Search Results: "Barbara Hambly"


BOOK REVIEW

DIE UPON A KISS by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2001

"And if her resolution doesn't exactly elicit bravos, her depiction of mid-19th-century social, moral, and racial divides will."
Freeman of color Benjamin January, a Paris-educated surgeon now making a living as a musician in his native New Orleans, is waylaid in an alley behind the American Theater along with his employer, visiting opera impresario Lorenzo Belaggio, who's been invited to mount a production of his new Othello during Carnival, 1835. Read full book review >

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TRAVELING WITH THE DEAD by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Pages to read gold-stained by lamplight. (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
Rich, stylish, turn-of-the-century vampire spy novel set in England, Paris, Vienna, Constantinople, and on the trains tying the le CarrÇ-ish spy networks together: a sequel to Hambly's memorable Those Who Hunt the Night (1988). Read full book review >

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SOLD DOWN THE RIVER by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2000

"19th century is depicted in fierce and lush clarity."
Born into slavery on the Bellefleur Plantation, Benjamin January, a plum-dark Creole, was freed when St.-Denis Janvier bought his mother to make her his mistress and let her two children tag along. Read full book review >

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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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GOOD MAN FRIDAY by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2013

"Mid-19th-century sexism and racism galore, presented with Hambly's usual verve and historical accuracy."
Benjamin January, free man of color, leaves New Orleans for the iniquities of Washington City. Read full book review >

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DAYS OF THE DEAD by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"A few too many dinner guests and liaisons, perhaps, but exquisitely delineated 19th-century Tex-Mex warfare and death rituals from passionate historian Hambly."
A mordantly atmospheric twist on the locked-room puzzle set in 1835. Read full book review >

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FEVER SEASON by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1998

"The shortcomings of Hambly's mystery plot—the culprits are too obvious and too many—strengthen her sense of a grim, miasmal conspiracy between human monsters and nature gone mad."
Cholera and worse strike New Orleans in 1833 in this hectic, dankly atmospheric sequel to A Free Man of Color (1997). Read full book review >

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THE KINDRED OF DARKNESS by Barbara Hambly
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2014

"Although Hambly's fans may enjoy returning to her carefully constructed and lavishly detailed world, the uninitiated may be less enthralled."
On the eve of World War I, a couple fights to rescue their daughter from a vampire's clutches. Read full book review >

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DRINKING GOURD by Barbara Hambly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"Hambly (Crimson Angel, 2014, etc.) juxtaposes heroism with hypocrisy and altruism with cruelty in her compelling sixth installment."
A former slave ventures into cotton country to participate in the Underground Railroad. Read full book review >

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MAGIC TIME by Marc Scott Zicree
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Well, a sequel for sure."
Zicree (The Twilight Zone Companion, not reviewed) and Hambly (Traveling With the Dead, 1995) join talents—and lavish, crackling research—to envision a post-disaster Manhattan fallen into chaos. 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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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 >