Written in My Own Heart's Blood

Written in My Own Heart's Blood

A Novel

Book - 2014
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aleciaduane
Sep 15, 2020

Book 8

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DreBrown
Sep 11, 2020

Outlander - 8

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SaraWilson7
Oct 13, 2019

#8

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avlcek
Sep 22, 2019

#13

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nikkicoco777
Aug 24, 2019

Book 8

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kathryngauer
Mar 27, 2019

Book 8 in the Outlander series

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DANIEL HAMMANG
Jan 03, 2019

This is a well thought out book that, as the title says, uses diet and what the author calls Functional Medicine, to attack her progressive MS. She was motivated by the paleo diet movement and the Institute for Functional Medicine. That institute is based on the foundational principle that the current clinical model for treating disease, especially chronic disease, is obsolete.

I have a form of MS that my neurologist classifies as progressive relapsing. After ten years of care I have a lot of sympathy for the idea that a change in the way care is done could use some updating. I take a fair number of drugs. I have been through four different protocols for specifically addressing the MS. The progression of my MS has marched right along throughout all of them. I also take eleven other medications that address various symptoms that I have. All of them have been helpful in helping me maintain a better quality of life during the progression.

The effectiveness of all of them has seemed to have faded over time, though, as the various symptoms inexorably march on. I often wonder whether it is worth taking them.

I have also faithfully worked at many of the alternative therapies that Wahl talks about. For me the most effective ones have been yoga, exercise and meditation. My diet has also changed very dramatically. My calorie intake is much lower and I eat a lot of fruit. There are some meat based proteins and a lot fewer carbs. A lot more fiber.

After ten years I have found that the meditation has opened up a great gift for me: acceptance. In the history of this group we call human beings there is long, deep cultural support for that idea. It was a bit of surprise for me to discover that fact after living within a culture of great personal empowerment. There is a lot to be said for empowerment of the individual and I have lived most of my life being enriched in many senses of that word pursuing the individual goal setting and action based days that that model calls for.

I'm in a place now where I am at peace in accepting the trajectory that I am on. I say three cheers to Dr. Wahl for her rational, evidence based approach. I hope it continues to work for her and her Wahl warriors. And I hope that the clinical testing that she has correctly undertaken winds up supporting her hypothesis.

And I ask that as a society we leave room for both paths.

This is perhaps more than a book review. I hope that some folks out there find it helpful.

Karen_Weber Jul 11, 2018

Historical fiction, romance, time travel! This latest addition to Diana Gabaldon's hit Outlander series has it all. We pick up the story of Clair Bauchamp Fraser and James Alexander Malcom McKenzie Fraser (Jaime to those of us who know him well) and their lives in colonial North Carolina in the 1770s. Yes, times were interesting! A coming war, the newly immigrated and their relations to the indigenous people of North America. And the love between Jaime and Claire. Mix in their grown daughter's life and family in current day Scotland. Beautifully written, historically accurate, and just lovely. I listened to this and all of the Outlander novels through DCL's RB Digital app. A great listening experience.

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serafyp
Jun 23, 2016

Will there be another one I have so enjoyed living with Claire, Jamie and their family. Would Love to continue

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erinsnest
Mar 04, 2016

March 4 2016....my first read of this baby starting. Will listen to the audio book at the same time. Makes it slow, but soooo enjoyable!.....March 21, I am almost at page 300, and I am finding the parts about Roger and Brianna the most page turning. Things in the past are going pretty slow, but I certainly am enjoying this read.

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ninigirl
Sep 12, 2015

I so enjoyed all the books. The ending was fantastic. The only teeny tiny issue I was having was all the war details. ALOT of battle information. Interesting, but.....I wished there was more about the characters. Loved it!!

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DorisWaggoner
Sep 07, 2015

It's improbable that Claire and Jamie meet all the famous (or infamous) real people who romp through these pages. It's also improbable that all the characters from previous books, or even earlier in this book, show up again in different places in this one. Tighter editing would be helpful. Still, reading this series is a wonderful pleasure. Gabaldon is terrific at character development. I love Rachel and Ian in this book, especially. And I never get tired of Jamie and Claire. Brianna, as before, goes from brilliant to sappy, to thoroughly courageous, though Roger's wonderful throughout this one. The ending is stupendous, though there are a lot of heartaches along the way. The cliffhangers mean there has to be at least one more of Gabaldon's Big Books coming in the series. It took me 4 days (and nights) to finish this one.

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wongsokguan
Jul 31, 2015

I love this series.

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daysgoneby
Mar 06, 2015

This series has never let me down. I enjoyed every single book. If you have always thought of reading this series but never got around to it, than I strongly encourage you to start but make sure you start with the first book Outlander.

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g3mini
Nov 30, 2014

so incredibly BORING! Took me forever to get half way through it and then it was overdue. Have returned it and am waiting for it again, just so I can finish the darn thing. I absolutely HATE these books that are set in America. Boring boring boring boring

triptophan Oct 02, 2014

Written in my own heart's blood is a good book. But, very long. Although, it's the first book I've read by Diana Galaldon, I'll read her previous novels.

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dlh1
Sep 29, 2014

I've read other novels of this length, and none have held my interest to the degree that the Outlander series have. I'm easily able to devour the 800+ pages in 3 weeks, and always want more when I come to the end. The only book series that I can compare them to is Harry Potter, and that is a completely different genre. I also am loving the TV series!

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jazpur
Aug 28, 2014

What fun, even in the dire circumstances! I always enjoy wry Scots humour and Diana has it right. I hope we get the TV series.

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ryner
Jul 26, 2014

Where to begin? Having waited five years since the previous book in the Outlander series, I was admittedly lost during the first 20-30 pages. The story lines slowly came trickling back into memory -- and they are many! Smack dab in the middle of the American Revolution, Jamie Fraser has just returned to Philadelphia to find that, thinking him drowned during a voyage from Scotland, his wife Claire had married Lord John Grey (for her own protection, of course, but very soap-opera-like, that). Before the three can resolve their personal issues, the war tugs them in various directions. Meanwhile, back(?) in 1980, Brianna is on the hunt for her kidnapped son while her husband Roger, also searching, somehow ends up in 1739 and discovers something he didn't think he was looking for.

Diana Gabaldon is a genius storyteller. The depth and breadth of her characters and the detail surrounding their lives, never ceases to leave me in awe. I don't know how she keeps it all straight in her head -- I gave up trying to keep track of the numerous peripheral military characters and to which faction they belonged, and thankfully it in no way detracted from the story. The delicate scenes in which Jamie confronts the unusual circumstances surrounding John and Claire's marriage were exceptionally memorable. I wonder again at this conclusion of this book, as I have with the others, will John ever find happiness? I'm not sure I can wait another five years to learn what happens next.

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stephaniedchase
Jul 12, 2014

As with the last several books, WRITTEN suffers from too-muchness: too much rambling, too much detail, too much digression. While the Roger/Bree storyline is fascinating (until it gets too complicated), Ian has his own pleasing storyline, Willie is coming into his own, and the book has an ending that made me quite happy, many of us readers read these books for the Claire/Jamie relationship, and it is not at its finest in this novel. I wish Gabaldon had a strong editing hand, cutting out much of the Philadelphia and the war scenes, and had ended the series with this entry, as I've heard was her original intention.

ehbooklover Jul 04, 2014

A vast improvement over the last couple of Gabaldon books, this was comparable to some of her earlier titles. That said, I did have some issues with it. The family tree helped somewhat but I really could have used an actual cast of characters and a summary of the previous books so that I could easily figure out who everyone was and what the heck had happened in previous titles. Thank goodness for Wikipedia! While Gabaldon’s research is impeccable, I still think that there is way too much detail, especially with regards to injuries and surgeries, but lots of Jamie (sigh) and Claire in this go-round more than made up for that. So did an ending that literally gave me the chills. If only Gabaldon could write faster...

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kaharrison
Jun 24, 2014

In response to a previous comment, no, I would not consider this SF/F so much as historical fiction, but to call it just a "bodice ripper" is to dismiss the incredible amount of historical research (as well as medical knowledge of early medicine) that has gone into these books. It is really a genre unto itself. So, it's not your cup of tea - that's OK. There are millions of readers that disagree with you!

KHaney Jun 22, 2014

And the adventures of Jamie and Claire continue in Book 8 of the series. Definitely better than the previous few books, reminded me more of the first three in the series. Loved the ending! Don't want to spoil it for those who have not yet read it, but it is worth reading all 814 pages to get to that last scene.
I saw Diana at an author talk at Toronto Public Library, and she admits she does not do outlines for her books. When she starts writing, she has no idea what is going to happen. Amazing!

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.

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ZenSojourner
May 21, 2014

NOT SF/F. Bodice ripper. I am really tired of having stuff like this foisted off on me as SF/F. This should be listed only under "romance novels". Even for a bodice ripper I find this series particularly brainless and unbelievable. I'm sure the author is weeping all the way to the bank. See my comments on the originating novel "Outlander" for a more descriptive comment.


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