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I'm looking for some new books to read. I generally have no trouble finding things I like. Right now though I'm looking for something a little more specific, and I'm having no luck. I pretty much just read Science Fiction. I'm in the mood for a good love story right now. Not some love subplot, but something that is integral to the plot. So far all I have been able to find like that are just normal romance novels that happen to be set in a sci-fi universe. I tried to read some of those, and I just cant finish them. Im so not their target audience. Im looking for something that a your average geeky guy would still find entertaining. It doesn't have to be the best book ever. Im perfectly happy reading fluff.

A note on fantasy:
I'm really looking for Sci-fi here. I do occasionally read fantasy though. If you really think I need to know about a book that fits what I'm looking for, but its fantasy, then go ahead and let me know about it as well. I probably won't get to it anytime soon, but I will put it on a list so that I can check it out next time I'm in the mood.

But wait! Im still not done being picky. Im not going to make you check if your suggestions are available as ebooks, but If I cant get it on my Kindle I probably wont bother reading it. If it is available for the Kindle or some other DRM free format though, I will definitely look into any of your suggestions.

Thank your for your help!
Have you checked out Baen Books free library?
Um... "Songs of Love and Death - Tales of Star-Crossed Love?"

Product Description
IN this star-studded cross-genre anthology, seventeen of the greatest modern authors of fantasy, science fiction, and romance explore the borderlands of their genres with brand-new tales of ill-fated love. From zombie-infested woods in a postapocalyptic America to faery-haunted rural fields in eighteenth- century England, from the kingdoms of high fantasy to the alien world of a galaxy-spanning empire, these are stories of lovers who must struggle against the forces of magic and fate.

Award-winning, bestselling author Neil Gaiman demonstrates why he’s one of the hottest stars in literature today with “The Thing About Cassandra,” a subtle but chilling story of a man who meets an old girlfriend he had never expected to see.

International blockbuster bestselling author Diana Gabaldon sends a World War II RAF pilot through a stone circle to the time of her Outlander series in “A Leaf on the Winds of All Hallows.” Torn from all he knows, Jerry MacKenzie determinedly survives hardship and danger, intent on his goal of returning home to his wife and baby—no matter the cost.

New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher presents “Love Hurts,” in which Harry Dresden takes on one of his deadliest adversaries and in the process is forced to confront the secret desires of his own heart.

Just the smallest sampling promises unearthly delights, but look also for stories by New York Times bestselling romance authors Jo Beverley and Mary Jo Putney, and by such legends of the fantasy genre as Peter S. Beagle and Tanith Lee, as well as many other popular and beloved writers, including Marjorie M. Liu, Jacqueline Carey, Carrie Vaughn, and Robin Hobb. This exquisite anthology, crafted by the peerless editing team of George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is sure to leave you under its spell.
Jennifer Government is an entertaining piece. It consist of a few subplots that are connected to each other in one way or another, and some of said subplots involve romance. Mind you, it's not exactly sci-fi either; it's kind of an anti-Orwellian world where the government is stripped of almost all power instead of having all of it. I know it isn't exactly what you're looking for, but at least I enjoyed it a lot.
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Stuff: Have you checked out Baen Books free library?
I have looked through the library before, and have some of them loaded on my Kindle right now. Its an awesome service. I just don't know if any of them are what Im looking for or not. I won't really know until I read a ways into them. Im looking for something a bit more specific right now. Thank you though.
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MobiusArcher: I'm looking for some new books to read. I generally have no trouble finding things I like. Right now though I'm looking for something a little more specific, and I'm having no luck. I pretty much just read Science Fiction. I'm in the mood for a good love story right now. Not some love subplot, but something that is integral to the plot. So far all I have been able to find like that are just normal romance novels that happen to be set in a sci-fi universe. I tried to read some of those, and I just cant finish them. Im so not their target audience. Im looking for something that a your average geeky guy would still find entertaining. It doesn't have to be the best book ever. Im perfectly happy reading fluff.

A note on fantasy:
I'm really looking for Sci-fi here. I do occasionally read fantasy though. If you really think I need to know about a book that fits what I'm looking for, but its fantasy, then go ahead and let me know about it as well. I probably won't get to it anytime soon, but I will put it on a list so that I can check it out next time I'm in the mood.

But wait! Im still not done being picky. Im not going to make you check if your suggestions are available as ebooks, but If I cant get it on my Kindle I probably wont bother reading it. If it is available for the Kindle or some other DRM free format though, I will definitely look into any of your suggestions.

Thank your for your help!
Does it have to be about romance? Also, what kind of love story are we talking about?

All requirements loosely considered, I'd recommend you Tarzan and/or A Princess of Mars first. The love portions may be a bit cheese, but Edgar Rice Burroughs can write a freaking good story. Hard-hitting action sequences with vivid environmental descriptions make for a rollercoaster ride.

I also just remembered. Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet. It is a masterpiece that IMO surpasses every other Sherlock Holmes story that Doyle's ever written - and barring a few one-off compositions, I've read every single SH novel/novelette/short stories. This story is brilliant. It is split into two portions - the former talks about the investigation, and the latter about the criminal himself. Both riveting and heart-wrenching, you'll likely enjoy it if you like romance stories. Okay, so it's not science fic, but still, I love it!

Also, have you read Isaac Asimov's Robots series? I've only read Robots and Empires, but the love story in there is pretty good.
Post edited September 22, 2011 by lowyhong
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MobiusArcher: I'm looking for some new books to read. I generally have no trouble finding things I like. Right now though I'm looking for something a little more specific, and I'm having no luck. I pretty much just read Science Fiction. I'm in the mood for a good love story right now. Not some love subplot, but something that is integral to the plot. So far all I have been able to find like that are just normal romance novels that happen to be set in a sci-fi universe. I tried to read some of those, and I just cant finish them. Im so not their target audience. Im looking for something that a your average geeky guy would still find entertaining. It doesn't have to be the best book ever. Im perfectly happy reading fluff.

A note on fantasy:
I'm really looking for Sci-fi here. I do occasionally read fantasy though. If you really think I need to know about a book that fits what I'm looking for, but its fantasy, then go ahead and let me know about it as well. I probably won't get to it anytime soon, but I will put it on a list so that I can check it out next time I'm in the mood.

But wait! Im still not done being picky. Im not going to make you check if your suggestions are available as ebooks, but If I cant get it on my Kindle I probably wont bother reading it. If it is available for the Kindle or some other DRM free format though, I will definitely look into any of your suggestions.

Thank your for your help!
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John Carter of Mars series, start with Princess of Mars. It's movie style love, of course, but I'm suspecting that's what you're after. Plenty of action and manliness is present as well:)
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orcishgamer: John Carter of Mars series, start with Princess of Mars. It's movie style love, of course, but I'm suspecting that's what you're after. Plenty of action and manliness is present as well:)
Still, Tarzan will beat the crap out of John Carter anytime of the day :X
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (Military SciFi)

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson (Hard SciFi)

But honestly, why do you constrain your reading like that? There's so much more than Science Fiction out there.
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orcishgamer: John Carter of Mars series, start with Princess of Mars. It's movie style love, of course, but I'm suspecting that's what you're after. Plenty of action and manliness is present as well:)
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lowyhong: Still, Tarzan will beat the crap out of John Carter anytime of the day :X
If John Carter (who can leap 40 meters, may I remind you!) gets in trouble the cavalry always rides over the hill and kicks trouble's ass:)
Fahrenheit 451
Oh, forgot an important one.

Solaris by Stanisław Lem

I guess everyone interested in Science Fiction has read that one. If not - get it. It is a love story of sorts, albeit a very unusual one.
Wow. Thanks guys. I had pretty much given up hope. Sci-fi seems to be known for not having many good love stories. Seems that's exactly how most fans prefer it. Im taking down a list of all suggestions. If I don't specifically respond to one, don't worry. You have been heard!
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lowyhong: Does it have to be about romance? Also, what kind of love story are we talking about?
The book needs to have a good love story in it, but it doesn't have to be the main thing. Just so long as its not tacked on. It has to be a big thing that it well developed.

Since you and orcishgamer both suggested A Princess of Mars, I'll be sure to check it out. I was planning on reading it before the movie comes out anyway. Its also public domain, so I can get it on my Kindle for free!


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Jaime: But honestly, why do you constrain your reading like that? There's so much more than Science Fiction out there.
I don't consider it constraining my reading. I just don't get as much enjoyment out of other genres. I sometimes get into the mood for fantasy, but other than that I just stick to sci-fi. Its no different than anything else though. Some people like first person Shooters, some people don't. It doesn't mean that the people who don't like them are somehow missing out because they wont force themselves to play them.
Post edited September 23, 2011 by MobiusArcher
The new Neal Stephenson book Reamde looks to be a quality read. Like most of his books, it's upwards of 800-900 pages.