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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:soon_lee
Date:November 16th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I liked it, but I like the later ones more. I actually started with "The Graveyard Game" which IMO is the best middle-of-series book I've read. It had enough in the synopsis that I could keep up, and there were revelations a-plenty by the end. The ending was particularly good.* I found that "In the Garden of Iden", for all its SFnal undercurrents, read more like a historical romance. Maybe that's why it wasn't as well-received by the bookgroup.

*Not in the everything tied-up nicely good (it's a volume that sits in the middle of a series), but in a 'You can't stop now! When's the next book out?' good.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 16th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Yep, I'm pretty sure that's why it didn't do as well. We have this rule about always reading the first book of series because some people are not as good at catching up in the middle, and this wouldn't have been the book at which I wanted them to start.
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