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The Machine's Child by Kage Baker
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‘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 sharing one body and an artificial intelligence that, annoyingly and at greeat length, talks like a pirate.

These devices hinder, rather than uplift, the narration of the workings of the various factions that oppose the Dr. Zeus Company, which sends mortals and immortals traveling in time for as-yet unspecified ends. But nothing is known after the 2355, and as the characters wander through the timescape, they can’t help but focus on what will change in 2355, and how that change will affect their existence.

Little is revealed in ‘The Machine’s Child,’ but wheels are set in motion that spin the plot closer to its final resolution -- which would seem to be still a couple of books away.

All right, I grant you that Baker’s Company series is one of the best in modern scifi, but sometimes she aims high and misses.

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Started Reading
July 1, 2005 – Finished Reading
October 3, 2011 – Shelved
October 3, 2011 – Shelved as: sf-fantasy

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