I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
I am disappointed to report no birds in this volume thus far.
The positive: its a great depiction of middle-aged lovers.
Summary of the first third of the book? Claire, Brianna, and Roger do a lot of research, while pretty much everyone Jaime meets in Scotland wants to sleep with him. All right, that's a BIT of an exaggeration, but really. *rolls eyes*
And I'm having the same problem that I always do with Gabaldon's work, I read along fine for a while, but when I set the book down, its really hard to pick it back up.
I have seven more days until its due.....