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Stefan Raets

Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Mendoza in Hollywood, Chapters 25-29

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series Reread! Can you believe we’re already finishing up another novel this week? In today’s post, we’ll cover the final five chapters of Mendoza in Hollywood, so from the end of last week’s post to the end of the novel. I’m not going to separate the commentary by chapter this time because this section focuses exclusively on Mendoza and Edward, rather than skipping around between the different characters and subplots.

All previous posts in the reread can be found on our handy-dandy index page. Important: please be aware that the reread will contain spoilers for the entire series, so be careful if you haven’t finished reading all the books yet!

The soundtrack for this week’s post should really be Joy Division’s She’s Lost Control, but since that’s hardly period-appropriate I’ll go back to El Amor Brujo, which makes a second appearance in this set of chapters.

[Everything would begin again, except sorrow.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Mendoza in Hollywood, Chapters 17-24

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series reread! In today’s post, we’ll cover “chapters” 17 through 24, which is from the end of last week’s post all the way to the end of Part Two: Babylon Is Fallen.

As always, you can find all previous posts in the reread on our index page. Also as always, ‘ware spoilers: this reread contains spoilers for the entire Company series, so be careful if you haven’t read all the books yet!

For the soundtrack to today’s post, we’ll go back to the first edition of the Cahuenga Pass Film Festival with the score for the movie Greed, composed by William Axt. Enjoy!

[Is it not an honor to be descended from the noble Model T no less than from Adam?]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Mendoza in Hollywood, Chapters 12-16

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series reread! In today’s post we’ll cover “chapters” 12 through 16 of Mendoza in Hollywood, so from the beginning of ‘Part Two: Babylon is Falling” through the chapter ending on “Can’t you, senors?”

All previous posts in the reread can be found on our handy-dandy index page. Spoiler warning: this reread contains spoilers for the entire Company series, so be careful if you haven’t finished reading all the books yet!

The only possible choice for this week’s soundtrack has to be the score for the movie Intolerance. I’m a child of my age so I prefer the modern 1989 Carl Davis score over the original one by Joseph Carl Breil, but film purists would probably howl their disapproval so I’m including links to both. (Also, if you’re so inclined after reading my bit about Intolerance below, there’s some interesting material about the movie in general and the score in particular in this article.)

[Out of the cradle endlessly rocking]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Mendoza in Hollywood, Chapters 8-11

It’s Tuesday, and this is Tor.com, so it must be time for another installment of the Kage Baker Company Series reread! Whoop-whoop and other assorted expressions of enthusiasm! In today’s post, we’ll be covering “chapters” 8 through 11 of Mendoza in Hollywood, meaning from the end of the previous post right up to the end of Part One, “Establishing Shot”, meaning next week we’ll get started on Part Two, “Babylon is Fallen”. In my Avon Eos edition, the ending point for this week is page 155.

As always, you can find the previous posts in the reread on our nifty index page. Also as always, please be warned that this reread contains spoilers for the entire Company series, so be careful if you haven’t read all the books yet!

The soundtrack to today’s post is the Miles Davis version of the Concierto de Aranjuez from “Sketches of Spain”. After all, what could be more appropriate for Mendoza in Hollywood than an American jazz interpretation of a Spanish classic? (Random music trivia: a song from El Amor Brujo, which was mentioned a few chapters back and which was the soundtrack to the previous post, was reinterpreted as “Will o’ the Wisp”, the track right after the Concierto de Aranjuez on that same Miles Davis record.)

[Only I am awake; only I can never sleep.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Mendoza in Hollywood, Chapters 4-7

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series reread! In today’s installment, we’ll cover “chapters” 4 through 7, so from the end of what we covered in last week’s post up to the end of the San Pedro trip, ending on “I’d have wrung the bird’s neck after the first hour.” (Pages 54 to 97 in my Avon Eos edition.)

As always, you can find all previous posts in the reread on our index page. Also, beware spoilers: this reread will discuss plot details up to and including the very end of the series, so be careful if you haven’t read all the books yet.

And with that, we’re off! For your rereading enjoyment, today’s suggested soundtrack is Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, briefly mentioned in chapter 4 of this novel.

[That world didn’t even exist yet, that innocent place, and it was already lost.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Mendoza in Hollywood, Chapters 1-3

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series Reread! Today, we’re getting started on the third novel in the series, Mendoza in Hollywood. As always, you can find all previous installments of the reread on our handy-dandy index page. Also as always, ‘ware spoilers, because this reread discusses details up to and including the final novel of the series.

Quick programming note: this is the first novel in the series that doesn’t have numbered chapters. Unfortunately this will make pinpointing our starting and ending positions each week more difficult. Now, I like going chapter by chapter, because (for me at least) the best way to follow along with any reread is to read a chapter and then read that chapter’s part of the reread. So, as a workaround I’ll assign numbers to the unnumbered sections. To make it easier for everyone to find our start and end points, I’ll also mention the final sentence or phrase of the last section we’re covering each week, so those of you with ebook versions of the novel can search for it that way. Unfortunately I only have the Avon Eos edition of this novel so I can’t give page numbers for more recent ones, but maybe some of our wonderful rereaders can add those in the comments.

[Paradise and hell, boom and bust, together forever in Los Angeles.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Sky Coyote, Chapters 31-35

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series Reread! In today’s post, we’ll cover the final five chapters of Sky Coyote and the elusive “Memorandum from Dr. Zeus, Incorporated” coda found in the Avon Eos edition of the novel. I’ll also include a quick rundown of some short stories set between the end of this novel and the start of Mendoza in Hollywood.

As always, you can find a list of all previous posts in the reread on our handy-dandy index page. And also as always, beware spoilers, because this reread discusses events and plot lines from the entire series.

And with that we’re off to Humashup, sadly for the last time…

[I will come home when the stars are faded.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Sky Coyote, Chapters 26-30

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series Reread!

In today’s installment, we’ll cover chapters 26 through 30 of Sky Coyote. You can find all previous installments in the reread on our spiffy index page. Spoiler warning: this reread will discuss plot and character details from the entire series, so be careful if you haven’t finished reading all the books yet.

And with that we’re off to Humashup!

[Was it an aftershock, or all the shifting conspiracy theories?]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Sky Coyote, Chapters 21-25

Anyone up for another trip to early 18th century California, courtesy of Dr. Zeus? With maybe a short side trip to prehistoric Europe and 11th century Byzantium? Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in this week’s installment of the Kage Baker Company Series Reread!

This post will cover chapters 21 through 25 of Sky Coyote. Previous installments of the reread can be found on the index page. Spoiler warning: this reread discusses plot details and character arcs from the entire Company series, so be careful if you haven’t finished reading all the books yet.

And with that we’re off!  

[Truth is not all that hard to do, as special effects go.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Sky Coyote, Chapters 16-20

Okay folks, charge up the flux capacitors because it’s once agai— hold on, wrong time travel story. Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series Reread! In this week’s installment we’ll cover chapters 16 through 20 of Sky Coyote. All the reread’s previous installments can be found at Tor.com’s handy-dandy index page. As always, ‘ware spoilers: this reread contains spoilers for the entire Company series, so be careful if you haven’t read all the novels yet.

And with that, we’re off!

[Isn’t it funny how patterns repeat themselves?]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Sky Coyote, Chapters 11-15

Put down that Totter Dan game and fire up your buke, because it’s once again time for the Kage Baker Company Series Reread! This week, we’ll be covering chapters 11 through 15 of Sky Coyote.

As always, you can find all previous posts in the reread at Tor.com’s handy-dandy index page, which I encourage you to bookmark and share widely among friends and loved ones. What else, what else? Oh yes, spoilers! This reread contains spoilers for the entire series, so please be careful if you haven’t read all the books yet.

And with that, we’re off!

[Sleep tight, children. Sky Coyote is with you.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Sky Coyote, Chapters 1-10

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series Reread at Tor.com! Today we’re getting started on the second novel in the series, covering the first ten chapters of Sky Coyote. As always, you can find the introduction to the reread here, and an index with all previous posts in the series here.

Spoiler warning: this reread contains spoilers for the entire series, so be careful unless you don’t mind finding out plot elements and revelations from later books.

And with that we’re off on our first adventure narrated by the redoubtable Joseph—surely a significant change in tone from the previous novel…

[We are the bright ascending bubbles in the black wine of mortality.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapters 22-24

Welcome to this week’s installment of the Kage Baker Company series reread! In today’s post, we’ll finish up In the Garden of Iden, covering chapters 22 through 24. The reread’s introduction (including the reading order we’ll be following) can be found here, and the index of all previous posts here.

Before we get started, the usual warning: this reread contains spoilers for the entire series, so be careful unless you don’t mind finding out plot elements and major revelations from later books.

And with that, we’re off!

[“I had always thought they made us perfect: but if they could make us sleepless, and heartless, what a lot of good work we could get done.”]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapters 19-21

Welcome to this week’s installment of the Kage Baker Company series reread! In today’s post, we’ll cover chapters 19-21 of In the Garden of Iden.

Before we get started, the usual warning: this reread contains spoilers for the entire series, so be careful unless you don’t mind finding out plot elements and major revelations from later books. Gentle reader, thou hast been warned. The reread’s introduction (including the reading order we’ll be following) can be found here, and the index of all previous posts here.

And with that, we’re off!

[Arrows you may dodge and fever you may antibody for, but mortal grief is a misfortune you cannot escape.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapters 15-18

Welcome to this week’s installment of the Kage Baker Company series reread! In today’s post, we’ll cover chapters 15 through 18 of In the Garden of Iden.

Before we get started, the usual warning: this reread contains spoilers for the entire series, so be careful unless you don’t mind finding out plot elements and revelations from later books. The reread’s introduction (including the reading order we’ll be following) can be found here, and the index of all previous posts here.

And with that, we’re off!

[“It was riveting, spell-binding to watch history as it unfolded. Why spoil it by fast-forwarding to the end?”]

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