Saturday, October 13, 2012

2012 book 286

Jo Walton's Ha'penny
The sequel to Farthing is less distressing and more entertaining on the whole, as Inspector Carmichael (the cop from the first book) tries to solve a bomb plot that went awry, interspersed with the story of an actress caught up in a similar plot. The actress is from a family that is so clearly based on the Mitford sisters that it made everything just deliciously fun, plus there are no Jewish characters at risk of hanging, so I could enjoy the book a lot more easily (there's still plenty of casual--and not-so-casual--anti-Semitism, but the stakes for the beloved characters were a bit lower this time). Great second chapter and I'm on to read the third. A/A-.

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