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07:08 pm: The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker
Reviews of the first four books: The Garden of Iden, Sky Coyote, Mendoza in Hollywood, and The Graveyard Game.

We know there's been two guys who look exactly alike and met with Mendoza who is madly in love with them. In this book we find out who they are, why they were made, and follow the life of the third one. We're very close to the Silence, and Mendoza thinks Alec may turn out to cause that. We also meet the committee of three who formed the three men and follow their lives while giving themselves benefits no other mortals get. Alec has a fantastic ship.

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From:soon_lee
Date:September 30th, 2009 03:03 am (UTC)

The plot thickens

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I found this somewhat unsatisfying - rather than resolving any plot threads, more complications are introduced. Some of the Alec stories had been previously published (in Asimov's or in one of the Company short story collections) so it didn't seem like there was that much new stuff, just previously published shorts weaved into the main narrative.

Around here was where I began to wonder whether the writer knew what she was doing as it seemed to be heading the way of the "never ending series"(TM).

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From:mjlayman
Date:September 30th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)

Re: The plot thickens

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It's "Smart Alec" that was in Asimov's and I recognized it as soon as I started reading it. It does seem like we're standing still, but we do get clues about how the Company's staff were developed and why, and how the world got so banal.
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From:soon_lee
Date:September 30th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)

Re: The plot thickens

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We are teased with tantalising glimpses into the future while at the same time more questions are posed than answered.
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