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The next installment in Quirk's much-heralded sci-fi/classics mashup series, this steampunk take on Anna Karenina discards tsarist Russia for an alternate reality where a miracle metal, gronzium, has fueled the development of a thriving robot culture. Carriages and candlesticks persist, but everything is mechanized, including the servants: at the peak of the robot hierarchy are the near-sentient "Class IIIs," humanoid robots who aid and comfort their upper-class owners. These futuristic additions are more than background filler, though; Winters incorporates an entire action-packed sci-fi sub-plot, with terrorist attacks from a group of renegade scientists, an alien invasion, and the growing menace of a certain scorned cyborg husband. The sci-fi elements are carefully accomplished, sometimes brilliantly extrapolated from the original. The Class IIIs, for example, also act as telling externalizations of their masters: cold, duty-bound Karenin becomes half-robot and childish Kitty gets a pink, mechanized ballerina companion. Tolstoy's text is more than strong enough to stand up to this sort of treatment, its force attenuated just enough to allow Winters (Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters) to integrate his additions-a feat he manages with aplomb. Illustrations.
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The extraordinary success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) has spawned an entirely new genre. The publication of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009) and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2010) left readers wondering what famous figure or classic novel would be the subject of the next delightfully irreverent mash-up. Wonder no more, just sit back, relax, and prepare to consider Tolstoy's masterful Anna Karenina in a whole new light. Anyone who has ever delved into the works of the great Russian novelist knows that he was, first and foremost, a realist. Somehow Winters manages to pay homage to Tolstoy's pragmatic tone while investing this timeless, ill-fated love story with robots, cyborgs, androids, and a host of other familiar sf elements. As Anna and Count Vronsky embark on their scandalous affair, they must also battle a band of radical scientists intent on fomenting a revolution. When upstart machines rebel, adultery becomes the least of their problems. Although Tolstoy purists may sniff, the parallels to nineteenth-century Russia remain surprisingly true in this futuristic version of his timeless classic. Advise readers to suspend their disbelief and go along for the ride—most won't be disappointed. --Margaret FlanaganSee all Editorial Reviews
I love all the quirk classics, this is the last one i read, now i need to own them all!Published 9 months ago by Elisha Adkins
A spoof which will primarily be of interest to sci-fi fans. Since it is a paraphrase of the entire original book, it is a bit too long for fun reading. Read morePublished 11 months ago by steamduck43
Wilson's prose is tauter than Constance Garnett's translation. And he gets to tailor the story in little nips and tucks.Published 18 months ago by Roger Sperberg
The writing is so good you'll be able to remember why you loved the original Anna Karenina, with a little zombies and droids thrown in. Read morePublished 20 months ago by SporkSkort
I admit that I had not read the original before diving into this retelling of the classic Anna Karenina (shh! Don't tell) - however! Read morePublished on May 2, 2013 by Stefohnee
I had read the previous satiric send-ups of two of Jane Austen's novels: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Deluxe Heirloom Edition (Quirk Classics) and Sense and Sensibility and... Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Michael Birman
Not so good. But the original by Tolstoy either. o o o o o o o o o o oPublished on December 6, 2012 by Alex Loginov
I finished this book last year, and it keeps taunting me from my bookshelf, teasing me so that I'll read it again. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by Cannot upload links, banners, etc.