Sky Coyote (The Company #2)
Facilitator Joseph has outlasted entire civilizations during his twenty-thousand years of service to Dr. Zeus, the twenty-fourth century Company that created immortal operatives like him to preserve history and culture. The year is 1699 and Joseph is now in Alta California, to imitate an ancient Native-American Coyote god, and save the native Chumash from the white Euro
More lists with this book...
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
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.
** Spoilers after this point **
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
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
New World One is the base of dreams. It has every amenity imaginable and the b ...more
Sky Coyote, book 2 of the series, ...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
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.)
8/13/16. Another reread. I think this must be my 3rd time now. I find that I love this book more each time I read it again. In one of life's amazing serendipitous coincidences, I had an opportunity to take a field studies class where we studied the ...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
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
Still, there's enough potential here to make me want to continue with the series.
The core of the thesis is that some company in the far off future, Dr Zeus, has created immortal cyborg operatives to work in the past in order to preserve history, biology and culture which (one gets the impression) become use ...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
The 24th century characters were pretty scary.
This time around, my expectations were more in line, and I appreciated the quirky humor more. Also, Bake ...more
ETA: 2016 reread: This second book in the Company series always turns me into a little Agent Mulder: I WANT to believe. How magical it is to think that there are people(ish) out there whose sole purpose to is to save the best of our civilization for ...more
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
It's about comparing three distinct cultures from the view of one very detached observer; Joseph. First is the Land of Oz where the Immortals have set them up as Gods over the na ...more