The Machine's Child
Unfortunately, I absolutely hated Baker's rendition of th ...more
Kage: you know I love the witty, well-realized worlds you create. The snappy dialogue. The varied, engaging characters. The compelling conflicts. All the ingredients are there; why can you not turn them into a story? Why does basic Aristotelean plot structure so totally elude you? My response to coming to end of each of your books has been "What? Am I missing pages?" Th ...more
Loved it. The series kicks over into serious goofiness, if you will, with three bickering lovers-of-Mendoza inhabiting a single body. Full-on robot screwball. With pontificating.
February 7, 2015
I have more issues this time with the issue of consent, but also much more pleasure from the screwball aspect. Time-traveling space pirates, oi! The covers still look like hell to me, though.
Mendoza is a shadow of her former self, and I was really annoyed with how she's infantilized here. Nicholas/Edward/Alec taking advantage of her lack of memory just left me feeling ick over and over and over.
I also couldn't figur ...more
Alec and Captain Morgan (his AI) are back and are on the hunt through time to rescue Mendoza from Options Research. Along for the ride are Nicholas Harpole and Edward Bell-Fairfax who are now integrated into Alec's brain and the three must fight for control of Alec's body. Three, under the guidance of Captain Morgan, soon realize the true horror of the company and swear to bring it to its knees. Step ...more
So Mendoza has been rescued, which is great. And in this book, she and Alec sail all over (through time, as well as space) in his pirate ship, looking for bits of his DNA so they can make him immortal too. They have lots of adventures along the way, and I enjoy the world that Kage Baker has created, with its intricate layers of mortals and immortals, all interacting without always realizing it. But there ...more
Absolutely great Company novel. The intriguing search for Mendoza by Joseph and Alec flits through time and space and ends in a spectacular fight in the Caribbean, home to pirates. Lots of suspense and action in this one as we get closer and closer to the year of 2355 when the lights go out for The Company. The last few pages are quite exciting and surprising. Can’t wait to get to the next in the series.
In Baker's fast-paced new Company novel, the sequel to The Life of the World to Come (2004), Alec Checkerfield shares his cyborg body uncomfortably with the Recombinant personalities of 19th-century spy Edward Bell-Fairfax and 16th-century scholar Nicholas Harpole. Each man, in his own time, worked for—and was betrayed by—Dr. Zeus Inc. (aka the Company), which uses time travel to recover and hoard important historical artifacts. In their quest to destroy the Company, Chec
Pretty much everything I said last time, although on this read I've knocked off a point for the hazy consent issue that is the boys and the Captain choosing to keep lying to Mendoza. I get why they did it, but it's still decidedly blurred, especially in the current #metoo climate.
ORIGINAL READ: 2 August 2007 - 4 August 2007 (10/10)
Mendoza was banished long ago, to a prison lost in time where rebellious immortals are "dealt with." Now her pas ...more
All right. I'm back.
Even if I haven't read all the great sci fi, I'm pretty up on at least having heard of it. And I simply have no idea why I hadn't heard of the Company series much, much earlier.* No idea why it isn't better known and why Baker isn't right alongside Le Guin and Heinlein and Atwood and Card and Niven and Stephenson and others as genre staples/members of the pantheon. (Maybe not at Founding Father level like ...more
Joseph has his foster father Budu in a secret base and is rejuve ...more
‘The Machine’s Child’ (Tor, $24.95, 551 pages) inexorably advances Kage Baker’s celebrated Company series towards its inevitable conclusion, but that said, this 2005 installment, the sixth in the series, isn’t the best.
‘The Machine’s Child’ does feature Baker’s inescapable talent -- she’s witty and gifted with the ability to turn a wonderful phrase on a deft observation. On the other hand, she’s loaded down ‘The Machine’s Child’ with some very unwieldly burdens, including three characters sharin ...more
I recall that Mendoza in Hollywood was relatively self-contained, and I hoped that this book would be, too.
And, unfortunately, it ...more
The last few entries into the series have been wildly divergent, focusing on different characters, times, and places - but with 'The Machine's Child,' the different strands of this time-travel story rejoin.
The botanist Mendoza's three true loves: the 23rd-century aristo Alec Checkerfield, the Elizabethan religious zealot Nicholas, and the Victorian assassin Edward, are all stuck in one body, ...more
12/26/13: Another reread.
7/30/16 Re-read once again. This book ends on the most incredibly wacky trio of cliff-hangers. If you're new to reading the series, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you have to hand The Sons of Heaven ready to jump into.
(You can hold off on Gods and Pawns if you'd like, although I don't recommend skipping it entirely. It's well worth the read. But it won't advance the cliff-hangers for you.)