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Farthing, by Jo Walton

Postby Omphalos » 05 Feb 2010 20:34

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Jo Walton's excellent literary whodunit, Farthing is an alternate history political thriller set in post World War II England. In it a group of Conservative politicians calling themselves the "Farthing Set," crafted the "Peace with Honour" during the Blitz, thus ending the war and stopping Hitler's legions on the French side of the Channel. Hitler was allowed to retain Europe and the United Kingdom was allowed to retain its sovereignty, its Empire, its Jewry, and was given the former European colonies of Africa so that Nazi Germany could turn its attention to the Soviet Union. Nine years after the Peace members of the Farthing Set have achieved much, and advanced their political careers considerably. But now one of them, Sir James Thirkie, has been murdered, and it's Investigator Carmichael's job to figure out who killed him...Please click here, or on the book cover above, to be taken to the complete review..

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Re: Farthing, by Jo Walton

Postby nampigai » 07 Feb 2010 06:19

It sounds interesting - have you by any chance read "Fatherland" by Robert Harris? A film has been based on it as well with Rutger Hauer.
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Re: Farthing, by Jo Walton

Postby Freakzilla » 07 Feb 2010 08:19

nampigai wrote:It sounds interesting - have you by any chance read "Fatherland" by Robert Harris? A film has been based on it as well with Rutger Hauer.



I read that. I love alternate history.
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Re: Farthing, by Jo Walton

Postby nampigai » 07 Feb 2010 11:59

Freakzilla wrote:
nampigai wrote:It sounds interesting - have you by any chance read "Fatherland" by Robert Harris? A film has been based on it as well with Rutger Hauer.



I read that. I love alternate history.


yea me too - one thing that bothers me with Farthing though, is that I tend to missread it. Childish but funny.

There's another one that I can't remember the name of.
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Re: Farthing, by Jo Walton

Postby Omphalos » 07 Feb 2010 13:32

I liked Fatherland, but was not fond of the film.

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Re: Farthing, by Jo Walton

Postby TheDukester » 08 Feb 2010 23:11

Harris is great. I've read everything I could get my hands on — I even ordered the second book in the Cicero series from England. It wasn't available in the U.S. for some reason (contract squabble? poor sales for Imperium? I don't know).
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