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Android Karenina by Ben H. Winters
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May 24, 2012

liked it
bookshelves: first-reads, steampunk
Read from June 05 to July 18, 2010

I received this book as part of the GoodReads First Reads program.

As the fourth (and longest!) classic novel and monster mash-up from Quirk Books, "Android Karenina" by Ben H. Winters and Leo Tolstoy had a lot to live up to. I enjoyed "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters" by Mr. Winters, and I was hoping this novel would not be a letdown. It wasn't.

"Android Karenina" was a creative and fun update of the classic Russian novel "Anna Karenina." The robotic society of Russia was well-developed and flowed smoothly with the story; Karenin and his Face were a menacing force that kept me turning pages; and the "love" stories were engaging and so very real. However, the novel moved a bit slow in places and seemed to lose sight of the overarching plot in these places. Because of this, the twist ending with Anna seemed to come out of nowhere and it was a rather jarring and dissatisfying way to end her storyline.

Overall, however, I really enjoyed "Android Karenina." I was able to read a classic novel that I probably never would have picked up otherwise, and had a fun time doing it too.

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Reading Progress

06/05/2010 page 76
06/08/2010 page 118
21.81% "I'm surprised by how much I'm liking this book right now."
07/08/2010 page 296
55.0% "slowly but surely making my way through this."
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