In the Garden of Iden (The Company #1)
Rescued from the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition, feisty little Mendoza is enrolled in a special school and becomes a cyborg agent of The Company, a group of immortal merchants and scientists who travel backwards in time in order to make money for The Company and to benefit mankind in various ways.
Mendoza is educated and trained as a botanist and, for her first mission, she’s sent back to 16th century Europe to document and study samples from the famou...more
This was my first novel by Baker and her first novel as well, and if it was not quite as brightly polished as the short story (which was, after all, written a decad...more
What if people could be made immortal? What if time travel (backwards only) was possible? What if a profit hungry corporation used these two technologies to make itself into the East India Company of the Future, and loo...more
This is a neat twist on the usual time travel story: our protagonists aren't exactly time travelers themselves. Rather, they were rescued from certain death as children and given enhanced, immortal bodies. They spend eternity a...more
EDIT: Adding a star. Re-reading this, and discussing it with my sister, I realize that it is truly one of my favorite books. Especially for the opening chapters, when Mendoza narrates her introduction to The Company; they are like the written equivalent of a one-hour rally in volleyball. Just tight, whip-smart prose, and a delightfully precocious, feisty young...more
I really enjoyed the first 80% of the book. It's an interesting premise -- what if someone from the future came back and seeded the past with immortal operatives, each one culled from the humans of the past centuries? And the writing is great -- excellent characterization, narrator/protagonist has a clear and consistent voice, good plot pacing. But I didn't much care for the resolution, and I particularly disliked how obviously a setup for the rest of the series the last few chapters we...more
That said, there's a lot of melodrama in this first book. If folks don't like this one, I usually urge them to try the second one, "Sky Coyote" anyways because each book has it's own tone. I'd hate for folks to be turned off from the entire series just because they didn't like the tone of the first book.
ETA: I just my SIGNED 1ST...more
The premise is that in the not enormously distant future time travel and immortality are discovered/invented. Not necessarily in that order. This is all coordinated by the 'Company' whose head honcho is Dr Zeus (maybe). However immortality can only be conferred on the prepubescent and time can only be visited retrospectively.
In the '...more
Ms. Baker does an excellent job providing her chara...more
In 16th-century Spain, everybody expects the Spanish Inquisition, as they have a well-known tendency to cart people off to their dungeons on trumped-up charges. What 5-year-old Mendoza, on the brink of being tortured as a Jew, is totally unprepared for is to be rescued by the Company--the ultimate bureaucracy of the 24th century--and made immortal. In return, all she has to do is travel through time on a series of assignments for the Company and collect endangered botanical sp
This is her first novel and also the first of her 'Company' novels. The Company – in Earth's far future' has cracked the secret of time travel and immortality-by-conversion-to-cyborg. It kidnaps potential agents out of time (as children) at the point (or just before) they are due to die. The humans are the immortalised (medically/surgically) and sent...more
Lots of little things I like – historical scifi, a dryly hilarious narration, a goat – that somehow didn’t add up into one big thing I like. Dunno. There’s a lot of stuff going on here about...more
So, Iden is not a misspelling of the garden of Eden, but rather a reference to Sir Walter Iden, a character in the novel who has a stately estate garden full of botanical curiosities. During the time of the novel, the counter-reformation will occur in England, and Sir Walter will go...more
In the future a company will discover the secrets of both time travel and immortality. Unfortunately both have drawbacks. The past can't be changed and only children with perfect s...more
That said, I'm not sure there's a heart ticking away amongst the scifi and history. I really felt no urgency of plot, no buildup to an overarching theme. I read the next book in the series, hoping that ma...more
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Probably though this is some conditioning the Company installed to ensure I'd be a good botanist. Well, I grew up into a good one. Damned good.”