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Sky Coyote (The Company #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,631 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Can a rich Native american culture be saved from the destruction of white settlement? In the second installment of Kage Baker’s heralded Company series, cyborgs interact, often humorously, with a pre-Columbian Chumash village. “An action-packed but thoughtful read” (Dallas Morning News).
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Harcourt Trade Publishers (first published 1999)
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mark monday
hello there, little comedy of manners. i see you! you are trying to hide, aren't you? but your heart is not in it, i think. and all the better for it. you are quite a charming comedy of manners, and there is no shame in that. you are a tale that features pretension punctured, amusing miscommunications, servants who say the correct thing while silently conveying their disdain, bureaucratic bosses who are childlike in their sheltered idealism, faux naifs slash noble savages who turn out to be neit ...more
Sky Coyote wins the prize as the first physical book I've read in over a year, and I regret nothing. It continues the saga of The Company, but this time, the story is told from the immortal Facilitator Joseph's perspective. In this case, the Company isn't satisfied with grabbing lost artefacts and to-be-extinct plants; they decide to take an entire Chumash village as well, and decide to send in an agent in the guise of the trickster god Sky Coyote to persuade the village to come along peacefully ...more
She (Kage) did it again, only this time worse.

OK, I couldn't put down the book. That accounts for the extra star. First half was great. Lots of hints at character development, future power struggles, etc.

** Spoilers after this point **

But the end, oh boy, what a letdown. Mendoza is, indeed, an ungrateful whiny person unable to cope with a loss after 100+ years. Or maybe not, maybe in the next books we get some closure, some high feelings to admire. But who cares then.

Joseph seems to be what one
This second novel of the Company makes all of In the Garden of Iden feel like a prequel, and for those SF readers who don't like much romance I might recommend starting here. It jumps ahead a couple hundred years and switches to Joseph's first-person narrative (I think the series is actually shaping up to switch back and forth between Mendoza and Joseph with every book, but I could be wrong), and it gets much more into the world-building that was so ruthlessly relegated to the background in the ...more
ok, so this is certainly not the first swing around the dance floor for the Company novels and i. in fact, we're getting to be rather accustomed partners. but every time i pick one up after a couple-year absence, i am astonished all over again how good they are.

it's really a pity this one didn't come first in the series, somehow--i'm betting a lot of people read #1 (In the Garden of Iden) and expected the rest of the series to be similar. but actually #2 here is a lot more representative of the
While I really liked the first book in Kage Baker's Company series, I thought this sequel was merely "cute" - I was more interested in the mysterious politics of the Company than I was in the endless scenes with the Native American tribe that Joseph and his fellow immortals were trying to preserve. Sky Coyote was much sillier in tone than In The Garden of Iden was; lots of unanswered questions about who was running the Company and to what end were posed, but most of the pages were spent discussi ...more
Oh, what fun. Of course I am a sucker for time travel, so no surprise I liked this. The narrative voice is fantastic, wry and quirky and wise as only a 20,000 year old immortal can be. I loved the very modern-sounding primitive tribe (I imagine this is the filtration through Joseph's modern sensibilities) and the tale of Coyote and his penis had me laughing out loud.

Second in a series, I didn't pick up the first because this one looked more interesting to me and as though it could stand alone (w
January 18, 2015

The library didn't have The Garden of Iden in, but after a dinner conversation in which the Spouse and I commented on the Company premise, I was hankering for a re-read. So, I started with the second book.

Okay, a little backstory: there is time travel, but only to the past and returning, never to the future. The Company controls the technology and is using it to rescue lost artifacts from the past, make canny investments, etc., and for the copious work it is much easier to re
This was my second (and last) of the Company series. There's just not much of a plot in these books, it turns out. Baker does a wonderful job of fleshing out the environs, both primitive and hyper-advanced, but it looks increasingly like these are books that just minutely observe culture clash.

That would be great, if there was more going on. There's not. The author and her characters are funny, but they're also just going through the motions. No one has a particularly motivated agenda, everythin
Lady Knight
I'm often surprised when people mention that Sky Coyote is Kage Baker's weakest in the Company series. Admittedly, the first time I read this book I was unimpressed, I wanted to know more about Mendoza, not Joseph. But now, after multiple re-readings, I have to say that this has become one of my favorite books in the series. Joseph has far more depth than Mendoza, more of a story to tell and frankly, a lot less whiny.

New World One is the base of dreams. It has every amenity imaginable and the b
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Second book in the Company series; this one switches focus from Mendoza to Joseph, and in doing so gives us a more detailed look at the history of The Company and some of their past actions. At the same time, we are in the "present" of 1700, where Joseph has to preserve a tribe of Chumash natives from being wiped out by other tribes and European conquerors.

Once again, I'm really impressed with Baker's ability to develop character through voice - I feel like I've got a good feeling that I know w
A quirky little book. The story wrapper is a vast time-traveling Company that meddles in history and the undercurrents of conflict between its immortal employees (from historical times) and its owners (from the future). The story core is the life of a Chumash village in 1699. The glue between the two is Joseph from the Company, whose mission is to play the trickster god Sky Coyote and convince the villagers to move before the Europeans arrive. Joseph likes playing the cunning trickster. Joseph d ...more
Afton Nelson
I don't know what it is about this series. For me, it seems to be right on the edge of something great, but it never quite makes the leap. Entertaining, you bet. The premise of this book, that an immortal special agent for the Dr. Zeus Company is trying to preserve an entire native american village from its people and their handicrafts, to the plants they know and the animals they hunt and eat is fascinating. The story never had that "holy cow" moment though and the ending was an anticlimactic s ...more
2.5 stars. I didn't like this nearly as well as the first book. The writing is fine, and some of the humor is there, but I was a little disappointed in the plot and the setting. Joseph was a great character when seen from Mendoza's point of view, but for this novel we have him as the narrator, and I didn't like him as well. I also didn't like Mendoza so much when seen through his eyes.

Still, there's enough potential here to make me want to continue with the series.
Sue McAvoy
On to the second!

I enjoyed this but not as much as the first book; I think because it felt like two shorter books, one in Mexico and one in California. Joseph is the bridge over them, of course.

The main enjoyment for me was another's view of Mendoza, although it was sad to see her misery after the events of the first book. But as with any outside view, it gives her more depth.

The Company's machinations (like the Coyote costume) seemed a bit silly, however effective they might be. I wasn't happy
A comfort re-read 6/26/11

Now that I've read the series and have got to know Joseph better, I think I enjoyed the re-read better this time around. And this book gives a good grounding in Company politics and issues. (I'd forgotten that from first read.)
This is the second book in Baker's time-traveling through history Company series. This book is written in the voice of Joseph, a character first introduced in In the Garden of Iden, which is told in Mendoza's voice.

I like this less than In the Garden of Iden - Joseph is much more mercenary and jaded and shallow than Mendoza, which made his voice less interesting to me. But there's still tons of humor and history here, plus major info and teasers for an overarching plotline. It's also fun to see
Either the central conflict of the book never materialized, or I missed it completely; neither is particularly laudable. It's apparent this is the point at which Kage Baker decided to go all in on an extended series of novels, because there are a lot of plot threads that don't go anywhere, a lot of foreshadowing flashbacks, and a lot of world-building detours. Ultimately it just kind of seems like the main purpose of the book was to give Joseph his turn at internal monologuing and get both him a ...more
When I read the first book in this series, In the Garden of Iden, I enjoyed it, but I wasn't bowled over, maybe just because it wasn't what I expected. Baker's stories are subtle and character-focused in an arena (science fiction time travel) where one expects the stories to be plot driven and technical (although in that sense, she's like another master of time travel writing, Connie Willis).

This time around, my expectations were more in line, and I appreciated the quirky humor more. Also, Bake
The one star here is due to content.

Initially, the book started off strong; the author's blunt style of puncturing sci-fi conventional plot lines was refreshing. deteriorated.

The main character is portrayed as a possibly unfeeling immortal who once played the role of a Spanish Inquisitor that sentenced men, women and children to torture and death. This role causes him to mildly question what he's become a couple of times, but nothing more.

This doesn't really square with the section of
MB Taylor
I finished reading Sky Coyote this morning. This is both the second book of her “Company” series and the second book of hers that I’ve read. I think I enjoyed this one even more than In the Garden of Iden (1997). Sky Coyote takes place in 1700, primarily in a part of southern California as yet unconquered (or even discovered) by the Spanish. It has, however, been discovered by the Company, a 24th Century organization dedicated to getting rich by exploiting treasures from the past. In this instal ...more
This is the second book about the Company and the primary character is Joseph. Within this book, more is revealed about the Company and the background of Joseph. This time, the Company has sent Joseph to portray Sky Coyote to the Chumash. But first, he has a layover in New World Base One where he encounters Mendoza again.

The descriptions of New World Base One and California painted amazing pictures in my mind. I admit that I have always been intrigued by the Mayans and with the beauty of the Ne
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In the second installment of this series that began with In the Garden of Iden, we again meet up with Joseph and Mendoza. This time, their mysterious employers want them to go to pre-Columbian California and rescue an entire village of Native Americans from inevitable destruction at the hands of Spanish explorers. Joseph's plan is to convince the Chumash that he is actually their much-admired, wily god known as Sky Coyote, come to save them from the wrath of an angry Sun god. But the Chumash are ...more
Ward Bond Review

Kage Baker's first novel, In the Garden of Iden, was a smart, funny, top-drawer read. Fans will be happy to find out that Baker avoids a sophomore slump with Sky Coyote, the second novel of the Company, and another superbly witty and intelligent book. Baker switches focus in this sequel to Joseph, the immortal cyborg who rescued Iden's heroine, Mendoza, from the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition. Joseph and Mendoza work for Dr. Zeus, otherwise known as the Company, a 24th-ce

Audra (Unabridged Chick)
The second book in Baker's Company series, Sky Coyote follows the further adventures of immortals Mendoza and Joseph. This time the action is seen through the eyes of older, wiser Joseph, who is sent to Lost City, Company's cushy New World spa where he is reunited with his angry protege, Mendoza. Though more than a century and a half has passed, Mendoza is still bitter about what happened while they were in England (or, In the Garden of Iden) and is dismayed that they are both assigned to the sa ...more
Précis Joseph, one of the older facilitators in the Company, travels to California in the year 1700 to be the lead contact in a mission to bring a group of Chumash Indians to the future and preserve their culture. The Chumash are not a quiet little Indian tribe with teepees; they are businessmen, entrepreneurs, entertainers and manufactures of many products.
But they do believe in gods and Joseph assumes the role of Sky Coyote to explain why they are being brought to live with the Sky People. J
The second book of the Company series continues in a similar vein as its predecessor (In the Garden of Iden), but this time with a different narrator and less overt romance-y drivel. It also starts to hint at an overarching plot, whose presence I didn't notice in the first book. I still enjoyed all the anachronisms introduced by the Company, and I was glad Mendoza was still around but also that we didn't have to listen to her whining all the time about her mortal lover. I found Joseph's occasion ...more
SKY COYOTE, the sequel to IN THE GARDEN OF IDEN, is one of those rare sequels that actually enhances the first book in the series. (Another example of this is INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE and THE VAMPIRE LESTAT.)

The point of view character this time is Joseph, who was a more minor character in IDEN. Mendoza, the protagonist of the first book, is here relegated to "supporting character." (This is just one of the many interesting authorial tricks Baker uses over the course of the novel.) The action
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Born June 10, 1952, in Hollywood, California, and grew up there and in Pismo Beach, present home. Spent 12 years in assorted navy blue uniforms obtaining a good parochial school education and numerous emotional scars. Rapier wit developed as defense mechanism to deflect rage of larger and more powerful children who took offense at abrasive, condescending and arrogant personality in a sickly eight- ...more
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