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Traveling with the Dead

Traveling with the Dead Down through the deathless centuries the vampires had drunk human blood for sustenance and for sport They preyed where they willed for no mortal humans could resist their unclean powers But now came

  • Title: Traveling with the Dead
  • Author: Barbara Hambly
  • ISBN: 9780345381026
  • Page: 138
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Down through the deathless centuries, the vampires had drunk human blood for sustenance and for sport They preyed where they willed, for no mortal humans could resist their unclean powers But now came the ultimate perversion, the unthinkable someone was conscripting the vampires into the secret services of a foreign power No government agency or bureaucrat could controDown through the deathless centuries, the vampires had drunk human blood for sustenance and for sport They preyed where they willed, for no mortal humans could resist their unclean powers But now came the ultimate perversion, the unthinkable someone was conscripting the vampires into the secret services of a foreign power No government agency or bureaucrat could control the Undead The idea was absurd, as Dr James Asher knew all too well Years in His Majesty s service had taught Asher the finer points of espionage And he knew the secrets of the vampires a familiarity hard won in unwilling service to Don Simon Ysidro, oldest and most subtle of the hunters of the London night What Asher didn t know was why one of England s established vampires would risk everything to travel across the European continent at the behest of a ruthless spymaster But he could see the terrifying potential of such an unholy alliance

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    1. I put this book down with a sense of awe. That Hambly conceived of this story is impressive enough; that she pored huge amounts of knowledge about late 19th century Europe into the tale is incredible. She establishes the look and feel of every locale with the same clarity and texture that Eric Ambler achieves in his early 20th century spy tales. The sense that nations and people are heading, unbeknownst, towards World War I, is heady and creepy--and the way that Hambly inserts her own tale into [...]

    2. The sequel to Those Who Hunt the Night. James and Lydia Asher, an academic couple in Victorian England, must once more venture into vampire society. Their growing understanding of their (few) vampiric allies puts pressure on their morals and their marriage—it’s hard to maintain a moral high ground when your bodyguard kills to survive. Hambly is one of the only authors to remember that old vampires should not think or react like people from our society. Born into a set of rules and mores that [...]

    3. This is a sequel to Those Who Hunt the Night, set one year later (in 1908) and featuring Lydia and James Asher along with the vampire Don Simon Ysidro, who first arrived in England in the retinue of King Philip of Spain when he came to court Mary Tudor.When Asher disappears chasing vampires and spies halfway across Europe, Lydia and Ysidro strike up an uneasy alliance and head out in pursuit.I didn't find the plot especially interesting, and overall the book isn't as good as the first one, but e [...]

    4. For untold millennia, vampires have drained the blood of the living, but have remained apart from mortal conflicts as they stalked their prey, but there has never been such a time as this.The First World War looms on the horizon. All Europe teeters on the edge and while the inciting incident is beyond anyone’s ability to predict, a war that would tear the West apart is inevitable, and not even the undead will be permitted to stand aside.In Traveling with the Dead, readers revisit the husband a [...]

    5. This book was a major disappointment. 1.5 stars rounded up. Uninteresting, antiquated fashion reports abound in this soporific, rambling book. On the one hand, I liked the little wifey-poo getting involved and having an intelligent, systematic approach to investigating the whereabouts of the vampire clans. On the other hand, the narrative jumped around so much and skipped major blocks of time, then tried to fill-in a few of the blanks in retrospect. Too much retrospect, not enough action. Why ha [...]

    6. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as I did the first one, Those Who Hunt the Night. For one, we don't get to see quite as much of Asher, and more of Lydia, his wife. She is far more concerned with how she looks at every moment than I find delightful, and her fixation on keeping Ysidro righteous is just stupid, considering how much she has weakened her only ally. Once again, though, Hambly has done a fantastic job of recreating the Victorian era, and not just in London, but in Paris and Constan [...]

    7. I always enjoy Barbara Hambly's work (the first books of hers that I read were the Star Trek novels) and this is a wonderful vampire tale. It's the second in the series, I realised as I got into it, so now I will have to go looking for the first one. The vampires are properly not-human, and the reason for the long and dangerous journey from London to Constantinople, via Vienna, is kept mysterious right to the end. I also liked the heroine, who is short-sighted but too vain to wear her glasses in [...]

    8. Really enjoyed Hambly's interpretation of how vampirism works. She never lets you lose sight that they may appear human but they are definitely not like us.

    9. I was disappointed by this second in the series. It felt frantic and disjointed, I couldn't focus on any character long enough to establish a connection.

    10. This was ok, but I liked the first novel in the series a WHOLE lot better. I expected to like this a lot more.But the story-telling was pretty disjointed. There were some pretty gaping holes in the plot, and some characters that weren't really being used to their potential in the plotline. Also, the human characters tendency to use the vampires at one moment and be disgusted with them the next grew very old as it kept happening. "get me out of here, please. How dare you eat that beggar, I forbid [...]

    11. I've lost count of how many times I've read this book and every time I fins something new. A tale of vampires, history, espionage and of course love. Barbara Hambly's writing is amazing (much more so than mine obviously). It's a slow burn to.vook, the action really takes place in the last chapter or 2 but the wait is worth it.

    12. DelightfulWhat I love about this book is Lydia's journey to save her husband. Lydia is a wonderful character who is both strong and vulnerable.

    13. I haven't read Traveling with the Dead as many times as some of Hambly's other books, though I remember liking it a lot. I don't know if my reasons are the same now as they were then, but on this re-read--and though it's still a good book--I'd definitely say it's not one of my favorite Hambly books or my favorite of this series. Part of it is the narrative itself; sprawling (somewhat by necessity, as the book goes from London to Constantinople) and not as tight, as cohesive, as I would've liked. [...]

    14. Traveling With the Dead; 1995 Barbara Hambly; Del Ray, NYThis is number two of Hambly's vampire/murder/suspense novels involving Dr. James Asher, his wife Lydia Asher and their unwilling, older than dirt, vamperic associate Don Simon Ysidro. As always my reviews are not as much about the content of the book as it is about the over all flow and structure. But let me state here that I think of the three books in this particular series to date - "Those Who Hunt the Night"; "The Magistrates of Hell" [...]

    15. In my review of the first book in the James Asher series, Those Who Hunt the Night, I said that I would like to see Lydia take more of an active role. Hambly must have heard me, because most of Traveling with the Dead is devoted to Lydia's adventures as she tries to find James in Constantinople. Unfortunately, however, this focus did not translate into a deepening of Lydia's character; while her love for James came through as strongly as in the first book, she still felt like a secondary charact [...]

    16. I've read Those Who Hunt the Night several times, and I often thought that I'd like to read a sequel (so that I could see more of the characters) but I didn't think it would be possible based on the way that the previous book ended. When I belatedly found out that there was a sequel, I immediately bought a copy, but I was disappointed; I think my concerns were well-founded. Admittedly, it may be significant that I read this over the space of a week (on train journeys); maybe I would have enjoyed [...]

    17. James Asher happens to glimpse a London vampire and a man he knows is a Hungarian spy boarding a train to Paris. Convinced that if governments start hiring vampires it would be the Worst Thing Ever (particularly in the build-up to WWI), he impulsively decides to follow them and find out what's going on. When (shockingly!) the authorities in Paris do not take his warnings about vampires seriously, he's forced to continue tracking them to Vienna and then Constantinople, teaming up on the way with [...]

    18. A sequel to Those Who Hunt the Night, this book is an enjoyable read, even though I didn't adore it as I did its predecessor.Set in Europe in 1908, a year after the events of the previous novel, this book reunites the reader with retired spy James Asher, his pathologist wife Lydia, and vampire Don Simon Ysidro, as well as a few others. A chance encounter sends James in pursuit of an old enemy, while Lydia and Ysrido follow James hoping to catch up with him and aid him in his mission.Traveling wi [...]

    19. Good but had a slow startMany years ago I read the first book in this series and loved it. At the time there wasn't a second and I was on to other books and forgot all about it not even knowing there would be more. I have read other books by Hambly before and loved them too so when I stumbled across this amore in this series I was really excited to start reading it. I was really disappointed at first because It wasn't living up to the first, at least as I had remembered it but I stuck with it th [...]

    20. Book two in Hambly's vampire series.This book and the following book, Blood Maidens, both fall victim to involved, convoluted seeming plots that suddenly resolve into something almost too simple to support all the speculation the protagonists have been engaged in. In that sense they're both inferior to the first book, Those Who Hunt the Night.Where they shine is in suddenly and unexpectedly bringing Don Simon and Lydia forward as real human beings (despite the fact that one of them is dead), cau [...]

    21. The breadth (of scope) and depth (of detail) in this story is astounding, going beyond '19th century but with vampires', as Hambly re-creates for the reader the immensity and variety of 19th century Europe, while managing to insert an original intricate plotline. The taut and well-plotted narrative aside, I was also delighted by the various 'asides' that explore the world within the novel, which is especially satisfying given its richness. James and Lydia Asher make very intelligent and plausibl [...]

    22. Actually I got this book because I just loved her Benjamin January series. They dealt with New Orleans during the early 1800's, life for a family of color within color, mother and children bought as a de facto wife and freed, and living within the strata though their eyes. Excellent. Vampires have never been subject matter of interest to me other than certain legends, and horror?" Oh, no! Intrigue, drama, yes, and the more I got into this, the more I really got into it. England is where it start [...]

    23. Traveling with the Dead , the second novel in this series, picks up in 1908. James Asher, ostensibly the mild-mannered Oxford don, but in reality a former spy, happens to glimpse an old enemy, Ignace Karolyi with vampire Charles Farren, Earl of Ernchester. This meeting can promise no good to the Empire, especially with all of the troubles that are already boiling over in Eastern Europe. James follows the pair to Paris, hoping to discover what reason an enemy spy and a dangerous vampire could hav [...]

    24. Well written and excellently conceived vampire story crossed with a spy novel.Former British agent Dr. James Asher spots an enemy agent consorting with a vampire. He follows the pair to Paris, Vienna and Constantinople. His wife follows after, alerted by telegram that he's traveling. She gets the aid of another vampire whom they met in the previous book, Those Who Hunt the Night. Nobody wants spies and armies to get involved with vampires and their awesome talents of speed, strength, and mind co [...]

    25. Oh. Oh dear. I have to be honest and say this was a major disappointment. I loved the first Asher book and I was hoping for something along the same lines, but this was confusing and rambling I admire the way Hambly writes such poetic details. She has a wonderful turn of phrase at times that allows me to 'be there' in the story - an onlooker as it were. However, Traveling with the Dead was a bit like eating an overly generous meal consisting of course after course of richly seasoned exotic foods [...]

    26. I really loved this book for the characterization. I see a lot of criticism that the plot is overly convoluted, but to be honest I feel that way about virtually every mystery novel I've ever read. The only mysteries I read are either historical, for the sense of place, or supernatural, for the monsters. This series has both, yay!This second book is superior to the first one, Those Who Hunt the Night, for both sense of place and characterization. Constantinople is vivid. Don Ysidro is probably my [...]

    27. The sequel to Those Who Hunt the Night, this book uses a larger canvas (instead of just London and environs, TWtD takes place in London, Paris, Vienna and Constantinople) and introduces espionage/politics to the mystery/horror of TWHtN). This is the second time that I read this one and I found that I liked it better this time around - slightly less than the original James Asher novel, but this time very close. Hambly still gives you a sense of just how inhuman the vampires are (to the point wher [...]

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