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In the Company of Thieves

(The Company #10)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Espionage, time travel, and affairs gone terribly wrong define this final collection of Kage Baker’s stories in the Company series. The employees of Dr. Zeus Incorporated have discovered a nearly foolproof recipe for success: combining time travel and immortals. The Company, a powerful corporate entity in the 24th century, specializes in retrieving extraordinary treasures ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Tachyon Publications (first published January 1st 2013)
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Althea Ann
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley! Thanks to NetGalley and to Tachyon Publications!

This is a collection of short pieces by Baker, related to her 'Company' series of novels. At this point, I've read the first seven novels in the series, as well as the first short-story collection 'Black Projects, White Knights.' And the only reason I haven't read the others yet is that Baker has passed away, and I'm going to be really sad when there aren't any more to read. So yes, I'm a fan. I'd say
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Company of Thieves

A collection of short stories by Kage Baker taking place in her Company universe where time traveling cyborgs pilfer the past for future profits.

"The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park"
A very touching story about a flawed cyborg who takes refuge in his recorded memories to avoid the ugliness of the 21st century.

“Unfortunate Gytt”
A sort of Steampunk take on the Roslyn Chapel section of the Da Vinci Code. The main character has absolutely no idea what he’s gotten himself into and stumb
Jenn "JR"
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this collection of short stories -- the ladies of Nelle Gwynne was a bit like "La Femme Nikita" but I quite enjoyed Mother Aegypt's attempt at death by chocolate and the rollicking adventures in Hollywood looking for a purple diamond and ancient ikons that perform powerful magic. Very fun read! ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This collection of short stories (plus the novella about the women of Nell Gwynne's) is set in the world of The Company- a 24th century corporation which uses immortal cyborgs to travel back in time to rescue treasures that might otherwise be lost. Or at least lost to the corporation, which makes a fortune by selling these treasures. Thus the title, In the Company of Thieves. The stories are pleasant, but not as gripping as the novels of the Company, which are fabulous, especially the ones starr ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i loved all the books of kage baker... i still can't get it in my mind that she is no longer there for booklovers like me... i miss her and it would mean the world to me to win a copy of this book... :( ...more
Kaethe Douglas
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel, stories
"The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park" is one of the saddest stories ever published. Contrariwise, "Hollywood Ikons" is pure screwball comedy. It's a strong collection, although I can't say if it would be as powerful if it didn't fit into The Company series.

Library copy
I know that history can’t be changed. But it can be lied to, and it’s no better at identifying a fake than anyone else.[loc. 4525]

I very much enjoyed Kage Baker's 'Company' books, about the corporate entity called Doctor Zeus, and uni-directional time travel (you can only travel back in time: the return journey is the slow route, one day at a time) and the historians, preservers and specialists -- all immortal cybords -- who carry out the Company's assignments and sometimes side-missions of thei

Dan Trefethen
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This posthumous 2013 book is a set of stories that are mainly set in the time-traveling world of her “Company” novels, with one exception (“Mother Aegypt”). The original publications were issued by a variety of small presses, so this assemblage in one volume is a welcome treat for those of us who admired Kage Baker's stories when she was alive. The one story original to this collection was finished by her sister (from Kage's notes and direction), who edited this volume.

I give this book four star
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I'm not sure I'd recommend this book to a total newcomer to the magic of Kage Baker, but it certainly shows the best of her style in each of the (ultimately) interconnected worlds she created. Yet, it would demonstrate her versatility and style and probably lead the novice on a trek through all her works.

For me, who had read all the Company books as they came out, this was a wonderful find and a sad one since I hadn't known that she had died. And, it introduced me to Mother Aegypt and the women
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Baker's last book of short company stories, some of which have been published before, and one which was finished posthumously by her sister. I so loved the company series, one of my all time favorites, so it was nice to revisit some of the stories and get a few new insights. 5 stars more for nostalgia. ...more
Joe Karpierz
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kage Baker is a writer whose work I never encountered - or experienced - until I read In the Company of Thieves, a fine collection of short fiction compiled by her sister Kathleen Bartholomew and published by Tachyon Publications. Baker died in 2011 of cancer, and Bartholomew is now the caretaker of her work, continuing to compile and write Baker's short stories and novels from notes left by Kage. While she died way too early - she was only 58 - Baker left an apparent wealth of both short fictio ...more
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
I just couldn't get into this one. It's probably a case of it's not the book, but me... Or maybe it was different than what I was expecting. ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ebook
This book was great. It is a collection of short stories, and some of the concepts were really fresh and fun to read.
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the first and the last story... Less enthusiastic about the rest
Tsana Dolichva
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the Company of Thieves is a collection of short stories and novellas by Kage Baker, set in the Company universe (link to Goodreads series page). I've previous read all the Company novels (with the exception of The Empress of Mars, which doesn't fit chronologically with the others) and as many short stories as I could easily get a hold of, which was far from all of them. As such, I was coming to this collection already knowing a lot of the Company's back story. That definitely affected my read ...more
Lynn Williams
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing

In the Company of Thieves is a book containing six short stories written by Kage Baker (the final story being completed by Kage's sister, Kathleen Bartholomew, using notes).

I've only read one book of KB's - The Anvil of the World - which is a brilliant story, imaginative and full of quirky humour which I really enjoyed so I was looking forward to this collection of stories very much and they certainly don't disappoint.

Apparently the Company, or Dr Zeus Inc
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received an electronic advanced reading copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley.

Kage Baker is a name I was familiar with, but I had only read one of her stories in an issue of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine years ago. Interested in experiencing more of her work I was excited at the opportunity to read this collection, but ended up feeling ambivalent during most of the time reading it. Yet for fans of Baker I am sure this will be a welcome and highly enjoyed volume, particularly in the
Stephanie Morrow
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review
You can find my full review over on NomadicReader

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review, my thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.

I admit, sometimes I’m pretty shallow when it comes to picking a book to read. I judge by the covers (both the front and the back). The cover to ‘In the Company of Thieves’ pulled at me and I just knew that I had to read it.

I was sad to learn that Kage Baker had passed on, and even sadder once I read the first short story in this series. It invo
Timothy Pecoraro
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
First, I would like to mention that this book is a compilation of short stories. It was compiled by Kage Baker’s sister after the author’s passing. This is probably the reason why this collection seems to be a little hit and miss as far as quality and coherence of theme are concerned. In my personal opinion there are perhaps one or two really good works in this book. Everything else is just alright. The synopsis refers to the two stories that are at the end of the book which deal with Kage Baker ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
A collection of "Company" related stories, most of them previously published. I'd actually read most of them in previous editions, but it was interesting to see them again. This collection stands alone better than some of the past Company collections did, so is a better start for someone wanting to try out Kage Baker's work. (Anyone wanting to start on The Company novels themselves really should start at "In the Garden of Iden" or "Sky Coyote" as after that point they become extremely sequential ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This is all my fault, ladies and gents.

Somehow, when I read the description on Netgalley, all I could see was that this was the book about time travel. Woohoo! I love time travel books. Well, what I failed to notice was that it was a collection of short stories from Kage Baker.

I hate short stories with a passion, that's why I avoid anthologies and rarely review novellas. There is just never enough time to immerse yourself into the story and fall in love with the characters.

In this case all the s
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Science fiction author Kage Baker passed away in 2010, putting In the Company of Thieves into the awkward category of posthumous works. Some of the stories collected here were previously published, but some were finished by the editor, Kathleen Bartholomew. All of the stories take place in the world Baker created for Dr. Zeus, Inc., a company from the future that uses their immortality/cyborg technology and time travel technology to save lost works of art and literature and endangered plant and ...more
Kathy Piselli
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I decided when I started with Goodreads that I would read everything of Kage Baker's that I hadn't read yet. This one is a collection of short stories published in 2013 and containing 6 mostly previously-published stories. The last of the group, Hollywood Ikons, was finished by Baker's sister Kathleen Bartholomew, a writer in her own right, who had often collaborated with Baker - that story has its first appearance here. The Women of Nell Gwynne's is probably known to Baker fans - that is includ ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kage Baker is a favorite of mine, and I'm sad that she will be writing no more. In this collection, her sister compiles past work and completes story sketches to give us a fresh take on the Company.

I've read a couple of these before in other iterations, like Mother Aegypt (laugh-out-loud funny) and The Ladies of Nell Gwynne's. There are some I haven't seen, but perhaps have just missed from other collections. And the final story, at least, seems to be written by Kage's sister based on notes on a
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This is not a novel, but a collection of stories within a single universe of the Company. The employees who work for the Company are immortal and their tasks involve time travel. (There are novels by this author that cover the same universe and, obviously, get more detailed about how things work.) These are good tales, if you enjoy short stories. It’s not typically my story style of choice, but with them all sharing a universe to tie things together it was a little easier to handle. Plus, the wr ...more
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of previous published novellas and short stories with one brand new story written by her sister using extensive notes on the story idea. Any fan of the Company stories that hadn't wanted to pay for the small press editions of these stories will be very happy to dip back into this story universe. The new story has that same magic as her solo stories and includes Joseph and Lewis in California. It was good and bittersweet at the same time knowing that we were robbed of so many ...more
Irina Stoica
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I rated it 4/5 not because I really liked it as a whole, but because I loved some of the short stories. the one with lady beatrice for example was sooooo good. others, not so much. i found it kind of strange that the style seemed to differ from one story to another (the writing style i mean), and I guess this influenced my liking only some. Though I didn't like that particular story, the one with the Romanians was pretty funny, given that I'm Romanian myself. All in all, not bad at all. I read t ...more
That was fun. Nice ideas these Dr Zeuss &co, immortal time-traveling cyborgs, techno-magic and steampunk. Also, zesty characters and tongue-in-cheek dialogue. A good flow in the language & plots. So why only three stars? I guess it's a feeling that it's just a story, not a revelation and especially not a key question about us and our world.

Even so, I will probably read more stuff by Kage Baker, now that I've found her.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd love to have a trade copy, that GORGEOUS cover from Thomas Canty ya know? But for now, I have it on my nook...

The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park (from The Best of Kage Baker) re-read aloud to Lisa 12/11/2014
The Unfortunate Gytt
Mother Aegypt (read in Mother Aegypt 1/9/2005)
Rude Mechanicals
Hollywood Ikons read 7/26/2014 & again 12/12/2014
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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

Other books in the series

The Company (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • In the Garden of Iden (The Company, #1)
  • Sky Coyote (The Company, #2)
  • Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company, #3)
  • The Graveyard Game (The Company, #4)
  • The Life of the World to Come (The Company, #5)
  • The Children of the Company (The Company, #6)
  • The Machine's Child (The Company, #7)
  • The Sons of Heaven (The Company, #8)
  • Not Less Than Gods
  • The Women of Nell Gwynne's

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