November 18th, 2008

20111112, Marilee

Slept the Day

Lucila comes early and I usually sleep while she cleans, but then get up and get on with the day. Last night, however, I was too close to the end of Half A Crown to stop, and then kept thinking about it, so when Lucila left, I still needed a couple hours of sleep. I set the phone to alarm in two hours and went back to sleep. And when it rang, I turned it off and went back to sleep. I slept six hours today! I got up just in time for lizzibabe to come haul books back and forth for me to catalog. Since I hadn't eaten yet, I ordered pizza, which brought Shiva out of the castle and Spirit at least to where she could see us while we were eating. Poor Shiva, I put my plate down on the floor and there was nothing he wanted! So I am only now getting here.
20111112, Marilee

Half A Crown by Jo Walton

This is the last piece of the Small Change trilogy. I reviewed Farthing and Ha'penny.

This is the most closely intense book of the three. The chapters alternate Carmichael, now head of The Watch, with his ward, Elvira, whom he's sent to school and is now being readied to be presented to the Queen. London is preparing for a global peace conference and someone has let the Duke of Windsor back into the country. It appears that the Duke is fomenting rebellion and Carmichael's enemies take this opportunity to hit him via Elvira and his man, Jack. There are some very scary periods and a surprising ending. This whole trilogy is highly recommended.