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Ha penny In eight years after the Peace with Honor was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set England has completed its slide into fascist dicatorship Then a bomb explodes

  • Title: Ha'penny
  • Author: Jo Walton
  • ISBN: 9780765318534
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1949, eight years after the Peace with Honor was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set, England has completed its slide into fascist dicatorship Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb The brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peersIn 1949, eight years after the Peace with Honor was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set, England has completed its slide into fascist dicatorship Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb The brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peers and communists, of staunch King and Country patriots and hardened IRA gunmen, to murder Britain s Prime Minister and his new ally, Adolf Hitler Against a background of increasing domestic espionage and the suppression of Jews and homosexuals, an ad hoc band of idealists and conservatives blackmail the one person they need to complete their plot, an actress who lives for her art and holds the key to the Fuhrer s death From the ha penny seats in the theatre to the ha pennies that cover dead men s eyes, the conspiracy and the investigation swirl around one another, spinning beyond anyone s control In this brilliant companion to Farthing, Welsh born World Fantasy Award winner Jo Walton continues her alternate history of an England that could have been, with a novel that is both an homage of the classic detective novels of the thirties and forties, and an allegory of the world we live in today.

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    1. Description: In 1949, eight years after the "Peace with Honor" was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set, England has completed its slide into fascist dictatorship. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb.The brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case. What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peers and communists, of staunch King-and-Country patriots and hardened IRA gunmen, to murder Britain’s Prime Minist [...]

    2. After reading Jo Walton's , I was pleased to discover that it was #1 of a trilogy. This sequel is no less disturbing. It is set in a world thatmight have been , a society which has tried to trade freedom for security, but fails at both. One reviewer described this set asparahistorical , but while it can be viewed as an historical fantasy, aside from the alternate history and world, it is chilling and unfortunately very real. I will not dwell on the plot, nor the mystery associated with it, excep [...]

    3. The second book in Jo Walton’s Small Change trilogy is even better than the first. An alternate history set in a world where Britain made peace with Germany during World War II, shows how people respond as fascist rule begins to take hold following the events in Farthing. Inspector Peter Carmichael of Scotland Yard finds himself chasing terrorists who, it turns out, were planning to kill Hitler, an objective he sympathizes with. At the same time, the politically apathetic actress Viola Lark is [...]

    4. I found this second book in Jo Walton's "Small Change" trilogy increasingly difficult to put down. From something which I expected would take me a few days to read, it became a book which I devoured in three sittings - the last half of it in a single sitting. The first book in the trilogy, Farthing, created the world of the novel: a world in which England made peace with Nazi Germany in 1941 and is sliding towards becoming a fascist state in 1949. Farthing was written in the style of a Golden Ag [...]

    5. I read Farthing when it came out and thought it was brilliant. On rereading it, I still think so, and Ha'penny is just as good. Farthing's plot was a country-house mystery; I would call Ha'penny more of a suspense thriller, and full of suspense it is, right up to the explosive ending.It follows on quite shortly after Farthing: Inspector Carmichael has just come off the Farthing case and has been assigned to a bombing which killed leading actress Lauria Gilmore. Viola Lark has been chosen to act [...]

    6. This is the second book of this trilogy set in an alternate timeline where Britain has made peace with Hitler. This is readable enough, but it’s depressing as hell, and has a protagonist I didn’t believe in.This book takes place a couple of weeks after the events in Farthing. We’re introduced to another young aristocratic woman who has defied her family - this one has become a theater actress and changed her name. She’s plausibly uninterested in politics and more concerned with her upcom [...]

    7. I don't read too many thrillers, but this one reminded me of the experience I would have with them as a teen, usually resorting to a thriller after I'd read through my stash and had to borrow books from camp friends. Summer, days before smartphones (or personal computers!), hardly any TV, no work school, reading hundreds of pages a day.It was a bit more pessimistic than I like my books, but once again, perfectly fitting for 2016, reminding us of the danger of letting excessive fear guide your ch [...]

    8. I didn't like Ha'penny as much as Farthing -- I didn't devour it in the same way: it wasn't as compulsive a read, and besides, everyone's politics are getting a little bit murky. Viola, the first person POV character, isn't as likeable as Lucy -- she's not as amusing to read about, and her convictions are murky, and she gives in all too easily. It's understandable. Probably most people who read this and criticise her for giving in would give in themselves, hoping to earn a few more weeks of life [...]

    9. I tore through this one, and I'm tempted to go straight to the library for the third. This book suffers only a little bit from middleoftrilogyitis, mostly manifest in my desire to find out what happens in the final volume. The trilogy's apparent structure is clever. This book, like the first one, has a split narrative; also like the first it alternates between a first person protagonist and a third person protagonist. The third person narrator, a Scotland Yard detective named Carmichael, is the [...]

    10. Ako išta, još bolje, još ozbiljnije, još uvjerljivije od prvog dijela. Jo se stvarno potrudila (re)konstruirati period o kojem piše. Nisam baš siguran za ponašanje glavnog lika, ali hej, nisam žensko.

    11. Nicht so schön klar & übersichtlich der Struktur eines Who Dunnits folgend wie Teil 1, sondern zeitlich & räumlich etwas zerfasert. Dennoch ein feiner Alternativweltkrimi mit gut gemachten Sozialportraits. Relevant!

    12. A much darker book than the first, and not much fun to read. I may have further thoughts, but I'm in no hurry to read the concluding volume. Though I expect I will.

    13. I loved Farthing, the first book in this series, despite avoiding alternate history and especially anything involving Nazis and WWII like the plague. In Farthing, Jo Walton took a classic British country house mystery and used it to divert the reader from all the subtly horrifying alternate history world-building going on at the edges, then brought all the alternate history aspects to the fore in the final third like a punch to the gut. It was one of the best books I've read all year.In this seq [...]

    14. I kind of liked the first book in this trilogy. I didn't like this one nearly so much. (I loathed the third one, but I'll get to that in due time.) It takes place not so long after the first one, and the story now centers around an actress who finds herself embroiled in an anarchist plot to kill Hitler. Meanwhile, she is slated to star as a revolutionary female Hamlet, and while that was almost a saving grace the author's knowledge of Shakespeare, and Hamlet, let her down, which let me down."I i [...]

    15. Alternate history is a curious branch of science fiction — or, perhaps more properly, of speculative fiction. Because the factor that limits the author’s imagination aren’t the boundaries of science but those of history itself: reality. To work, alternate history must be believable in the context of what we know of our past. In Ha’penny, the second volume of her Farthing Trilogy, accomplished British science fiction and fantasy writer Jo Walton has achieved that, and more. She has writte [...]

    16. I read Farthing last month, and straight away I added the next book to Mount TBR. Well, the second I finished this I almost grabbed the third in the series to start reading it. In fact, had it not been for the fact that I didn’t have it with me, and had time left on my lunch for reading, I would probably have dived right into the third book. Because I loved this one. I mean, I really liked Farthing, it was great, but this one is even better in some respects.It is certainly darker.And yet despi [...]

    17. The standout book of this series. This book was brilliant in a way that the first (Farthing) and third (Half a Crown) were not. Also, if you don't love the awesomeness of the cover — a vintage photo of an advertising-crowded street which includes an ad proclaiming that Guinness is good for you — then I don't mean to judge, but really, you should probably have that checked out. And when I say "that" I mean "your improperly functioning sense of what is funny and/or awesome."One of the viewpoin [...]

    18. A solid but unremarkable sequel to Farthing, Ha'penny suffers somewhat from middle-book-in-a-trilogy syndrome. Between that, the constraints of the historical background Walton has established, and a loss of subtlety in the political elements, I found the plot rather predictable and that robbed the ending somewhat of its tension. I also wish that Walton would get someone Irish to check over her work, because there are subtle things she gets wrong about her Irish characters which were jarring for [...]

    19. I've been working on this in between all the YA books I've been reading and even though I've been reading it for weeks, the minute I opened it again I was immediately immersed in Walton's alternate world. In Farthing, the first book, Walton set out a world in which the Farthing Peace treaty is reached in WWII and Britain is now ruled by a dictatorship lead by Normanby, an ally of Hitler. There is increasing suppression of Jews, homosexuals, and anyone born outside England. Ha'penny follows the f [...]

    20. Overall this book is weaker than its prequel. The characters were unconvincing to me, and I just cannot believe that Viola would fall so completely for a guy, charming as he may have been, who kidnaps her and threatens her with violence. Stockholm syndrome notwithstanding. Even though I preferred Viola’s voice to that of the female lead in the first in this series, I found her shallow and too easily influenced by others, especially her nasty sisters. I didn't mind that Viola seemed unintereste [...]

    21. "Ha'Penny" is the second book in Jo Walton's "Small Change" series, a trilogy that explores an alternate world where England and Germany sign an accord during WWII, the USA remains incredibly isolationist, Germany takes over much of Europe, and England slides further and further into fascism.As with "Farthing," the protagonist is a (female) member of the upper class who takes a while to figure out what's going on and then come down firmly on the "anti-fascism" side of things. It's interesting wa [...]

    22. The second of Jo Walton's stunning trilogy set in a horrifying alternate universe of British Fascism and a world dominated by Hitler and the Nazis.Like Farthing, it's very effectively told in alternating chapters narrated in the first person by a young woman, in this case the aristocratic actress Viola Lark, and in the third person by Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard, who is the one main character in all three novels.Unlike Farthing, which was in the style of a classic British murder myster [...]

    23. Solid story, and I like something in her writing, some kind of deceptive simplicity, that works so well for this topic. My worry in the first book was that she wouldn't justify the invocation of fascism - I think there are many books set in the WWII era that use the setting merely as a plot device, which is vile. But Walton builds slowly to show the gradual normalization of terrifying things, and all of that combines to find new ways to pierce perception and promote insight. I don't know, I gues [...]

    24. I liked it!Side note: I had recently finished reading a book about the Mitford sisters, and I would not be surprised if the sisters in this book were based on them. So, that was kind of fun.

    25. Something's rotten in the state of England. Ha'penny starts about two weeks after the Farthing case in part #1. And once again Walton alternates between a female first person narrator – Viola Lark, ex-Larkin, peer's daughter gone actress – and Carmichael's third person limited POV. When a bomb tears a famous actress to pieces, Carmichael finds himself with a new case. Soon he has to face another conspiracy, one that Viola herself is being swept away with. But this time, the conspirators aim [...]

    26. Dies ist der 2. Band rund um Inspector Carmichael und er steht dem hervorragenden Erstling in keiner Art und Weise nach und führt in einer in sich abgeschlossenen Geschichte das ungewöhnliche Handlungsgerüst fort, welches mit "Die Stunde der Rotkehlchen" begonnen wurde. Die Schriftstellerin Jo Walton stellt die Geschichtsschreibung, so wie wir sie kennen, auf den Kopf indem sie den Verlauf vom 2. Weltkrieg verändert und eine alternative Welt erschafft. England und Deutschland haben im Jahre [...]

    27. Set in the universe in which Britain made peace with Hitler rather than continuing to fight, and in 1949 most of Europe is under the Reich. The one where noblewoman-turned-actress Viola Lark is getting ready to play a female Hamlet when the actress scheduled for Gertrude is killed in an explosion, and poor closeted Inspector Carmichael is put on the case to make sure it wasn't "Jews or anarchists."I felt like Carmichael was a little warmer in this book than in Farthing; he's still rather at a di [...]

    28. Given that this book won the Prometheus Award for best libertarian science fiction presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society, I was disappointed (well, maybe that's too strong -- perhaps "surprised") on three levels:1. This was an historical novel, set in pre-World-War-II England. Nothing about the future.2. It is not a science fiction novel, unless you count as science fiction the building of a carry-able and hide-able radio bomb detonator 10 years before the invention of the transistor. I' [...]

    29. WHAT HAPPENED?!?! There was so much at stake in this book, the setup matched the plot, there weren't easy answers, I didn't want to punch the female protagonist in the face, all the sexuality made sense (theater context FTW), Jack made appearances, Inspector Carmichael continued to rock, and the momentum didn't let up until the very last page. Vast improvement over the first one. Indeed, after I finished reading on the plane to San Diego, I couldn't stop thinking about the world Walton has creat [...]

    30. From Ali: All I can say is that I’m enraged that Tor won’t be putting out the third and final book until September. I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER, YOU GUYS! From Dot: Both Farthing and Ha’penny were gripping reads and I polished them off in short order. The books look at a what –if scenario – England has signed a separate peace agreement with Hitler and is heading into fascism. Farthing is a murder mystery with this as the backdrop and the main character and her husband (a Jew) are se [...]

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