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Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company #3)

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At Cahuenga Pass, in a stagecoach inn on the road to Los Angeles, Mendoza meets her new cyborg colleagues in this third novel of the Company. In the vein of Grand Hotel, we get to know the lives and stories, both sad and funny, of these operatives from the twenty-fourth century. As bullets fly overhead, we learn that Mendoza is being haunted, in her dreams, by the man she ...more
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published February 7th 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2000)
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mark monday
hello there, little memento mori. i see you! you are trying to hide, aren't you? your sepulchral contemplation is well-disguised. who would think to look into a Western of all things to find you? to be specific: a western in dusty, blazingly hot Old California, a stage set with horses and stagecoaches, drunken and lovelorn cowboy trash, a vengeful teen, a traveling salesman with all sorts of oddments to sell, a vivacious yet coldblooded whore, an eccentric young cowpoke who loves birds, the Amer ...more
January 1, 2000

On top of all the other stuff I enjoyed so much in the first two Company books, this one is chock full of classic Hollywood. Yum.


January 16, 2015

Well, there are at least two named characters who are women, but they spent most of their time together sniping at one another, rather than actually talking to each other, so we may not pass the Bechdel test here, either. On the other hand, there's quite a bit of history on California, with plenty of info on the native fauna and flora.
Jun 23, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it
There's something interesting about reading a book that's the third in a series of which you've read later installments. I've read two of the books that come after Mendoza in Hollywood, so I knew where this book was going. However, I had no idea how it was going to get there. Baker managed to keep me guessing even though I knew what was going to happen. Her story telling abilities are terrific. I even noticed a bit of foreshadowing of later novels. Mendoza in Hollywood is by far the best of the ...more
Reading Mendoza in Hollywood was a strange experience. I have very clear memories of checking the book out of my library about a decade ago, mostly because the library copy had a very memorable cover, but I have only the vaguest memories of the book itself. When I hit the final 75%, I actually began to wonder if I failed to finish it, as certain events were a complete blank. Maybe the climax lost its memorability without the previous books, but at the same time, I think certain aspects were far ...more
Mar 10, 2010 Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2010
The front-flap summary of Mendoza in Hollywood promises that Mendoza runs into a man who seems to be identical to Nicholas, her doomed lover from In the Garden of Iden. However, this doesn't really happen until the last quarter of the book, at which point the action really takes off and almost seems like a different book. I feel like it suffers the same flaws that Sky Coyote did: there are tantalizing hints about The Company's secret truths, but they're not given much attention amid all of the s ...more
Oct 30, 2007 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
She thinks: Interesting Old West setting. The book drags a bit in the middle, and I could have done without the 20-page film-critic dissertation on "Intolerance" (come on, Ms. Baker, now you're just showing off), but several intriguing elements are introduced and the climax really kicks the series into high gear.
You know how people say that we repeat the same patterns and relationships with people over and over and over as a way to work out issues or find closure with the next person if the previous one could not provide it? Well, this happens to Mendoza in the third book of the Company series. Literally.


Three hundred years after Mendoza watched her mortal lover burn at the stake in 1500s England, she finds herself working in California, near Los Diablo
Aug 28, 2016 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
REREAD #1: 4 August 2016 - 25 August 2016

I'm rereading this series as part of a readalong on I tried to pace myself and read at the same rate as the discussion, but in the end I just couldn't do it. I kept reading ahead and eventually carried right along and finished the book. However, I've promised myself that even if I race through each book, I'll wait for the readalong to catch up before going on to the next one. So I'll be starting The Graveyard Game when we get to it.

I'm really enj
MB Taylor
Jan 15, 2013 MB Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading Mendoza in Hollywood this afternoon while eating lunch. What a delightful book. I usually expect some diminishing of my interest as a series progresses. Not yet so with Baker’s “The Company” series. I thoroughly enjoyed this, the third book in the series; it’s probably my favorite book in the series so far.

In Mendoza in Hollywood, we switch back to Mendoza as the main character. She is as about an unappealing and yet totally believable (as long as you’re willing to accept the
This is not your typical narrative. One of the longer, and more gripping, chapters is a long description of D. W. Griffin's movie "Intolerance."

Back to the main plot. While Mendoza is in Hollywood and has seen thousands of films, the year is 1863, so she is living in a desolate canyon. She gets tours of future studio lots from Einar, a film-buff Viking. A botanist living in a drought and suffering from a broken heart, she connects with her fellow immortals living in an inn on the stagecoach rou
Grayson Queen
The third book in the series.
Here we go again, looking at things from Mendoza's perspective. This is nearly as difficult to read as the first book. The only difference is that's she stopped with her teenage woes and is now moaning about her lost love. She probably spends 75% of her internal dialog talking about how she hates humans and misses her boyfriend from the first book.
If I wasn't so into history and fascinated by the facts in the book I would have put it down long ago.
It took till the la
Jul 11, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: time-travel, sf
OK, I loved The Garden of Iden, didn't think much of the sequel, and found this entertaining but weird. The plot is meandering til the last section, when it takes off in an unexpected direction. I liked Juan Batista and his birds, but that plot was tied up early. Porforio's dilemma was interesting and also done away with. Other threads introduced in this book were also shunted to the side as if they never mattered: Mendoza's dreams and their byproduct, a brief trip to the future. I have no idea ...more
May 10, 2011 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2 actually. 1 star for the scraps we get about the Company. 1 for the peripherical characters and plots. -star for the page-turning factor.

Now, I confess I'm a sucker and will continue with the series. Just for the company plot and hoping that Joseph is half as interesting as it could have been in book 2. That notwithstanding, I hate that Mendoza. Continue reading at your spoilerish risk for some irrational bashing of her.

Firstly, I consider myself to be fairly romantic. Only, in these books, le
Jan 01, 2012 Mara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the weaker Company novels in the series so far. Mendoza, who makes a return as the narrator of this installment, is not terribly likable as a character. Her thoughts seem limited to one of three things: plants, hatred of mortals, or her lost English lover from centuries past. Yawn.

Baker is obviously infatuated with the pre-glamour version of Hollywood in which she's set the book, but she failed to draw me into the setting. Much like the Civil War raging to the east, the book's action and
May 07, 2009 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Third book in the Company series; this book follows Mendoza, who is possibly the most worthless excuse for a protagonist I've ever encountered. Mendoza alternates between feeling sorry for herself, feeling bitter at everyone else, and mourning for her abusive ex-boyfriend who committed suicide two hundred years prior. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 02, 2009 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keith by: David DeFoor
Shelves: science-fiction, 2009
Another good read from Kage Baker's Novels of the Company series. I'm still not sure what to make of them. They're imaginative with some excellent background information -- this one is set in California during the Civil War -- but the sometimes proceed a rather languid pace, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I wish Good Reads had 1/2 star increments. This book, like the other two I've read, is more than "OK" but I not yet sure that I "Really Liked It." Baker can write the pants off many of h ...more
J.L. Dobias
Jan 14, 2015 J.L. Dobias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF Historical Romance Time Travel Cyborg fans
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Mendoza in Hollywood (aka. At the Edge of the West) by Kage Baker

This is the third offering in The Company Series and my second read of Kage Baker. I skipped Sky Coyote because I enjoy the Mendoza character and wanted to get more of her, but if I continue reading this I think I'll have to begin now to read them in order or things may not work out well. I'm getting a sense of this being one rather epic story being told in several novel size chunks. Based on some comments about that last few books
Sue McAvoy
Feb 17, 2014 Sue McAvoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow--not what I was expecting! I envisioned Mendoza amongst Chaplin, or Bogart, or something, not stuck at a stagecoach station in the 1860s! Ms. Baker must have had her tongue firmly in cheek when she named this book!

It was good to be back inside poor wounded Mendoza's head and heart. I can see how she's developing over time and it just enriches her and makes me care more.

There was a lag in the middle where every day seemed like every other day, until I realized it had a two-fold meaning--first
Oct 27, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To hit my goal of 180 books for this year, I need to read two books a day on average for the rest of 2014. Got a bit behind with a new job, etc. And today I did finish two books, so that's good!

This is the next installment in Baker's The Company series and I really liked it, better than Sky Coyote although maybe not as much as In the Garden of Iden. Laughed out loud many times and loved the way the characters serve to illustrate the best and worst of humanity. I adored the history of very early
Jan 21, 2010 Ging rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You're way too emo, Mendoza. A lot of things were hinted at in this book, though, so I still feel compelled to read the rest of the series and unravel the mysteries of Dr Zeus. And I can't wait to see Joseph again (sorely missed you in this one, man).
Sep 23, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love and hate these books. The series as a whole has a story that I want to read. The main text of these stories is primarily (almost entirely) found in the first and last chapters of each book, with the 300 or so pages in between representing detailed footnotes. Mind you, said footnotes provide unique perspective on the thoughts and view points of immortal government lackeys and how they would fill boring down time in various eras, between their equally boring assignments (unlike the assignme ...more
Stuart Dean
Mendoza goes to 1862. So Hollywood is a stagecoach inn outside of the unimpressive town of Los Angeles. We get 200 pages of the daily life of a half dozen people working at a Civil War era truck stop, and then 50 pages of espionage and lovers on the run.

The detailed history of early days Los Angeles and the surrounding area is interesting, whether or not it's accurate I cannot say. An entire chapter is dedicated to D.W. Griffith's silent film "Intolerance", which makes me want to
Mar 14, 2014 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite entertaining—BUT. About 3/4 of the book is Mendoza and her more-than-a-little-crazy Company associates, dumped on the outskirts of what will one day become LA but is currently mostly unspoiled Southern California. They go on about their various businesses, documenting mid-19th-c. life in this corner of the Wild West and saving soon-to-be-extinct species. They squabble, they joke, they watch classics of the silver screen from the mind-boggling perspectives of their own early mortal lives pl ...more
Lady Knight
The third installment of Kage Baker's "The Company" series is certainly a treat! Mendoza is back and this time she in the Wild West, Los Angeles to be exact, where everyone packs a gun and the mentally off-kilter run free. Between holding reel film movie screenings with other immortals, going door-to-door pedling merchandise with an anthropologist, living with a crazy young cyborg obsessed with birds, and occaisionnally getting some botanical work done, Mendoza still dreams about Nicholas Harpol ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This third novel in the Company series reverts to Mendoza's first-person narration, and the transition did not go entirely smoothly. Mendoza is still far more self-centered than Joseph, and that comes through her narration. We saw in Sky Coyote that Joseph wants her that way because he fears for her safety, but after being in the head of a character who is constantly paying attention to those around him and to events at large it's frustrating to come crashing back to Mendoza bitterness, self-pit ...more
Emily Leathers
I'm starting to lose faith in the book descriptions on the back of the re-published mass markets. They get the setting right, but the description of the plot totally off. 'finds herself in the midst of the Civil War'...not really, she repeatedly tells us that she's ignoring it, and she's in the LA area where nothing major happens. 'running into a man who strongly, compellingly reminds her of her lost love'...happens on page 250 of 334. 'She will soon find love again'...presumably happens soon af ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
Kage Baker's Company series has been my favorite series I've read in probably the past 10 years. The awesome thing about Baker is that it feels like she's exploring different literary genres with the same characters in different books. Garden of Iden was the historical romance, Sky Coyote the comdey, and here in Mendoza in Hollywood we kinda get a historical western. I *adore* Mendoza. She's this wonderfully grumpy antisocial bitter woman who is completely focused on her work. But in a completel ...more
Ward Bond
Nov 01, 2014 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Review

Ah, pity poor Mendoza. She's a botanist stuck in dusty southern California in 1862, with a broken heart, bizarre companions, lousy food (frijoles and steak again, anyone?), and no plants to study. On top of all that, she's immortal--a cyborg created and maintained by Dr. Zeus, also known as the Company. From its 24th-century headquarters, the Company sends orders back in time to Mendoza and her fellow cyborgs, who collect stuff from the past and send it ahead through time mach

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
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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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