OK. I'm officially reading this for the lulz now.
I keep reading about how thorough Ms Gabaldon's research is. Um, no it isn't. There are historical errors everywhere, both in 1945 and 1743. Her knowledge of Scottish flora and fauna is sketchy at best, and the dialect is risible.
And as for the characters. Claire has one heck of a superiority complex, and Jamie is a dick. Everyone else is a two-dimensional Scottish stereotype. Apart from the English, who are two-dimensional moustache-twirling villains.
And I hate how the gay characters are depicted (evil child-molesters). Apparently she rectifies this in later books with more sympathetic portrayals, but it's really uncomfortable reading.
Oh, and the Loch Ness Monster makes a cameo appearance. Seriously.
And because I'm always posting pictures of birds... here is a brown thrasher. They don't live in Scotland, but no one told Ms Gabaldon that.