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Sky Coyote (The Company #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  2,036 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews

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

Paperback, 310 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Tor Books (first published 1999)
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mark monday
Jan 20, 2013 mark monday rated it liked it
hello there, little comedy of manners. i see you! you are trying to hide, aren't you? but your heart is not in it, i think. and all the better for it. you are quite a charming comedy of manners, and there is no shame in that. you are a tale that features pretension punctured, amusing miscommunications, servants who say the correct thing while silently conveying their disdain, bureaucratic bosses who are childlike in their sheltered idealism, faux naifs slash noble savages who turn out to be neit ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Ryandake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-good-shit
ok, so this is certainly not the first swing around the dance floor for the Company novels and i. in fact, we're getting to be rather accustomed partners. but every time i pick one up after a couple-year absence, i am astonished all over again how good they are.

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
May 06, 2011 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
She (Kage) did it again, only this time worse.

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
This second novel of the Company makes all of In the Garden of Iden feel like a prequel, and for those SF readers who don't like much romance I might recommend starting here. It jumps ahead a couple hundred years and switches to Joseph's first-person narrative (I think the series is actually shaping up to switch back and forth between Mendoza and Joseph with every book, but I could be wrong), and it gets much more into the world-building that was so ruthlessly relegated to the background in the ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sky Coyote wins the prize as the first physical book I've read in over a year, and I regret nothing. It continues the saga of The Company, but this time, the story is told from the immortal Facilitator Joseph's perspective. In this case, the Company isn't satisfied with grabbing lost artefacts and to-be-extinct plants; they decide to take an entire Chumash village as well, and decide to send in an agent in the guise of the trickster god Sky Coyote to persuade the village to come along peacefully ...more
May 08, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2009
While I really liked the first book in Kage Baker's Company series, I thought this sequel was merely "cute" - I was more interested in the mysterious politics of the Company than I was in the endless scenes with the Native American tribe that Joseph and his fellow immortals were trying to preserve. Sky Coyote was much sillier in tone than In The Garden of Iden was; lots of unanswered questions about who was running the Company and to what end were posed, but most of the pages were spent discussi ...more
Oh, what fun. Of course I am a sucker for time travel, so no surprise I liked this. The narrative voice is fantastic, wry and quirky and wise as only a 20,000 year old immortal can be. I loved the very modern-sounding primitive tribe (I imagine this is the filtration through Joseph's modern sensibilities) and the tale of Coyote and his penis had me laughing out loud.

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
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Lady Knight
I'm often surprised when people mention that Sky Coyote is Kage Baker's weakest in the Company series. Admittedly, the first time I read this book I was unimpressed, I wanted to know more about Mendoza, not Joseph. But now, after multiple re-readings, I have to say that this has become one of my favorite books in the series. Joseph has far more depth than Mendoza, more of a story to tell and frankly, a lot less whiny.

New World One is the base of dreams. It has every amenity imaginable and the b
Bob Nolin
Oct 09, 2016 Bob Nolin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine you are immortal, and live through the long ages, knowing in advance what is coming. You are there when famous events occur, you see and talk to the people of history, you know all about what they are, more than they themselves know. That's basically the premise behind the Company books, though there's much more to it than that. But if you love history and a well-told story with smart, likable characters, these books will probably be right up your alley.

Sky Coyote, book 2 of the series,
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
MB (What she read)
A comfort re-read 6/26/11

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
Aug 26, 2010 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Second book in the Company series; this one switches focus from Mendoza to Joseph, and in doing so gives us a more detailed look at the history of The Company and some of their past actions. At the same time, we are in the "present" of 1700, where Joseph has to preserve a tribe of Chumash natives from being wiped out by other tribes and European conquerors.

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
Jan 25, 2010 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, history
This was my second (and last) of the Company series. There's just not much of a plot in these books, it turns out. Baker does a wonderful job of fleshing out the environs, both primitive and hyper-advanced, but it looks increasingly like these are books that just minutely observe culture clash.

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
Apr 18, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
A quirky little book. The story wrapper is a vast time-traveling Company that meddles in history and the undercurrents of conflict between its immortal employees (from historical times) and its owners (from the future). The story core is the life of a Chumash village in 1699. The glue between the two is Joseph from the Company, whose mission is to play the trickster god Sky Coyote and convince the villagers to move before the Europeans arrive. Joseph likes playing the cunning trickster. Joseph d ...more
Afton Nelson
Mar 15, 2010 Afton Nelson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I don't know what it is about this series. For me, it seems to be right on the edge of something great, but it never quite makes the leap. Entertaining, you bet. The premise of this book, that an immortal special agent for the Dr. Zeus Company is trying to preserve an entire native american village from its people and their handicrafts, to the plants they know and the animals they hunt and eat is fascinating. The story never had that "holy cow" moment though and the ending was an anticlimactic s ...more
Jamie Collins
2.5 stars. I didn't like this nearly as well as the first book. The writing is fine, and some of the humor is there, but I was a little disappointed in the plot and the setting. Joseph was a great character when seen from Mendoza's point of view, but for this novel we have him as the narrator, and I didn't like him as well. I also didn't like Mendoza so much when seen through his eyes.

Still, there's enough potential here to make me want to continue with the series.
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
What a hilarious book. Few dark corners in this one. Facilitator Joseph, the 20,000 year old man and con man par excellence, cons a group of California Indians circa the 18th century, into believing he's the mythological being, Coyote. It's all a grand Company scheme, of course, but mostly it's just plain fun.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I came new to the Company series, a short while back, through a number of short stories I was reading in an SF anthology on my Kindle. I was fascinated enough to decide I would read some of Kage Baker's books, "Sky Coyote" is the second in the series... I'm so glad I did.
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
Mar 12, 2017 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i did not finish this but i got more than halfway through and i feel like it counts cause this book was awful
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 Ward Bond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition Review

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

Peggy Thomson
Mar 18, 2017 Peggy Thomson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked this more than I'd recalled. I particularly loved the non-patronizing descriptions of the Chumash community including the gathering of data from the "trade unionists'.
The 24th century characters were pretty scary.
Aug 24, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In "Sky Coyote," Kage Baker seems intent on missing the boat with her own series. First of all, in almost all technical aspects, this book is worse than the first book in the series. Where that book had well-done and well-researched writing, with varied and decently filled-out characters, this book rambles about unimportant trivia, buries any historical research under horse-feathers, and has only one character with any semblance of depth. The one thing in this book that is done better than in th ...more
May 23, 2012 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first book in this series, In the Garden of Iden, I enjoyed it, but I wasn't bowled over, maybe just because it wasn't what I expected. Baker's stories are subtle and character-focused in an arena (science fiction time travel) where one expects the stories to be plot driven and technical (although in that sense, she's like another master of time travel writing, Connie Willis).

This time around, my expectations were more in line, and I appreciated the quirky humor more. Also, Bake
Dec 13, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most fabulous series in the entire world. This was a jolt after I read "In the garden of Iden," as this book is so head-smackingly funny. Completely different tone from the first book. I love Joseph. He's brilliant and wiley and sly.


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
Précis Joseph, one of the older facilitators in the Company, travels to California in the year 1700 to be the lead contact in a mission to bring a group of Chumash Indians to the future and preserve their culture. The Chumash are not a quiet little Indian tribe with teepees; they are businessmen, entrepreneurs, entertainers and manufactures of many products.
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
In the second installment of this series that began with In the Garden of Iden, we again meet up with Joseph and Mendoza. This time, their mysterious employers want them to go to pre-Columbian California and rescue an entire village of Native Americans from inevitable destruction at the hands of Spanish explorers. Joseph's plan is to convince the Chumash that he is actually their much-admired, wily god known as Sky Coyote, come to save them from the wrath of an angry Sun god. But the Chumash are ...more
MB Taylor
Jun 21, 2011 MB Taylor rated it really liked it
I finished reading Sky Coyote this morning. This is both the second book of her “Company” series and the second book of hers that I’ve read. I think I enjoyed this one even more than In the Garden of Iden (1997). Sky Coyote takes place in 1700, primarily in a part of southern California as yet unconquered (or even discovered) by the Spanish. It has, however, been discovered by the Company, a 24th Century organization dedicated to getting rich by exploiting treasures from the past. In this instal ...more
Stuart Dean
Apr 13, 2016 Stuart Dean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The time traveling Company wants to save an entire native Amerind village before the Spanish show up to wipe them out. Immortal cyborg operative Joseph is physically transformed into one of their gods, Sky Coyote, ears, muzzle, tail, and all. He tries to convince them to come quietly to their new home with flush toilets.

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
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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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