Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine Themed Freebie


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This week’s topic: Valentine Themed Freebie

For this freebie theme, I thought I’d list a few of my favorite speculative couples. My own geeky Valentine plans include soft cosplaying Deadpool while seeing the Deadpool movie with Mr. DT and whatever other geeky things come up over the night! Naturally, my all-time favorite speculative couple is Mr. DT and myself. I ship myself with him.

CloudRoadsMoon and Jade (Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells) – Not only did Wells give me a great, fresh story about non-human shifters, but she also gave me a great romance between two of the main characters–Jade, the sister queen to the Indigo Cloud colony, and Moon, Jade’s male consort. The Raksura are largely matriarchal, but not so much that males are treated as second class citizens. Wells’ depiction of such a culture and the rules that would exist are fascinating. Also, all the heart eyes at Jade and Moon cuddling.

Saga1Marko and Alana (Saga by Brian K. Vaughan) – Saga is a space opera that covers many angles. Important among these is the relationship between Marko and Alana whose people hate each other. Alana develops a relationship with Marko (who is a prisoner that she guards when they meet). Forbidden love stories are a weakness of mine. Also, secret book club.

Secret Book Club

latheGeorge and Heather (The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin) – This was one of those romances that I was afraid was going to go horribly wrong. I should have had more faith in UKLG. The romance didn’t detract from the story. In fact, it was more a carefully crafted dance between the characters than a full-blown romance (except for one brief portion of the book).

Chew v1

Tony Chu and Amelia Mintz (Chew by John Layman) – Tony is a cibopath (a person who gets psychic impressions from what they’ve eaten) and Amelia is a saboscrivner (a person who writes about food so believably that others can taste it). Tony rarely eats anything outside of beets when he’s not working. Amelia’s writing allows him to “taste” food without all the visions. Together, they make an interesting pair.


EarthriseHirianthial and Reese (Her Instruments by M.C.A. Hogarth) – What happens when you mix a space elf who is adverse to touch and a prickly space captain in a room together? Well, romance… eventually… I haven’t cried enough about this series or the delicious slow burn that is this relationship enough.


CereusNurse Tyler and Otoh Mohanty  (Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo) – This is more a magical realism story than a heavy fantasy or science fiction story, and that magical realism really shows during Otoh’s story. Nurse Tyler, who is the only male nurse at a home for the elderly, and Otoh are both characters who are trying to be true to themselves and lead their best life. Otoh has largely learned to do this. Nurse Tyler, on the other hand, is floundering in a world that hates effeminate men. Together, though, they’re magical.

Y The Last ManAllison Mann and Agent 355 (Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan) – All of my feelings everywhere. Allison Mann went from thinking that love is a biological imperative to finding it a couple of times within the series. Her devotion and love for Agent 355 makes me want to cry all over everything.


The Curse of ChalionCazaril and Beatriz (World of the Five Gods by Lois Bujold McMaster) – The romance was simple, understated, and very sweet in my opinion. I was glad that Iselle wasn’t the object of Caz’s quiet affection, but Beatriz–an affection that she obviously was returning, but he was oblivious, thinking himself too old, too poor, too broken, for someone like her. I thought the simplicity in that was very well done.

6a9a5-libriomancerIssac and Lena (Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines) – This is actually a triangle polyamorous relationship with Lena serving as the point. Lena is dating a female psychologist before she starts a relationship with Issac. Instead of them freaking out or everyone falling in bed together, it’s agreed that she’ll date both of them and they’ll navigate the uncharted waters as they move forward. I’ve only read the first book, so I don’t know if this breaks down or not. However, it was nice to see a moresome that wasn’t all a jealous love triangle or an agreement to just screw all together.

Wall-EWall-E and Eve (Wall-E by Pixar) – Just to prove that I can get emotional about anything. I wrap up with two robots that fell in love in the movie Wall-E, a trash compactor bot, and Eve, a vegetation bot. I swear this movie makes me vomit rainbows.



17 Comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine Themed Freebie”

  1. Ooo there are so many beautiful looking love stories here, I will have to check out Cereus Blooms At Night as it sounds right up my alley. I love stories that portrays a matriarchy as well, to make up for its deficit in real life – so I must look into the Books of Raksura.

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    • The Raksura have always been matriarchal, even though there are problems with the colony in the book. It’s an excellent series, though. I’m going through the second book now. I don’t know how into comics you are, but Y: The Last Man is a series where all the men have died except one and his male pet monkey. Cereus Blooms at Night is a really beautiful, sad story. I just read it and I really loved it. I do have to warn strongly for triggers with that one.


  2. I LOVE WALL-E. 😀 😀 Seriously, it’s one of my favorite animated movies of all time. It’s so adorable and endearing, and a great example that you don’t need a lot of dialogue to convey emotion or connect with characters in a movie. But yes, Eve and Wall-E are perfect for each other. 🙂

    I kinda want to check out Saga. I haven’t read a graphic novel in years, but the SFF angle of this one is beckoning to me…

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    • I love that movie so much. I’ve probably watched it a million times at least. I agree that it was so simplistic in execution, but managed to say and convey so much more than many other movies.

      I highly recommend Saga. As much as I love BKV, I wasn’t that sure that I was going to enjoy Saga that much, so I didn’t read it until Comixology gave me the first volume for free. LOVED IT! It is strange, touching, funny, sweet and probably everything in between.

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    • Hopefully, you get a chance to read some of them. So many books, so little time. LOL. I probably could’ve made a whole post about Wall-E and Eve. They’re my favorite. 😀


  3. I really enjoy the dynamic of that relationship in Chew as well. I love when Amelia gets to use her powers to save the day. I need to pick the series back up. I think I’ve only read the first 3 or 4 volumes so far.

    I’m also adding The Books of the Raksura and Her Instruments series to my “to check out” list. I like the sound of both of those.

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    • I’m a bit behind on Chew anyway, but I will catch up with it soon (hopefully).

      I highly recommend the Raksura books. Wells created such a fascinating world, and I really can’t recommend the first book in the series enough. I’m reading the 2nd book now, but I feel like I’ll be gushing over it as well.

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    • I feel like I’m always playing catch up with comics, but I’m not too behind on Saga, though. It’s one of the few comics that I read issue by issue rather than waiting for the volume releases.


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