AudioBook Review: Outlander

I have said before that it is a rare occurrence for a TV show or movie to be better than the book, but Outlander is one of those books that might just be an exception.

I had binge watched most of the TV show in a few weeks, knowing that there was a related book series, but I didn’t really feel like I had the time to start another series of books since I already had a few going at the time.

I had a free audio book that I could download, and I figured Outlander would be a good choice of book, and I am happy I was right.

Despite being a fantastic book, that the TV show is very similar to, I think an audiobook was a good call for Outlander, because the woman who was reading the story had a nice accent, and did a good job changing her voice slightly depending on who was speaking.

This is one of the few audiobooks I have listened to, but each one I listen to makes me love the medium more and more.


In terms of how the book actually was, I thought it was well written, very descriptive, and historically accurate (from my small understanding of that period in history).

I think when doing a historical fiction piece, it is important to get some level of accuracy, and I think Diana Gabaldon did a great job of writing about the period and the characters.

I haven’t read too many historical fiction pieces before, but I thought that I could really understand the period and the society that Gabaldon writes about in Outlander.

I haven’t learned a lot of this period in history, but I have done some research after watching the TV show, and from what I can tell Outlander is pretty spot on to what I could have expected.


Gabaldon’s writing style has caused her to quickly cracked my Top 10 favourite authors even though I only listened to one of her books.

I find her descriptive writing to be captivating enough that I can see myself in the story, but not overbearing that it becomes a grind getting through different scenes.

I think there is a time and place for overly descriptive writing. I think George R.R. Martin does a good job of it, but he is one of the few people that I have read that was able to do it well.

Gabaldon’s writing has enough description in it that there were times I could see the scene so perfectly, and the sex scenes were…interesting to say the least.


I think a historical-fiction book does its’ job when it makes the reader want to explore more. After listening to the entire book on my walks to and from work every day, I watched a few other shows about Scotland and their history. I also did some light reading online about Scotland and their fights for independence.

As you probably know, I am a lover of history, and Outlander has definitely made me want to dive a little deeper into the historical fiction genre.


I plan on continuing the series in the future, but not any time soon. There’s a few other series I want to finish first, but I won’t forget Outlander because I really enjoy the TV show.

Wheel of Time Wednesdays: Script Read Through.

A few weeks ago the cast of the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show did a read through of the script.

Today, a short video was released.

Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday News: I’m the main character…of course

I’ve wanted to write a book since I was a kid.

I remember in my Grade 2 Language Arts class, we got the chance to write a story. Most kids wrote a 2-3 page story about some dog, cat, or other simple story. I decided to go above and beyond that, cause my story was closer to 20 pages long.

I would write stories now and then in school, mostly for my own personal accomplishment than for actually showing others, but most of them were scribbled onto some pieces of looseleaf.

Fast forward to nowadays, and at first I didn’t know what I wanted to write about. At first I wanted to write a book about what it was like when my brother passed away several years ago.

I thought about it and thought about it, and I didn’t really know how to write a book like that. I’ve never read a book like that, and I didn’t really want to, so I took that as a sign of me not wanting to pursue that idea.

What does that mean for the fantasy book that I now want to write? Well I want it to be my story in a way. Obviously my real story would be pretty boring, but I want my book to be about what I imagine I would do in a fantasy world, while putting together all the different aspects of fantasy that I enjoy the most.

What can I tell you about the book without spoiling anything? Well ideally nothing haha but I will tell you that there will be the main character (based off of me) and he will go on a journey (duh!) and maybe save the day? Maybe die? maybe perish within minutes in a skyscraper sized fire tornado throwing sharks and giant whales at everything that moves.

Hopefully next week I’ll be able to share some very rough (and I emphasize the rough) sketches I’ve been doing of some of the main characters and the map of the world.

Book News: July 24

So like I have said a few times already, I’ve begun “writing” my book.

It’s still in the early stages, and I’m still figuring out all the kinks, and probably will be for a while, but I have begun figuring out some of the characters and the overall plot that I want to follow.

Most of that people knew already, so what’s the big news this week?

Well from early stages of development, I’m looking to make a series for this book, all related, instead of just a one off. With the ideas I have rolling out right now, it makes more sense for a series, AND I think it’s easier to tell a good story over a few books instead of in one book.

I’ve got a title figured out, and some of the main characters, but I’ll update you about all of that next week when I give you another update (hopefully).

Book Review: Legend by Marie Lu

I remember reading this book years ago in highschool as the first book in the book club I had just joined.

We got to pick books out of a crate and I was one of the last ones to pick, and the cover of Legend looked interesting.

I started reading it on the bus ride home that afternoon and I was done by the end of the week.

I was hooked in an instant. It was an easy YA book to read, and it was the first book that I read that had a dystopian theme to it. I was putting my foot in the water with Legend, and quickly dove right in because I loved it so much.

One thing I really enjoyed about Legend was jumping between two different perspectives. Marie Lu wrote her entire trilogy about Day and June, two “perfect” characters, or so their tests and evaluations tell us, who have two different experiences in life.

June is hunting down Day, whom she believed killed her brother, and we get to see their interactions from both perspectives.

Usually having different perspectives in the same book isn’t much of a big deal because plenty of books do it.

That is true, but most of them have different character perspectives because they are focusing on different parts of the world, and having just one person’s perspective wouldn’t give readers a large enough scope of what is happening.

In Legend, and the other two books in the series, Day and June spend a lot of time together.

Day is from the poorer part of society, and we get to experience his life as a rebel, helping out the poor much like a Robin Hood sort of figure. He pulls off some pretty insane stunts and is a genius in his own regard, he just does things on his own.

June on the other hand, works for the “government”. She is top of her class, and like June, is able to perform some very remarkable physical stunts and is also a genius in her own regard. She is also fairly well off in life, and hasn’t known poverty.

The two different perspectives in the books is a nice change. It gives us the poor and the rich side to everything. When one character is living their everyday life, the other is exploring it for the first time, and as a reader, this style of reading was nice, because it’s different.

June knows her truth of certain events that happen in the book, and Day knows his truth. Jumping between perspectives gives us a look at the inner thoughts of both characters when the time is right, but also puts us outside of their mind and their thoughts when the stroy needs it to happen.

Marie Lu has done a wonderful job utilizing the different perspectives and making the two characters bounce off of eachother nicely.

Like I said, it is a fairly easy read, but it is good. If you like dystopian style books mixed with some spy and mystery novel aspects I recommend Legend.

Thursday Thoughts: Interview with author Charm Anderson

So this week I had the pleasure of interviewing a first-time author and ask her a few questions about her and her writing.

Her name is Charm Anderson, and she wrote a book called Exploit Me. I hope you enjoy her answers, and you can check out her book here.

If you guys have any other authors you’d like to see me interview in the future, please let me know in the comments. This was a lot of fun and I’d love to do it again some time.

 

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What is your book called, and what is it about?

My first novel ever is called Exploit Me. This novel, that is actually ongoing on Wattpad at the moment, is about a girl trying to overcome a traumatism and live after being sexually assaulted.

She struggles and feels lost about who she is. Though, what’s nice about this book is that it’s not your typical story where she’ll meet someone, fall in love and feel better. There’s drama, romance, humor… In other words, it’s a story about each one of us.

 

Why did you decide to write a book?

Ever since I was young, everyone used to tell me that I have a unique imagination. Teachers would always compliment my work and would tell me that I was talented, but I was way too insecure to write anything. To be honest, I started writing books way before Exploit Me… I wrote 3 of them but never got the chance to finish them because I deleted them; my insecurities got in the way.

Recently, I went through something that made me change the way I perceive every single thing; I didn’t want to reach a point where I’ll regret not trying to achieving my dream of becoming a writer. I want to share this story to show people that they’re not alone, that every single one of us struggles with something and that it’s okay to not be okay.

 

What is it about writing that you enjoy/hate the most?

I’m going to start with the things I hate about writing. There are not that many things that I hate about it just the fact that I have to edit everything on my own. Also, whenever I’m editing a chapter or re-reading it, I get this feeling of wanting to add more, change some stuff or delete everything.

Writing is basically one of the things I really enjoy doing. The fact that every single scenario you think about can be put into words is just amazing. It’s a form of creation, it makes me feel like I actually did something even though my book is not published yet.

 

Do you enjoy reading? What book are you reading right now?

Definitely!

I started reading books ever since I learned how to read. There’s not a single period in my life when I wasn’t holding a book in my hands. Writing and reading are two things I can’t live without. I’m currently reading a French book for the third time, which is actually a play called “Huis Clos” by Jean-Paul Sartre which means No Exit or Closed Doors as some like to call it. It’s a spectacular play and i recommend everyone to read it! It’s actually quite popular for this saying: “Hell is Others.”

 

What is the one book you’d take with you in an apocalypse?

That’s a really tough question. I seriously can’t choose a favorite because every single book has a certain story… Maybe mine?

 

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

I’d definitely go to Japan. It’s been a dream of mine to go there. I really like the contrast between the city and the village. It’s so fascinating and I find myself “craving” to see the cherry blossoms! (my note: ME TOO!!! I WANT TO SEE CHERRY BLOSSOMS SO BAD THEY’RE SO PRETTY)

 

What is one item on your bucket list you wish you could cross off tomorrow?

Visit every single museum in the world. I have an obsession with museums, it’s crazy.

 

If you could meet any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Meet every single person in the Writing Community! Their support is just amazing! I really want to meet each one of them and give them a big hug to show them how much I appreciate everything they’ve helped me with.

 

Who inspires you the most? and why?

Definitely my parents! I can’t think of anyone else when I hear the word “inspiration” or “idol”. They literally started from scratch and evolved in a way that makes me want to be like them. Even though they don’t always support me because they want what’s best for me, I appreciate everything they do. I hope that I’ll be able to make them proud someday.


 

Thank you so much to Charm! This was an absolutely incredible opportunity and a lot of fun. I hope you guys enjoyed Charm’s answers, and I know she’d love for you to check out her book.

 

If you want to follow Charm on Twitter and Instagram, please do. Her book is inspiring and you’ll see a review of it on Monday.

 

Quote of the Day: The World of Ice and Fire

It’s that time of the week you have all been waiting for. That’s right, it’s FRIDAY’S QUOTE OF THE DAY!!!!!

This week I’ve got an extra special surprise for you though. That’s right, you guessed it… THREE QUOTES.

I know, I know. “Wow three quotes in one day? What did I do to deserve that?”

Well truth be told I feel rather generous today so I thought I’d share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy folks!

“IT IS SAID with truth that every building is constructed stone by stone, and the same may be said of knowledge, extracted and compiled by many learned men, each of whom builds upon the works of those who preceded him. What one of them does not know is known to another, and little remains truly unknown if one seeks far enough.” 
― George R.R. Martin, The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

George has a lot of great quotes, in all of his books, but this one hits the nail right on the head. Knowledge is a powerful thing, but just because you don’t know something doesn’t mean your dumb. Einstein didn’t know everything. I’m sure there are plenty of things I know that Einstein didn’t, you just have to realize that everyone is different and everyone knows different things.

“No man can say with certainty what the future may hold. But perhaps, in knowing what has already transpired, we can all do our part to avoid the mistakes of our forebears, to emulate their successes, and to create a world more harmonious for our children and their children, for generations to come.”
― George R.R. Martin, The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

There’s something special about a quote that applies to the book and the real world. BUT this is basically just “Those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it but way fancier. It’s still a really inspiring quote though.