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Ha'penny (2007)

de Jo Walton

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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 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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En 1949, ocho años después de que el círculo de Farthing negociara la «Paz con Honor» entre Gran Bretaña y la Alemania nazi, Inglaterra ha completado su deriva hacia una dictadura fascista. Cuando el infame Mark Normanby apro-vecha un asesinato político para organizar su elección como primer ministro, las últimas esperanzas para la democracia parecen agotarse.
Entonces explota una bomba en un área residencial de Londres. El inspector Carmichael, de Scotland Yard, un hombre brillante aunque sometido a presiones políticas, se encarga de llevar el caso. Lo que averigua lo lleva hasta una conspiración por parte de nobles y comunistas, de leales adeptos al rey y a la patria y de implacables pistoleros del ira, para asesinar a Normanby y a su nuevo aliado, Adolf Hitler.
  libreriarofer | Sep 8, 2023 |
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 guess I'm saying this might get through to someone who hasn't figured it out yet, and if one more person learns to stand up to fascism, then it's worth it. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
In 1949 in an alternate England where the government made peace with Hitler’s Germany following the Blitz, a young actress gets caught up in a plot to kill Hitler. It’s Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard’s job to foil the assassination plot, even though the fascist government threatens his private life with his partner, Jack, and the lives of his Jewish colleagues. Walton imagines a theatre world where cross-casting is in fashion, and the actress at the heart of the plot has been cast as Hamlet in a production that Hitler and the Prime Minister will attend on opening night. The actress, Violet Lark, is one of the six Larkin sisters, who bear more than a slight resemblance to the real-life Mitford sisters. The unpredictable plot kept me in suspense right up to the final page. ( )
  cbl_tn | Jun 18, 2023 |
What a piece of crap. Static crap. Talky talk and nothing else.

Oh hey, yeah, sure, a bomb exploded - before the story even started! And then until the middle of the book nothing else happens but talk talk talk. So stupid boring.

Didn't finish. ( )
  cwebb | May 19, 2023 |
In some ways I feel a bit mean giving this a 3 as it left me wanting to read the next one. It wasn't quite as good as the first one in terms of plot and characters. As it takes up immediately where Farthing leaves off the situation and setting haven't evolved much, though there were plenty of hints thrown in as to how things are going - not well, but in a very convincing way, which I think is the great strength of this trilogy. The ending was exciting with some unexpected surprises. ( )
  MochaVonBee | Jan 21, 2023 |
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They don't hang people like me. They don't want the embarrassment of a trial, and besides, Pappa is who he is. Like it or not, I'm a Larkin. They don't want the headline "Peer's Daughter Hanged." So much easier to shut me award and promise that if I keep very quiet they'll release me a cured into my family's custody in a year or two. Well, I may have been an awful fool, but I've never been saner, and besides I can't stand most of my family. I've never had the slightest intention of keeping quiet. That's why I'm writing this. I hope someone someday might get the chance to read it. Pay attention. I'm going to tell you the important things, in order. -Chapter One
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Fiction. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:

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 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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