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ISBN13: 9780380731794
ISBN10: 0380731797
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In the 24th century, the Company preserves valuable works of art and extinct forms of life. It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal with drugs, hormones, and implants, and trains them to serve the Company down the long centuries. One of these operatives is Mendoza, sent to Elizabethan England for her inaugural assignment to collect samples of rare plants from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. Yet her quest is jeopardized by the presence of Nicholas Harpole, whose outspoken religious beliefs conflict with those of Queen Mary. His courtly manner penetrates Mendoza's trained, cool detachment, and stirs unfamiliar emotions within her. Now she must contemplate the prospect of her future — with a man she will long outlive.

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In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life. It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company. Mendoza is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. Her quest is jeopardized by Nicholas Harpole, who stirs unfamiliar emotions within her about her future--with a man she will long outlive.

About the Author

Born in Hollywood, Kage Baker has been an artist, actor, and director at the Living History Centre, and has taught Elizabethan English as a Second Language. Sky Coyote is her second novel. Ms. Baker lives in Pismo Beach, California.

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cutesmart7, April 2, 2009 (view all comments by cutesmart7)
By Georgina H Brandt

September 18, 2008


Essay on The Garden of Iden
By K. Baker



In the Garden of Iden, time travel is not just a means of transportation but a way to fix history. With the technology of time travel, the Company rescues children from various perils to become its agents or collectors of knowledge for the financial advancement of its Chief, Dr Zeus. This Dr Zeus has all the talents of a millionaire entrepreneur, but none of their vices: no greed, gambling, or any perversion towards women is present.

In the first 5 chapters, the girl Mendoza is kidnapped by Jews in Spain during the Middle Ages, almost put to death by the Spanish Inquisition and rescued by the Company. During her indoctrination, she meets other children who were also orphans or cannot locate their parents like her. They have all been rescued by the Company and sent to brain surgery to turn them into geniuses. They later meet Dr Zeus, are told of their mission of fixing history, and told to emulate great learned people such as: Dickens, Freud, etc. and to try to stay away from war and bloodshed. At the end of Chapter 6, the Mendoza girl is told about her mission: she will be one of the Inquisitors sent from Spain to England to help Queen Mary Stuart to turn her Kingdom Catholic, after nearly 2 generations of England been Protestant. The Mendoza girl has a very slight chance of succeeding at such an enterprise, and she also will be wearing a costume much hated and persecuted by King Edward, only male heir of King Henry VIII.

In Chapter 7, the Mendoza girl arrives to her native Spain and meets her fellow Inquisitors and company colleagues; they are all sent to England to convince the Queen and her subjects of the wisdom of the Catholic faith and to marry the Queen to Prince Philip II of Spain. The Mendoza girl is supposed to develop an exotic plant as a gift to the owner of the Garden of Iden.
Joseph, her Inquisitor company savior, hates religious fanatics, yet is accompanying a group of Catholic fanatics to convert an England all ready
Protestant by Henry VIII’s rule. Queen Mary, persecuted Protestants and burned them at the stake, and now with this marriage will make her rule stronger, to conquer Europe in the name of Catholicism. Unfortunately, she does not survive the shock of losing the battle of Calais to the French.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380731794
Author:
Baker, Kage
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Science / General
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
19981101
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.92x4.11x.92 in. .34 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the 24th century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life. It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company. Mendoza is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. Her quest is jeopardized by Nicholas Harpole, who stirs unfamiliar emotions within her about her future--with a man she will long outlive.
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