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In the Garden of Iden (The Company, Bk 1)
In the Garden of Iden - The Company, Bk 1
Author: Kage Baker
A world where the future of commerce is the past.  — In the twenty-fourth century, the Company discovered time travel and immortality and 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. — As a child,...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780765314574
ISBN-10: 0765314576
Publication Date: 1/23/2006
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 5
First in the fantasy/time travel/sci-fi series featuring The Company, this book tells the story of Botanist Mendoza, one of the immortals sent back in time to England during the reign of Bloody Mary. A nobleman in Kent has a small garden where he collects rare plants--plants which will eventually become extinct, and which The Company wishes Mendoza to collect samples from and replicate so that sometime in the future they can be reintroduced to nature. This is what The Company does. What they do not count on is nineteen-year-old Mendoza falling in love with the assistant at the gardens. This is her first assignment and while she's been assured that it's fine to have sex with mortals, getting really involved with them can be messy. Which it assuredly turns out to be in this case. This book smashes genre classification--it's wonderful historical fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, time travel with a little romance, too--and the romance was well-done, else I'd not have tolerated it. LOL What a totally bizarre and interesting premise for a series! Well-written, interesting characters, an appealing writing style and very difficult to put down. Will definitely be looking for more in the series.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was my first book by Kage Baker, (and, the first in her 'Company' series)
It reminded me quite a bit of OS Card's Pastwatch, which is one of those books I'm always recommending to everyone! ;-)
It postulates a 24th-century company, that in an effort to save lost species and works of art, trains technologically-enhanced specialists to live as undercover agents throughout history...
Like most time travel stories, there are some logistical issues... but the book focuses on the emotional ramifications rather than the tech details, telling the story of Mendoza, a girl rescued(?) from the Spanish Inquisition and sent to Elizabethan England to rescue rare plants from a country manor's garden, where she falls in love with a religious zealot.
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Helpful Score: 2
An interesting time travel book, first in a series. Would be good for those who liked Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog.
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First of the fascinating and addictive series by Kage Baker about Dr. Zeus, the Company that mines the past for profit. Kage Baker's fist published novel, and a stunner.
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Time Travel - a botanist collecting specimens from the gardens of Bloody Mary