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Marilee J. Layman

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10:15 pm: In the Garden Of Iden by Kage Baker
I suggested Baker for the bookgroup, but we've acquired a rule that we have to read the first one of a series, so maybe I shouldn't have. Everybody but me hated it, and I like it more at least partly because I've read the others.

The Company books are about Dr. Zeus, a company of immortals who can send people back in time to rescue small children and things that are about to disappear in history. Mendoza, a young child who didn't know her own name, ends up with the Spanish Inquisition (yes, yes) and is harvested by Joseph, who has been a cyborg much longer. We skim through most of her cyborg training and botanist education and find that she's being sent to Queen Mary's England, to a country house with plants that can be saved for the future. Unfortunately, this part is amazingly boring. It turns into a bad Marythan romance, with religious overtones. I think the next book, Sky Coyote is better, but my favorite is Mendoza in Hollywood.

If you like mixing cyborgs and historical romances, this is for you.

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From:autopope
Date:November 16th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
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Unfortunately, this part is amazingly boring.

I beg to differ; it's fascinating, and rather hillarious, with a dark undercurrent of tragedy once you realize just how unreliable a narrator of her own internal state Mendoza is.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 16th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
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I liked it better this time than the last, but I still found it boring. And you should multiply that at least 10 times for the other folks in the group.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 17th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
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Come read again -- one of the members of my bookgroup has posted a detailed answer.
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From:martin_wisse
Date:November 18th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
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It sdmakced too much of "look at what I majored in" to me AND there's a massive cheat in there.
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