In the Garden of Iden: A Novel of the Company

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Harcourt Brace, 1997 - Fiction - 329 pages
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Poor Mendoza. She's not thrilled about being sent to Renaissance England. It's a cold, backward, unsafe country. Gray curtains of rain. The food crawling with bacteria. No flush toilets. She won't get to see Shakespeare either. He hasn't been born yet. The English hate the Spanish like smallpox, especially now with bulldog-faced Mary on the throne. But Mendoza is no longer a frightened little girl in the dungeons of the Inquisition; she's a Company-trained botanist and has an assignment - to save Ilex tormentosum, a species of holly that will go extinct in a hundred years. She must save it for Dr. Z and the twenty-fourth century. Kage Baker, in her first novel, tells the story of a spunky young cyborg who, though an immortal operative, falls for Master Nicholas Harpole, a mortal with pale blue eyes, good legs, and a smooth, rich tenor that hangs on the air like a violin.

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The plot It's a love story. - Goodreads
The writing style is very friendly and likeable. - Goodreads
The premise for this book is crazy fabulous. - Goodreads
I love the ingenious use of time travel in the plot. - Goodreads
An original one, but still, a love story. - Goodreads
Interesting time travel premise. - Goodreads

Review: In the Garden of Iden (The Company #1)

User Review  - Betsy - Goodreads

Looking forward to reading more in this series. This one was of special interest because the main character is a botanist, collecting species that have gone extinct. Read full review

Review: In the Garden of Iden (The Company #1)

User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

love love loved it. so excited to discover Kage's wit and adventure in a remarkably original voice. I'm just so sad that I knew her for years and didn't get to know her work until she had left us..I would've loved to discuss them with her. Read full review

About the author (1997)

Kage Baker was born in Hollywood, California on June 10, 1952. Her first novel, In the Garden of Iden, was published in 1997. She was a science fiction and fantasy writer, who was best known for The Company series. Her other works included Mendoza in Hollywood (2000), House of the Stag (2009), and the short story Caverns of Mystery (2009). The Empress of Mars (2003) won the Theodore Sturgeon Award. She died from uterine cancer on January 31, 2010.

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