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Preview — The Graveyard Game by Kage Baker
The Graveyard Game (The Company #4)
"Sin exists," says Joseph, an immortal cyborg agent employed by Dr. Zeus, Inc., and in this fourth novel of Kage Baker's Company series, it certainly does. The Graveyard Game follows agents Joseph and Lewis as they try to find their missing friend Mendoza, who's been exiled to the Back Way Back as punishment for anti-Company activities.
Dr. Zeus, a time-travel corporation, created cyborgs to selectively preserve artifacts from the past for the edification of the 24th century,
I very much liked seeing events from Joseph's point of view and Lewis' p.o.v., but sometimes it was jarring. Still, their friendship endured and informed the events.
My biggest problem was the leap forward, I believe. One of the great strengths of this series, for me, is the historical accuracy. Yet I realized that's because I love history and love it coming alive--when I'm suddenly in the 22nd century and beyond, I don't ...more
I'm going to miss Ms. Baker a great deal. Her writing was just the purest kind of pleasure I know.
Like this much more than Sky Coyote, the other of the Company books that primarily features Joseph rather than Mendoza. Sky Coyote was funnier, though, this one is darker, the first stirrings of a major storm. Also, oddly, mole men, which are not high on my list of enjoyable villains, but Baker makes it work. Not like homeless people ...more
Spanning from 1996 to 2281, Kage Baker's fourth installment in the Company Saga is one not to be missed! Following Facillatator Joseph and Literary Conservationist Lewis, Baker weaves an incredible story involving conspiracy, terrorism, corruption, incredible ...more
Seriously, I think this was the best company book since the first, and possibly the best of the series. The POV is largely Joseph's, and he is his usual sardonic self. He and the gentle archivist, Lewis, are both deeply worried about Mendoza, and set out to discover what happened to her, and whether she can be rescued. While searching for his daughter, Joseph also tries to rescue his father, Budu. But, on their quest, the two discover much mo ...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
Joseph and Lewis are the focal characters in this book. The main time frame is about 75 years before the point where no one knows what is going to happen in history. And the cyborgs are beginning to get very restless as they begin to realize that more and more of them are going missing.
Although The Company mostly keep ...more
This series strikes a similar chord in me as Lev Grossman's Magicians books, with fantasy/scifi material delving into something shockingly realistic, perhaps all the more striking for being present in scifi/fantasy—often the primary genre for getting around it: the probable lack of guidance/central power/overarching plan. (Not in the writer, but in the bo ...more
This is what I had been expecting this series to be like. Sadly I had to wait for three books to get here. Even worse those three books could have easily been combined into one or just a long intro to this book.
This book is filled with plots and stories and information. It reads more like a cyborg, time traveling, spy novel. More over it has me wanting to read the next book, but I fear it may be like the first three.
Perhaps liked this one so much because it's from the male perspective. ...more
Strangely, although it provides virtually no answers and heaps on a dozen other questions, The Graveyard Game is completely satisfying. Instead of being frustrated at the lack of answers, I'm intrigue ...more
Within all this setting, is a return of our protagonist from Book 2 "Sky Coyote", Joseph. After the disappearance of Mendoza due to the events of Boo ...more
I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, but there is even more intrigue about the Company and what has been happening to operatives. There is, of course, sorrow as well. I wonder if sorrow will be an undercurrent in each book. I also experienced horror when a villain is introduced. I probably sh ...more
I like Joseph's POV, and Lewis's also, and am vastly entertained by this version of the near fu ...more
What really starts to take off in this book is the overarching mystery - where does the Company really come from, and what's going to happen at the mysterious but foreordained date after which the future stops talking? I would have bee ...more
I kind of like the way Steven Brust handles (or avoids handling) the overarching plot in his Jhereg series, where h ...more