Author Topic: Barbara Hambly  (Read 17093 times)

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Barbara Hambly
« 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. 
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #1 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.

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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #2 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. 
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #3 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! :)

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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #4 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. 
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #5 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

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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2008, 01:56:04 pm »
Let me know what you think of them.  :)
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2008, 09:16:47 pm »
I love her first Star Trek book, though!
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #8 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...  :-\
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #9 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!
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2008, 11:08:27 am »
Sounds cool.  I'll have to see if I can get it.   :)
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #11 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.
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #12 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?

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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #13 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....  :-\
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Re: Barbara Hambly
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2008, 07:40:08 pm »
Me too, but at least it uses her history degree.
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