September 21st, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Farthing by Jo Walton

We'd told folks when we picked this that it was alternate history, not SF, but we still had one guy who was upset. He said we might as well read a Peter Wimsey book, which is a bit of a compliment. If only Jo got those sales!

During WWII, before the Americans came in, the Nazis approached the English with the offer of peace -- the Nazis get to keep what they have and the English stick to their own island. In our timeline, Winston Churchill riled people up and they continued fighting. In Farthing, they took the deal. The story alternates chapters from Lucy Kahn, a rich girl in a political family who has married a Jew, and Inspector Carmichael, who investigates the murder. You see, Lucy's folks invited a lot of people, insisting on Lucy and her husband, to a party. And then the man who made peace gets killed and in a way that implies a Jew did it. The Inspector is pretty sure Lucy's husband didn't do it, but who did?

The following chapters, as we learn more about these folks and who they are, and watch the Inspector searching for the truth, become fraught with tension about truth, honesty, and justice. Politics lifts its heavy hand to become more rigid, more like the Nazis, and to make Lucy's husband be the killer. The Inspector is left with a difficult choice.

All of us enjoyed this, even if it wasn't SF, and most are continuing on to Ha'penny. It's a great book.
20111112, Marilee

Sleeping Soon

I woke up three times last night with different parts of my left leg cramping, so took lots of flexeril. I slept until 4pm and will be napping when I finish this post. I'm most of the way through washing pillows and sheets, and since only the pillows need to go back on with the other set of sheets, am in pretty good shape.

Since I won't be back online until afternoon tomorrow, Happy Equinox Early!