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Jo Walton writes science fiction and fantasy novels and reads a lot and eats great food. It worries her slightly that this is so exactly what she always wanted to do when she grew up. She comes from Wales, but lives in Montreal. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition MP3 CD .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Still recovering 3 octobre 2016
Par tombrad - Publié sur
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I bought the first volume of this trilogy (Farthing) in 2011. It was absolutely compelling and utterly appalling at the same time. With one flap of a butterfly's wing, it could have been real.

I bought volume two (Ha'penny) in 2012, but couldn't muster the courage to read it for two years. Compelling. Emotionally Exhausting. And no more than a butterfly's flap from being appallingly real.

Those books still fuel much of the tossing and turning in my predawn hours.

I delayed buying volume 3 (Half a Crown) until my summer vacation in 2016.

I expected that I would need the space. I did.

(I followed this volume with her story "Among Others." Wow!)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A mostly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy 16 mai 2013
Par Cissa - Publié sur
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These are not feel-good books. I don't know if I will ever want to read them again. Nonetheless, I'm glad I have read them, and greatly admire Walton's skill.

I appreciate that the final book of the trilogy ended optimistically; I just regret that I am not sure that optimistic endedin is plausible, considering the groundwork in the previous novels. I don't think that the whole direction of a country can change by accident, and by the occasional actions of a few random people. Technically plausible, yes- but as i see creeping fascism in my own country, I don't think any brilliant revelation would stop it. Nor would a series of such.

Now, I'm reading this several years after it was written. I've seen the way fascism is creeping into America, both from the right and the (arguable) left. Perhaps a few years ago I would have found the conclusion more plausible.

In any case: it's fine novel. I'm not sure how much it would make sense if one had not read the previous 2 books. I didn't much care for Elvira; for a reader and an aspiring scholar, she was very much a thoughtless airhead. Now, I understand being raised to be a thoughtless airhead- but she rebelled enough to get a slot at Oxford, and so I would have thought she had more thinking behind her than to shallowly consider a rally in which people threw stones at Jews to be "jolly patriotic fun". That was a sentiment more worthy of a Wodehouse heroine, maybe- not someone who was "deep" and into reading and going to Oxford rather than making a brilliant marriage. I just did not find her coherent, even though at 18, I suppose we're all a mass of contradictions.

carmichael was wonderful, as before. His passages made sense.

The plot was clever, but still stuck me as being a bit too miraculous at the end. Still, the end was mostly satisfying.

If you've read the other "Small change" books, you're going to want to finish this one. If not- I think it'd be a hard read, and pretty shocking (more so than it is for us who read the previous books).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The surprising finale to Farthing 28 septembre 2012
Par Wulfstan - Publié sur
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In "Farthing" Jo Walton came up with the best WWI Alt-Hist idea I have read yet- and hid that as simply backstory inside a murder mystery- and a cracking good mystery it was, full of twists and turns and a surprising ending.

In Half a Crown we continue with the same protagonist as the fist two books (the middle book being "Ha'penny"). England has gotten more and more Nazi-like. Persecution of "Jews & Communists" is getting more extreme, and now our protagonist is the unwilling head of "the Watch"- GB's version of the Gestapo.

This time it's more of a thriller than a mystery. But again Jo surprised me by the ending.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read 19 juin 2010
Par Annandale - Publié sur
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Half a Crown does not disappoint, and Walton brings her superb trilogy of fascist Britain to its inevitable conclusion. Unlike some reviewers, I do not think the ending was too optimistic or unexpected. Recent history has shown that there are cycles to the behavior of governments and individuals, and whether one is lucky enough to be around in one of the "good" cycles, or unfortunate enough to be living in one of the "bad," what goes around, comes around, and everything ends, even tyranny. Though it appears the new regime will be more liberal and enlightened, and certainly the previous crowd were mad as hatters, I do not think it certain that Walton is telling readers that now everything will be ok. A new group is taking over, they look and smell better, but it's really only a question of their time having arrived, who knows how it will all end up. After all, we all get the governments and the leaders we deserve.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A fine conclusion to an excellent trilogy 1 octobre 2008
Par Dr. F. S. Ledgister - Publié sur
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Walton's 'Small Change' Trilogy, begun with Farthing, and continued with Ha'penny is brought to a satisfactory, and somewhat surprising conclusion in this book. Unlike its predecessors it does not revolve around a crime. Instead it is focused on the actions of two characters, the commander of Britain's political police, the Watch, Commander Carmichael, and his ward, Elvira Royston, as they grapple with the political and social realities of this alternative Britain of 1960. Carmichael, and his partner/manservant Jack provide continuity with the previous novels, though mention is made of characters from both, and characters from both previous novels make appearances.

Walton plays with alternative history like a musician, bringing in elements from actual history with a slight skew. In Farthing it was the Cliveden Set, in Ha'penny, it was the Mitford sisters; here it is Burgess, minus Maclean, Philby, and Blunt, but elevated. The novel concludes with a twist, as surprising as it is welcome, delivered by a character singularly appropriate for the role.
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