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Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,803 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
This is the third novel in what has become one of the most popular series in contemporary SF, now back in print from Tor. In the 24th 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 Mendoza the botan
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Tor Books (first published 2000)
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mark monday
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
hello there, little memento mori. i see you! you are trying to hide, aren't you? your sepulchral contemplation is well-disguised. who would think to look into a Western of all things to find you? to be specific: a western in dusty, blazingly hot Old California, a stage set with horses and stagecoaches, drunken and lovelorn cowboy trash, a vengeful teen, a traveling salesman with all sorts of oddments to sell, a vivacious yet coldblooded whore, an eccentric young cowpoke who loves birds, the Amer ...more
Kaethe
January 1, 2000

On top of all the other stuff I enjoyed so much in the first two Company books, this one is chock full of classic Hollywood. Yum.

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January 16, 2015

Well, there are at least two named characters who are women, but they spent most of their time together sniping at one another, rather than actually talking to each other, so we may not pass the Bechdel test here, either. On the other hand, there's quite a bit of history on California, with plenty of info on the native fauna and flora.
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Carly
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Reading Mendoza in Hollywood was a strange experience. I have very clear memories of checking the book out of my library about a decade ago, mostly because the library copy had a very memorable cover, but I have only the vaguest memories of the book itself. When I hit the final 75%, I actually began to wonder if I failed to finish it, as certain events were a complete blank. Maybe the climax lost its memorability without the previous books, but at the same time, I think certain aspects were far ...more
Brooke
The front-flap summary of Mendoza in Hollywood promises that Mendoza runs into a man who seems to be identical to Nicholas, her doomed lover from In the Garden of Iden. However, this doesn't really happen until the last quarter of the book, at which point the action really takes off and almost seems like a different book. I feel like it suffers the same flaws that Sky Coyote did: there are tantalizing hints about The Company's secret truths, but they're not given much attention amid all of the s ...more
Sandi
There's something interesting about reading a book that's the third in a series of which you've read later installments. I've read two of the books that come after Mendoza in Hollywood, so I knew where this book was going. However, I had no idea how it was going to get there. Baker managed to keep me guessing even though I knew what was going to happen. Her story telling abilities are terrific. I even noticed a bit of foreshadowing of later novels. Mendoza in Hollywood is by far the best of the ...more
Kerry
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
REREAD #1: 4 August 2016 - 25 August 2016

I'm rereading this series as part of a readalong on Tor.com. I tried to pace myself and read at the same rate as the discussion, but in the end I just couldn't do it. I kept reading ahead and eventually carried right along and finished the book. However, I've promised myself that even if I race through each book, I'll wait for the readalong to catch up before going on to the next one. So I'll be starting The Graveyard Game when we get to it.

I'm really enj
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Keri
Oct 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
She thinks: Interesting Old West setting. The book drags a bit in the middle, and I could have done without the 20-page film-critic dissertation on "Intolerance" (come on, Ms. Baker, now you're just showing off), but several intriguing elements are introduced and the climax really kicks the series into high gear.
Karen
You know how people say that we repeat the same patterns and relationships with people over and over and over as a way to work out issues or find closure with the next person if the previous one could not provide it? Well, this happens to Mendoza in the third book of the Company series. Literally.

*IF YOU ARE NOT INTO SPOILERS, STOP READING HERE*

Three hundred years after Mendoza watched her mortal lover burn at the stake in 1500s England, she finds herself working in California, near Los Diablo
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Grayson Queen
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
The third book in the series.
Here we go again, looking at things from Mendoza's perspective. This is nearly as difficult to read as the first book. The only difference is that's she stopped with her teenage woes and is now moaning about her lost love. She probably spends 75% of her internal dialog talking about how she hates humans and misses her boyfriend from the first book.
If I wasn't so into history and fascinated by the facts in the book I would have put it down long ago.
It took till the la
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Mara
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
One of the weaker Company novels in the series so far. Mendoza, who makes a return as the narrator of this installment, is not terribly likable as a character. Her thoughts seem limited to one of three things: plants, hatred of mortals, or her lost English lover from centuries past. Yawn.

Baker is obviously infatuated with the pre-glamour version of Hollywood in which she's set the book, but she failed to draw me into the setting. Much like the Civil War raging to the east, the book's action and
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Bob Nolin
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Though I really love Kage Baker's Company series, I can't recommend this, the third in the series. I read the series as it came out years ago, and decided to re-read it now. I remember not liking this one the first time, too. Baker really made some boneheaded decisions in this book. The first 3/4 of the book has no plot to speak of--it's just four operatives hanging out in rustic 1862 Hollywood, or rather, where Hollywood will be one day. Much of the book consists of these four immortals cyborgs ...more
Kathi
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
8/10
So heartbreakingly bittersweet. A well-told tale, with the last section dumping a bit too much on the reader in terms of hints of things as yet unrevealed.

And do we know at this point what a Chrome generator is?

I think this series is going to be more complicated than it first appeared it be.
Jamie Collins
This third book in The Company series places our immortal botanist Mendoza in southern California in 1862, where a fellow operative gleefully points out to her the future sites of the Hollywood sign and Harrison Ford's house. Mendoza's narrative is as melancholy as ever, but the book is very funny in places. I find that I don't care much about the plot or the machinations of the mysterious Company, but I like watching the immortal characters find satisfaction in their work, and try to disregard ...more
Anna
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Quite entertaining—BUT. About 3/4 of the book is Mendoza and her more-than-a-little-crazy Company associates, dumped on the outskirts of what will one day become LA but is currently mostly unspoiled Southern California. They go on about their various businesses, documenting mid-19th-c. life in this corner of the Wild West and saving soon-to-be-extinct species. They squabble, they joke, they watch classics of the silver screen from the mind-boggling perspectives of their own early mortal lives pl ...more
MB Taylor
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I finished reading Mendoza in Hollywood this afternoon while eating lunch. What a delightful book. I usually expect some diminishing of my interest as a series progresses. Not yet so with Baker’s “The Company” series. I thoroughly enjoyed this, the third book in the series; it’s probably my favorite book in the series so far.

In Mendoza in Hollywood, we switch back to Mendoza as the main character. She is as about an unappealing and yet totally believable (as long as you’re willing to accept the
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Alex
May 06, 2011 rated it liked it
2 actually. 1 star for the scraps we get about the Company. 1 for the peripherical characters and plots. -star for the page-turning factor.

Now, I confess I'm a sucker and will continue with the series. Just for the company plot and hoping that Joseph is half as interesting as it could have been in book 2. That notwithstanding, I hate that Mendoza. Continue reading at your spoilerish risk for some irrational bashing of her.

Firstly, I consider myself to be fairly romantic. Only, in these books, le
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Sarah
Jul 07, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel, sf
OK, I loved The Garden of Iden, didn't think much of the sequel, and found this entertaining but weird. The plot is meandering til the last section, when it takes off in an unexpected direction. I liked Juan Batista and his birds, but that plot was tied up early. Porforio's dilemma was interesting and also done away with. Other threads introduced in this book were also shunted to the side as if they never mattered: Mendoza's dreams and their byproduct, a brief trip to the future. I have no idea ...more
Hester
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
This is not your typical narrative. One of the longer, and more gripping, chapters is a long description of D. W. Griffin's movie "Intolerance."

Back to the main plot. While Mendoza is in Hollywood and has seen thousands of films, the year is 1863, so she is living in a desolate canyon. She gets tours of future studio lots from Einar, a film-buff Viking. A botanist living in a drought and suffering from a broken heart, she connects with her fellow immortals living in an inn on the stagecoach rou
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Dan
May 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
Third book in the Company series; this book follows Mendoza, who is possibly the most worthless excuse for a protagonist I've ever encountered. Mendoza alternates between feeling sorry for herself, feeling bitter at everyone else, and mourning for her abusive ex-boyfriend who committed suicide two hundred years prior. (view spoiler) ...more
Amanda
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love and hate these books. The series as a whole has a story that I want to read. The main text of these stories is primarily (almost entirely) found in the first and last chapters of each book, with the 300 or so pages in between representing detailed footnotes. Mind you, said footnotes provide unique perspective on the thoughts and view points of immortal government lackeys and how they would fill boring down time in various eras, between their equally boring assignments (unlike the assignme ...more
Keith
Jun 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommended to Keith by: David DeFoor
Shelves: science-fiction, 2009
Another good read from Kage Baker's Novels of the Company series. I'm still not sure what to make of them. They're imaginative with some excellent background information -- this one is set in California during the Civil War -- but the sometimes proceed a rather languid pace, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I wish Good Reads had 1/2 star increments. This book, like the other two I've read, is more than "OK" but I not yet sure that I "Really Liked It." Baker can write the pants off many of h ...more
Ging
Jan 12, 2010 rated it liked it
You're way too emo, Mendoza. A lot of things were hinted at in this book, though, so I still feel compelled to read the rest of the series and unravel the mysteries of Dr Zeus. And I can't wait to see Joseph again (sorely missed you in this one, man).
Neil
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I will still keep reading this series, and this wasn't a bad book, but it's not as good as the first two books in The Company series. Baker created something different in tone here from most time travel novels. The broader series plot about cyborgs working for a mysterious company that has discovered the secret of limited time travel slowly unspools across the books, and it's an interesting central premise, but it arrives so slowly (as of this third book, we're still only just getting hints that ...more
Carolyn Fitzpatrick
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Not as good as the previous two books in the series, but still pretty good. This book focuses on Mendoza in the Old West. She's in Hollywood, yes, but in the 1860s, when Los Angeles is just a bunch of shacks. She is with a new cyborg crew, all of whom are interesting people and actually have something to do, while she really doesn't. She gets a few botanical samples, but is mostly distracted by bizarre erotic death dreams about her dead martyr boyfriend. I won't give away the twist that this bui ...more
Emily
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
My least favorite of this series so far, mainly because I felt like we went a loooong way around to get to the conclusion, then sped right past it. However, the glimpses into a nefarious Company are tantalizing, and I did enjoy the coda ending.
George Harris
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The third of Baker's Company books, focused on Botanist Mendoza, who has some odd adventures in California in the 19th century.
Natalie aka Tannat
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-travel
3.5 stars
Mrsculpepper
can't wait to see what happens to my favorite bad robot!
Ward Bond
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazon.com Review

Ah, pity poor Mendoza. She's a botanist stuck in dusty southern California in 1862, with a broken heart, bizarre companions, lousy food (frijoles and steak again, anyone?), and no plants to study. On top of all that, she's immortal--a cyborg created and maintained by Dr. Zeus, also known as the Company. From its 24th-century headquarters, the Company sends orders back in time to Mendoza and her fellow cyborgs, who collect stuff from the past and send it ahead through time mach

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J.L. Dobias
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF Historical Romance Time Travel Cyborg fans
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Mendoza in Hollywood (aka. At the Edge of the West) by Kage Baker

This is the third offering in The Company Series and my second read of Kage Baker. I skipped Sky Coyote because I enjoy the Mendoza character and wanted to get more of her, but if I continue reading this I think I'll have to begin now to read them in order or things may not work out well. I'm getting a sense of this being one rather epic story being told in several novel size chunks. Based on some comments about that last few books
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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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