Mendoza in Hollywood (The Company #3)
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.
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. ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(And then, once ...more
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
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 ...more