Monday, February 25, 2008

New Interest in Science Fiction/ Futuristic Romances


I have been noticing lately the number of posts about romances in the Science Fiction/Futuristic genre. I haven’t ever paid attention before, because I usually don’t read these types of romances. I recently finished the book Jane’s Warlord by Angela Knight and I really enjoyed the futuristic aspect of the book and actually wanted more from the story.
I am wondering what other books I should read in this genre. Some of the books I have noticed getting lots of press are Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair, Grimspace by Ann Aquirre, and Driven by Eve Kenin
What other books fall into this category would you recommend? I mean seriously, I don’t have nearly enough books to read. I need to add many, many more to my tiny, deficient list; (I say with lots of sarcasm loaded on really thick).


Wendy said...

I would definitely recommend Games Of Command, but a word of warning that I found the beginning a bit slow (it's a great read though!). You also might want to look up Susan Grant. Her more recent books for HQN have a comedic-bent, but her Star trilogy might be right up your alley. Also, C.J. Barry. I enjoyed a couple of hers, and liked the fact that the futuristic world wasn't overly technical......

Jace said...

Strangely enough, as much as I'm a Star Wars fan, I've never thought I'd enjoy the romantic sci-fi/futuristic genre. Until Driven, that is. It just blew me away and I began to pay attention to this genre.

I've heard that CJ Barry is good too, but haven't read any of hers yet.

I have Patricia Waddell's True Deception and Linnea Sinclair's Gabriel's Ghost in the TBR which I'm quite keen to read soon.

Ana said...

I am wondering that myself LOL. Will come back to read the recommendations!
I am definitely reading Grimspace after KatieBabs review!

Jennie said...

I really love Lois McMaster Bujold -- she writes both scifi and fantasy, though her SciFi isn't romance. There are some romantic elements, though, and a lot of romance readers seem to like her.

Also Sharon Shinn does great books. Her Samaria series is SciFi. Though I like her fantasy better. ;)

I do recommend Games of Command -- I actually liked it better than Gabriel's Ghost. And I think I'll have to buy Grimspace -- it seems to be getting great reviews everywhere.

EmJay said...

Driven got my vote for Best SF/F & Futuristic Romance in the AAR poll. I also read Body Electric by Susan Squires earlier this month. It was originally published in 2002, but it was re-released with a new cover last year. I loved both of these books. Can't stop thinking about them!

Jill D. said...

Wendy, I have heard good things about Contact by Grant. I actually own this book, but just have never got around to reading it.

Jace, It was actually your review of Games of Command that had me thinking that maybe I was missing out on something. I noticed that Kristie J. who doesn't really read a lot of this genre really liked Driven. So you really liked Driven too? Hmm, I will have to look into it.

Ana, LOL feel free to take notes!

Jennie, Bujold and Shinn, okay I will look into them as well. Thanks for the suggestions. :)

Emjay, Another vote for Driven. Looks like I really should read this one. I will have to make it a priority. Body Electric, I haven't heard of that one. I will look into it. It's always a good sign when the book stays in your memory.

Brie said...

I'm actually reading Driven right now and loving it. So I guess I'm endorsing that one, too.

Let me think on it and I'll get back to you with a few more.

Jace said...

Jill, yes, PLEASE read Driven!!! In fact, I'd recommend that you read it first before Games Of Command. It's futuristic, whereas GoC is sci-fi. It's fast-paced, a complete page-turner.

Jill D. said...

Jace and Brie, Looks like you guys really want me to read Driven, LOL, I will definitely give it a try!

Kristie (J) said...

I adored Games of Command - also Gabriel's Ghost by Linnea Sinclair. I'm currently reading The Accidental Goddess by her too. And Driven was just fantastic! I haven't read Grimspace yet but I think I will based on the reviews.And LOL - I was going to recommend CJ Barry & Susan Grant but Wendy beat me to it. There was a series - 2176 that had a number of different authors Susan Grant wrote 2, Liz Maverick, Kathleen Nance and Patti O'Shea I think each wrote one in the series. Some were better than others but on the whole I quite enjoyed the series.
Savor Me Slowly by Gena Showalter was also pretty good.
An older book I really fancied was Kinsman's Oath by Susan Krinard. And Patria Waddell wrote one, True Blood I liked too.
There - that should get you started *g*
Then of course if you can get past the really horrendous covers, two of my all time favourites in this genre are Lord of the Storm and The Skypirate by Justine Davis

Jill D. said...

Kristie, Hey! I read your review of Driven and that got me thinking! I have also heard of Justine Dare, but I haven't ever read her. I will add her to the list. Thanks for the suggestions!

Christine said...

Oh you *have* to read DRIVEN. It was one of my favorite books of 2007. I'm also definitely going to get into Linnea Sinclair. I hear a lot of great things about her books... especially GAMES OF COMMAND and GABRIEL'S GHOST. I also can't wait to read GRIMSPACE. I'm buying it this weekend when I treat myself to an hour or two at Borders on Saturday afternoon. I'm also picking up NETHERWOOD by Michele Lang (another Shomi line book). I have a blurb about it on my blog. ;)

I have also read Liz Maverick's Shomi book WIRED. It was a cute, fun read, but didn't 'WOW' me. The heroine was interesting, and the plot was pretty neat, but there wasn't enough romance or sex for me.

I also own TWIST by Colby Hodge and MOONGAZER by Marianne Mancusi, but haven't read them yet.

Jill D. said...

Christine, I will definitely hop on over and check out Netherwood. :)