Celebrity Picks: Diana Gabaldon's Favorite Reads of 2017

GabaldonIt's really hard to believe, but Diana Gabaldon continued her uber-popular Outlander series with Dragonfly in Amber over 25 years ago! Revisit eighteenth-century Scotland and the story of soldier Jamie Fraser and his time-traveling wife, Claire Randa (ok sure, you're watching the television adaptation now, because Sam Heughan is dreamy and all, but we all know the book is always better).

What does Ms. Gabaldon like to read when she's not scribbling away? Browse her favorite books of 2017 below, and look here for more celebrity favorites.


Diana Gabaldon's favorite reads of 2016

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The Last Hack by Christopher Brookmyre
The Last Hack is vintage Christopher Brookmyre—equal parts adrenaline and empathy, a plot that opens out like a Japanese flower dropped in hot water, and characters so real you want to reach through the page and save them.
 

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The Sean Duffy Series by Adrian McKinty
Adrian McKinty’s Sean Duffy series (Rain Dogs, Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly, etc.) is an addictive combination: police procedural, political thriller and historical fiction—it’s set during the Troubles in the ‘80’s in Northern Ireland, and features Sean Duffy, the only Catholic policeman in his unit—not a comfortable position. Creatively violent with flashes of a beautiful sorrow, and constantly, compulsively funny.
 

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All of a Winter's Night by Phil Rickman
Phil Rickman's latest is among the best of his wonderful Merrily Watkins series. All on a Winter's Night blends family dynamics and dysfunction, murder, spirituality (and its inverse), politics and…Morris dancing, which is a lot more sinister than one might think, when carried out on a foggy night in a churchyard, beside an open grave. I can’t think of another author who could juggle Gurdjieff, Big Farma (not a typo…), Czechoslovakian thugs, and the diocesan exorcist of Hereford without batting an eye.
 

 


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My eldest son Chuck introduced me to your Outlander series when published through his partnership in a sci-fi endeavor. I have since lost him through cancer, but the connection between you and my son will always be a part of me. I have since purchased a few of your books in Kindle format because I am no longer able to hold a book in my hands. I am so proud when I see your name in print and on Starz.

Posted by: grambie | Friday November 17, 2017 at 5:29 PM

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