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Sky Coyote (The Company #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,159 Ratings  ·  184 Reviews
Can a rich Native american culture be saved from the destruction of white settlement? In the second installment of Kage Baker’s heralded Company series, cyborgs interact, often humorously, with a pre-Columbian Chumash village. “An action-packed but thoughtful read” (Dallas Morning News).
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Harcourt Trade Publishers (first published 1999)
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mark monday
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 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 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 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
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
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The second book in Kage Baker’s Company series, the story focuses on Joseph, a facilitator and field operative who plays the part of Sky Coyote to a Native American tribe in what will be California. We get a lot more of Joseph’s history, a bit of an update on Mendoza (the main POV character from the first book, In the Garden of Iden), and some thought-provoking glimpses of both the future and the past. Parts of it were a little to “campy” for me, which is why I rated it 8/10.
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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 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 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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, sci-fi
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 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
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second volume in 'The Company' series. This one involves a lot more satire.... the Company has told its agents to 'preserve' an intact village of a Native American tribe called the Chumash - people, artifacts and all. However the agents from the future are incompetent, wussy vegetarians who seem to spend all their time playing videogames and freaking out about germs (& etc). The immortal agents have to wonder what the 24th century is actually like, and what/who they are actually doing th ...more
Afton Nelson
Mar 15, 2010 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.
PJ Who Once Was Peejay
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.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RE-READ 5/15/2000
and again 11/2/2015
Jenny Yates
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, I find it delightful. It’s a clandestine time-traveling operation (the Company) which is basically a search-and-rescue operation, collecting rare plants and animals, as well as information about history. The operatives in the field are a bunch of humans who’ve been surgically altered so that they’re immortal. They assume disguises and move to particular time-periods to do their work.

The first one was all about Mendoza, and this one is about Joseph. He’s an old soul (literally
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hesitant about jumping to a new narrator in this second Company book, but Joseph is a lot more fun than Mendoza, and he seems to really enjoy the role of Trickster in this episode, convincing a village of Chumash to go with him. An odd thing to do, but I liked how the villagers were portrayed like any other people anywhere, with business dealings and divorces and healthy skepticism about the ways Coyote tries to trick them--like shrugging off his explanation that an earthquake meant a god ...more
Carolyn Fitzpatrick
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The tone of this book is very different from the first in the series, as it focuses on the Joseph character, who constantly reminds me of Zaphod Beeblebrox. Joseph is leading a new team in 1699 northern California, with the mission of removing a local Indian tribe for study along with all of their possessions and samples of the local flora and fauna. In order to obtain their willing cooperation, Joseph is surgically altered to resemble their local god, Sky Coyote. I found this book to be much mo ...more
The pace on this seemed really slow to me. The narrator is not entirely reliable, and as you get through the book you begin to see why. He's witty, quick on his feet, and a bit morally compromised. What happens to Mendoza? I'm interested in learning more about how Joseph reacts to events at the end of the book, and of course what happens to Mendoza, but I'm not on fire to read the next one.
As someone else noted, this was a "comfort re-read" for me, and I too liked it even more than the first time I read it. I'm going to find the other Company novels and read or re-read them. And I'm going to be sad once again that Kage Baker left us too soon, in 2010.
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 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 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.
Mar 12, 2017 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
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