The Machine's Child (Company) Hardcover – 27 Oct 2006
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"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"
Alec Checkerfield's piratical AI, Captain Morgan, has masterminded the rescue of Mendoza the botanist. It takes a lot to kill an immortal, and they tried hard to kill Mendoza, whose body is destroyed and whose memory has been nearly totally erased. She is grown a new body and raised to consciousness. The captain has also retrieved the personalities of her dead lovers, Nicholas and Edward, who are clones of Alec and now inhabit the same body as Alec, an uncomfortable symbiosis. Everyone's favourite immortal cyborg, Mendoza, and the three incarnations of her not-quite-human love, Nicholas/Bell-Fairfax/Alec are all together for the first time. And now they can really begin to fight back against The Company. "The Machines Child" is the one fans have been waiting for, the start of a complex and gripping war along the timelines.See all Product description
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The Machine's Child was a decent, though far from outstanding, installment in Baker's Company series. It was nice that the author finally saw fit, after countless centuries, to reunite Mendoza and Alec (and Nicholas and Edward too). But the story drags at several points and I kept wanting more out of Mendoza...she was just kind of there to love, adore, and when necessary, protect, Alec. I wanted more of her personality to show through, despite her millenia of suffering at the Company's hands.
And yet, it was nice to see others like Joseph back in action...and Budu, recovering from the betrayal of other immortals, is wonderfully primeval and yet single-mindedly focused on his goal of taking down the Company.
After this, the seventh Company book, many disparate forces are coalescing against Dr. Zeus, Incorporated. It is going to be interesting, and I look forward to seeing, how all these forces come together to (hopefully) bring down the epitome of corporate greed and malfeasance...Dr. Zeus, who spans time itself to step all over mortal and immortal alike in the quest for power and money.
Although it was slightly confusing at first, the idea of the three Alecs (or Edwards or Nichlases) working together in the same body was brilliant. Nothing could match, though, the rebirth of my favorite gal pal, Mendoza, and her rapturous love for her Trinity love. The action was fast and furious and the revelations came from all directions as the fateful year in which history ends approaches. Joseph figured prominently, rescuing his "Father" Budu, trying to rescue Mendoza from Alec in what was a case of plain old mortal jealousy, running around behind the Company's back. Joseph and Alec are unaware that each of them are fighting Dr Zeus. All the while Alec is furtively making plans for the future while Mendoza sends them to times unknown with each wild bout of lovemaking. And what about the lonely and arguably insane David trapped in the far past?
Sensual, bitter, humorous, informative - all the hallmarks of another fantastic entry from the incomparable Ms. Baker.
Baker's projection of the future is unfortunately foreseeable given today's climate of political correctness and governmental tyranny over environmental issues. In this book, however, her usually crisp characterizations fall short. The Alec/Nicholas/Edward all in Alec's body just becomes wearing. Mendoza has completely lost her cynical edge. Josef has traded in his careful plotting for impulsive actions. Suleyman and Latiff seem to be just cameo appearances.
I can see why this book is necessary to set things up for the final confrontation. I just wish the characterizations hadn't had to suffer for the effort. If you haven't read the other books in the series, this is not the book to start with.