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Old 04-19-2008, 06:38 PM   #31
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I would suggest Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.
Funny, I had a look at the first book of the series when I was 16 years old or so. It didn't interest me at the time, I don't know why – I'll give it another look, maybe it will appeal to me now, thanks.

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You might like Every Story Is A Love Story [...] Also, O+F [...]
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If you are looking for a good love story that is non-traditional, check out Ken Grimwood's Replay.
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The Last Herald-Mage by M Lackey

All the books in the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series....
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Tears of the moon and under the Kimberly sun by Di Morrissey are both excellent books but you wont find them in e-format unfortunately. I have both as audio books and enjoyed them very much. The first tells the story of a woman whose mother has always been silent on their family background. Following the mother's death she goes to Broome in search of her family history. Deals with issues of migration from England to Australia, the pearling industry and issues of aboriginal culture and how this was stripped form people, although it is a bit of a romanticized view of these issues, as well as a love story. The second book deals with the next generation and has some mystery and intrigue thrown in as well. Both are worth a read.
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Old 09-04-2008, 11:13 AM   #34
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The Time Traveller's Wife immediately popped into my head when I read the title..and then you'd already listed it. Such a beautiful book.

The Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer is about as non-traditional of a love story as it gets. (I don't like vampire books, but loved the story in these). They are classified YA, but still great stories about an unusual romance. Ditto for her book "The Host". It falls more into the SF range, but is a great and unusual love story.
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Funny, I had a look at the first book of the series when I was 16 years old or so. It didn't interest me at the time, I don't know why – I'll give it another look, maybe it will appeal to me now, thanks.


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I've read the description on Amazon and it sounds interesting, I'll check it out.


I'll have a look at her works and already downloaded some sample chapters, thanks.
I was a sysop on CompuServe's LITFORUM, and Diana Gabaldon was a member. It was very fun to read her works in progress and actively discuss and debate her ideas on plot and character and background information. Plus she was uproariously funny, and merciless when it came to critiquing others works. A few LITFORUM members became minor characters in the book.

Such a community could not exist today, I think. I suppose a private, members only forum for writers, supported by subscription... I've tried, with various and limited degrees of success.

Patricia, if you're reading... you remind me of her. The same intellect, vast knowledge, and sly, subtle humor.
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The Last Herald-Mage by M Lackey

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Tears of the moon and under the Kimberly sun by Di Morrissey are both excellent books but you wont find them in e-format unfortunately. […]
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The Time Traveller's Wife immediately popped into my head when I read the title..and then you'd already listed it. Such a beautiful book.
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[…] Such a community could not exist today, I think. I suppose a private, members only forum for writers, supported by subscription... I've tried, with various and limited degrees of success. […]
Why not? What was different back then?
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Thanks for the recommendations, I've actually read the Twilight Saga and The Host already and liked them very much.
Glad I was on the right track. If I think of others, I'll be sure to post them. I did read something a few months ago that fits into this category too, but be damned if I can't recall the title. so unlike me...
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Why not? What was different back then?
Not to carry another thread into this one, but Search Engines are the main difference. CompuServe was not a public service. One had to subscribe, and authors knew they could discuss and even upload working mss and not have them spread around the net (there was no net, for one thing), or lose any publishing rights, by doing so. Terms of Service were clear, and enforced, and so on. At one point, when the TOS changed to include verbiage to the effect that CompuServe could publish any content in other media (their magazine) there was huge outcry and much content (from poets, authors, artists, photgraphers) was removed in mass protest. They revised the TOS immediately.
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