The Silent Tower A wizard and a computer programmer from opposite sides of an interdimensional portal must work together to save their worlds from destructionIn a world where wizards are relegated to ghettos it is no

  • Title: The Silent Tower
  • Author: Barbara Hambly
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  • A wizard and a computer programmer from opposite sides of an interdimensional portal must work together to save their worlds from destructionIn a world where wizards are relegated to ghettos, it is no surprise to see one murdered in the street But for Stonne Caris, a young warrior monk who sees the killing and gives chase to the culprit, there is nothing ordinary about seA wizard and a computer programmer from opposite sides of an interdimensional portal must work together to save their worlds from destructionIn a world where wizards are relegated to ghettos, it is no surprise to see one murdered in the street But for Stonne Caris, a young warrior monk who sees the killing and gives chase to the culprit, there is nothing ordinary about seeing a murderer disappear into a black, inky portal The Archmage sends him in search of Antryg Windrose a half mad mage who understands the nature of these passages between dimensions.On the other side of the Void is Joanna, a programmer as mild as Caris is deadly She has spent her life in cubicles, staring into computer terminals, as far from heroism as she can get But when the power that is crossing between dimensions draws her through the Void, she finds herself battling to save a world she never even knew existed.

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    1. An eccentric, bespectacled wizard, shy, insecure computer programmer and a young, duty-bound warrior get tangled up in a sinister multi-world plot, end up being persued by people who think they're responsible for it.Struggled through the first half, liked the last half of the book, loved the ending. Also, loved the unusual romance and the characters it involved. A flawed but enjoyable novel.3.5

    2. Okay, it sounds a little corny, but this book and its sequel were some of the reasons why I actually thought that relationships could be good. My sire was emotionally abusive to my mom (and sometimes physically so), and the odds of having a good relationship after seeing about 18 years of that Yeah, well.I'm not going to say that I didn't wind up having some counseling on the topic, but the initial duology (Silent Tower/Silicon Mage) is one of the things that counteracted all that, and said, "Yo [...]

    3. After a dubious beginning this ended up being a good read, mostly because the characters are attractive. I was skeptical about a story where a 1980’s vintage computer programmer is transported to a magical world where she uses her programming skills to fight an evil wizard. I’m still not really buying the concept behind the evil plot to (view spoiler)["program a computer to be a mage" (hide spoiler)], but I enjoyed the characters enough to go along with it.Caris the warrior didn’t impress [...]

    4. I really wanted to like this book more. The concept was intriguing and the characters were interesting. But the book has a whole was just too slow. I struggled to get through it as chapter after chapter nothing really happened. There was a lot of repetition which is something I hate and I almost dropped the book without bothering to finish it.After around halfway though the book started improving and finally started moving forward. But it was too little, too late. By the time the good bits rolle [...]

    5. Antryg Windrose has got to be one of the most unlikely heroes in fiction ever. A brilliant mage, he is also probably insane, a fact he acknowledges without undue distress. He is also not what one thinks of as a romantic hero. He's tall but gangly, and near-sighted, but if I were going to choose a fictional hero to bring to life, he would definitely be short-listed. I've love The Silent Tower and its sequel The Silicon Mage through many years and many readings. Barbara Hambly is the most stable a [...]

    6. 3.75 stars. A lot of fun. Nice to have Joanna's irreverent voice in the midst of mage mumbo jumbo at times. Just enough. A light touch with an improbable romance. Enjoyable romp through the merging of two worlds - the fantasy world of the eccentric mage Antryg Windrose and the early computer age in the days of massive IBM computers of Joanna, meek and mild computer programmer.

    7. Barbara Hambly has published works in almost every genre of fiction---and the Windrose Chronicles is one of her best series. In fact, I have been waiting for this series since I first started listening to audiobooks years ago.Originally written in 1986, the series fetures Antryg Windrose, a renegade wizard who has been held prisoner by the Council of Mages and the Church in Ferryth. Antryg is locked in the Silent Tower where he cannot use any of his magic powers---and he is insane. One of his po [...]

    8. While I have no idea how this book would stand up if I read it today, this was my absolute favorite book (along with its sequel "The Silicon Mage") when I read it as a 16-year-old back in the 80's. It influenced me tremendously as a writer.The characters are just fabulous, especially Antryg Windrose, who still stands out in my mind as one of the most fully realized and three-dimensional romantic heroes ever written. (This book wasn't marketed as a romance, but it has a strong romantic subplot, a [...]

    9. This is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I love everything Barbara Hambly has ever written, but these series is my favorite of hers. It's just as good on a re-read more than twenty years later

    10. "The Silent Tower" is basically a reboot of Hambly's previous Darwath fantasy series that began with "The Time of the Dark". Once again our heroine is an intelligent, unsociable misfit from the LA area: this time she's a programmer rather than a grad student, and stuck in a relationship with a man she doesn't particularly like rather than defiantly alone, but the similarities outweigh the differences. Once again, she is carried across the Void by a wizard to a world where magic exists, though wi [...]

    11. I liked it. The Silent Tower is a fast-paced, fun read but it is flawed beyond the anachronisms you'd expect of an almost-thirty year old story written about computers. In fact, those are minor and treated in manner suggesting that Hambly foresaw that the technology of her day would soon be so antiquated as to seen quaint.In fact, her reference to "extinct Canada Geese" was an even larger--and funnier--mistake. Until open season is declared on those rats with wings, Canada Geese will continue to [...]

    12. Upon finishing this book, I was angry. I did enjoy the novel, and I really liked the characters and enjoyed spending time with them. I appreciated, understood and empathized with Joanna and her fears and her purse. But, the writing wasn't great to me - my mind wandered a lot while I read - and I didn't find it difficult at all to step away from the world. So, while I enjoyed the novel, and would have rated it a solid 3 stars, I was not completely sure I wanted to read the next in the series as I [...]

    13. It took me a bit to get into it (Possibly because a few early chapters are from the POV of a secondary character, though really there was no way to do it otherwise. You literally have no story if you know what one of the main characters knows.) In any case, it was worth it. This was a fun read, and went in unexpected directions that I really enjoyed.Fair warning: The end is a massive cliffhanger. Since the library system here has no copies of the second book, I bought it. The computer stuff migh [...]

    14. This was my second read of this book. The first read was 20 years ago, and I was curious to see how well time had treated it, and if I loved it as much as I did the first time around. The computer angle was a bit dated of course, but I read it as a book of its time, and not as a "hot off the press" 2012 read. That's the way the computer world was then. I remember a computer we had that did not even have a hard drive. All system info was stored on floppy disks and a megabyte of data was a big dea [...]

    15. No one else has even begun to think about and build on the great premise of the this fantasy series -- the interaction between magic and computer technology and why a a powerful mage might still need a great coder, circa 1987. Plus, Joanna has the types of things in her purse that if I were stranded on the wrong side of the void in a 18th century magic-banning society, I'd hope I'd bring with me. Excellent fantasy, great world building, and strong relationships.

    16. I really enjoyed this re-read of the Silent Tower. Antryg is one of those marvellous flawed characters that you can't help but fall for and I have the hugest crush on him after finishing this series.

    17. The Windrose Chronicles -- specifically, the first two books -- are some of my favorite comfort reads ever, and Antryg Windrose is one of my favorite fictional characters ever. (Joanna Sheraton is also up there, as far as awesome, competent, nerdy heroines go.) I like to reread them every year or so, and you know a book's good when I do that, right? Fair warning to anyone picking the series up: the first two are a very tightly-linked duology, and the ending of The Silent Tower is an extremely ev [...]

    18. I had read Dragon’s Bane by Barbara Hambly some time ago and enjoyed it. A number of reviews I read, however, warned that the sequels to that book were very grim. I therefore looked for other works by Hambly that I might try and that’s how I came across The Silent Tower. This is a fantasy of the Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole variety, involving a character from our world who finds herself in another world where the rules are different. In this case it’s a world where there is magic that only a [...]

    19. The Silent TowerBarbara Hambly, 1988New E-Edition 2011New Ebook Edition. Copy provided by NetGalley.Premise: In the world of Ferryth, mages are forbidden to interfere with people's lives, but factions in the government and the Church are still looking for a reason to move against them. They might get it when a minor mage is murdered by someone manipulating the dangerous Void, releasing abominations into the land. Caris, bodyguard and nephew to the Archmage, is traveling with him to try and solve [...]

    20. WHAT IT'S ABOUTA wizard and a computer programmer from opposite sides of an interdimensional portal must work together to save their worlds from destructionIn a world where wizards are relegated to ghettos, it is no surprise to see one murdered in the street. But for Stonne Caris, a young warrior monk who sees the killing and gives chase to the culprit, there is nothing ordinary about seeing a murderer disappear into a black, inky portal. The Archmage sends him in search of Antryg Windrose—a h [...]

    21. Somebody mentioned to me that Antryg/Joanna is a lot like a better version of Gil/Ingold from the Darwath Trilogy. I can see that. I like Antryg/Joanna much more than I like Gil/Ingold (although given that I like Gil/Ingold 0%, it'd be hard not to like Antryg/Joanna better, haha). Partly because the age-gap isn't as big - Antryg is only 40 and Joanna late 20's, instead of 24 & upper 60's. Partly because the romance is threaded throughout the book and grows naturally, instead of leaping unfor [...]

    22. My second of Hambly's books, I wasn't as in like with this one as Bride of the Rat God. Actually I think no comparison can be drawn between the two and so I will completely separate them now.I rather enjoyed Antryg, the slightly mad forever-a-prisoner wizard and Hambly did a wonderful job of helping me sympathize with this supposed bad guy, without ever really going overboard. The other lead, Joanna, was a little harder-going for me, but by the end I had come to be able to identify with her more [...]

    23. I've tried reading other books by Barbara Hambly, but none have ever made the same impression on me as the books about Antryg Windrose and Joanna Sheraton. I first borrowed book 1 from an acquaintance years ago, and could hardly eat or sleep, and when I had finished it and didn't have immediate access to book 2 I thought I would perish. The worldbuilding isn't spectacular, it's pretty run-of-the-mill; but the plot and especially the characters stand out. Antryg and Joanna both really resonate wi [...]

    24. When the first chapter was not particularly engaging, I thought, huh, seems like bog-standard swords-and-sorcery fantasy, nothing really grabbing me, I'll finish the chapter and maybe try something else. And then when I finished the chapter and my eye fell upon the first page of chapter 2, which begins with a (female) computer programmer being exasperated at error messages, and suddenly this book became a lot more interesting to me! I am a sucker for the worlds-collide trope, apparently. I corre [...]

    25. This book was written in the 1980s, but it's a great series despite the comically dated computer references. I love portal stories, and this one was a lot of fun. The beginning might be considered slow. It wasn't dull, but it didn't have a lot of action. It often takes a while to introduce characters and set the stage for what will become life-changing events in the main character's life, and that's the case here. By the 25% mark, the story really takes off and there is plenty of action, adventu [...]

    26. This was my second read of this book. The first read was 20 years ago, and I was curious to see how well time had treated it, and if I loved it as much as I did the first time around. The computer angle was a bit dated of course, but I read it as a book of its time, and not as a "hot off the press" 2012 read. That's the way the computer world was then. I remember a computer we had that did not even have a hard drive. All system info was stored on floppy disks and a megabyte of data was a big dea [...]

    27. I am a fan of Barbara Hambly, and have been since I read "Dragonsbane". This is one of her early series, and she intersects magic with computer wizardry, and writes out the fears of the computer and connects them to the fear of magic, and through that to the witch hunts and terror of the unknown and misunderstood. This is a recurring topic in her early books, and one of the reasons I love them, at no time in these books is magic an easy and respected pursuit, nor is it a power understood by the [...]

    28. I think this book suffered a bit for two reasons. The first is that I've recently read The Ladies Mandrigyn and Dragonsbane and loved them both, so it would take a very special book to measure up to them in my head. The second is that I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately. I've found it hard to settle into books the last few weeks, especially in the afternoons. I found it extremely slow to start the book but after the first half or so of the book, it picked up quite a bit and get more eng [...]

    29. I have a very old Sci-fi book club compendium of the "Silent Tower" and the "Silicon Mage".Barbara Hambly is one of the authors I know I can pick up her books and enjoy them every time.Way before there was steam punk, this book was set during a fantasy world's painful transition between magic of the old ways and the modern technology of the industrial revolution.A woman from 1980's LA is sucked into the politics and intrigue of the magical world with the help of a lunatic, renegade mage. They ha [...]

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