Search Results: "Barbara Hambly"


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PALE GUARDIAN by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"The seventh series installment in Hambly's series (Darkness in His Bones, 2015, etc.) is laden with enough flashbacks, unappetizing details, and earnest expository passages to exclude all but series (or vampire) fans."
Mortals form an uneasy alliance with vampires during World War I. Read full book review >

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PATRIOT HEARTS by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"The author's personal approach vividly brings familiar chapters in history to life."
Hambly (The Emancipator's Wife, 2005, etc.) continues her fledgling historical-fiction career with a heartfelt, if sometimes confusing, tale of four of the United States' founding mothers. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"To be sure, there's gallantry in Mary Lincoln's struggle against her demons. But 600-plus pages with a disagreeable woman tends to undercut empathy."
A skilled historical novelist (Dead Water, 2004, etc.) limns an absolutely convincing portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln—and that's the catch. Read full book review >

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ICEFALCON'S QUEST by Barbara Hambly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Once again, some intriguing ideas embedded in a standard fantasy backdrop and plot, peopled by chortling, banal villains: should please series fans."
Another entry in the series (Mother of Winter, 1996, etc.) about a world where both magic and science (e.g., clones, transporters) work, and where two Earth people, the mage Rudy and the warrior Gil, have taken up residence. Read full book review >

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MOTHER OF WINTER by Barbara Hambly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Frustrating."
A direct sequel to Hambly's earlier Darwath trilogy (The Time of the Dark, 1984, paperback original), about a fantasy world beset by evil forces (but what fantasy world isn't?) and featuring two transplanted Californians, the mage Rudy Solis and the warrior Gil Patterson. Read full book review >

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BARBARA BUSH by Rose Blue
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen; chronology; further reading; index. (Biography. 11+)"
An entry in the ``Contemporary Women'' series pays admiring tribute to its subject: Blue and Naden cast every aspect of the First Lady's life in a glow. Read full book review >

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MAGISTRATES OF HELL by Barbara Hambly
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"For the sake of clarity and continuity, readers would be well-advised to read the previous books in the series before tackling this one."
Historical/fantasy novelist Hambly (Blood Maidens, 2011, etc.) takes another bite out of crime and otherworldly goings-on in her latest vampire novel. Read full book review >

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RAN AWAY by Barbara Hambly
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"More complicated than most January tales (The Shirt on His Back, 2011, etc.). More poignant, too, with memories of Ayasha tormenting January."
Concubines, slaves and first-wife blues upset free man of color Benjamin January. Read full book review >

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THE SHIRT ON HIS BACK by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2011

"An absorbing if appalling look at whiskey debauchery, suspect rifle trading, smallpox devastation, a mass poisoning endeavor, the decimation of the beaver population and grisly confrontations with warring tribes, all of which surround a classic whodunit."
A man heads into Indian territory in 1837. Read full book review >

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DEAD WATER by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"Hambly knows her stuff (voodoo amulets, river soundings, Latin tags, African songs, laudanum derivatives, pre-Civil War tracts) and is one of a handful of historical writers who's mastered the conventions of the classic mystery puzzle."
Free man of color Benjamin January (Days of the Dead, 2003, etc.) encounters slave traders and abolitionists while trying to save the Bank of Louisiana from going under in 1836. Read full book review >