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on 7 April 2011
I've been a fan of Kage Baker's Company novels since taking a punt on Black Projects White Knights a long time ago and then hunted down the rest of the series (including the first Company novel "In the Garden of Iden" with its almost Mills & Boon cover which raised a few eyebrows in Birmingham airport whilst waiting for a flight but that's another story). Not less than Gods deals with a proto version of the Company, is based in Victorian times, and is based (mainly) on the exploits of Edward Fairfax, a Victorian secret agent of questionable parentage - readers of "later" novels will undoubtably recognise the name and the role to which he later plays. Along with "Nell Gwynne's Scarlet Spy" - which should really be seen as a companion piece to NLTG - Baker details this period in the Company's history with her usual skill and flair but whereas "earlier" novels (but later in timeline - the english language and hence reviews is somewhat limited when discussing works of fiction based in the 4th dimension) give the character's the impression that even though they are constrained by the laws of history (no quantum mechanics / multiple futures shenanigans here) they do have free will and can make a difference, NLTG in contrast has a slightly different feel - the soon to begin Crimean war is referenced and (with the possible exception of the "Silence" and the incidents on Mars - go read the other books, you won't be disappointed) there is greater emphasis placed on the fact that the characters cannot change history and, for want of a better word, "destiny" is both fixed and unmutable. Whether Baker's medical condition influenced the writing (she was suffering from terminal cancer) will never be known but as (probably) the final Company novel, NLTG is a fine swansong. Reccomended.
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