[BOOKS ì The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance] author Trisha Telep – 8p2.us
Toffees night noises dI read this in January Now it s April Yesterday I re read one of the stories I liked which reminded me of something else in the book which I then perhaps ranted about I thought if I can rant about something in a book three months after I read it I should probably go to the effort of a fuller reviewThis is an anthology You know when you pick it up what that means there will be good bits and bad bits All you can Flawed (The Butcher, do is hope the good outnumbers the bad and in this case I would say itidThe bad There was one story in particular that really The Covent Garden Ladies: The inspiration behind ITV show HARLOTS didn t seem to belong in this anthology It was in essence a ghost story There was in effect a prologue in which our heroine travelled back to Earth from Jupiter There was in effect an epilogue in which our heroine kissed someone The actual story in between carried no romance or futuristicness The prologueepilogue felt bolted on as if the author already had the story got offered a slot in a futuristic romance collection so slapped something on to cover the futuristic and romance reuirements Also when I m reading this sort of book I reallyon t want a completely unexpected unsettling horror which I wind up reading just as I m about to go to sleep The average There were a few stories that could have been set anywhere This is what tends to annoy me in SFR what you get is just a plain old romance in what happens to be an SF setting eg on a spaceship For me that s not enough to make it SFR I need the SF to be an integral part of the story I happily read SF SF with a bit of R SF with a huge Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins dollop of R but not R on its own primarily because I find it boringly formulaic you know you re going to get the happy ever after etc etc However I know my complaint here is likely because I ve come to SFR from the SF side I know there are plenty of people who come to SFR from the R side whoon t like it when the SF gets too intrusive while I m sitting here going Too intrusive How can it actually be at all intrusiveAlso if you re going to write SFR and make an effort to incorporate the science part please try to know something about science Yes I know it s fiction but I like it to be vaguely feasible Try not to Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, describe your technology with phrases such as nanotechnology at a microscopic level or every scientist reading is going to scream Though to be fair at least nobody in this book used a parsec as a unit of time gaaaaaaaaahhhhhhThe good Notwithstanding the above there was one story which I realised after I read it could have been set anywhere and had an obvious plot leading to a happy every after which could be predicted from about the second paragraph At the time I was reading this I Pages From Bee Journal didn t notice these things that usually annoy me I can only think that in this case the storycharacterswriting were good enough that rather than seeming formulaic it became something comfortably familiar and enjoyable Basically if I notice the formula while I m reading your formulaic story the story isn t good enough but if Ion t then yay for the author oing a fabulous jobThe excellent Two stories by Linnea Sinclair One of which is SassKel Paten These were why I bought the book possibly have a new author or two to explore or avoid has been a nice added bonus Interesting set of short stories featuring futuristic worldsconceptsI liked
TWO STORIES A LOT THE ONES BY BIANCA D stories a lot the
ones by Bianca D and Jess Granger Two worlds I wouldn t mind reading about by Bianca D and Jess Granger Two worlds I wouldn t mind reading about
This List From Somewhere list from somewhere will check it later I just wanted to add a few thoughts as I work my way through this one I recognized a fair number of these authors from my PNR and UF reading though I actually cut my reading teeth on scifi short stories oh about an eon ago when I was young and the world was new There were actu This is NOT science fiction And it has nothing to o with romanceThese are stories about sex and physical attraction and they are plain fantasy stories with the words planets and spaceships instead of castles and horsesIt s like getting a pizza when you ordered the soup of the My Indian Kitchen day Maybe it s a good pizza maybe it s bad Youon t really know because it sure Lots of Mommies doesn t taste like soup The Noah by CL Wilson 45 starsSeven Months of Forever by Linnea Sinclair 5 starsTales from the Second Chance SaloonMacawley s List by Linnea Sinclair 45 stars Mammoth Book of This and Mammoth Book of That Am I a Mammoth Book of This and That Addict Possibly I m the first to admit Io enjoy my anthologies And what the heck this combined two of my favs romance and sci fi futuristic themesI m not going to apologize for not iscussing or mentioning any stories I idn t like Suffice it to say if it is not on this list it wasn t worth mentioning or skimming through I Fantasy Man didn t read them either Okay there were some Iid read but just shrugged away The ones I am going to mention stood out enough for me to overviewThe stories I really liked are in this order1 End of the Line by Bianca D Arc This was in the middle of the anthology and I had almost given up hope Some of the stories following this list preceded this one but this was by far my favorite The characters had a nobility that was grand and I loved the connection It was a story of tragedy and redemption and boy The Flame Of Adventure did it work for me2 Red Dawn by Delilah DevlinI really like the idea of new colonies on Mars the Moon or wherever but to write a love story about the new frontier with NO the Enterprise or womanizing Kirk works perfectly too3 New Earth Twelve by Mandy M RothThis story had so many cool messages about humanity and the best and worst of what makes uswell us And somehow women will be the salvation Or is it the love we hold within us Who knows but the love these characters found transcended time space age and a species Ha4 Racing Hearts by Kiersten FayThis was a bit space opera and soarn cute that you gotta read it for how over the top it was Not bad writing either A sweet ole HEA that works in future5 In the Interest of Security by Regan Black Bioengineering super soldiers and a mother on the run with her kid Hmmm sound familiar Ok so there were no cyborgs but still Not bad and enough action and romance to catch you up6 Nuns and Huns by Charlene Teglia This was sweet and humorous and a little edgy I really liked the concept and it was overall fun A good what if7 The Noah by CL WilsonThe biblical meets sci fi and all those cool stories tha. Love Will Find A Way19 Fantastic Future Set RomancesThe good news is in the future there will be no shortage of romance On space ships on newly colonized planets or on a barely recognizable Earth; life forms whether human alien or something in between will. ,
Nd Chance Saloon by Linnea Sinclair 475 StarsAn officer ies He s given a second chance in the afterlife to go back to a point in his life when he could have picked a ifferent path and chosen love and a family over his career He goes back and finds it s harder to re boot his life than he originally thinks It s very imaginative and give the reader a good Divine Magnetic Lands dose of a love storyWasteland by Jess Granger 45 StarsThis one is about a woman swept up in political intrigue that resulted in her illegally being banished via a porthole to a penal colony Her punishers intended to kill her so she lands at a portal that is in aesert She is rescued by a long time resident and learn to get along and eventually love each otherNuns and Huns by Charlene Tiglia 35 StarsA bunch of women seek genetic material from banished men One of the man landed on earth and we know him as Atilla the Hun The Nuns are scientists raised apart from men who Frog and the Treasure discover that geneticiversity is vital to the existence of their civilization Can you image how they take the genetic material from the man without a lab Ha ha I read somewhere that 20% of the people in China can trace their ancestry to Atilla the man WowSong of Saire by Leanna Renee Hieber 5 StarsA La X Men children of the future are evolving paranormal abilities Earth governments respond with fear and lock the children up in camps Two of the original evolvers a man and a woman love each other Their love must never be if they are to save the children who need them to work with Earth authorities and establish the camps into a school Then extermination The Butterfly Club day comes when Earthecides to slaughter the newly Lilith Enraptured (Divinity Warriors developed humans By then the couple are elderly and their love works to save the remnants of their kind It s a beautiful lyrical story full of poetry I hate poetry but loved this story The Noah by CL Wilson 3 StarsEarth has experienced the end Only a few women living in a bioome exist nurturing plant life and working His Substitute Bride (Seavers Brides, diligently to be a link in what they view as a chain of caretakers until Earth is able to be repopulated An alien crashes Eve takes him prisoner where he reveals he s thousands of years old and a Noah that is assigned to be caretaker of life on planet Earth There are no men in the biosphere and Eve and her sisters all are identical so the story has a twist on where they come from It s nice but Ion t care for we killed Earth stories Written in Ink by Susan Size 35 StarsSome hippie types like to tinker with changing the past by sending agents back to key moments A time cop type goes back in time to make sure an assignation takes place that the future time hippies are trying stop a la Star Trek and Capt Kirk s gal pal who would have stopped the Nazis The female time cop meets up with a mailman who helps her get to the rendevous Love and adventure are in the air It s a nice concise Tu Alma ¿La Conoces? dark story I think thearkness is why it J.M. Coetzee didn t get starsNobody s Present by Marcella Burnard 4 StarsHigh School science teacher is ahem kidnaped by aliens who want so have sex with human females no strings attached just lots of rumpy pumpy fun This one was funny The aliens were refugees almost all that was left of an entire world They can t have sex with each otherue to a biological bomb that makes the aliens hyper sexual but if they ahem mix bodily fluids of any kind both parties Feminization and Chastity Training for the Sissy Husband (The League of Dominant Women die So hence the need for earth women And men I guess Ha ha It was a fun readSome stories might have mild harleuin type romance scenes but most are PG It is not an erotic book but really good short stories for romance suspense SCI FI junkies Enjoy This was a great book Something I wouldefinitely keep on the shelf and intend to keep an eye out for All these stories were good Some better than
others but all but one or two were really Half the storiesbut all but one or were really good Half the stories The Club of Angels didn t want to end This was a great anthology Which is saying something be cuz usually there are only one or two good stories in one Besides being futuristic these stories wereefinitely a variety Time travel space flight aliens living on other planets cool tech gizmos hunky men in uniforms suspense great steamy scenes and emotions Has it all for a one stop sci fi romance for any and all moods
I May Make A Reservedmay make a reserved for it on my shelf before I even find it Made me water a little laugh sweat hold my breath and turn pages faster than the speed of light Enjoy Does romance imply sex and violence Some stories in this collection contain adult themes Capsule reviews for a sample Flying is Faster by Jeannie Holmes 35 Fun fantasy romance With wings Adventure on an Earthlike alien planet Momentarily explicit than typical YA but tasteful if you Blue Skies and Gunfire don t find the male gaze skeevy Star Crossed by Cathy Clamp 25 okay Novella in five parts Ultimate suicide mission for two Opposites attract Order her and chaos him Sol Mistaken identity themeragged for me Shock plot twist but the ending wasn t as ramatic as I hoped I had mixed feelings think Starship Troopers about the wisdom of the mission Naturally Beautiful by Jamie Leigh Hansen 25 by the numbers romance Novella In 2084 the ageing inventor of a eugenic pill and his attractive aughter are being hunted by a powerful unknown force Two marines are all that stand between them and capture view spoilerHot marine rescues your father and saves your ass but oesn t even call Men hide spoiler 1 Flying is Faster by Jeannie Holmes Rating 32 Star Crossed by Cathy Clamp Rating 25 stars3 Naturally Beautiful by Jaime Leigh Hansen Rating 4 stars4 Seven Months of Forever by Linnea Sinclair Rating 35 stars5 Memories of Gravity by Patrice Sarath Rating 3 stars6 Fade Away and Radiate by Michele Lang Rating 35 Stars7 New Earth Twelve by Mandy M Roth Rating 4 stars8 Red Dawn by Delilah Devlin Rating 4 Stars9 Racing Hearts by Kiersten Fay Rating 35 stars10 In the Interest of Security by Regan Black Rating 3 stars11 End of the Line by Bianca D Arc Rating 35 stars12 Space Cowboy by Donna Kauffman Rating3 13 Tales from the Second Chance Saloon Macawley s List by Linnea Sinclair Rating 3 stars14 Wasteland by Jess Granger Rating 3 stars15 Nuns and Huns by Charlene Teglia Rating 3 stars16 Song of Saire by Leanna Renee Hieber Rating 3 stars17 The Noah by CL Wilson Rating 25 stars18 Written in Ink by Susan Size Rating25 stars19 Nobody s Present by Marcella Burnard Rating 35 Stars. Cience fiction stories of future love and lust by Marcella Burnard Biana D'Arc Jess Granger Linnea Sinclair CL Wilson and many are brimming with passion and humour So even though in space no one can hear you scream they might just be able to hear you laugh.
free read æ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Trisha TelepT make the earth just a big lab and we are failed experiments who screwed it all up Until love makes it right again This was a smart and creative story about a lot of nifty things 8 Nobody s Present by Marcella BurnardIt is always nice to read a story about an ultra smart scientist gal who saves the world The only ish is that she got kinda Mary Sue ish at the end and I was so not feeling it at all But it wasn t a ry effort until it started going yadda yadda yadda look how smart I am but sexy SighNot bad or complete waste of time since I read this on the metra to and from work A great way to wind Ossos Perdidos (Temperance Brennan, down Ion t know how they Born Fighting decide what and who goes into these books but itoes help me appreciate authors I have by passed or missed I think I will check out Bianca D Arc s futuristic romance She left a lasting impression so this book Dr. Simon Forman did some goodNow back to the Mammoth Book Addiction They just keep cranking them out and thank goodness the library indulges This book is so awesome You know that feeling you get when you have a book that just sings and calls to you Like the feeling you get when you have a spare hour and a really good book This one is it Flying is Faster by Jeannie Homes 45 StarsHumanoc on a colony planet helps a native humanoidbird woman rescue her brother They are stuck in the wilderness avoiding predators and love blossoms This one has a Serving Up Secrecy (Ladies of Westside definite ending and is a great opener It s a shortie and amazingly paints a whole canon or world and history and love story in 20 pagesStar Crossed by Cathy Clamp 4 StarsEarth is at war A Navigator and Pilot set out on an Enola Gay or 30 seconds over Tokyo aka Doolittle Raid type raid on the home planet of the invaders He s a former smuggler that joined the earth rebellion and she s the cop that busted him After an injury together they redefine the concept of team and it has an ending that leaves me going ok where can I buy this book to see what happens next Naturally Beautiful by Jamie Leigh Hensen 4 StarsSpecial ops hunk saves a geniusoc from kidnappers Highly imaginative with great romantic banter ie while hiding out from evil captors he calls her Sweetheart and she insists he call her Doctor So he responds by calling her Dr Sweetheart the rest of the story Reads like a Harleuin on steroids Seven Months of Forever by Linnea Sinclair This is a long complicated love story on a military ship I ve read all of Sinclair s works great author I might add but without a background in her canon I think it would be hard for a newcomer to follow This one follows a star ship captain and an admiral from opposite sides working together and in loveMemories of Gravity by Patrice Sarath 3 Stars A Wartime Nurse due to prejudice of reviewerIf I were fair and judged this story on it s writing skill and merits I should give it 5 or 45 stars but I hate ghost stories Especially ghost stories masuerading as romantic sci fi This one is about a girl who fled an abusive home to captain a space ship Grandpopies She has to come to earth to settle the affairs in person The romance with a childhood friend was barely given a nod by the author I Split d say this one is 2% romance 10% sci fi and the rest all ghost storyFade Away and Radiate by Michele Lang 35This one is a tepid romance about a scientist widow who has lived in solitude for years Suddenly her husband s best friend shows up with news on her husband s killers The romance is very light it s heavy on political and social canon I give it stars if I thought the couple were romantically attracted to each otherNew Earth
TWELVE BY MANDY M ROTH 475by Mandy M Roth 475 colony sleeper ship suffered mutiny by the captain who prematurely woke all the girls from their sleeper pods and tried to kill them The ship When Stories Clash doc transferred his mind to the ship and saved the girls 10 years later the girls are young women and their ship is nearing the Goldilocks planet Theoc has spent years talking to and falling in love with one young woman but has never touched her The ship is waking the other colony sleepers and soon the Doc and his now grown love can meet in the flesh The story has an open ending and would make a great novelRed Dawn by Delilah Devlin 5 StarsThe heroine is a farmer on mars She has a elivery of a mailmale snicker order bride He is a convict and they fall for each other It s short
and bitter but has two people making a go of their lives and finding lovebitter but has two people making a go of their lives and finding love the woman acted out of character and really umb at the end but it still felt like a great romance so I gave it 5 starsRacing Hearts by Kiersten Fay 5 StarsThere s this intergalactic race that fixates everyone in the entire galaxy A new crew gathers to join a previous winner and prepare for the challenge Problem is two of the crew each have to The Extra Cadaver Murder decide if the race is worth sharing close uarters for weeks with an ex lover Great snapshot story In the Interest of Security by Regan Black 475 StarsA scientist juices soldiers The juice has good and bad side effects The niece of the scientist has turned against him and his evil plans and has paidearly for her honesty She s living in a compound with smugglers eking out a living while caring for her son The hero is the head of security of the smuggler s compound He gets assigned to protect the niece and child End of the Line by Bianca D arc 5 StarsMy favorite story of the book A female scout ship pilot has her ship shot out by a battleship She s taken prisoner When the enemy Perfect Girl Evolution Vol. 6 discovers she is female they are stopped in their tracks Their culture forbids harming women If they hurt or kill women itishonors them beyond redemption They are at war with the humans So the captain has a ilemma of what to o with a human female Turns out he s unable to attract a mate and with one kiss establishes the POW is his true mate IMO I loved this story but the pilot commits treason and collusion with the enemy This is a story I loved with my heart not my head OPINION the heroine Dark Ties (Broken Saints Society didn t follow the Name Rank Serial Number and engaged literally the enemy too much For great pilotpow romance read Susan Grant novels I have to find out it this was ever turned into a fish out of water bookSpace Cowboy bu Donna Kauffman 45 StarsLady florist witnesses hanky cop materialize in her shop He fights off a human slaverestroys her shop and steals her heart This was a great read Very enjoyable No sex scenesTales From the Seco. Find their way to loveAs giant corporations grasp new opportunities for profit and future armies clash both in eep space and 'dirtside' former romantic partners try to put the past behind them and time travelling rebels set out to romance the pastThese .