While feedback pages are admittedly mainly self-praise, I do see some interesting stuff in the in-box. And some recent additions to this page clarify some of the answers in the Monthly Updates. My comments are in italics.

Haha, this one is hilarious. Thanks to Robin Rhoads for her excellent translation

Hiya Deb,

I just picked up and read the new Benjamin January, Dead Water. I was very proud of myself for figuring out some of what was going on before Barbara revealed it.
In the book, Hannibal fires off an insult at a man who has been harrassing and insulting him. Of course, the insult is in Latin, and Barbara doesn't provide a translation for it. It reads: "Spurius es, blennus, vervexque et pila foeda."
I asked around and got help from some people who'd studied Latin once upon a time. A rough translation might be: "You are a bastard blockheaded, castrated sheep, and a ball of foul s***." No wonder Col. Davis' mouth fell open!

Thought you might want to share that with other fans.

Thanks,
Robin Rhoads


from Matt in Philidelphia, just to give everyone the background on this question

I come with a bit of a nitpick about Dead Water (which notwithstanding the minor point I'm writing about, I liked very much). Would $100,000 in gold have actually weighed 600 pounds? America was on the gold standard, so the coins would have been valued in direct proportion to their weight, regardless of which country's coinage was actually used. An eagle, or $10 gold piece, weighed 17 1/2 grams. With about 28 grams to the ounce (28.3495 at about the lowest computation; it seems to vary, oddly enough, on who you ask), an eagle weighed about .6173 of an ounce, and thus 10,000 eagles would have weighed approximately 6,173 ounces. At 12 ounces to the pound, troy weight, as gold was and is measured, that many ounces is about 514 1/2 pounds. All my other calculations (increasing the number of grams to the ounce, using avoirdupois (16 ounces to the pound) weight, etc.) only decreased what that much gold would weigh. Of course, I could be wrong. If you have better information as to the correct calculation to use, I'd be glad to stand corrected.

see the October, 2004 Monthly Update for the reply.


I have recently started working my way through the "Benjamin January" novels. In one there is an Author's note commenting on exactly who was meant by Creole.

An earlier used source indicated that it was the white French speaking community only, while another (later used) expert said it was the entire (free?) French speaking community. (I am going by memory on this point.)

This is going by analogy only (looking at English slang differences between US, UK and Australasia), is it possible that both are correct? Superficially, it seems plausible that the French and American communities could mean different things by the same word, or that there could be a generational shift - the older French whites using the word in a more exclusive way than anyone else.

Any chance of any comments on this?
David Osborne

The comment can be found in the July, 2004 Monthly Update.


I would like to know why Werther Bremer is from Luebeck. Berlin would have been a much more appropriate place. Luebeck, by the way, has been a city state since medieval times, a charter from the Duke of Braunschweig. It became part of Schleswig-Holstein (another nit to pick) in the thirties when the paper hanger from Austria came to power. So in the 1800's no Duke had a say so over the citizens of Luebeck.

Schleswig and Holstein were two separate entities. Poor Schleswig never knew in those days wether it was Danish or German, so to speak.

I do enjoy reading the January series, but I am curious how my home town was chosen for the rather disagreeable character.

Karin Den Bleyker

See the July, 2004 Monthly Update for the comment on this question.


Slightly excerpted....

My question is this: At the end of Dragonstar, John and Jenny are planning to dismantle the robot they built for Caradoc and pitch the parts into Toadsuck Bog. Well, living in central Arkansas, the name Toadsuck has meaning to me because there is a historic site called Toadsuck Ferry on the Arkansas River near the city of Conway. I'm just curious as to where Barbara came up with the name -- if it was off the top of her head, or if she'd heard of (or been to) our very own Toadsuck here.

Thanks,

Eric Francis
Little Rock, Ark.


Subject: A Half-Baked Theory

Hello Deb,

One of the things I've figured out in life is that sometimes I'm wrong. When I was younger this was by no means an obvious concept, nor was it quick in dawning on me, but I think I've grasped it now. Having done so, I will take the risk of proving it once again.

You see, I've got this theory...it is probably half-baked, but hear me out. One of the things I like about Ms. Hambly's books is that when I read them, I sense a personality (hers, I assume) underlying the text and dialogue. I can't really describe it other than to say that I think I would recognize her writing anywhere. If you gave me a sample of her writing (which had never been published) and mixed it up with samples from other authors, I bet I could easily pick it out - particularly if it included some character dialogue. I've read most of her books, and each time I get a new one it is almost like greeting an old friend. She has this wry sense of humor...it always seems to color her stories.

Anyway, where am I going with all this? Back to my theory. It goes like this...Deb is actually Barbara "in disguise" on the internet. At this point, I imagine one of two things is happening: either I'm right, or Deb is laughing at me like crazy...wondering where all the crackpots COME from.

The reason I think this is that I sense the same sort of "voice" (for lack of a better term) underlying the stuff you write, that I get when reading stuff that Barbara wrote. I suppose it is also possible that you have similar personalities...

If I'm wrong, Deb I apologize. I mean no offense, but darn it, there ARE some serious similarities in your writing styles!

Will

Both Barbara and I loved this message. And although the answer is no, I really hated to tell him so, it was such a nice letter.


Subject: Question about Dog Wizard
I was rereading 'Dog Wizard' the other day and it reminded me of something I always wondered. There's a part where Antryg offers to sing to Seldes Katne if she'll do him some favour or other, and starts into a song that goes, "In the town where I was..."

Now, on the one hand, one of the chapter quotes just before that is a song about Minhyrdin that starts with that line, so that could be what he was singing. On the other hand, it's entirely consistent with Antryg's character that he was singing 'Yellow Submarine' (which also starts with that line) to her.

Do you know whether Barbara Hambly has ever commented on this?

Thanks,
Matthew Elmslie

Em, no, I have not heard a comment on this.


I'm really bad with names and people, but my English source (Dr. Biggs) says that these people were famous British comedians (DM and PC). Any more details, I'll gladly recieve.

Subject: Dudley Moore/Peter Cooke

Regarding Barbra Hambly's web site:

I just read Ms. Hambly's Star Wars stories and I caught the semi-obscure reference to the above-mentioned comedians. I didn't see any mention of it on the site, though I must admit that I did not dive into every single page. PLEASE tell me that we're not in such a comedic cultural abyss that I am the first one to comment on Grieb-Striebling? Or was it Streib-Greibling? For some reason I have problems keeping those two straight.

Best,
Wayne


I didn't put this word on the nifty list, but liked the letter a lot. I agree with him about the Cage/vampire phenom. Anyone else have more thoughts on the subject?

What is it with Nicholas Cage and vampire novels? I was just reading the Oft Asked Questions section and noticed the following comment: I believe that Nicholas Cage is her version of Ysidro, and Harrison Ford her version of James Asher. P.N Elrod, of 'The Vampire Chronicles" (sp?) also lists Nicholas Cage as who she envisions as Jack Flemming, her 1930's vampire writer/detective/club owner. What is is about the man? Does he have some power, some look, some animal attraction that calls out 'vampire' to my favourite authors? Or did everyone just like Cage's vampire movie? (I'm blocking on the name - in it he isn't a vampire, he just thinks he is...) Not that I object, he just isn't the first person I'd think of.

This is a great page BTW- especially once I found the version with the sidebar site map. I would also like to submit 'ormalu' (sp? thats the phonetic spelling of it anyhooo) for the Nifty Word page - in at least two books (one of which is The Silent Tower) Hambly makes mention of ormalu as a decorative elements in a clock (along with mother of pearl, if that is of any help), and somewhere else, a small table.

Dave Thomson


Right, this is the second time this person has been featured, but this was worth it. Here's the first e-mail I recieved:

I discovered three of these names on my trip to Spain. We stayed in a hotel just off Cadena Street in the heart of the tourist area of Barcelona. San Isidro was in eviden And Don Simon turned out to be a brand of orange juice, sold in 2dl packages with a straw. :-D

Okay, sorry about this long and fairly pointless mail. I was just aching to share my Don Simon experience with someone. Other than my husband, that is, whose "humour" about juice and straws I had to endure for the rest of the trip :-)

.Auri

Then there was this, a few months later:

Remember the orange juice called Don Simon? Well, it turns out to be a whole family of products, including a (surprisingly good) red wine. Sadly, or perhaps fortunately from the viewpoint of wine enthusiasts) the cardboard-packaged wine does not come with a straw. Somehow I thought this was even better than juice :-)


I can't help but love this letter...

Wow, Deb. I'm gone for a few months and you turn official! Ahem, to steal a line from the 80s, I'm simply going to say: "You go, girl!"

Congrats!
Bill


Hi,

Just discovered your BH page, and kudos on that. I have to say, with Ben January Barbara almost un-does all the damage Disney does to history (I say almost because Disney has done so much harm, I doubt any one person can undo all of it). I have one nitpick. She refers to double eagles several times in that series-- that is, $20 gold pieces. The first double eagles released to general circulation were minted in 1850, so they'd be anachronistic in 1833-34. I'm a former coin collector, so spotted that immediately. But please extend my highest compliments to BH otherwise, on that series and on all her others.

Matt from Philly's suburbs.


Another devoted (and frustrated) Antryg fan...

Well,

That is heaven having Barbara Hambly write every week. Does it get better than that?

I have been meaning to write her a letter via her publisher. But if you could pass this on to her, I'm sure it is a question a lot of us are wondering.

WHERE'S ANTRYG?????????? 1992, which is 7, almost 8 years ago. AND he's ARCHMAGE.

I was going to do a humorous paragraph listing all of the things that Barbara Hambly has written since Dog Wizard, (all of which I have read) so that it is understood that I realise what she has been doing. But Antryg and Joanna live in my imagination and sometimes bang to get out.


Truly, this belongs on the nit-pick page, but it's only in the German version, so here's the whole letter.

Hi!

This is definitly a typo by the German editors, but it's still my favourite... ;)

In the first book of the Darwath Trilogy Rudy and Alde get trapped by an attack of the Dark Ones and hit in a house or something like that, which lead to their first passionate night together.

In German you can read: "Und sie nahmen sich in heißer Leide*r*schaft* where it had to be "Und sie nahmen sich in heißer Leide*n*schaft". (And they took themselves in hot passion)

Leidenschaft is passion, but the written Leiderschaft reminds me always on not so willingly romantic consequences, because in my ears it sounds more or less like suffering (Leiden is in German the word for Suffering, and the typo points me every time in the wrong direction).

---Night


Yep, this is the oddest request I've ever recieved. But he did eventually find out the answer!

Hello. Barbara Hambly is my all time favorite author, and I came across your web page when I did a "Hambly" search on the web. You have a lot of great information!!! I love the page and had a lot of fun reading it... (I've also noticed the "chiaroscuro" phenomenon/conspiracy). But the reason I am writing (yes, there is an ulterior motive!) is to ask this: I am trying to find out the name of the font used for the text in the book Planet of Twilight. I bet no one's ever asked that one before!!! I have no idea if you know, or would even want to, but I just thought I'd ask...
Thanks for the great page, Bill


I love letters from other countries. Makes my day.

Hi! I´ve been looking for something like your Hambly page for quite some time. It has been worth the wait! I got hooked on her work through the Darwath trilogy (which, by the way, I originally only noticed through the similarity with my family name!), but my absolute favourite now is "The Dark Hand of Magic". Anyone know if there´s a sequel planned? That´d be something!
Greetings from Europe, and keep up the good work.
Britta.


This letter made me want to run away from the qualifier and read this book again!

Dear Deb,

Just a note to let you know how much I like your BH website. I tripped over it tonight and had a wonderful time reading reviews, finding out what's going on (YES! Another Benjamin January novel!) and just generally browsing. Your links were also a lot of fun, and I 'm glad to see others have found and enjoyed Ishmael, one of my all-time favorite stories. Did you also notice in the story about the Midgwins that there is a character named Organa? Didn't catch it the first time, but after discovering the scruffy spice smuggler in Ishmael, I began to wonder ...
Anyway, thanks for the great site -- I'll be back!
Becky Sims


I think this is a great idea! - from Randal Trimmer. I believe that Enyart's is real; it's mentioned in Bride of the Rat God as well as in the Windrose books. Does anyone who lives in that area want to set the record straight?

What the crazed Hambly fan needs is an 'Enyart's Bar & Grill' T-shirt. Enyart's appeared in Bride of the Rat God as well as the Dog Wizard books. Is Enyart's a real place? Do they have T-shirts?
Bye the way, good page.


Yes, Dragonshadow is the sequel to Dragonsbane. Hurrah for booksellers who recommend Hambly!

I'm a Barnes & Noble inventory manager, as well as a big Barbara Hambly. I periodically check the computers to see what she might have coming out, and I was intrigued to see that the book, "Dragonshadow" is due in March of '99.
The first of her books that I ever read, and still one of my favorite novels of all time, was "Dragonsbane." Is there any chance that the new book will relate to "Dragonsbane?"
I saw your brief note on "Dragonshadow," but it doesn't give a whole lot of information. But then, none of the other Hambly sites that I've found have anything to say at all about the novel.
I'd also like to say that I'm really thrilled with the Benjamin January novels. I've been recommending them right and left to my customers.
Jim Rhodes


I could discuss influences with this person all year; unfortunately when this letter came, I was in the middle of lots of fun at school and didn't have the time. But I don't get people writing with this sort of insight into the books very often. It was very enjoyable.

I got a laugh out of her putting Mary Poppins into the "Ladies of Mandrigyn", and Dr. Who in Dragonsbane.

The Darwath series is a rich mine of influences! Lovecraft is very prominant mostly from things like "The rats in the walls". But you can trace a clear lineage back through "From Beyond" to Machen's "Great God Pan".

Another strong influence is the movie "The Crawling Eye", which (ha!) seems to have come out of Olaf Stapledon's "Last and First Men"

Y.H.O.S. Bill Lubarsky
P.S. It's Gildor Inglorion

and
Hows this for a subversive idea?

It took a Liberal Arts student to understand the rising of the Dark; a task that mere Mages couldn't fathom. Gil actually has a thesis title ready.

Much the same thing happens in Dragonsbane: It took a classicist and a mechanic to accomplish what might at arms couldn't. Unfortunately here the poor folklorist was too much a specialist for his own good.

Maybe Liberal Arts from a land grant college?
Try to look up James Michner's essay on "The Value of a Liberal Arts Education.

Well, I got a BS in Biochemistry from a land grant college...


I did pass this letter on; most of the good ones do go to her eventually. But this sounds like a good discussion, I wish that I chatted more often.

Enjoyed my visit here so much....I would love to tell Ms. Hambly about a session we had in the reading room on her one night. It is a chat room on the excite network-virtual places and all who go there are avid readers. While we talk about other things we do talk quite a bit about books. Several of us women have agreed that she is able to make us fall in love with the most unlikely hero...such as Ingold Inglorion and Don Ysidro. How she is able to turn a would be villian like Ysidro into a romantic figure I don't know but I will never be able to read a vampire book again where they are the evil creature. Anyway if you are able to pass the word to the lady herself I would like to thank her for the hours of enjoyment she has given me. Debby Hill


I've really enjoyed reading your Barbara Hambly website. I've been a fan of hers for years even when I didn't know it was hers. I remember thinking while reading Ishmael how good it was even though the premise seemed a little silly (a crossover between Here Come the Brides and Star Trek?!? Come now!). When I finished it, I checked the cover to see who the author was and Wow! it was BH. Then I could recognize some of the scenes that were similar to some of her other works and was surprised I hadn't seen it before.

One of your other correspondents commented on how she would like to meet the person Antryg was based on; I read in an interview with BH many years ago that Antryg was based loosely on the Tom Baker Dr. Who portrayal. This same interview (sorry it was maybe 10 years ago so I don't remember many details) talked about where she got her inspiration for a number of her characters. I really wish I'd saved that article.

Catherine

If you're interested in Here Come the Brides, it's fairly easy to find stuff about it on the Web. It was off the air before I was even born - there I go telling everyone how old I am...


Greetings, Deb!
I was looking for info on Barbara Hambly on the web (I've read some of her stuff, particualary the Darwath trilogy and Dragonsbane, and really enjoyed them) when I found your page.

I have a rather random question for you, having to do with the time that Ms. Hambly wrote for cartoon series. I've found her name listed in the credits for an obsure 80's cartoon called "Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors". She's listed under "writers" and I was wondering if you knew a fan-mail contact address through her publisher (or if she has email) so I could ask her some questions about working on the series.

Do you know if her name would still be in the credits even if her scripts were never produced?

Thanks for any information you can give me. And thanks for the great page about Ms. Hambly!

Sincerely,
Cindy Noble

On the links page are a couple of links to explain to the uninitiated about this cartoon. Cindy did get confirmation that Barbara did write three episodes.


Hi,

Great page about a great writer. Love it.

Have you noticed (in re. odd notions about characters) that many of Hambly's seem to have either white hair, yellow (or yellow-flecked) eyes, or both? (Including my favourite vampire.)

Many heroines also tend to be short - any idea how tall B.H. is?

.Auri

Actually, I don't know how tall she is, but these are good observations.


This one is from Jena Folkers, and I agree with her about the glasses - except that they're usually not called glasses - spectacles, specs, etc...

Thank you for creating this informative and entertaining site. I am a Barbara Hambly fanatic. Since I first stumbled across Stranger at the Wedding, I have joyfully read everything I can get my hands on by BH. What appeals to me the most is how real and unstereotyped her characters are. So many fantasy writers rely on the old "princess and warrior" cliche, in which most of the characters are male and the few women are all beautiful and 21 or younger. It is refreshing to find a author who creates believable and fascinating characters.
Have you or other fans noticed how much BH talks about the characters' eyeglasses. I don't remember ever reading any other fantasy writer who has so many major characters wear glasses. Thanks and keep up the good work. I know that I will be back!


This one came about the same time I thought, "Gee, I have to update the Hambly page tonight..."

Deb-
I was really thrilled to see your site! BH has been one of my favorite
authors since I read Dragonsbane years ago. I love her use of quirky
and original but unforgettable characters, who also, by the way, don't
look like American Gladiators--except maybe for Caris. (She has
described some of them so vividly, I almost feel like I know them.) And
please don't apologize for liking the Windrose Chronicles. It's
definitely my favorite series. I think Antryg is my very favorite
fictional character, bar none. (I'd love to meet the person who
inspired his creation!) I only wish BH would write another novel in
that series; I'd love to know what happens to Antryg and Joanna now that
he has received the master spells.

Oh, well, I guess we just have to be grateful for the gift of her work
in all of its forms. (And I relish every one!)

Thanks very much for the page; it's great to know I'm not the only one
who appreciates her unique and enjoyable talent. It's also good to know
there's a source of info on her; I always seem to miss her cons and
booksignings and everything. :(

Oh well, thanks again,
Joanne Czajkowski

I've asked her about another Windrose book, and she assured me that one will be forthcoming.


Here's a nice bit of trivia

Hi There,
I'm trying to find a way to ask Barbara Hambly a question.
On page 158 of Children of the Jedi, she mentions a planet called Neelgamon.
I was wondering if this is a veiled reference to Neil Gaiman, the author.
Jase

And I replied that yes, it's named after Neil Gaiman - I learned this factoid from the blurb before her short story in Sandman: Book of Dreams.


Here's an interesting nit-pick!

I've just finished re-reading the Darwath books, and reading
Mother of Winter. I haven't gone back to double check this, but
I'm 99% certain of it.

In Armies of Daylight, a White Raider shaman named Shadow of the
Moon(?) is female, and killed when they invade the nest at Gae.
It mentions only being able to identify her by the scorched, bone-decorated
braids. In Mother of Winter, one bit mentions the male Raider shaman Shadow
of whatever who is very much alive, and also has bone-decorated braids.
While granted, probably most Raiders had bones in their respective braids,
I still wonder if she neglected to double check that one.

I really enjoy your Barbara Hambly page. I've known about her books
since I was in high school, but have only really started reading them
recently. Thanks for having such a great resource. =)
Kate


And I had to put this one on here because reading The Time of the Dark on a camping trip sounded so cool. I wish my family went camping.

I found your page while searching for Barbara Hambly info. It's a good one.
You have linked it to interesting places too. Also enjoyed reading more
than the standard blurb (yes, let's do recite it all together) bio. I've
been a Hambly fan for years. The most fun reading lately of her work was
while camping in Colorado, in the dark by lanternlight (or by flashlight in
the tiny tent). We read Time of the Dark out loud over several nights (the
audience claimed not to be scared, but they were bluffing-and riveted) (and
no doors or magical runes to protect us). I think we came back with the
same number that set out on that trip.

I look forward to your updates; thanks-
Susan Penfield


Here's my favorite one, from the author herself (was I ever happy)
I'm delighted and astonished that someone's running a Web page on my works; thank you very much. I don't troll around the Web much, but I'll do my best to find my way there and have a look. For a year now George and I (my housemate and partner, George Alec Effinger) have been talking about getting our own Web pages up, but neither of us has done so yet.
If I may ask you to put a shameless plug for my upcoming works on the page, might I prevail on you to mention that my first historical murder mystery in thirteen years is about to come out: A FREE MAN OF COLOR, set in New Orleans in the 1830s, from Bantam, in mid-June. It's the first of a series -- the second one, FEVER SEASON, will be out next year.
Thank you very much for getting in touch with me. I'll try to get by the Web site and see what it looks like.
All best - Barb

Shameless plugs are what we're all about here...


Yep, this one is definitely self-praise, I think the best one I've ever received.

From Kelly Peterson

I just discovered your website on Barbara Hambly. She is my favorite author. No, wait, there are none others that even compare. All of her work is great, but her fantasy is my personal favorite. I read your trivia questions. I got 6 1/2 right. Great idea. I was wondering who posted the questions. Could I submit some? Do you post new ones? I can't wait to read the reviews. I can't wait to read the new Darwath novels. I did not know one was out, apparently in hardback for now. I would love to participate in some way with your site. I think I can add some words/phrases to your nifty word section. I would love a memorable quotes page on your site also (gee, maybe you have one I haven't caught yet.) This is the best site I have ever laid my browser on. Well, I'll stop raving for a while so I can check out the rest of your site. Hope to hear from you.

P.S. I share this e-mail address with my brother-in-law. He is also a Hambly fan, and may send you a response. He has an autographed copy of The Walls of Air!!

If you'd like to write questions for the Trivia Page, please send me an e-mail!


On the subject of Ishmael, from mkrause:

Hi again. Sorry to keep bothering you, but I couldn't resist sending another tidbit of info. that might help on your web page. "Ishmael" is, in fact, a crossover with the 80's(?) TV show "Here Come the Brides." I would LOVE to know how Ms. Hambly got away without crediting this series anywhere in her book! Anyway, Mark Lenard played Aaron Stemple, and I think that it cannot possibly be a coincidence that he also played Sarek, Spock's father, on the Star Trek series. (When I first heard of "The Quirinal Hill Affair" I thought it might be a "Man from U.N.C.L.E." crossover/takeoff, since every episode in that series was titled "The___Affair." It's not, though.)
Anyway, thanks again for the great web page!

No, actually, thank you...


Okay, I can't help putting this one up, because this was when Del Rey officially accepted my page and listed it on their Web server...

Thanks for letting us know about these. I will list your site in our SF/F link list the next time I update it, and announce the site in the DRIN the next time I do a Web site list.
Ellen Key Harris
Del Rey Books


The "out of print book" he's referring to is Search the Seven Hills, which I searched the Web for...for a long time.

From: "James R. Sykes"
I wanted to let you know I had enjoyed your page on Barbara Hambly. In addition, I wanted to comment that I would and do include her in my "top ten" list of writers of any sort. I think lots of people do.
She is a great storyteller and I can recommend her to friends without hesitation, regardless of the genre she's writing in. I have other favorite authors whom I truly enjoy, but who appeal to narrower tastes.
Too bad about the "out of print" book; I'm having this problem now with Dave Duncan, also one of my top ten fantasy writers. Good luck.


Yep, this is a self-praise one, but she had some comments on Hambly, too.

From: Vern Crisler
Great page! I've listed it on my homepage at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/6208. In my opinion, BH is in the same class as Tolkien and R. Jordan, though her work is a little uneven.
Still, she's probably one of the best descriptive writers around and I've been influenced in my own writing by her sense of descriptive concreteness.


I love this sort of letter.

From: Kristy Merrill
I'm glad to see a page for Barbara Hambly. I've been a fan of her, oh, I guess for at least ten years. Her two vampire books and "Dragonsbane" are probably my favorite.


From: "Helen Diem Sunga, Esq."
Congratulations on an informative site on I think one of the most entertaining fantasy writers. I have been a fan since she appeared at our convention in the mid-80's (EnigmaCon I) at UCLA. Despite the small crowd, she signed autographs gracefully, and discussed her work with new fans such as myself. I hope she continues to write prolifically. Are you aware of any new Sun Cross books? I often feel there is more to tell in that series.
The first person to respond to my call for Nifty Words.

From: Liz Sherwin
While surfin' the net, I came across your excellent page devoted to my favorite author. Since first becoming acquainted with Gil and Ingold many years ago, I have been a loyal fan.
Your list of "Hambly-esque" words was right on. . . but how could you ignore "chitinous" (which she has used in all four Darwath novels) and "porphyry"?
anyway, thanks for the pleasant diversion.


From: KingCon Society
I LOVE your Barbara Hambly page. I have put a link to if from my short BH page (I maintain web pages for the KingCon Convention).
She is the Guest of Honour at the KingCon convention , July 1997, in Saint John NB. Con info can be gotten from: here, I'll stick this link in here...
Thank you for the pages. More personal information on Barbara would be nice, but it's the best BH page I have found.

Yeah, I wish I had some more, too...


From: Terry Rush
I'm so happy I could finally get on the Internet and couldn't believe my luck in finding entire web sites devoted to one of my favorite authors, Barbara Hambly. I have no interest in stalking her or anything, but I AM interested in finding an answer to a question that has bothered me for years: Is there a third book, either already published or forthcoming, in the Sun-Cross series? The end of "Magicians of Night" implies a continuation of the series, but to my great duress I have never located this elusive third book. Please tell me there is one in the works. If you can e-mail a reply, I'd really appreciate it, but an addition to your web site would be just as good. Thanks in advance for your answer.

And I was sorry to say that I didn't know about a third one, although he's not the first to ask. Heck, Del Rey just bought two new books from Hambly, one of which is a sequel to Dragonsbane, but you never know what the second one is.


Leigh, you're absolutely right about the coat skirts, and I laughed and laughed over this message.

From: Leigh Deacon
Another word used in more than one book that I particularly like is *fulvous* (another form of it, fulvid, is used in Silent Tower, pg. 194). Fulvous can be found on pg. 341 of Silent Tower, and 242 of Silicon Mage - if I find it elsewhere, I'll fill you in! I'd say it was a word you don't hear everyday...
What are your thoughts on Ms. Hambly's apparent fascination with coat skirts? She seem to talk about them incessantly, describing them in the firelight, moonlight, sunlight, wind, etc. etc. etc. and on and on...


I just liked the header to this one...

From: ThomasK2@aol.com (Tom Knowles)

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Another contributor to the Nifty Words List.

From: Sharron Phillips
She uses "lour" a lot, in its various forms. I had to go and look it up to get the full flavor.