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Preview — Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
Sky Coyote (The Company #2)
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.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
New World One is the base of dreams. It has every amenity imaginable and the b ...more
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 ...more
Still, there's enough potential here to make me want to continue with the series.
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 ...more
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.)
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 ...more
This time around, my expectations were more in line, and I appreciated the quirky humor more. Also, Bake ...more
Initially, the book started off strong; the author's blunt style of puncturing sci-fi conventional plot lines was refreshing. Then...it 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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more