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07 May 2016 @ 12:10 am
Company series reread  
Tor.com is hosting a reread of Kage Baker's Company series; they're partway through In the Garden of Iden:


I often want to recommend the Company series to people but can't because of the…ah, developments at the end of the series. But In the Garden of Iden manages to do a lot of what I want Tudor-set historical fiction to do, in the way that it sits with the characters for a long time, showing us the squabbles and daily interactions of the people under one roof. I'd want to write historical fiction like that, if I could.

Kage Baker also writes a very nice version of Tudor English. :)
Spackle: xkcd: whatcha reading?spacklegeek on May 8th, 2016 03:55 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks! I'll check out these books!

(And this is your periodic reminder to check out Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles, if you haven't already! :D )
tempestsarekind: ten is a bookwormtempestsarekind on May 8th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
I mean… I love the first books in the series a lot, and the short stories are wonderful! But then there is this character that shows up (Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax), and he somehow deforms the series and some really unpleasant stuff happens! So I cannot recommend the series with a clear conscience, although much of it is wonderful. And there is Lewis, who is my favorite.

(Actually, even though I love In the Garden of Iden, I find many of the Company immortals more fun and interesting than Mendoza is: there's Lewis, a Literature Preserver who always seems like he walked out of a film from the '30s - and Baker has some fun with that by giving him some missions set there - and the manipulative Joseph [who goes on a road trip with Lewis in The Graveyard Game; they are a wonderful double act]; and motherly Van Drouten; and timid Kalugin; and Porfirio, who is one of the only immortals to get to keep ties with his family over the years…)

I am hoping to finally read some Dunnett over the summer! I should have some time before I have to start preparing for next year's classes. :)

Edited at 2016-05-08 03:55 pm (UTC)
Spackle: sg-1: Daniel's excited!spacklegeek on May 10th, 2016 02:51 am (UTC)
Okay, well that's good to know. I'll check out the first book, at least.

And, if/when you start reading Lymond, feel free to come yell at me in the comments, or blog about it, you know, if you want.

...It's just that I know so few people who've read these books, that when one of my friends does begin The Game of Kings, it's very hard not to constantly go, What part are you at what part are you at??

tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on May 12th, 2016 01:26 am (UTC)
I know the feeling. :)