The Life of the World to Come (The Company #5)
Mendoza is a Preserver, which means that she's sent back from the twenty-fourth century by Dr. Zeus, Incorporated - the Company - to recover things from the past which would otherwise be lost. She's a botanist, a good ...more
This one is set far in the future, only a few years before the mysterious silence is due to begin in the year 2355. I'm not enjoying Baker's depiction of the future nearly as much as I enjoyed reading about her immortal operatives living in the past. I disli ...more
Love this series, hate the covers. That's really rather unappealing, don't you think?
January 26, 2015
More than a decade later and I love this even more. The covers are still embarrassing as hell with art derived from some other story and weird giant heads floating above it all.
Okay, so now Mendoza is being punished by The Company who've sent her Way Back (150k years back) on Catalina Island. Well, the weather is good, and she's got time to work on her maize. Then one day a sh ...more
It was nice to revisit the world and the characters of The Company, especially Mendoza and all of the different incarnations of Alec / Nicholas / Edward that keep haunting poor Mendoza throughout time.
Nothing has ever surpassed the amazing first book in the series, In the Garden of Iden, but I was glad to spend some time with t ...more
Mendoza takes two steps back, and her lover(s) three steps forward. A whole cast of new characters - curators, pirates, (more) cyborgs enter the frame, each one interesting with a promise of more to come.
Baker's trademark mix of serious speculation and black humor informs this solid addition to her time-travel series that began with 1998's highly regarded In the Garden of Iden, in which the botanist Mendoza, an immortal female cyborg employed by the rapacious Company, fell in love with a mortal while on a mission in 16th-century England. Tragically, her lover was then burned at the stake. Later in the series, during the 19th century, she fell in love with another man who
La Baker aveva un modo di raccontare davvero unico, mi sono ritrovata spesso al fianco di Alec mentre compiva le sue avventure, immersa totalmente nella storia. Per non parlare del fatto che tutto sembra così normale, tanto che mi aspet ...more
Alec is noticeably different from other children. He is given an electronic playmate at the age of 5 because children do not interact with other children due to germs and such. ...more
It's all very noble on the face of it, but as time goes on, the Company's motivations and methods begin to seem more ...more
The Life of the World to Come is book number five out of a total of nine. Four more books! Just four! What else will I read when I’m done (ok that is a silly question, for there is so much more to read, even by the wonderful late Kage Baker herself).
Let’s have a quick look at that cover, shall we? Now that is an example of a really bad one. I would never pick up a book with a cover like that! It’s rather chees ...more
Some of the satire here doesn't quite work (for me, at least), and significant parts of Baker's 24 ...more
Nicholas/Edward/Alec reminded me a bit of Dawn from Buffy; at first their existence requires a suspension of disbelief, but then it's revealed that they serve an important purpose that w ...more
I had my trepidations at first when hearing that the main protagonist of "The Life of the World to Come" was neither Mendoza nor Joseph (the only two 'leads' of this series so far). Instead, it would have been of a (technically) brand new character of Alec Checkerfield, the third 'incarnation' of Nicholas Harpole (from "The Garden of Iden") and Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax (from "Mendoza in Hollywood").
However, after completing the book (in one night), I'd hav ...more
The first time I read the book I was pulled into the story about Alex, and also the stories about the three men trying so hard to reenact the 20th Century. But none ...more
"The Life of the World to Come" is book five in the series. It's actually quite readable stand-alone, which I did. In spite of the awful title, quite a good story. A bit of a slow start, but Baker is fun to read so it's not a problem. It concerns Alec, the seventh Earl of Finsbury, who is in fact a genetically engineered not-quite-human created by the Company ...more