Black Projects, White Knights: The Company Dossiers
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One amusing thing I noticed: Kage Baker was a Grouchy Old Man! She just could not stand a world of progressive liberalism that checks and attacks the things she took for granted in her life: enjoying competition and other potentially violent things; smoking and drinkin ...more
Individual stories about various characters from the Company series, mucking about in time. Great fun.
February 4, 2015
I don't really have a lot to add. Except that reading the whole series together, back to back, in order, makes for a much richer, more pleasurable, and more nuanced appreciation. As clever as the setup and the handling of it is, though, "great fun" remains the series' greatest strength.
Library copy. ...more
As with the novels, my favorite stories are the ones which depict the immortal operatives doing their routine work of preserving and acquiring significant historical objects. I find this much more interesting than the larger plot of the series, which involves far-reaching, sinister conspiracies.
My favorites were:
"Noble Mold": Joseph and Mendoza in 19th-centur ...more
♦ "Smart Alec" read 5/15/2001
Facts Relating to the Arrest of Dr. Kalugin
Old Flat Top
The Dust Enclosed Here
The Literary Agent
Lemuria Will Rise!
The Wreck of the "Gladstone"
"Studio Dick Drowns Near Malibu" 12-30-2000 re-read 8/2/2015
The Likely Lad
The Queen in Yellow
The Hotel at Harlan's Landing ...more
Marty Halpern's comments:
He was Baker's editor for the anthology, and her friend.
From his tribute:
"Ah, Kage, I am so sorry... I expected so many more Company stories from you, so many more lunches and dinners together, and I had especially hoped that you and I would have an opportunity to work together again, at least once more." ...more
Absolute gems are: 'The Dust Enclosed Here', 'The Literary Agent', 'Hanuman' (my first intro to this fascinating character - and I'd been worried it would be another semi-boring botanical story) and the previously unpublished Egyptian romp'The Queen in Yellow'.
Bonus: Nothing really disappointing here. ...more
"…some shelter in out of the black night, and how the war for power over the Earth is going.
Because that’s what it is, see. I’m not crazy, honey. It’s all there in the Bible. For some have entertained angels unawares, but some folks get let in on their secrets, you follow me? And it isn’t a comforting thing to know the truth about angels." ...more
THREE STARS: I can see myself re-reading a few stories in future, but not most. I believe I've only read this book once before, and I can see why.
"4.5" is a great number value for this book in the series, because it really doesn't belong anywhere. Except, at the same time, it's vital to understanding the books going forward -- which just seems like poor planning in hindsight.
A collection of short stories by Baker. Arguably short stories are where she's at top form ...more
Absolutely a must-read for anyone who's read any of the Company books - or a good introduction to the series.
I'm quoting Wikipedia for the contents summary, cause I'm lazy:
The stories in this vo ...more
This collection brings together the early Company stories in one volume for the first time with three previously unpublished works, including "The Queen in Yellow," written exclusively for this compilation. In these tales sci-fi fans follow the secret activities of the Company's field agents—once human, now centuries-old time-traveling immortal cyborgs—as they attempt to retrieve history's lost treasures. Botanist Mendoza's search for the rare hallucinogenic Black Elysium grape in 1844 S
Enjoyable collection of stories from Baker's "Company" setting, with a variety of settings (altho lots of California), characters, and time periods. If I remember correctly, this is the volume that introduced me to Alec.
As always, love her narrative style(s), although ...more
As I said in my review of "Dreams Made Flesh", I'm not really much of a reader of short stories. However, I do enjoy them when they tell tales in a universe with which I am familiar. The author doesn't need to spend time on set up and being clever and can just get on with telling the tale. This is a most enjoyable collection of Company stories that I read through in three days - an indication of quality indeed for me. It fills in a lot of interesting bits and ...more
A short story collection that offers insight to various "Company" characters we've encountered before. My favorite supporting character was a parrot who only appeared for a few pages. Baker's character Alec shows up in three short stories later incorporated into the novel _The Life of the World to Come_ (2004).
Overall, a nice addition to Baker's "Company" saga, nicely flavored with differing narrative styles for each of the characters.
(July 200 ...more