Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

A Collection of Outlander Fiction

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A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories and featuring character Jamie Fraser.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399593420 (hardcover)
039959342X (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC GABALDON SS
Characteristics: xvi, 526 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 7 stones to stand or fall

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AL_MARYA Sep 18, 2017

I generally enjoy Diana Gabaldon’s books enough to overlook her tendency to be inordinately wordy, because her character and plot development are consistently strong. However, this compilation of short stories and novellas left me with a faint pang of regret for my 526-page investment of time. In my opinion, only hardcore Outlander fans will appreciate these side stories, as they are intended to fill in small gaps in the series.

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fluffyamber7
Aug 29, 2017

On hold for me; can't wait to read it. And yes, another book in the series would be great! Looking forward to the Starz TV series 3.

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ryner
Jul 27, 2017

A rich collection of seven novellas and short stories by Diana Gabaldon, some of which had been released as stand-alone ebooks, others published in genre anthologies, and two completely new to readers. Though I had read three of these stories previously, I consumed this entire tome in its entirety with relish. I especially enjoyed 'A Fugitive Green,' delighting in the details of how Hal and Minnie became acquainted (Minnie is rather kick-ass for her time!).

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kvb7
Jul 22, 2017

Diana is a fabulous writer and a wonderful researcher. It is true that most the the stories in this book were previously published but they were not easy to find. As I have read the Outlander series over and over and often found things I didn't find the first or even third reading, reading a novella again is no hardship.

It should be noted that there are two new stories at the end. A Fugitive Green is about Hal Grey and how he came to marry his second wife. Readers will remember him as the man who sent a wounded Jamie home after the Battle of Culloden. We meet him many times as the books evolve because he is Lord John's brother. The second novella is about Lord John and is set soon after his Zombie experience.

Each of these stories enhances the readers knowledge of supporting/lesser known characters. If one feels the author is just making a money grab and is insulted by this, read something else. I have happily been reading books by Diana Gabaldon since they were first published and will continue to do so.

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melgie1
Jul 16, 2017

Sounds like repackaging old stuff to cash in on past work. How about new real books?

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AL_MARYA Sep 18, 2017

Minnie Rennie had secrets. Some were for sale and some were strictly her own. She touched the bosom of her dress and glanced toward the lattice-work door at the rear of the shop. Still closed, the blue curtains behind it drawn firmly shut.

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