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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel (Outlander) (2021. Auflage)

von Diana Gabaldon (Autor)

Reihen: Highland-Saga (9)

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Titel:Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel (Outlander)
Autoren:Diana Gabaldon (Autor)
Info:Delacorte Press (2021), 928 pages
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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone von Diana Gabaldon

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I never thought I would give a Diana Gabaldon book a low two star rating, but here it is. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone is by far the weakest installment of the Outlander series to date. 880 pages of filler. Seemingly every minor side-character is reintroduced and and given chapters of page time, while long-time characters like Fergus and Marseli are barely mentioned. The book lacks a plot and focus. It reads like Diana Gabaldon pulled unpublished chapters from her previous books out of a trunk, strung them together and viola! Disappointing doesn't begin to cover it. The worst part is that she is better then this. I don't know if she is under contract and has to write a certain number of books, hence this one. But frankly, this book was a mistake. It could have easily been streamlined down to 300 pages. And a far superior book that would have been. I'll read the next book because it is supposed to be the last one and I want to see how Jamie and Claire's story ends. But this series needs to end.

Spoilers below - if you want to skip this book (and I highly recommend you do)

Jamie's moonlighting as a rebel has not gone unnoticed and his land deed has been revoked. Not that he has any intention of leaving the ridge. Claire comes further into her healing magic. Breanna gives birth to a third baby, wee Davy who may not be a time traveler. William has an ill-advised flirtation with his cousin Ben's wife, Aramantha. Young Ian collects his son from his native American wife, Emily. Emily names Rachel and Ian's baby Hunter. The American Revolution continues to creep into the ridge. And finally, Lord John manages to get kidnapped .
And that's it. Now your caught up. ( )
  queencersei | Jan 4, 2022 |
This is the 9th book in the Outlander Series, following Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, which came out in 2014.

The plot takes us back to Fraser's Ridge, where Jamie and Claire have most of their family back and are rebuilding a house after their last one was destroyed by fire. We are halfway through the American Revolution, and up to this point, Fraser’s Ridge has been spared, but they all know it is just a matter of time until the conflict impacts their lives more directly. They have much more information than they did before; since Bree and Roger returned from the future, they can now consult Frank Randall’s history of the conflict in the South.

In particular, they are concerned about the upcoming battle at Kings Mountain, South Carolina, which was to take place on October 7, 1780. They know the Americans prevailed, but at a cost, and Jamie is convinced he will be among the dead when it is all over. The American victory turned the tide of the war, but prior to that battle, it was not looking good for the Patriots. Charleston and Savannah were in the hands of the British, and there were even Loyalists among those who lived on Fraser’s Ridge, threatening the harmony of the settlement and the safety of Jamie and his family.

In alternate chapters, we learn what is going on in Charles Town with Fergus and Marshali, and in Savannah with Lord John Grey, his brother Hal, and the son William that John shares with Jamie. We also follow Ian and his family (including his mother Jenny now) up to New York to learn the fate of his first wife and the son he possibly had with her.

Through it all, we get many minute details of life in that time period, and of the health issues Claire has to deal with as a healer.

Some of the events that arise are unresolved, so readers will have to wait until the next installment to find out what happens next. Indeed, the book ended with a cliffhanger, a rather unfortunate development given that each book takes quite a long time to write.

Evaluation: It’s hard to evaluate this book objectively, because it’s good to get back together with friends and family, metaphorically speaking, no matter what the quality of the book. I did have to refer to the fan Wiki for the series a lot at first, to catch up on who everyone was and what their stories were. One wouldn’t want to fault Gabaldon for not providing more background, however; after all, the book was long enough as it was. And yet, because readers love the characters, somehow not long enough.

I should note her writing elicited my usual objections to her treatment of Jews, Blacks, and gays, which, given many of the characters background in the more (but not totally) enlightened future, did not seem warranted. ( )
  nbmars | Jan 4, 2022 |
(68) I don't know what to say, really. Another 900 page doorstopper that barely advances the plot. We are still in the American Revolution as we have been now since I think - 'Breath of Snow and Ashes (2 or 3 books ago; and > 10 years ago in real time reading life.) The same plot device - a death is foretold in history so must really be going to happen ... Will it?

I couldn't remember things from 'Heart's Blood' and others regarding Jem's kidnapping, Percy Wainwright, and all the spy stuff with William. I had to go and Wikipedia things but even that did not help me to keep the characters straight nor to care. I can't imagine what is keeping her from simply telling the story of Claire's mysterious family origins and letting everybody grow old and die on the Ridge. These last 3 books have been tedious.

The writing is the same overly detailed and discursive. Repetitive but engaging and easy to read. I don't think I would not finish the series especially not now that I have been watching the fabulous HBO rendition, but one feels like the author is writing for herself and a group of superfans without regard to artistry or narrative arc, dramatic tension, or even logic anymore. I think there were even passages that were out of order or contained mistakes. A character named 'Lizard' appears in a few passages which I think was perhaps an alternate name for Ian's Mohawk son, Totis, that should have been edited out. Sloppy. .

Everyone is a critic, right? It is so bad that I went right away and bought the hardcover edition and started reading it as soon as it arrived. I guess my actions speak louder than words, but still... Empirically, not a good book - but of course recommended for fans of the series. How could you not? ( )
  jhowell | Dec 28, 2021 |
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  ElenaKJ | Dec 27, 2021 |
Book 9/9 in the Outlander series. On April 15 (2021) Gabaldon announced this wasn't the last book, as it was expected to be. Go tell the bees that I am gone is an old Celtic saying that means you must inform the bees of a birth, death, or a long coming/going or the bees will fly away. While loving all the other books in this series, I was a bit disappointed in this book as it branched out so much with characters that I was little familiar with or had never heard of before--lots of them! Much of the action took place outside of Fraser's Ridge. The ending was also unsatisfactory. I had hoped for more in 932 pages. ( )
  Tess_W | Dec 18, 2021 |
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