British wolves must be wimps: Outlander Readalong Week 5


July 16, 2012 by Heidi

Outlander ReadalongOne week left!  Yay!!  Um…not that I’m excited to be done reading this book or anything. *shifty eyes*

This week was pretty meh for me.  Not great, but not terrible, I’m still plugging along.  I’m sad to say I will not be giving this one a very high rating on Goodreads, so sorry to everyone who recommended this to me.  Not every book’s for every reader, and this one was certainly not for me!  Anyway, onto this week’s questions from Logan E. Turner:

1. We are now settled into life at Lallybroch. What are your impressions of this place, and Ian and Jenny Murray? How do the stories of Jamie’s life here growing up shape your feelings toward him?

I really like Ian and Jenny, they’re definitely my favorite characters in the book.  I liked Lallybroch, and it sounds like a lovely place to live.  I did enjoy hearing them sitting around reminiscing, and it certainly gave me a feel for Jamie’s childhood, though it seemed as if they mostly just discussed his father beating him.  Which confused me as apparently he spoke out adamantly against the logic of corporal punishment, but then still beat Claire and said he’d beat their kids?  Hmm.  Also some of their conversations were just screaming Freud at me in all of the worst ways possible, but I’ll repress the urge to rant (more that is).  I do feel like Jamie and Claire are made perfectly welcome, but that Lallybroch is in good hands without them should they be unable to ever return there permanently.

2. What do you think of the story of what really happened between Jenny and Jack Randall? Could you have been as bold as Jenny? Does this change your understanding of Randall?

I felt like her story was just sort of filling in the gaps, and that we had had the gist of it previously.  I was surprised that she hadn’t told Ian before.  It doesn’t really change my thoughts on Randall at all, I’m not sure I’d have been able to laugh at him, it’s more likely I’d be sticking my thumbs in his eyes and biting/kicking/scratching a lot…yeah…he’d kill me.  I think that Jenny was incredibly smart in the way she handled the situation, bold, but smart, and her gamble paid off.

3. For the second time, we see Claire warning a Fraser about future events. Do you think this is wise? Or does this mess with history/the space-time continuum/the natural order of things? 

I do think it’s wise.  We really have no indication as of yet how much can be changed, or if she’s just setting the past on a path that it had already been on anyways because of course she’d been there to warn them of events before.  I was hoping these aspects of the story would be explored more, but chances are looking slim.

4. Do you consider Claire brave or foolish for going after Jamie? Would you be courageous enough to go into enemy territory to try and save the man you love?

Neither, really.  I think that going after Jamie was something she absolutely had to do, no question.  Honestly, I can’t put myself in her shoes because I’ve chosen to love a man who would never get himself into these sorts of situations.  Does not compute!  I don’t say that to degrade Jamie, I really don’t, because most of the situations he’s been in and charges against him haven’t really been all his own fault.  I do think they were silly not to book it out of town as soon as Maggie came about, but again, extenuating circumstances and all.  I just have a hard time identifying because I can’t imagine this sort of situation befalling our family especially when my significant other is the son of a cop, works at a law firm, and has the utmost respect for the law and those who enforce it.  But I suppose that yeah, I probably would.  I can be a bit feisty and defensive of those I love.

5. Jamie makes a gut-wrenching decision in Chapter 35. Do you blame Claire for putting him in that position? What kinds of repurcussions do you expect?

I blame Claire for not having her knife on her and being ready for when Randall came, yeah.  I mean, I guess this little woman can kill a wolf with her bare hands, but she barely seems to put up a fight when men come into play.  I think she has it in her to do more, but doesn’t.  She should have been waiting behind the door expectantly for Randall, killed him right away, and then worried about freeing Jamie.  Instead she needs to save him so that he can save her, as he always does.  I think Claire’s resigned to the history books or something, she knows when Randall dies, and so she doesn’t bother to even try killing him.  I know Jamie will live, because it’s that kind of book, I’m sure they’ll argue about it and then have sex and all will be right and bonny in Scotland.  I kind of just wish she’d been eaten by wolves.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!  Hoping everyone is having fun, and enjoying the ride a bit more so than me.  Don’t forget to link up and check next week’s questions over at The Reading Housewives!


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