Android Karenina

Android Karenina

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by Ben H. Winters
     
 

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It’s been called the greatest novel ever written. Now, Tolstoy’s timeless saga of love and betrayal is transported to an awesomer version of 19th-century Russia. It is a world humming with high-powered groznium engines: where debutantes dance the 3D waltz in midair, mechanical wolves charge into battle alongside brave young soldiers, and

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It’s been called the greatest novel ever written. Now, Tolstoy’s timeless saga of love and betrayal is transported to an awesomer version of 19th-century Russia. It is a world humming with high-powered groznium engines: where debutantes dance the 3D waltz in midair, mechanical wolves charge into battle alongside brave young soldiers, and robots—miraculous, beloved robots!—are the faithful companions of everyone who’s anyone. Restless to forge her own destiny in this fantastic modern life, the bold noblewoman Anna and her enigmatic Android Karenina abandon a loveless marriage to seize passion with the daring, handsome Count Vronsky. But when their scandalous affair gets mixed up with dangerous futuristic villainy, the ensuing chaos threatens to rip apart their lives, their families, and—just maybe—all of planet Earth.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594744839
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Series:
Quirk Classics
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
451,708
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

Leo Tolsoy, the author of War and Peace, has been called the most brilliant master of realistic fiction in all literary history. He lived in Russia. Ben H. Winters collaborated with Jane Austen on the New York Times best seller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. He lives in Brooklyn.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Quirk Classics is at it again, guys and gals. From the creators of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, comes the next irreverent look at a classic story brought back to life. As in the original version of this fantastic novel, we follow two love affairs of monumental proportions: Anna Karenina with Count Alexei Vronsky and Nikolai Levin with Princess Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These two unforgettable couples yearned and fought for true love in the 19th century. However, in the first telling of this brilliantly-crafted novel, neither couple had been in possession of copper-plated machines and robotic butlers. In this new version, there's a war brewing between machine and master. A covert group of scientific revolutionaries band together and go on the attack. Battling against Russian high society, the group tries with all their might to take the legs out from underneath the wealthy debutantes. Our brave and courageous couples must use everything they have available, including the sleek and mean ultra-human cyborgs, to beat back the enemy and re-gain control of their steampunk-inspired world. Anna's nightmare (which is a famous scene from the classic book) seems to have been the inspiration for this metallic world that the author has created. In her dream, the hammering of iron referred to Anna being crushed and beaten down. In addition, Tolstoy was very "into" the near future, where steam-powered engines and machines would "take over" and change life as humans knew it back in the 1800's. These specific ideas seemed to me to have been the building blocks for this new "Jetsons" version of the classic tale. Ben Winters, who was the co-author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, certainly - once again - did his homework. Sticking completely to Tolstoy's story, as well as using hidden "points" Tolstoy made while writing the classic tale, he also used his overly creative imagination to bring the book into the 21st century and open the door for teenagers to enjoy one of the best writers ever known. I would hope that after a fun reading of Android Karenina, the reader will be inspired to pick up the original text. Quill says: It's nice to see that these updated classics are introducing a whole new audience to some of the best known writers in the history of literature, and fans of previous books in this series should enjoy this newest offering. For devoted followers of the original classics, you may have a hard time accepting Anna, er, Android Karenina.
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