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Outlander—Here’s to New Beginnings

Last season, I decided to study how Outlander, the first book in the beloved series of epic novels written by Diana Gabaldon, had been translated from the page to the screen. And I had a blast. I met, virtually and … Continue reading

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Droughtlander Project

After much contemplation and consternation, I’ve decided to hold off on writing my study/review of the last two episodes of Outlander, Wentworth Prison and To Ransom a Man’s Soul. I want to appreciate the season’s concluding episodes in context with … Continue reading

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Printers Row Lit Fest

I will be exhibiting with Rook Creek Books on Sunday, June 7th. I will be at Booth BB near the corner of Polk and Dearborn, under the Dearborn Station Clocktower. Come see me! I will have copies of Release to sign, … Continue reading

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Outlander: Cosa Nostra—A Study of “The Watch” Episode 113

“Cosa Nostra” is what the the Sicilian mafia calls itself. It means “Our Thing.” Short of a wholesale abandonment of the source material, Outlander is a show about strong women. Those who read the books are particularly possessive of the story. This is our thing. … Continue reading

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Outlander: Just Eat Your Cake—A Study of “Lallybroch” Episode 112

There was a flood of new, mainstream reviewers talking about Outlander this week (E! has been on it from the start, but they’re the ones who broke the newest pictures on Thursday, the scintillating one above included). The attention is GREAT news for … Continue reading

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Outlander: Bismillah—A Study of “The Devil’s Mark” Episode 111

To say that The Devil’s Mark was a show bursting at the seams is a gross understatement. I agreed with what Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore said in his podcast; each of three events within it—the trial, the revelation, and the decision—didn’t merit … Continue reading

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Outlander: You Had One Job—A Review of “By the Pricking of My Thumbs,” Episode 110

In my last post, I called attention to the number of parallels among the many Outlander characters’ plot lines. I get to do something similar this week, except instead of plot lines, By the Pricking of My Thumbs delivers a cavalcade of parallel character … Continue reading

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Outlander: The One With All The Reckonings—A Review of Episode 109 (Part 2)

The second half of Episode 109 serves as a great example of how variations on a theme make for fascinating storytelling. Ain’ No Party Like a Leoch Party Having all but exhausted my thoughts on this episode’s first half, let’s get … Continue reading

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Outlander: All is Forgiven—A Review of The Reckoning, Episode 109 (Part 1)

I’ve tossed this episode around in my thoughts all week, and I still don’t have my head around it. I wrote and scrapped hundreds of words, hoping that some clear conclusions would surface. In turn, I’ve been ecstatic, disgusted, inspired, aroused, … Continue reading

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Outlander: Mind, Body, and Soul – A Review of The Wedding, Episode 107

The phrase “Female Director” kind of pisses me off. I know how naïve that makes me. I don’t know how Hollywood works except from what I’ve read, but I do know there’s nothing inherently masculine about the title of Director. … Continue reading

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