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Mendoza in Hollywood : a novel of the company
Baker, Kage.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt, [2000]

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xi, 334 pages ; 24 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.5 18.0 51780.
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At Cahuenga Pass, in a stagecoach inn on the road to Los Angeles, Mendoza meets her new cyborg colleagues in this third novel of the Company. In the vein of Grand Hotel, we get to know the lives and stories, both sad and funny, of these operatives from the twenty-fourth century. As bullets fly overhead, we learn that Mendoza is being haunted, in her dreams, by the man she loved and lost three centuries ago and whose ghost is unexpectedly reincarnated by the arrival of a very large, very suave, and very handsome British spy, Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax. We watch the immortals' reactions as they screen, for relaxation, D. W. Griffith's Intolerance; we root for Oscar, an anthropologist in the guise of a traveling salesman, as he tries repeatedly to sell the Criterion Patented Brassbound Pie Safe.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Mendoza, much as she might regret it, is immortal as the result of physical and mental enhancements provided by the shadowy Company. Having lived through the loss of a lover in Tudor England (in In the Garden of Iden, 1998) and the subversion of a culture in eighteenth-century California (in Sky Coyote, 1999), she falls back on her work as a botanist in her present situation, which is in frontier Los Angeles, almost as violent a place as it is today. Baker's concept has faded a bit since her sparkling debut with Iden, and this book's lengthy dissertations on classic motion pictures should have been edited, but her characters--including a thousand-year-old Norseman (a D. W. Griffith fan), a teenaged rare-bird enthusiast with a pet turkey vulture, and a historian whore--are as fresh and appealing as ever. When a tall, handsome Englishman drops into Mendoza's life, fans of the series will smile and forgive all. --Roberta Johnson

Publisher's Weekly Review

The tart-tongued immortal heroine of Sky Coyote returns in Baker's third installment of the Company series. Still reeling from the loss of her lover, the mortal Nicholas Harpole, who burned at the stake in 1555, Mendoza has been reassigned by Dr. Zeus Inc. (a 24th-century corporation) to an outpost disguised as a stagecoach station in Los Angeles's Cahuenga Pass in 1863. Mendoza and her co-workers are a funky bunch of immortals, all specialists in their own fields: finicky Oscar, an anthropologist, poses as a door-to-door salesman; Imarte, an acerbic historian, plays the whore; and Mendoza herself is an expert on extinct plant species. While the narrative unfolds at a languorous pace--the team collects its specimens, the occasional stage rides through--Baker's sinuous prose evokes well California's verdant countryside as it was before being buried under concrete and smog. The dialogue hums with a potent blend of bitchy barbs, humorous asides and pop cultural references. Baker mixes engaging and chilling moments in equal share, but her narrative only shifts into high gear near the end, when Edward Bell-Fairfax, a Victorian-era spy and genetic doppelganger of Mendoza's dead lover, wanders into the station and carries Mendoza off to bed. Although the novel's ending finds her alone again, Mendoza has by then moved from grief to a suitably ironic acceptance of life's troubles. Agent, Virginia Kidd. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Having traveled from the 24th century to 16th-century England (In the Garden of Iden) and pre-Columbian Mexico (Sky Coyote), Baker's plucky heroine, Mendoza, finds herself in the Wild West, getting acquainted with her new cyborg colleagues. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.