Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Baker
A Novel of the Company

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At Cahuenga Pass, in a stagecoach inn on the road to Los Angeles, Mendoza meets her new cyborg colleagues in this third novel of the Company. In the vein of Grand Hotel, we get to know the lives and stories, both sad and funny, of these operatives from the twenty-fourth century. As bullets fly overhead, we learn that Mendoza is being haunted, in her dreams, by the man she loved and lost three centuries ago and whose ghost is unexpectedly reincarnated by the arrival of a very large, very suave, and very handsome British spy, Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax. We watch the immortals' reactions as they screen, for relaxation, D. W. Griffith's Intolerance; we root for Oscar, an anthropologist in the guise of a traveling salesman, as he tries repeatedly to sell the Criterion Patented Brassbound Pie Safe.

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Kage Baker lives in Pismo Beach, California.
Published May 2, 2006 by Tor Books. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though Mendoza and her colleagues serve prudish, puerile, computer game—obsessed 24th-century masters, the here-and-now is the wild, wild west, where the bullets fly, the dust rises, and strange plots hatch.

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What makes [In the Garden of Iden] work as a story is that Nicholas [Mendoza's mortal lover] is a man at once intellectually and to a more limited extent psychologically liberated for his time and a religious fanatic extreme even for his time, giving the love story intellectual interest, irony, a...

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The few things that Mendoza lets herself care about she cares about passionately, and that gives her narrative more tension than Joseph's ever had in Sky Coyote, because whether it's the wild beauty of unsettled California or her beloved soulmate, both we the readers and Mendoza herself know that...

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