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In the Garden of Iden (The Company #1)

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The first novel of this critically acclaimed, much-loved series introduces us to a world where the future of commerce is the past. In the twenty-fourth century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life (for profit of course). It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company, Dr. Zeus. One of these is ...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published January 1st 1997)
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Julia I think they stand alone and could be read out of order without missing much. BUT given a choice, I would definitely recommend reading them in order…moreI think they stand alone and could be read out of order without missing much. BUT given a choice, I would definitely recommend reading them in order since there are spoilers. I've read the first and second so far, and I'm into the third. I loved this one, the first, and wouldn't have wanted to have known ahead of time what was going to happen. Also, they do seem to be building on each other.(less)
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mark monday
hello there, little romance. i see you! you are trying to hide, aren't you? well you picked some good camouflage, i must say. you've concealed yourself within a fairly operatic setting: the tale of an immortal teenage cyborg employed by a secretive and futuristic Company, sent on missions in our far-flung past to save extinct plants, waiting for the day that your future finally catches up with your employer's apparently golden present. it is quite a setting, i almost didn't see you there! you ar ...more
David Sven
As far as Scifi goes, this made for a good Historical Romance/Period Drama. Sure it uses words like "cyborg" and "nanotech" and even "symbiote" and has the big scifi staple, "time travel" - it just didn't have any actual science.

An organisation from the future AKA "Dr Zeus" or "The Company" sends back operatives in time and injects poor unfortunates with stuff that turns them into cyborgs and makes them immortal. And it's really really good stuff that gives them superhuman speed and other power
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Michael
Here's a book where I love the concept of the book a lot more than than execution.

The concept of using time travel to go back, create a new race of immortal human beings who will then preserve certain aspects and artifacts from history is an intriguing one. The opening segments of "In the Garden of Iden" that set up this concept and idea are intriguing, fascinating and had me hoping something brilliant would happen in the novel.

Unfortunately, that never really materializes--at least not in this
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Lisa Vegan
This is the first book in "The Company” series and it has a wonderful premise. I love the ingenious use of time travel in the plot. The writer is an engaging storyteller and there are so many funny parts. The characters are very interesting. I love the way some real history is made part of what is largely a speculative fiction book. I appreciated the originality of Mendoza’s voice. I felt extremely fond of the goat, a very minor character; there was a lot of humor and pathos around the goat’s si ...more
Jon
Jun 07, 2011 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality SF Selection June 2011
Lee
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Well now that was something different. A starter of SciFi, with a main course of historical fiction, followed by a dessert of botany. A bit of all three but none dominating.
There is certainly a great story line there. A company going back in time to collect items to save and invest in things to make them massively wealthy, messing around with immortality, save the whales or in this case a Roman Holly bush, but you need to build the story around the idea and not just have it as a couple of lines
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Kat  Hooper
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

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
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Phoenixfalls
My first encounter with Kage Baker was a short story in the anthology Wizards: Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy. Her contribution was the highlight of that collection for me, a brightly polished gem of a story small in scope and warmly, wonderfully knowing. On the strength of that story alone I decided I would love the author.

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
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Tom Mathews
I enjoyed this first book in the time travel series featuring The Company but it didn't knock my socks off. It features Mendoza, a Spanish girl rescued as a child from almost certain death in the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition (didn't expect that, did you?), who had surgery performed on her to make her immortal and then trained as a botanist to travel through time rescuing extinct species of plants to bring back to the future.

As her first assignment, Mendoza, now a teenager, is sent to Engl
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Lightreads
There’s a lot of stuff going on here I won’t summarize since the book infodumps it way better than I can. Let’s shorthand to girl rescued from dungeons of Inquisition and made immortal time agent of twenty-fourth century corporation, except all the action occurs on an isolated British country estate in 1557.

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
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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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“The leaf that spreads in the light is the only holiness there is. I haven't found holiness in the faiths of mortals, or in their music, not in their dreams: it's out in the open field, with the green rows looking at the sky. I don't know what it is, this holiness: but it's there, and it looks at the sky.
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.”
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“Besides, we weren't made to battle villains, because there weren't any. No nation, creed, or race was any better or worse than another; all were flawed, all were equally doomed to suffering, mostly because they couldn't see that they were all alike. Mortals might have been contemptible, true, but not evil entirely. They did enjoy killing one another and frequently came up with ingenious excuses for doing so on a grand scale—religions, economic theories, ethnic pride—but we couldn't condemn them for it, as it was in their mortal natures and they were too stupid to know any better.” 4 likes
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