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"Anything Kage Baker publishes I will immediately rush out and read! I am never disappointed. The woman is a marvel. . . . I've been hooked from the beginning . . . ."— Ellen Kushner
"Funny, heart-rending, terrifying, pellucid, Baker's magnificent series grows in stature with every installment." -Kirkus, starred review on The Children of the Company
"Vividly evoked. . . .Baker has a light touch, and her effervescent characterization and talent for social comedy make The Children of the Company picturesque and picaresque, sometimes extremely funny." -Nick Gevers, Locus
"Keep your eye on Kage Baker! You never know where she's heading next, but it's always worth going there. She's an edgy, funny, complex, ambitious writer with the mysterious, true gift of story-telling."
—Ursula K. Le Guin
"Kage Baker is the greatest natural storyteller to enter the field since Poul Anderson." -Gardner Dozois
"The book unfolds through both Labienus' memories and the journals and artifacts of Victor and others caught in his web. As in the other Company novels, the time line spanned is prodigious, despite which Baker never stints on characters and details that capture the reader's fancy."—Booklist on The Children of the Company
"Another entry in Baker's superlative series about Dr. Zeus . . . . An astonishing and thoroughly satisfying installment. What's more, Baker's overall concept and rationale, flawlessly sustained through five books, grows ever more spellbinding and impressive." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Life of the World to Come
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Posted December 9, 2008
These seven ¿stories of the Company¿ are reprints from other publications but brought together under one book for the first time to the delight of fans of the series who will understand the title while newcomers will enjoy these excellent time traveling tales. --- 'To the Land Beyond the Sunset'. Company men Lewis and Mendoza amongst others encounter a seventeenth century tribe in Bolivia who claim to be immortal and provide evidence to support their God-like assertion. --- ¿The Catch¿. In 1958 a family of five allegedly died in a car crash. The Company sends Clete and Porfirio to clean up a problem caused by the ten year old boy previously saved from that crash instead of joining as operatives as all of the rescued do, Bobby Ross has become a problem for the Company to fix. --- ¿The Angel in the Darkness¿. In 1991 forty-six years old insurance underwriter Maria Aguilar has problems as she expects the new owners of her firm to downsize. However, she soon finds bigger troubles for her and her family. Only Company Security Technical Uncle Porfirio can keep them safe from an immortal. --- 'Standing in His Light'. In the seventeenth century Netherlands Agent Van Drouten meets Jan Vermeer, considered by twenty-fourth century aficionados as the greatest artist of all times as she tries to rescue his masterpieces. --- ¿A Night on the Barbary Coast¿. In 1850 Joseph and Mendoza explore the local flora because something of interest caught Dr. Zeus¿ attention in the future. --- ¿Welcome to the Olympus, Mr. Hearst¿. In the 1920s and 30s William Randolph Heart informs Mr. Denham he knows about the Company and wants to buy stock as a full player in the game of ¿correcting¿ history. --- 'Hellfire at Twilight'. In 1774 Lewis joins the aristocratic notorious Hellfire Club because of a toxic alert from a document once belonging to them. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.