuff so your reader can’t even find it – Voila Follow this formula and even your most diehard reader will think twice next time about purchasing your books Again don’t listen to those people with common sense Turning away readers is an excellent way to make money And so book 5 comes to an end I started reading this series on June 16th and they have consumed me for all of my summer holidays I swore I would take a break after each one but could not They are long they are detailed all the names get a little confusing sometimes I suppose I myself could be accused of jumping on the bandwagon what with the TV series airing last night in the USA Maybe so but as I have had the books on my kindle and some of them in paperback for some time now certainly before the glorious casting of Jamie Fraser I feel I can join the legion of true fans those of you who started reading this series when it was first released many moons agoTo be honest I am not sure where the last book finished and this one started All I knew is that I wanted to read about Jamie and Claire and their journey in the New World ”Let the dead bury the dead Sassenach” he said softly “The past is gone the future is not come And we are here together you and I I was lucky enough to see the first episode of the TV series and it was wonderful I thought it stayed verra true to the book and I am sure that is what Ms Gabaldon and the fans wanted Jamie is perfect He is soooo romantic He is tough too but he has a heart of gold “D'ye ken that the only time I am without pain is in your bed Sassenach? When I take ye when I lie in your arms my wounds are healed then my scars forgotten” We did not study a lot of American History in school We did learn about the obvious major historical moments The American Revolution the Colonial period och aye anything where the British are trying to take over us Irish are verra interested I do like history and am very proud that my son is starting his first year in University IN SCOTLAND to study history I think this book was over a two or three year time spam I sort of know because Jamie was the same age as me when the book started and he did then turn 50 Even a fifty year old Jamie is a fine figure of a man “You are beautiful” he whispered to me“If you say so” “Do ye not believe me? Have I ever lied to you?” “That’s not what I mean I mean—if you say it then it’s true You make it true” But this was not just Jamie and Claire’s journey We had Roger and Brianna I love Roger What the poor man had to go through Bloody hell I nearly gave up at one stage when one part was happeningROGER?BRIANNA?There is still a lot to happen in this adventureThat ballocks Stephen Bonnet is still out there or is he? God I hate that bastard He would have to be Irish wouldn’t he Here is who I imagine the toad would look like I will have the Gandy Police on my case now Och bring it on I have Jamie on my side ”There may be a day when you and I shall part again” he said softly at last and his fingers brushed my lips light as the touch of a falling leaf He smiled faintly “But it willna be today Off to find my next read It will be a hard act to follow this oneAnd how could we forget wee Jemmy? 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? Went something like this50 chapters of camping and sexual frustration where nothing really happensNothing happens repeatedly50 chapters of a wedding with a LOT of sexual frustration followed by a murder most foul an autopsy and sex in the stables FINALLYMore nothing happens50 chapters of a large scale battleConfrontation where guy gets his balls shot off MaybeEnding with us waiting for the revolution to happenThrow in a couple of major characters almost dying okay she really got me with the bit about Roger I'll admit itAlso a lot of assgrabbing Which is probably better than the spanking But still EVERYBODY is grabbing butts here What is up with that?I uestion why I keep reading these books but they keep me just entertained enough to keep going Also there is some self loathing involved Gabaldon invests much time and descriptive effort in this novel which ties off many threads left dangling in DRUMS and introduces the reader to a plethora of new characters The novel continues where DRUMS ended at a a gathering of some of the Scottish colonial settlers Brianna and Roger are set to marry and have their son Jemmy baptised When a proclamation arrives from the Governor of North Carolina everyone is put on notice that rebellion will not be tolerated against the British King While local sheriffs wreak havoc on the matrimonial plans those within the group are able to make some alternate arrangements just as a missive arrives for Jamie The Governor has tasked him to create a militia to uell dissent in the Colony less a reuest than a directive As everyone returns to Fraser's Ridge Jamie begins making the necessary arrangements An eventual battle ensues pitting the militia against a group of Regulators bound to fight against Britain's continued rule in the area Roger becomes embroiled in events and suffers greatly for it which draws the Frasers in closer to him showing their familial strength Brianna and Roger must also struggle with everything that relates to Jemmy and their larger relationship Gabaldon shifts the romantic and relationship focus to the next generation of characters putting Brianna Roger and Stephen Bonnet into a veritable parental triangle as Roger struggles with Jemmy's potential parentage going so far as to learn a little genetics from Claire to understand implications Roger and Brianna must wrestle with much of the same issues Claire and Frank did years ago Where Gabaldon left much of the awkwardness of the Claire Frank Jamie triangle to small crumbs in VOYAGER a thorough exploration takes place herein with some interesting insight to enlighten the reader Claire's knowledge of history can be both a blessing and curse as she watches Jamie prepare for the early stages of the War of Independence sure to divide the colony and keep everyone on their toes As old enemies return to tie off their storylines from novels past and new foes begin to lay roots for long standing hatred Jamie and his family grow closer through peril and tragedy exemplifying that the family fabric can withstand much strain With ghost bears and wild boars snake bites and attempted executions war drums and Scottish folk songs the novel offers many a vignette to educate and entertain Told in a way only Gabaldon could the reader is in for a long and twisted story but never left to drift too far off the beaten pathSome have commented that this book was a turning point in the Outlander series as it dragged on and began to derail the built momentum To those readers I would acknowledge the freedom of expression but also remind this posse that this is not a series for the feint of heart or easily bored Much of Gabaldon's content does play a key role in later missives as the reader will have discovered in this novel While seemingly minor topics appear in the narrative they become central with the reemergence of characters or new spins on their placement in the larger narrative There were sections of the book that did take up much space and might have been trimmed or edited out but something tells me there is a reason for their inclusion and the reader can skim all they like hoping a re read is not necessary at a later point That said this being a re read for me I took away so much than I had the first time around The story's underlying history begins its necessary heating up and will only get stronger and interesting as the series progresses Gabaldon like perhaps George RR Martin can see the mighty forest for the acorns currently scattered on the ground and for that we owe her the true benefit of the doubt She's shown that she is in control and trust has long since been earnedKudos Madam Gabaldon for pressing on with your longest novel to date Its content though dense for some proves highly attractive for the Outlander obsessed Likehate the review? An ever growing collection of others appears at Audio reread at 2x 25 starsThis is a long meandering book that might have a plot It establishes the family on Fraser’s Ridge and follows them for about a year There are medical and military related story lines and a lot happens in 1400 pages Some highlights• Clare sets up a penicillin factory on the mountain• Jamie develops a foot fetish• Bree takes on the persona of the Professor on Gilligan's Island• The family seems to be an unhealthy obsession about knowing who Jemmy's biological father is• Sadly Lord John only shows up in correspondence• Ian mysteriously returns• Clare starts having hot flashes• Jamie turns 50 but is ok with it because he still gets morning wood• Then there is poor poor Roger I am convinced that Diana Gabaldon hates himI like to complain about this book In a series of 8 books for now there is bound to be a stinker It’s not really a stinker it’s just not as good as the rest and probably 500 pages too long That being said I love this series I love Jamie and Clare Good bad or ugly I am invested in itRating relative to the series overall

The Fiery Cross Epub æ The Fiery  PDF/EPUB ²
  • Audio CD
  • 56 pages
  • The Fiery Cross
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • English
  • 04 October 2016
  • 9781419359767