Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Exile by Diana Gabaldon

  • THE BOOK
    • The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon (story) and Hoang Nguyen (illustrator)
    • Published September 21, 2010
    • Other works by the author: the Outlander novels, the Lord John series, and several comic books, novellas and short stories

  • THE PREMISE
    • The author's first novel Outlander was published in 1991 and is the basis for the current TV series on the STARZ network. The first book is covered in the first season of the show.
    • This story takes place at the same time as the first novel but mainly through the point of view of Murtaugh, the godfather of one of the main characters.
    • The plot: In Outlander WWII nurse Claire Randall time travels back to 1743 Scotland. She is rescued from a nefarious British captain by Murtaugh who sees more to the story than is shown in the novel (which is from Claire's point-of-view only).

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • I don't think the story is considered "canon", that is, if it's something "true" that we are supposed to assume took place during the novel or if it's just a fun little story set around the world of the novel.
      • That said, for readers of the Outlander books, if you never read this story you won't miss anything plot-wise. The author has written several works in this world that add to the story but aren't necessary for the casual reader --- or as casual a reader as one can be with 8 (so far) huge novels that can double as doorstops!
      • I'm not sure how it would fare for readers who've never read at least the first novel. Probably confusing but perhaps likely to convince them to try the first novel? 
    • It was a quick read --- duh, more artwork than words --- and it's always good to have more time with Murtaugh, a favorite character of many readers including me.
    • It's weird though, because the artwork is based close to how Diana Gabaldon visualizes her characters while I have always had versions of my own in my mind's eye as I read. Now I am slowly moving towards visualizing the characters as embodied by the actors in the TV series!
    • I am not a fan of the "female comic book/graphic novel characters MUST have boobs the size of volleyballs" but that continues here. Sigh. Small- or average-breasted women can be heroines or villains too!
    • Recommended for fans of the novels but not necessary to understand the books. A must for completists.

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