Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company #3)
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. ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(And then, once ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
And the good just keeps on going. I find it fascinating that Baker has set up this series with Mendoza as the pivot of the books and yet she isn't always the main character in a novel. She is in this one however, as we see her dealing with humanity again after centuries of blessed peace and solitude in the wilderness. Her life goes to hell in a handbasket from here as things get more complicated, more fascinating and more conspiracies rear their heads. Bak ...more
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
This requires the Company to create places where items of value can be stored and then taken care as tim ...more