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Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker

Mendoza in Hollywood

by Kage Baker

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Series: The Company (3)

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  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
Still my fave character - I will continue.... ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
I found this third novel in Kage Baker’s Company series less intriguing than the others. There is no real coherent plot or central conflict. Mendoza is just hanging around Los Angeles in the mid nineteenth century. About two thirds into the book, she meets the clone of her lover from the sixteenth century and immediately jumps into bed with him. His new incarnation is as a British spy working to secure California for the empire and Mendoza allows him to manipulate her into helping him - actually encourages him to manipulate her into helping him. As an emotionally unstable and impulsive teenager, this kind of behavior was believable in the first Company novel, “In the Garden of Iden,” but it just did not ring true for me for a three-hundred year old cyborg. You can safely skip this novel and continue on with “The Graveyard Game." ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
I was afraid that, due to the title, this was going to talk overmuch about movies (books that get all meta- about film and media really annoy me - it's a personal thing). But the 'Hollywood' in this case is a good deal before the time of the silver screen - the botanist Mendoza has been assigned to this stretch of country in 1862, studying the native flora and saving anything that might be valuable to her bosses in the future. Still traumatized by the martyrdom of her human lover Nicholas, she is at first bemused and then, willy-nilly, head over heels when she meets a British spy who looks exactly like her lost love.

Full of quirky, unique characters and humor and well as poignancy.
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
These Company books are addictive reading. Our broken-hearted, misanthropic, immortal heroine finds herself collecting samples for preservation in Hollywood long before it becomes Hollywood. The Civil War is raging and in California people live in shacks and shoot at strangers just to say hello. With other Company operatives, Mendoza lives in a stagecoach waystation and passes the time with work and thinking about what this place is going to be like in a few decades' time. They even have a film festival, screening Von Stroheim's original nine hour cut of Greed and DW Griffith's Intolerance. Mendoza dreams nightly of her dead mortal lover, Nicholas and contemplates her lot and her future and the pain of being alive.
Okay, that might make it sound a bit of a drag, but Baker excels at character and setting, as well as well as the brain-tickling high concept of the time-traveling Company and its immortal operatives, so she creates a vivid and often very funny picture of life lived at the primitive edge of the American West by a bunch of highly educated people who know what HAS happened and what is going to happen, but who don't necessarily know how to deal with it. The older ones are a bit mad, and the younger ones have harsh lessons to learn about love and loss.
Excellent, fun read; historical science fiction with a strong romantic streak, reminiscent in terms of style of Lois McMaster Bujold and Connie Willis. ( )
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This book is dedicated to Phyllis Patterson, Instigator, with respect and affection; And to the village she founded under the oak trees And to its people. Et in Arcadia ego.
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In the twenty-fourth century, about halfway through, it was said there was a fabulously powerful Company that could obtain virtually anything, if one had enough money.
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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 machines for inscrutable uses. But things go from bad to worse for our heroine when drought and smallpox decimate the region, leaving her with nothing to do but pine for her three-centuries-lost mortal love, the martyred Nicholas Harpole. But what's this? Along comes a British agent--the spitting image of Nicholas--hell-bent on upsetting the Union in its hour of need. Mendoza must decide whether to help him in his plot to ensure British rule of the Americas, thereby directly disobeying her Company mandates. She finds herself in a weird race against time itself in this story of science fiction adventure, mystery, and comedy, with not a few reverential in-jokes about SoCal culture thrown in for good measure.

Kage Baker's style and wit make her novels among the best reads in science fiction today. Mendoza in Hollywood, the third book in the Company series (10 are planned) is simply delightful, with the focus back on dear, tragic Mendoza, and tantalizing hints of mysterious conspiracies aplenty. Lots of questions remain unanswered, but Baker weaves such a delicious tale, it's a pleasure to be teased. The series began with In the Garden of Iden and Sky Coyote. --Therese Littleton

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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 botanist. The death of her lover has been followed by centuries of heartbreak. She spends a period of time in early twentieth century Hollywood in the days of DW Griffith, and then Mendoza is in the midst of the Civil War, and runs into a man that looks disturbingly similar to her lost love. She is about to find love again, and be in more trouble than she could ever have imagined.… (more)

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