After reading: I enjoyed this book much more than I was expecting. Having the story told from the male POV--particularly non-verbal Edh's--was really unusual. I grew to like him very much. And how Beh got 'there' kept me guessing until the end. ...Not sure I loved that outcome, but it did (mostly) make sense to the plot.
As to whether it resembled Mark Twain or not, hmmmm... Well, yes. But with less humor and a ton more sex. (Does that make up your mind for you?)
Note, this is a slow-building romance. I liked the way that played out. (This wasn't insta-sex. I thought the way the author handled that plot point was very well done.)
P.S. I got this for $.99 at Amazon last weekend. It was well-worth the money....more
What a huge pleasure it is to have a new read from Kage Baker--and set in the Company world no less! I loved this book with it's subtle humor and wittWhat a huge pleasure it is to have a new read from Kage Baker--and set in the Company world no less! I loved this book with it's subtle humor and witty and wise glimpse at life on Mars!
The characterization is stellar! Every single character is rich, interesting, and with his/her own unique backstory and point of view. (I realize how much I appreciate KB's skill and mastery in this after reading too many boiler-plate novels.)...more
It was a treat to get to finally read this new novella set in The Company world! Her writing is always a pleasure for its sly humor and this one was nIt was a treat to get to finally read this new novella set in The Company world! Her writing is always a pleasure for its sly humor and this one was no exception. (Although this is really just a taster and somewhat of a tease.) I hope to see more of these characters in the future. Luckily with the scope of time involved, Baker can keep The Company stories coming as long as she has inspiration, I'd think. And which is certainly fine by me.
Note: Although not strictly Steampunk, I feel that steampunk afficionados would enjoy this book. (And it would be a nice entry for those not already familiar with The Company saga.)...more
Umpteenth reread 8/19/13: I love the way Frank mixes up ancient history, a hot love story, biblical allusions, and reflections on modern politics andUmpteenth reread 8/19/13: I love the way Frank mixes up ancient history, a hot love story, biblical allusions, and reflections on modern politics and society. These books are easy to read for enjoyment, but if the reader turns her brain on, there is plenty of meat and depth as well. I love how each book makes me feel like I'm immersed in the various ancient cultures. If you like history as via time travel, I recommend this series to you....more
Although this book drags a little, there is so much historical detail and imagination!
Favorite parts: Chloe as a mermaid, King David, OT slavery, theAlthough this book drags a little, there is so much historical detail and imagination!
Favorite parts: Chloe as a mermaid, King David, OT slavery, the conquest of Jerusalem, what it was like to be childless in ancient times, the relationship between Chloe and Cheftu (as usual), Imhotep, the gold, Bathsheba, a real feeling for what life was like in Biblical times.
Such an interesting time period! I wish more authors would write about ancient times rather than the same old, same old....more
6/8/11 Comfort Re-read I love this series! This book is a very dark entry however. Almost too dark for me. Labienius and co. are such horrible psychop6/8/11 Comfort Re-read I love this series! This book is a very dark entry however. Almost too dark for me. Labienius and co. are such horrible psychopathic megalomaniacs! (Enough polysyllables?) But, if you're a Company Fan, you really need to read this one, because it is how you find out about a lot of the backstories, and get your loose ends tied up, and red herrings explained. This book doesn't really add much action-wise to the overlying plot action arc, but wow!, it is important to add richness and depth--and answer some of the reader's MANY questions. So...read it. That's my advice. But do move on to the next which makes Alex, Mendoza, and etc. the focal point.
Kage Baker was one of the best plotters out there, IMO. On the level of Connie Willis and Lois McMaster Bujold. And she had so many balls juggled in her many subplots... It is such a complicated and rich and full of depth series. I am really sad to loose her talent and wish she had had the satisfaction of being better known and appreciated before it was too late. The reader needs to have a brain to read this series. And her sly sense of humor shining through adds so much to my enjoyment. I notice more and more as I'm re-reading this series that I missed the first time through.