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The Graveyard Game (The Company #4)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,194 ratings  ·  65 reviews
You wouldn't take Lewis for an immortal cyborg: he looks like a dapper character from a Noel Coward play. And Joseph-short and stocky in his Armani suit, with a neatly trimmed black mustache and beard that give him a cheerfully villainous look-you'd never guess that his parents drew the Neolithic cave paintings in the Cèvennes. But what are these two operatives of the Comp ...more
Hardcover, 298 pages
Published January 16th 2001 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published September 5th 2000)
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Over the course of several centuries, immortal cyborgs Joseph and Lewis try to find out what happened to their friend and fellow immortal, Mendoza, who dropped off the face of the planet in 1863. The discoveries they make along the way reveal a lot of disturbing things about the Company that created them. This book is definitely the linchpin in the series. (I read two of the later books out of order, so I know what happens next.) With The Graveyard Game, the saga develops more depth and complexi ...more
This is the first Company novel that's set in our future. Beginning in 1996, Joseph and Lewis spend their spare time, over a couple of centuries, trying to find out how the Company disposed of that tragic figure, Mendoza, after her 19th century breakdown. Joseph is the closest thing Mendoza has to a father - he recruited her into the immortal life, saving her from the Inquisition. Lewis is in love with Mendoza (from afar) so he takes uncharacteristic risks (for a Literature Specialist) in order ...more
Fourth installment in the Company series, this novel is markedly different from the first three – while those took place in a single location over a comparatively short period of time, the plot of The Graveyard Game spans several continents and centuries. It also moves the series from the past into the future, starting in 1996 and ending in the 24th century. Like the first three volumes, though, this is a highly entertaining read, wildly inventive and very intelligent. Kage Baker manages to the ...more
Ward Bond Review

"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,

Sue McAvoy
A strange mix; Mendoza-less and yet she permeates every action and chapter.

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
Love me some Kage Baker. Time travel, movies, cyborgs, and a sense of humor. As the Company series goes on it just gets more and more fun.

I'm going to miss Ms. Baker a great deal. Her writing was just the purest kind of pleasure I know.
Oh I loooooved this one. Overlapping mysteries and conspiracies drifting across centuries with lots of history and then some science fiction woven in? Yes, please.

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
Jim Mcclanahan
Wonderful story. Great characters. Dr. Zeus & Co. is indeed the most paradoxical and infuriating corporate entity of all time, not to mention Machiavellian.

Steven Bragg
This fourth book in the series is easily the best one since the introductory novel. It mixes a much darker mood regarding the employer of the immortals with a surprisingly excellent touch of humor. Also, the book seems to improve when the ever-intense Mendoza is not on the scene, as she was in the earlier books. There is clear character development, too. The odd element is that this improvement occurs despite the extremely long timeline of the plot, which runs through several hundred years over ...more
Lady Knight
Although a semi-departure from the Mendoza storyline, "The Graveyard Game" is a great story and returns to Joseph's point of view and introduces Lewis's narration. This installment also revives some characters from previous books. LOVED IT!

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
Oh, Joseph. Oh, LEWIS! I am so worried about you both.

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
Althea Ann
The 'Company' stories all deal with the idea that, in the 24th century, a company learns how to send people back in time. To creat agents for itself, it takes children of a part time period and turns them into immortal cyborgs, who work for them on missions such as saving 'lost' artworks and extinct species, hiding them safely so that they can be 'rediscovered' in the 24th century.
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
This is the fourth book in The Company series, and probably the last one you could read out of order and still get something out of the book. Not sure about that, but I do think so.

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
Molly G
Pacing continues to be a bit bewildering but also totally in accord with what I want to see next (vs. what might seem more measured, perhaps?).

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
I did not expect to be able to count The Graveyard Game for my challenge; I thought I had filled all the categories this series could fill. However, Baker makes a dramatic change to her series in this volume, and that change opened up a new category for me: she dropped the first-person narration and switched to third-person omniscient, so that she could follow both Lewis and Joseph as they took their diverging paths to finding the truth about Mendoza and the other operatives that have gone missi ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
The third and fourth books in Baker's light and entertaining Company series follow the further adventures of immortal botanist Mendoza. Located in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area, Baker lovingly recreates Civil War era California in Mendoza in Hollywood, where Joseph and his protege are reunited at a dusty, out-of-the-way stagecoach stop. While her fellow company agents keep busy, Mendoza is left own her own, still festering with hurt; it is unsurprising when the double of her long dead lover sho ...more
Joseph and Lewis search for missing immortals and ponder the mystery of the returning mortal. Mendoza has vanished after an incident in Hollywood and Joseph's own father has been on the run for centuries. Why they have vanished and where they've vanished to and what it says about the all-encompassing Company and the coming deadline when the Silence descend on the future are only some of the questions troubling our heroes and mostly they just end up with a lot more questions. This is the first Co ...more
It's really hard to describe this series, about an all-powerful Company from the future who makes orphaned children immortals and sends them into the past to save various relics, artifacts, works of art and the like. Sounds noble, but it's more for the financial benefit of the Company, run by Dr. Zeus. In this book, one of the characters we've met in the first three books, the Botanist Mendoza, has disappeared, and her recruiter, the Facilitator Joseph, as well as her dear friend Lewis (who is s ...more
Grayson Queen
Book four.
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.
After the last two books in this series merely hinted at a conspiracy within the Company, book #4 is finally dedicated to exploring the mystery. Joseph and Lewis, who we met in the previous books, are trying to figure out what happened to their fellow immortals Mendoza and Budu, among other things.

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
The fourth book in The Company series, "The Graveyard Game" departs from the previous books in that this is mainly set in our future (where as the previous three were all in our pasts). This in some ways lead to some somber reading, as Kage Baker paints a pretty bleak dystopic future of environmental disasters, social upheaval, and disastrous wars.

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
I jumped in the middle of a series without realizing it. Lucky for me Kage Baker is an awesome writer and helped me settle in very nicely.
I will read the next book in this series if there is one, I haven't checked yet.
When in the mood for whimsy, I instantly think Kage Baker. And so with her fourth book in her Company series, The Graveyard Game in hand, I spent the past weekend with an old friend. Book four focuses less on Mendoza, our herroine, the immortal cyborg whose epic affairs of the heart have so tragically led her astray for thousands of years and more on her friends. Mendoza is missing. Rumours abound, but no immortal has seen our protagonist for centuries. Worried enough to forgo their own safety, ...more
So far, this is the best of the series. By a lot. I read it in two days. First, the game is finally afoot after Baker spent three books setting the stage. There is mystery and action and the book is told by Joseph and Lewis, two characters I prefer to Mendoza. Lewis is especially lovely. Mendoza seems unable to connect to almost anybody, unlike Lewis and Joseph, who live in a web of friends and acquaintances. Their friendship is at the heart of the novel and is warmer and more believable to me t ...more
Graham Crawford
I really didn't get this. Every book Kage Baker writes seems like it's written by a different person. I have come in on the "Company" series mid way....and i get the impression that this book relates the events of earlier books, but from the side characters' perspective - a couple of immortal men in black. Alas these cyborgs aren't running character software - I really had to double check which person was doing what because they were all so bland. I'm currently reading another Baker book which t ...more
This is the fourth book in the Company series. The primary characters are Lewis and Joseph. Lewis was first introduced in Sky Coyote, I believe and Joseph has been in each book in some fashion.

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
This book moves away from the plotline of adventures Our Heroes (the various Company cyborgs, particularly Mendoza and Joseph) have in the past - the main plotline in the previous books - and into more of a thriller as the cyborgs uncover bits and pieces of What The Company Is Actually Up To. Which at this point is only bits and pieces, but I can feel it building cohesively into something interesting.

I like Joseph's POV, and Lewis's also, and am vastly entertained by this version of the near fu
Jeremy Preacher
Man, I just like Lewis and Joseph and Victor so much better than Mendoza. This is the stuff that drew me to the Company books in the first place - genuine, if weird, friendships between perpetually fish-out-of-water characters in a variety of historical situations.

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
With more cliffhangers than Colorado’s El Dorado Canyon, Baker’s transition from past to future is adept, resulting in the most gripping Company novel so far. If this were book one in the series, I would recommend it with enthusiasm. But it is book four, and I can’t say whether or not it would be as powerful without reading the first three books (below). Doing so would not be a waste of time, but I can’t say that it would be the best use of it either. However, if this trend of consistent improve ...more
I've enjoyed how Baker's "Company" novels each have their own setting and style. But honestly I have been expecting/dreading a transition book like this one, that mainly serves to pull the separate threads together towards a single overarching plot. I suppose it was necessary, but the plot exercise wasn't supported by as strong a setting or characterization as in the previous books.

I kind of like the way Steven Brust handles (or avoids handling) the overarching plot in his Jhereg series, where h
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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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