Saturday, October 1, 2016

September poll results

Here are the results of the September poll, which asked the question, "How long have you been reading Diana Gabaldon's books?"
  • 6.1% - Less than 6 months
  • 5.51% - 6 months to 1 year
  • 12.49% - 1-2 years
  • 13.99% - 2-5 years
  • 9.34% - 5-10 years
  • 9.13% - 10-15 years
  • 11.48% - 15-20 years
  • 12.72% - 20+ years
  • 17.2% - Since OUTLANDER was first published.
  • 0.31% - I read excerpts of her work on Compuserve before OUTLANDER was published.
  • 0.49% - I haven't read any of Diana Gabaldon's books, but I've watched the OUTLANDER TV series.
  • 1.24% - Other
There were 3,867 votes in this month's poll, which is one of the highest totals since I started doing these monthly polls back in 2008. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! I didn't vote in the poll myself, but it's been almost 10 years for me. I found OUTLANDER in November, 2006.

Please take a moment to vote in the October poll, which asks the question, "Would you go through the stones, if you could?" Thanks!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Season 3 news!



This is the cover of the October 7th issue of Entertainment Weekly, which will give us an exclusive "first look" at OUTLANDER Season 3.

I think Jamie looks pretty scary in this photo, and he absolutely nails the description by Archie Hayes in FIERY CROSS:
"Ye looked fair wild, man, for there was blood runnin' doon your face and your hair was loose on the wind. Ye'd sheathed your sword to carry me, but ye pulled it again as ye turned away. I didna think I should see ye again, for if ever I saw a man set to meet his death ..."

He shook his head, his eyes half-closed, as though he saw not the sober, stalwart man before him, not the Fraser of Fraser’s Ridge--but Red Jamie, the young warrior who had not gone back from gallantry, but because he sought to throw his life away, feeling it a burden--because he had lost me.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 7, "Shrapnel". Copyright ©2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


STARZ announced yesterday that French actor César Domboy will play Fergus as an adult.  According to this site,
American viewers might recognize him from The Walk, the film that dramatized high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s 1974 walk between the World Trade Center Towers where he played Jeff/Jean-François.
Here's a short video interview with César Domboy. I think he'll do fine as the older Fergus.



Also, STARZ recently announced that John Bell will play Young Ian, and Wil Johnson will play Joe Abernathy.  Look here for the official announcement.

Finally, on a personal note: I want to thank you all for your prayers and condolences on the recent loss of my father, who passed away on September 16. It's been a very tough, emotional few weeks, and I'm grateful for your support. It really helps!

I hope to get back into a regular blogging routine from here on. Watch for a new post on Saturday with the results of my September poll!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Taking a blogging break

I haven't posted anything new here in more than a week, and I thought it was time to let you all know why.

My dad was diagnosed in 2014 with multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the blood plasma. He also has advanced Alzheimer's.  He is now in the terminal stage of the myeloma; the doctors have said they've done everything they can, and we don't expect him to live much longer.  We're hoping that he can come home sometime in the next few days, to spend whatever time he has remaining in familiar surroundings.

Under the circumstances, I have little interest these days in blogging about All Things OUTLANDER.  I would rather spend what spare time I have focused on my dad's situation and helping my mom get through this. I'm lucky that I live nearby, so I can visit whenever I want to and help with whatever my mom needs.

I will still post here if there are major announcements from Diana Gabaldon or STARZ, but I don't plan to do more than that, at least for the time being.

UPDATE 9/18/2016:  My dad passed away on September 16, 2016, at home, surrounded by his family.  Here is his obituary in the Raleigh News & Observer.  Thanks so much for all your prayers and good wishes!

Monday, September 5, 2016

OUTLANDER Season 2 DVD and Blu-ray will be out Nov. 1!



We finally have a release date for the OUTLANDER Season 2 Blu-ray and DVD: November 1, 2016!

Here are the pre-order links on Amazon:

Blu-ray
DVD



There is also a special Collector's Edition Blu-ray available for pre-order for $75.99.



Look here for a detailed description of what it includes.

The pre-order links have been up for a while, but as far as I know, the release date had not been announced until now.

Please help spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

How long have you been reading Diana Gabaldon's books?



The topic for my September poll is, "How long have you been reading Diana Gabaldon's books?"

Please take a moment to vote, and feel free to leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page to explain your choice.

I discovered OUTLANDER in November 2006, so it's been almost ten years for me. (You can see the story of how I found the books here.) What about the rest of you?





August poll results

Here are the results of the August poll, which asked the question, "What is your favorite episode of OUTLANDER Season 2?"
  • 2.60% - EP201: Through a Glass, Darkly
  • 1.00% - EP202: Not in Scotland Anymore
  • 0.50% - EP203: Useful Occupations and Deceptions
  • 2.20% - EP204: La Dame Blanche
  • 1.50% - EP205: Untimely Resurrection
  • 0.20% - EP206: Best Laid Schemes...
  • 30.37% - EP207: Faith
  • 0.80% - EP208: The Fox's Lair
  • 2.80% - EP209: Je Suis Prest
  • 5.99% - EP210: Prestonpans
  • 4.80% - EP211: Vengeance is Mine
  • 0.50% - EP212: The Hail Mary
  • 45.65% - EP213: Dragonfly in Amber
  • 1.10% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • All
  • All
  • EP107
  • Can we vote for all of them????
  • 1 & 13
  • Have not seen any of season 2. Only saw Season 1 when it was free.
  • I have to have A favorite? Oh, No!
  • Canna choose,loved them all for different reasons
  • Only one? Can't! EPs 201,207,209,210,213
  • I haven't had the opportunity to see it yet.
  • I haven't watched Season 2 yet.
There were 1001 votes in this month's poll.  Thanks very much to everyone who participated! Please take a moment to vote in the September poll, which is all about how long you've been reading Diana Gabaldon's books. Thanks!

Monday, August 29, 2016

OUTLANDER Casting: David Berry as Lord John Grey!




Big news today: the first major casting announcement for OUTLANDER Season 3! The role of Lord John Grey will be played by Australian actor David Berry.  Here's the official announcement.

No, he doesn't resemble the blond, blue-eyed, 5'6" Lord John from the books. Does it matter? The casting people have done a phenomenal job so far, and I trust that they know what they're doing.  Besides, as Diana Gabaldon pointed out on Compuserve earlier today:
Steven Cree is six inches shorter than Elder Ian, and Lotte Verbeek is red-haired, blue-eyed and very thin, not buxom, creamy blonde and green-eyed.  And Romann Berrux has curly light-brown hair and blue eyes, not wavy black hair and dark eyes.  

Haven't heard a word of complaint about any of them, once seen on screen.
As long as he can embody the character, I agree, it doesn't really matter that he doesn't resemble the description in the books. I just hope he can do a convincing upper-class British accent! <g>

Here's the official STARZ description of Lord John Grey:
He’s a steadfast and honorable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland.
Of course, book-readers know Lord John is much, much more than that! I'm looking forward to seeing him match wits with Jamie in Season 3.