The Life of the World to Come (The Company #5)
Mendoza is a Preserver, which means that she's sent back from the twenty-fourth century by Dr. Zeus, Incorporated - the Company - to recover things from the past which would otherwise be lost. She's a botanist, a good ...more
This one is set far in the future, only a few years before the mysterious silence is due to begin in the year 2355. I'm not enjoying Baker's depiction of the future nearly as much as I enjoyed reading about her immortal operatives living in the past. I disli ...more
La Baker aveva un modo di raccontare davvero unico, mi sono ritrovata spesso al fianco di Alec mentre compiva le sue avventure, immersa totalmente nella storia. Per non parlare del fatto che tutto sembra così normale, tanto che mi aspet ...more
It's all very noble on the face of it, but as time goes on, the Company's motivations and methods begin to seem more ...more
Baker's trademark mix of serious speculation and black humor informs this solid addition to her time-travel series that began with 1998's highly regarded In the Garden of Iden, in which the botanist Mendoza, an immortal female cyborg employed by the rapacious Company, fell in love with a mortal while on a mission in 16th-century England. Tragically, her lover was then burned at the stake. Later in the series, during the 19th century, she fell in love with another man who
The Life of the World to Come is book number five out of a total of nine. Four more books! Just four! What else will I read when I’m done (ok that is a silly question, for there is so much more to read, even by the wonderful late Kage Baker herself).
Let’s have a quick look at that cover, shall we? Now that is an example of a really bad one. I would never pick up a book with a cover like that! It’s rather chees ...more
Overall a fun installment. I think I liked In the Garden of Iden the best, then Graveyard Game . . . hmm.
Still reading the series!
I had my trepidations at first when hearing that the main protagonist of "The Life of the World to Come" was neither Mendoza nor Joseph (the only two 'leads' of this series so far). Instead, it would have been of a (technically) brand new character of Alec Checkerfield, the third 'incarnation' of Nicholas Harpole (from "The Garden of Iden") and Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax (from "Mendoza in Hollywood").
However, after completing the book (in one night), I'd hav ...more
Nicholas/Edward/Alec reminded me a bit of Dawn from Buffy; at first their existence requires a suspension of disbelief, but then it's revealed that they serve an important purpose that w ...more
"The Life of the World to Come" is book five in the series. It's actually quite readable stand-alone, which I did. In spite of the awful title, quite a good story. A bit of a slow start, but Baker is fun to read so it's not a problem. It concerns Alec, the seventh Earl of Finsbury, who is in fact a genetically engineered not-quite-human created by the Company ...more
The first time I read the book I was pulled into the story about Alex, and also the stories about the three men trying so hard to reenact the 20th Century. But none ...more
Baker has shed some of her freshman writing habits... sort of. She still has a tendency to favor dialog over action. I was happy to see that she stop slipping in long bouts of soap-boxing, until I got to the end. It finally occurred to me that she's doing it intentionally. She purposely sets up her books to allow her the opportunity preach. In this c ...more
When you first meet Nicholas, you think of him as an incidental character, in a way--someone that shapes Mendoza, but firmly planted in his own time. Edward shook that up a bit, but Joseph actually gave a rather compelling explanation for his recurrence. But in this book, everything is turned on its head, and I'm not gonna lie--it kind of blew my mind.
The cyber characters are interesting. I hope the Captain and his nemesis play a fair sized role in the remaining books.
Witty fantasy with decent diaglogue and controlled prose is tough to find. If you, like me, seek it out, you can't go wrong with Kage Baker's Company novels. They're not exactly tightly plotted; frankly they have enough loose ends to make a flapper dress. They are, however, so much fun that I don't care.
So good I had to actually put it down and collect myself. More than once.
Maybe a more coherent review later. But probably not. Let the glory keep tumbling inarticulately through the brain.
Guess I'd review the first half 4 stars and the latter 5. But hell it's so thrilling, keep it at 5. So far, each individual book in the series is 3 or 4 in this star system, but together as a whole, out of 5, the sum of the whole is a solid TEN.