Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall

A collection of seven short stories set in the Outlander universe, never before published together, including two original stories.This riveting, romantic collection includes: "Besieged" (original novella), "Survival" (original novella), "Virgins," "The Space Between," "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies," "A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows" and "The Custom of the Army."...

Title:Seven Stones to Stand or Fall
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ISBN:0385689551
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover

Seven Stones to Stand or Fall Reviews

  • Stephanie * Outlandish Reads
    Jun 28, 2017

    Virgins - Read 6/28/17

    A Fugitive Green -

    The Custom of the Army -

    A Plague of Zombies -

    The Space Between -

    A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows -

    Besieged -

  • Beta
    Feb 23, 2017

    Shelved for "Besieged".

    Gimme more John Grey!!

  • Olivia Mason
    Jun 10, 2017

    contains seven

    stories, two of which are new. Since the others have been out for some time and I was already familiar with them, I’ll leave them be—but the only reason

    gets 4 STARS is because I

    “The Space Between” and “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows.”

    As for the two new stories, “Fugitive Green” and “Besieged”:

    “Fugitive Green” (3 STARS) has its moments, and teenage Minnie’s take-no-shit spunk might fill the Claire-shaped hole in your

    contains seven

    stories, two of which are new. Since the others have been out for some time and I was already familiar with them, I’ll leave them be—but the only reason

    gets 4 STARS is because I

    “The Space Between” and “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows.”

    As for the two new stories, “Fugitive Green” and “Besieged”:

    “Fugitive Green” (3 STARS) has its moments, and teenage Minnie’s take-no-shit spunk might fill the Claire-shaped hole in your heart (though to me, she feels like a less compelling, second-rate version). The story was interesting enough to keep my attention, but I was ultimately disappointed—especially given that I enjoy Hal and Minnie in the main series.

    The lightning speed progression of their relationship was barely believable. Without my knowledge of their marriage from the main books, my eyes would still be in the back of my head. They have

    very uneventful conversation (which Hal essentially wheezes through), and then they’re suddenly jumping each other’s bones at their next encounter. Jamie and Claire had a whirlwind courtship, but sheesh. There’s a lot of over-the-top outrageousness in this universe, but the relationships between the characters are always spot on. Gabs is way better than this.

    Sadly, my one I-can’t-put-it-down moment was due to wishful thinking, as I'd suspected Minnie’s estranged mother—described as a German-speaking nun from a convent in Paris—might actually be a certain character whom I ADORE. Alas, this was not the case, and the Mommy Issues subplot reached an anticlimactic conclusion. (You’ll read the story and probably think, “How could Liv think she was Mother H's daughter?” but then remember that Claire once saw Nessie and also killed a wolf with her bare hands. YOU NEVER KNOW.)

    Lastly, because you’re probably wondering: yes, Jamie does make a brief appearance. Other familiar faces with significant roles: Harry Quarry, the Twelvetrees brothers, and Hal’s late wife.

    That being said, I enjoyed “Fugitive Green” more than I liked “Besieged" (a very generous 2 STARS). This was to be expected, as I don’t find Lord John Grey interesting unless he’s getting emo with Jamie or he’s bickering with/marrying Claire. There isn’t much to say about “Besieged” other than that it’s your typical “War! Bad guys! Adventure!” story, with a side of “zombie”. It’s set in Jamaica/Havana 1762, and there are no appearances from major main series characters, though Jamie is mentioned.

    ***

    It’s interesting to see which ancillary characters DG thinks deserve short stories or novellas. Not that I don’t enjoy Hal and Minnie—or even John to some degree—but there are so many other minor characters I’d rather read about? Jocasta? Uncle Lamb? Jamie’s parents? Claire’s parents? CLAIRE IN GENERAL? (Okay, not a minor character, but really. I find it so odd that DG is reluctant to flesh out Claire’s early life, when she’s done so much with Jamie’s.)

    I don’t know, man.

    was a good way to pass the time, but the two new stories were not DG's best. I’m just ready for

    .

  • Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    Jun 22, 2017

    review to come

  • Mskychick
    Jun 28, 2017

    The Custom of the Army- 4 stars (read in 2012)

    The Space Between (originally in The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination) - 5 stars (read in 2013)

    A Plague of Zombies (originally in Down These Strange Streets) - 4 stars (read in 2011)

    A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows - 4 stars (read in 2013)

    Virgins - 5 stars (read in 2016)

    A Fugitive Green - 4-1/2 stars

    Besieged - 5 stars

  • Kiwi Carlisle
    Jun 30, 2017

    Much of this book was already tremendously familiar to me, but I skipped only "Virgins", which I had reread much too recently. I greatly enjoyed the two new novellas. "Fugitive Green" not only fills in some bits of backstory and chronology, but is quite good in its own right. The tantalizing bits we had already been given of Hal and Minnie's love story expanded into a quite engrossing tale.

    "Besieged" gives us a bit more of some more of Gabaldon's well-crafted minor characters and puts Lord John'

    Much of this book was already tremendously familiar to me, but I skipped only "Virgins", which I had reread much too recently. I greatly enjoyed the two new novellas. "Fugitive Green" not only fills in some bits of backstory and chronology, but is quite good in its own right. The tantalizing bits we had already been given of Hal and Minnie's love story expanded into a quite engrossing tale.

    "Besieged" gives us a bit more of some more of Gabaldon's well-crafted minor characters and puts Lord John's talents to work while posing a few more possible mysteries, such as the actual fate of John Cinnamon. Even if you only read the new material, this is worth your time.


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