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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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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapters 13-14

Folks, gather round because it is once again time for a new installment in the Kage Baker Company series reread! In today’s post, we’ll cover chapters 13 and 14 of In the Garden of Iden.

Before we get started, a word of 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’s frightening, that moment when the ground first washes out from under your feet.”]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapters 11-12

Welcome to this week’s installment of the Kage Baker Company series reread! In today’s post, we will cover chapters 11 and 12 of In the Garden of Iden.

You can find the reread’s introduction (including the reading order we’ll be following) here, and the index of previous posts here. Please be aware that this reread will contain spoilers for the entire series.

For this week’s post, I decided to try something different and do a separate summary and commentary for each chapter, rather than dealing with both chapters at the same time.

[How cold it was, the storm beating at the window.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapters 7-10

Welcome to this week’s installment of the Kage Baker Company series reread! Today we’ll be covering chapters 7 through 10 of In the Garden of Iden. Word of warning: this post ended up a bit longer than expected because there’s a lot more to talk about in these chapters than I remembered, so grab a snack before you dive in!

You can find the reread’s introduction (including the reading order we’ll be following) here, and the index of previous posts here. Please be aware that this reread will contain spoilers for the entire series. I’m not kidding, people: don’t read this if you haven’t read the eight core novels in the series yet.

And with that, off we go!

[“There was no evidence there that time had passed: nothing had changed but me. Now I, too, was beyond change.”]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapters 5-6

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Reread! For today’s session, please open your bukes to chapters 5 and 6 of In the Garden of Iden.

You can find the reread’s introduction (including the reading order we’ll be following) here, and the index of previous posts here. Please be aware that sections of this reread will contain spoilers for the entire series. I am trying to avoid major spoilers in the chapter summaries, but my commentary and the comments section will include discussion of the series’ broader plot and references to story arcs and events from the end of the series. Gentle reader, you have been warned.

[Ah, the life of a teenage cyborg.]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapters 2-4

Ave, and welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Reread! Today Stefan, your humble Literature Preservation Specialist Grade One, will be covering chapters 2, 3, and 4 of In the Garden of Iden for your delectation and amusement.

You can find the reread’s introduction (including the reading order we’ll be following) here, and the index of previous posts here. Please be aware that sections of this reread will contain spoilers for the entire series. I am doing my best to avoid major spoilers in the chapter summaries, but my commentary and the comments section will include discussion of the series’ broader plot and references to story arcs and events from the end of the series. Gentle reader, you have been warned.

[New Horizons in Fear]

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: In the Garden of Iden, Chapter 1

Greetings, and welcome to Tor.com’s reread of Kage Baker’s Company series! Each post in this reread will start with a chapter-by-chapter summary of events, followed by commentary by your humble re-reader. This first post will cover Chapter One of In the Garden of Iden. You can find the introduction post (including our reading order) here, and the index here.

Please be aware that this reread will contain spoilers for the entire series. I am going to do my best to avoid major spoilers in the chapter summaries, but my commentary (and especially the comments section) will include discussion of the series’ broader plot and references to story arcs and events from the end of the series.

And with that, let’s get started! Get comfortable, grab a copy of In the Garden of Iden and a cup of hot theobromos, and off we go!

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series

Time travel has always been one of my favorite concepts in science fiction. I can trace my fascination back to the chills I felt the first time I read the ending of Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” as a new (and very young) SF fan. The sheer limitless potential of being able to explore the past or the future fascinated me; the idea of involuntarily changing the present by changing the past blew my mind.

From that point on, I had a hard time turning away any story, novel, or movie that featured some form of time travel. I discovered the fascinating concept of time paradoxes. I read classics I enjoyed, and some I didn’t. I read stories that only seemed to use time travel as a way to throw an SF plot into a historical setting, which I always thought was a waste compared to the ones that explored the wide-ranging ramifications of time travel technology and then let those ramifications inform the historical plots.

In that last category, I never found a more thought-provoking and entertaining example than the Company series by Kage Baker, a sprawling series of novels, novellas, and short stories that, over the years, grew into my all-time favorite example of time travel fiction. Which is why I’m so incredibly pleased to introduce the Tor.com reread of the Company series by Kage Baker, hosted by yours truly!

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