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Ha'penny von Jo Walton
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Ha'penny (Original 2007; 2008. Auflage)

von 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 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 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'pennys 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 a critique of the classic detective novels of the thirties and forties, and an allegory of the world we live in today.… (mehr)
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Titel:Ha'penny
Autoren:Jo Walton
Info:Tor Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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i liked this book even more than Farthing, it is a worthy sequel. Poor Inspector Carmichael breaks my heart, and Jo Walton tells a well-crafted story about the dangers of fascism. This close after the recent European elections, the book was a depressing read at times, and proved difficult for me to finish. I look forward to the final book in the series, but I need to take some time out with lighter fare before I'll be able to stomach it. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
Well... I had heard this series very well reviewed. Quite a while ago I tried the first one in the series and it was ominous and not what I had been in the mood for so I never got far. This time I intended to get the first but ended up with the middle volume. It was a good read and I think I'll try the third one. But I have reservations. The second paragraph below contains spoilers but not about the plot.

The male couple's story strikes me as anachronistic. That kind of settled domesticity was rare from what I can gather and had to be buttressed by money and a thick skin for living with the weight of the world's neverending hostile regard. A chief inspector just wouldn't have had the personal power to live so unconventionally, even in secret. And then there is the wholesale inclusion of all of the Mitford sisters as characters. I can see the temptation they offer to an author but I am disappointed that they weren't more fictionalized. I did like Viola's narration and arc in this book. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
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 despite the darkness and the horror it is an incredibly easy book to read and to enjoy. Also, when I say dark and horror, I don’t mean that there this is anything like a torture-porn story or a ghost story. Instead it is a social and political horror story, the erosion of democracy and the formation of a fascist society. And how easy it seems to happen.

I hadn’t read the blurb on the back, of this, or any of the other books in the series, so I thought this might be a continuation of Lucy and David’s story. So I was a bit thrown to have a different first person narrator. But only initially. After a paragraph or too I could see why Walton chose to centre the story on a different woman. She’s from a similar class and status to Lucy, but she has a very different outlook to her.

Inspector Carmichael is the returning central character here, and after how Farthing ended for him, he has serious soul searching to do. His story is so important. A good man, in terrible times, with a secret that those in power are all too willing to use to keep him in line. His story is heart-breaking.

I found that I kept wanting to keep reading this book. It’s certainly a tense, atmospheric page-turner of a book. Makes for compulsive reading. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
It succeeds as a police procedural, as alternate history and as a work of high order literature. As rising suspense propels the plot forward our protagonist rises to the challenges placed in front of him. You care not only for the characters but also for the implications in our all to real present. And if the human players are not enough, enjoy London as just a real character as Carmichael. Head for the library, or the bookstore, physical or virtual. ( )
  danhammang | Feb 16, 2020 |
For me, an OK but disappointing 2nd book in the Small Change trilogy. As with Farthing, there are two alternating story lines. There's the continuing story of Peter Carmichael, told in the third person, and a new story, about the actress Viola Lark(in), told in the first person. I have four problems with the book. The first is that the first-person story line is nowhere near as engaging as the first book's. I think Walton had a clear and not very flattering picture of Viola in mind, but it's very difficult to convey a character's limitations in the first person without lapsing into parody. As a result, Viola at once early crucial juncture acts in a way I found inexplicable. The second problem for me was that the story is too pre-determined by the conventions of the genre. The third problem is a concluding bit of character retrospection that is way too pat and artificial. The fourth problem is a minor irritation; there must have been 5 different uses of "ha'penny" to motivate the title. One was sufficient.

That said, the Carmichael half of the book is strong. Recommended for anyone who liked Farthing. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Feb 4, 2020 |
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Please put a penny in the old man's hat.

If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do,

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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 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 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'pennys 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 a critique of the classic detective novels of the thirties and forties, and an allegory of the world we live in today.

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