Thursday Quotables: Written In My Own Heart’s Blood

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Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
(published 2014)

My book club is getting starting with a group re-read of book #8 in the Outlander series — but already, just a few chapters in, I’m finding little bits and pieces that amuse the heck out of me, like this one:

Fraser stood quite still for a moment, breathing slowly and regarding Woodbine as a tiger might regard a hedgehog: yes, he could eat it, but would the inconvenience of swallowing be worth it?

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

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  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (http://www.bookshelffantasies.com), if you’d be so kind!
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Thursday Quotables: “Virgins”/Dangerous Women

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Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

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“Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon
from the anthology Dangerous Women,
edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Tor, 2013

“Ye dinna have to come in, man,” he said to Ian. “I can do it alone.”

Ian’s mouth twitched, but he shook his head and stepped up next to Jamie.

“On your right, man,” he said, simply. Jamie smiled. When he’d been five years old, Ian’s da, Auld John, had persuaded his own da to let Jamie handle a sword cack-handed, as he was wont to do. “And you, lad,” he’d said to Ian, very serious, “it’s your duty to stand on your laird’s right hand, and guard his weak side.”

“Aye,” Jamie said. “Right, then.” And rang the bell.

I’ve been walking on air all week, now that Dangerous Women is in my hands and I’ve been able to spend time once again with Jamie Fraser. “Virgins” is a story set prior to the events of Outlander, and it’s such a delight to see a younger version of Jamie and Ian — and the bonds of brotherhood and friendship between the two, rock solid since childhood.

And in case you’re wondering: “Cack-handed” means that Jamie is a leftie!

Click here if you’d like to see my initial thoughts on the Dangerous Women anthology.

What lines made you laugh, cry, or gasp this week? Do tell!

If you’d like to participate in Thursday Quotables, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (http://www.bookshelffantasies.com), if you’d be so kind!
  • Click below (next to the cute froggy face) to link up your post! And be sure to visit other linked blogs to view their Thursday Quotables too.
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  • Have fun!

Say hello to Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser!

Big news in Outlander world today! After driving fans everywhere absolutely bonkers with all the waiting, Starz has just announced the casting of Claire in its upcoming Outlander TV series.

Say hello to Caitriona Balfe, our new Claire!

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I’ll have to take Diana Gabaldon’s word for it in terms of Caitriona’s acting abilities (quote from DG’s Facebook page:

yes, I saw her audition videos with Sam (they were _great_!)

… but she certainly has the right look! Beautiful, isn’t she? Who else is getting really excited about the series?

Outlander fans, what do you think?

Say hello to Jamie Fraser!

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a huge fan of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon… and while I’ve been participating in the mad Tweet-fest over this week’s Outlander news, I haven’t actually shared it here. So — drumroll, please, — for the last few Outlander fans who haven’t heard the news yet, say hello to Sam Heughan, signed this week to play Jamie Fraser in the upcoming Outlander TV series on Starz.

UPDATED: 12/26/2014:

I just couldn’t stand the fact that my old post with a photoshopped Sam keeps getting hits, since we know that Sam’s Jamie doesn’t look at all like this:

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So in order to set the record straight, I’m adding in a “real” Jamie pic of Sam, in all his wonderful glory. Enjoy!

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There now. I feel much better. (~Lisa @ BSF, 12/26/2014)