The Questions for Week Two will come from Carrie from Stalking the Bookshelves and can be found on her blog today.
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1. Outlander is a well-known book. Before you cracked it open, what were your expectations or assumptions about this story? Or did you jump into it with a blank slate?
I’ve had real-life friends that have been telling me that I need to read this book for years. And I’ve always meant to, but I just never gotten around to it. I actually have borrowed the book once, but it was mass market paperback and it was so clunky, I just didn’t finish it. (ugh, I know – excuses!) I’ve even checked it out of the library twice and not read it. (ugh, I know – lazy!)
Because of my IRL friends, I know that there is a hot dude in the book that I’m probably gonna end up falling in love with. I’m thinking there is a hot romance too, which I’m totally okay with. I know there is some time-jumping and that the lead female character is a nurse. And that the language will slow me down a little bit. Okay, more than a little bit. Other than that, I know nothing!
*EDIT: After reading and answering the rest of the questions, I have determined that everything I knew about the book before I started has now already been proven and from Chapter 7 onward, everything is unknown to me! VERY EXCITING TO THIS GIRL.
2. Claire’s husband, Frank, is fascinated with learning more and more facts about his family tree, which extends back pretty far. Do you or anyone in your family keep a family tree? How many years/generations back does it go? If not, have you ever considered or attempted to create one?
I have no idea if anyone in my family keeps a family tree! I’m sure somebody probably does, but I’m not really into all of that stuff so I’ve never asked about it. I know my grandparents on my Dad’s side had pictures of their family crests hanging on their walls, which really has nothing to do with the question, but I’m throwing it in there anyway so I’ll look like a little bit less of a slacker in terms of my family history. Because it has to count for something that I know about these crests, right?
I am in no way interested at this point in making a family tree or researching family heritage. That may sound harsh or gruff or whatever, but right now I’m all about making things easier on myself, not harder. Just speaking the truth, people. Life in my house is a constant hustle and bustle, keeping Ash on her toes – it’s all I can do to keep up with the history of my own household.
For those that are really into that sort of thing or that want to, y’all are awesome! I just cannot imagine myself being able to accomplish anything like that at this point in my life. I count it a success if I can make it beyond my coffeepot some days.
3. How did you find Claire’s initial conclusion as to her surroundings after waking up from going through the stones? Did you think that was a reasonable conclusion?
Honestly, those initial thoughts were a little funny. To me, Claire’s thoughts seemed a little out of place and made me chuckle – but when I thought about it, she was out of place so I guess it makes sense that her initial response would be sort of wonky. I guess…I just think the way that scene played out in my head must have seemed funny to me because I actually did chuckle. And this isn’t a funny book, right? Why do I always think everything is funny? I don’t know.
Reasonable conclusion? Um, that’s a hard thing for me to say. It seems really obvious to me what her surroundings are because I know the area and a tiny bit about the history. (TINY BIT, y’all don’t go crazy with that and start asking any hard questions.) But for Claire, I’m sure she was pretty shocked after the weirdness of moving through the stones – because that was described as a pretty unusual process – and then waking up and having to think fast on her toes? I’m not sure if it is a reasonable conclusion or not, but I can see how she would come to it.
Still made me laugh, though. *shrugs shoulders*
4. How about her composed, rational way of dealing with the fact she’s traveled back in time. Did you find it believable? Do you think you would have acted the same way?
This is a great question. I like it very much!
You know, I do think Claire’s reaction is believable because she’s been composed and rational about other out-of-place or odd things that have happened in the book so far – the man at the gate, the scene with Frank at the stones, etc. I find her character to be very chill and easygoing, composed and rational – just like the question says. So, yeah, I believe it. Totally. The fact that she’s still thinking of Frank here and there in her inner dialogue tells me that she’s freaking out a little on the inside but is able to be calm on the outside. I love this about Claire.
Would I have acted the same way? Heck no. I’m pretty sure I’m not composed or rational about anything that happens in my life as it is. Throw me into this situation and I’m sure I’d be a nutcase! I’d be the total opposite of Claire, probably. The only way I’d be able to stay composed is through the nursing Claire is doing because I’m also a nurse – for some reason, this is the only area of my life that I can always keep my head about me and think rationally and calmly.
5. At this point in the story, what are your feelings or expectations on Claire and Jamie? Is Frank still a factor for you?
At this point in the story – I won’t lie – I just want Claire and Jamie to kiss. We all know it’s coming! So bring it on. Nice big smooch and all that. I expect LOVE LOVE LOVE. (I will happily cite the reading of the palm lines as foreshadowing.)
I was on page nine and I texted my IRL friend Anna: “I’m nine pages into Outlander. When’s the GOOD STUFF????” <— actual text message
I’m pretty sure things will happen and things will get messy and poor Claire’s heart will be all confused and stuff. Again, I’m basing all of this on the palm-reading Claire had before she went through the stones. I’m kind of excited to read about it, and that is kind of messed up of me. But whatever. Bring it on.
And yes, for me, Frank is still a factor, sure! Poor guy. As long as he’s a factor for Claire, he’s a factor for me. When she quits talking about him or thinking about him, though, I might forget about him, though, because I like Jamie better at this point. (Shallow, I know. Also honest!)
Bonus Question: Frank encounters a man outside of the inn where he and Claire are staying. He is afraid it might have been a ghost. What do you believe it was? Do you have any predictions or suspicions on what that was about?
Oooh, wouldn’t it be cool if it was time-traveling Jamie?
I really have no idea who the mystery-man is. I want it to be Jamie. But I have no idea. When I make predictions, I’m usually wrong. So I’ll just say only that and maybe we’ll see!
Questions for chapters 15-21 answered & questions announced for chapters 22-28 on Into the Hall of Books
Questions for chapters 29-35 answered & questions announced for chapters 36-41 on The Reading Housewives
Questions for chapters 36-41 answered on Gone with the Words.