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Title: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on January 02, 2008, 01:23:13 pm
I know she doesn't write much in these genres anymore, but has anyone here read her fantasy?  She's got some good books out there. 
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Taranis on January 02, 2008, 01:30:48 pm
She didn't write Firebird, did she?  Can't remember...I've read several of her Star Wars books and liked them, though.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on January 02, 2008, 01:43:13 pm
No, I don't think so.  She wrote the Windrose chronicles (The Silent Tower, The Silicon Mage, and Dog Wizard), which are probably my favorites of hers; the Darwath Trilogy (that wasn't) (The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, The Armies of Daylight, The Mother of Winter, and Icefalcon's Quest); three books about Sunwolf and Starhawk (The Ladies of Mandrigyn, The Witches of Wenshar, and The Dark Hand of Magic); and two vampire books, Those Who Hunt the Night and Traveling With the Dead.  Also more, but those are my favorites.  She's also written several mysteries and some history, and a series about dragons that turns the knight slays dragon theme on its head.  If you haven't read any, I really recommend her; she's great. 
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Taranis on January 02, 2008, 01:49:57 pm
oops, my bad...I think Firebird was by Vonda MacIntyre... ::)

Was is the name of the series that messes up the Knight-Slaying-Dragon theme?  I love twisted myths!  And I'll definitely check out the Windrose chronicles, sounds interesting! :)
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on January 02, 2008, 01:53:15 pm
It's the Winterlands series, and it starts with Dragonsbane.  The series puts its people through some rough times, but if you stay with it, it comes out all right. 
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Taranis on January 02, 2008, 01:54:54 pm
Thanks, I'll check those out!  Winterlands and Windrose...that shouldn't be too hard to remember... ;D
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on January 02, 2008, 01:56:04 pm
Let me know what you think of them.  :)
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on January 02, 2008, 09:16:47 pm
I love her first Star Trek book, though!
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on January 03, 2008, 07:17:11 am
You know, there was a time back in my misspent youth where I read a lot of Star Trek books (in my defense, I was quite young, and there weren't a lot of other s/f or fantasy choices out there).  So I don't actually remember which ones she wrote...  :-\
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on January 03, 2008, 08:18:50 am
First & best:  Ishmael
She was just having fun, so she stuck in a LOT of tv & other SF references. 2 or 3 versions of Dr.Who, Han Solo, a couple of the Battlestar Galactica pilots, Hokas, 3 tv westerns, and - gee, I wonder why this is MY favorite? - she stuck the main part of the story in frontier Seattle!
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on January 03, 2008, 11:08:27 am
Sounds cool.  I'll have to see if I can get it.   :)
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Elle on January 03, 2008, 07:54:28 pm
I have most of her books. Darwath is probably my favorite, followed closely by the Sun Wolf and Starhawk stories. I also really enjoyed the standalone Stranger at the Wedding novel. Good stuff.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: mtomni on January 19, 2008, 10:41:05 am
I enjoyed most of her books, but I wish she would write more on her Sisters of the Raven series.  Anyone hear anything about that series?
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on January 19, 2008, 06:31:11 pm
I did miss a few.  I felt like I was putting in too long a list as was.  :D  She hasn't been writing anything much in the fantasy world lately; she seems to be tending more toward historical fiction at this point.  She did the Benjamin January series, and she's done a few books on early presidential wives.  I'm sure they're good (I liked the Benjamin January books), but I miss her fantasy novels....  :-\
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on January 19, 2008, 07:40:08 pm
Me too, but at least it uses her history degree.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on January 19, 2008, 10:56:38 pm
Not a Hellboy fan, I take it.
Oh, and scrap the movie of 'The Tomb' by F.Paul Wilson, go for the book. 
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: mtomni on January 20, 2008, 07:19:33 am
Have you read The Relic by Douglas/Child?  Much better than The Tomb.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on January 20, 2008, 09:47:53 pm
Haven't actually read either of them, but saw some of 'the Tomb' & regretted it.  I don't like either horror or most fiction about Nazi Germany. 
But I do know that Dr. Wilson does write better than the movie would make you think.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: mtomni on January 21, 2008, 08:49:38 am
I agree about the movies not as good as reading the book.  I still think imagination is better than someone else's visualization, simply because it never seems to be the same.  Of course, there are LOTS of movies where I refused to read the book because I wanted to enjoy the movie!!!
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on January 21, 2008, 09:03:16 am
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Sorry, Ellyl, I was criticising you for lack of completeness - I feel sure we still haven't covered the lot.


Sorry, again - my apology would have made a lot more sense if I hadn't mistyped and omitted the crucial word NOT. :-[

Please re-scan as: ...I was NOT criticising you for lack of completeness...


[goes off and whimpers in corner for a bit....]

Oh, I wasn't bothered, and I didn't take it as criticism.  I was trying to agree with you in a slightly humorous way.  Okay, very slightly.  Okay, maybe not funny at all...   :D ;)

No whimpering!  ;D
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: dsgholam on February 17, 2008, 06:02:32 pm
I also enjoyed Stranger at the Wedding, but my favorite of her books were the two books she wrote as companions to an '80s television show called "Beauty and the Beast." I've never seen the shows, but her two books and the one by Ru Emerson that sort of retell episodes are really good.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on February 17, 2008, 07:24:38 pm
Did you notice she did the crossover thing, too?  Like she did in her first "Star Trek" novel?  Although in a more low-key way.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: dsgholam on February 18, 2008, 01:07:41 pm
I'm not sure I picked up on that, but like I said I've never seen the shows, nor have I read any of her Star Trek books (or any Star Trek books at all for that matter). So, pretty much, I'm confused. ???
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on February 18, 2008, 02:36:20 pm
Ah, well, in one of the B&tB books, she mentions in passing Catherine notices a 'private detective' passing through, & that was 'the Equalizer', from the same era's shows.
And I recommend her "Ishmael" in the ST series, she invokes 2-3 versions of Dr.Who, Battlestar Galactica characters, Han Solo, Hokas, Paladin from 'Have gun, will travel', Clint Eastwood's character from 'Rawhide', 'Bonanza', & probably several others I didn't notice - in the middle of the "here come the brides" show about the founding of Seattle.  Quite amusing to read.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: dsgholam on February 18, 2008, 05:31:47 pm
That sounds fun!  :D Thank you for the recommendation. I was barely alive (born '89) so references to most shows of the era pass strait over my head.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on February 18, 2008, 08:54:53 pm
Ah, TVLand is your friend. <grin>  Be glad I don't invoke things like 'F Troop'.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: dsgholam on February 19, 2008, 10:14:53 am
Indeed, I adore TV land and old shows, but it requires cable which I rarely have access to. Dick Van Dyke Show and I Dream of Jeannie are two of my favorites! But I have not come across many '80s shows except for the A-team (is that the right decade for that show?).
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on February 19, 2008, 12:35:38 pm
yup.  There was an epi. of that where they put a toupee on Murdock, & he was flippin' gorgeous!
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: charmed on February 19, 2008, 03:32:37 pm
TV Land, Star Trek, have I wandered into the wrong thread? I was so sure this was about books by Barbara Hambly.

**scratches head**

I know! It time for the mod whip!!


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Back on topic people. Thank you.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Taranis on February 19, 2008, 10:30:27 pm
hasn't hambly written some trekkie books???
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: charmed on February 19, 2008, 10:39:27 pm
she has, that's how this whole off-topic nonsense started, lol

Ah, well, in one of the B&tB books, she mentions in passing Catherine notices a 'private detective' passing through, & that was 'the Equalizer', from the same era's shows.
And I recommend her "Ishmael" in the ST series, she invokes 2-3 versions of Dr.Who, Battlestar Galactica characters, Han Solo, Hokas, Paladin from 'Have gun, will travel', Clint Eastwood's character from 'Rawhide', 'Bonanza', & probably several others I didn't notice - in the middle of the "here come the brides" show about the founding of Seattle.  Quite amusing to read.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on June 25, 2009, 08:47:28 am
Barbara Hambly has posted in her blog that there will be a third book in her vampire series (Travelling with the Dead, etc.).  They're not your ordinary vampires.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: mtomni on June 25, 2009, 07:40:09 pm
They were both excellent, but do you think there will be any interest after all this time?  At the moment, I'm reading one of her Raven books.  I wish she'd come out with more of them.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on June 25, 2009, 07:49:20 pm
Well, it's a British publisher, so maybe more interest in the U.K.  I'd read it.  But there are a few of her older series I'd still read if she picked them up again (older than the vampire books, I mean), so maybe I'm not the best judge.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: katy on June 25, 2009, 09:09:06 pm
She's also contracted for two more books in her Benjamin January series, which I've enjoyed.

She's mentioned wanting to do more with Antryg and Joanna, and I hope she does -- I really like that world, though she'll need to do some serious updating of the technology after all this time!

There was a gap of 10 years, I think, between Dragonsbane and its sequels.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on June 26, 2009, 05:20:37 am
Antryg was my very favorite.  Still is.   :) :) :)
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: katy on June 26, 2009, 01:23:03 pm
Oh yes, long before I fell in love with Harry Dresden, there was Antryg... :D :D
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on June 26, 2009, 07:06:03 pm
The most famous dog wizard of them all!

I loved the tortoise rubbing project.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: katy on June 26, 2009, 07:52:48 pm
I have to admit (though I'm swearing you all to secrecy - I never say it out loud!) that whenever I see a tortoise, I think, "Hmm... maybe I should make a rubbing of that one, get started on a collection...."
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on June 27, 2009, 01:02:05 pm
Also, the peach pits. 

And the pinwheels...
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: katy on June 27, 2009, 03:37:31 pm
OK, you've totally outed me -- I currently have two large, brightly-colored pinwheels next to the cement sea monster in my yard!   ;D
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on June 28, 2009, 12:24:32 pm
OK, you've totally outed me -- I currently have two large, brightly-colored pinwheels next to the cement sea monster in my yard!   ;D

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on June 28, 2009, 12:26:52 pm
Now, what does that mean?
I'm remembering one of the "Grub and Stakers" mysteries where the one woman used kitsch as her artistic medium, and had masses of pinwheels all over the yard.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on June 28, 2009, 12:28:38 pm
Antryg had pinwheels in various stages of construction.  And he made a pinwheel bouquet for someone once.  We're just sharing the Antryg Windrose love.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Janilee on August 02, 2010, 04:29:33 pm
Barbara Hambly has written some short stories in her fantasy series that she is selling from her website. They are in the ebook format.

http://www.barbarahambly.com/?page_id=78
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on August 02, 2010, 07:22:33 pm
Which fantasy series?  The Darthwar, the "Last Dog Wizard", the "Sunwolf", what?
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Janilee on August 02, 2010, 07:26:35 pm
I know one was Sunwolf another was Dog Wizard and another was her Benjamin January series. There were several there.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Ellyll on September 05, 2010, 07:21:34 am
Which one?  Sun Wolf, or Antryg?

Patti, you don't need an e-reader to get them.  I picked up a couple in PDF, so you could have them on your computer.  They're fun re-visits.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on September 05, 2010, 12:03:44 pm
If I could afford to buy them... No big deal.  Some day. :)
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Patti L. on June 05, 2019, 07:08:36 pm
https://locusmag.com/2019/06/liz-bourke-reviews-prisoner-of-midnight-by-barbara-hambly/
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: pondhawk on June 06, 2019, 06:17:29 am
Apparently there is another book in the series, which has also just been released. I will look it up.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: Janilee on June 06, 2019, 07:26:10 am
Interesting. I don't believe I ever read that series.
Title: Re: Barbara Hambly
Post by: pondhawk on June 06, 2019, 01:22:10 pm
I read the first two. The writing is quite good, and the story is original. I do prefer a little more humor, but YMMV.