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The Sons of Heaven (Company) Hardcover – July 10, 2007

4.1 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 8 of 9 in the Company Novels Series

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From Publishers Weekly

This convoluted conclusion to Baker's Company novels (after The Machine's Child) explores the events leading up to July 8, 2355, the moment when the Silence falls and all future contact is cut off for the immortals and cyborgs who travel through time collecting human artifacts on behalf of the profit-hungry Dr. Zeus Inc. As the Silence draws near, splinter groups begin jockeying to benefit. A human cabal plots, somewhat hilariously, to take out the cyborgs with poisoned chocolates. The cyborg Lewis, desperate to warn others of the injury done him, lies wounded in a burrow, telling disoriented stories to a woman with strange powers. On a deserted island, Mendoza bears two children to her husband, Edward, and gives them the minds of her ex-lovers, Alec and Nicholas, proving that cyborgs are capable of creation. The intertwining stories all come together in an explosive denouement that heralds the end of the Company, but the beginning of something strange and new. (July)
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Overall, critics raved about the reputed conclusion to Kage Baker's Company novels (after The Machine's Child). Readers of the previous nine in the series will recognize familiar faces: all of the characters that have appeared before have at least walk-ons in the latest volume. While the panoply of characters and the convoluted plot give the novel a crowded feel, the action moves fast, despite some repetitive scenes. Reviewers debated the conclusion to this conclusion; most thought it an unexpected, appropriate finale, while one thought it petered out. "The Company novels have never received the accolades they deserve," noted the San Francisco Chronicle. Here's a reminder for more readers to give the series a try.
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Product Details

  • Series: Company (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Ed edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531746X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765317469
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,530,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I highly recommend the Company series, if you enjoy witty, well-written, fun science fiction, ala Connie Willis (though I think Baker is the better writer). This is the eighth and final novel in the series, though there are side-books containing shorter forms.

Unlike most series, however, the publisher does not put numbers on them (e.g., "the first book in the Company series"). And you do really need to read them in order (though there are few you could skip without missing a whole lot, IMHO). Also unlike some series, the books do not recap what has gone before, really. So, beware. For your reference, here they are, with a brief subjective comment:

1 - In the Garden of Iden (The Company). Possibly the best of them all. If you don't like this one, don't waste your time on the others! This one explains the premise for the series. Start here.
2 - Sky Coyote (A Novel of the Company, Book 2). You can skip this one and not miss anything critical. It was just okay, in my opinion. If you like the Joseph character, read this one.
3 - Mendoza in Hollywood: A Company Novel (The Company) A neat book, and quite necessary to the whole.
4 - The Graveyard Game (The Company)Features Joseph and Lewis. Not really necessary, and not one of the better ones.
5 -
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As the conclusion to the Company series, of course everyone who is following the series has to read this book, and it wouldn't matter how many stars I did or didn't give it; you'd be reading it anyway. That said, I feel obliged to warn you that it is NOT a perfect ending to the series. (And, I should point out, it's not necessarily the last book ever to be written within the series - only the last events to be written about.)

A few too many people develop godlike powers here, powers that there really aren't sufficient bases for. Budu and his enforcers flawlessly revived and with all their old skills and nobility, William Randolph Hearst being more all-knowing than ever, Alec, Nicholas, and Edward all turning into omnipotent beings... it's a mess. Oh, and an AI who *is* Dr. Zeus turns up, with a total lack of logic and continuity. And Mendoza remains the simpering moron she turned into, with an overlay of maudlin traditional mother staying at home and minding the kids, which is totally ridiculous. It's not Mendoza anymore; Baker should have just invented a new character for this, two books ago.

There are several new characters, by the way, of whom my favorite is Princess Tiara Parakeet. Don't laugh; she's a true heroine.

But the book does tie up most of the loose ends, and ties up some of them with great style. The dinner party thrown by Victor, to which Labienus and Aegeus are invited, is an absolutely superb section. And it contains one of my favorite little asides in the book - there are many references to bits of culture throughout the ages, especially music.
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Let's start with the epilogue, shall we? Look, the last line stinks to high Heaven. It's about as bad as my pun. Worse, really. The whole page is trite, unnecessary, and too predictable to be anything but just plain bad.

God, I hate saying that. I absolutely loved Baker's Company Novels. It's just that--well, I threw the book after reading the final line.

But, hey, you see four stars beside this review, yeah? So it's not all bad, okay? You have to have read the rest of the novels to really appreciate this one-but if you have, you will laugh, cry, and scream about what the cyborgs do and go through. Amazon describes the book as "convoluted," but I really don't think that that is fair. Kage Baker has been developing a short story voice for her series for some time now, and it all works to drive the story quite well.

I thought that a couple of the side-plots (they're not so much side-plots as they are logitudinal plots leading up to a single point) dragged on a little long, and there were a couple of unnecessary author-to-reader quips, but all in all each story line was engaging and--in the end--logically played out.

Back to the ending, but before the epilogue. At first, when I realized the direction it was headed, I rolled my eyes. But it actually plays out quite well. Everything ties together, and the last two chapters were very satisfying.

A couple of notes on another's review:
I disagree that the "bad guys" were two-dimensional. If anything, they were as conflicted and hypocritical as the "good guys." Further, even though they are all ultimately held to the same degree of accountability, there was a tiered approach to their motivations and level of immorality.
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