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Android Karenina by Ben H. Winters
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May 24, 2012

did not like it
Read from May 25 to June 02, 2010

“Android Karenina,” Ben H. Winters' mash up of the Leo Tolstoy novel, is set in a technology-driven human society right out of Frank Herbert’s “Dune.” “Android” really doesn’t have a soul. It’s the tribute band that you like because they remind you how truly great was the original. And Tolstoy's classic is considered by some to be the greatest novel ever. Those who don’t agree generally don't like the romance nature of the main storyline. But “Anna” is about so much more. “Android” reads similar to the original, the story line follows the familiar plot most of the way through the book. “Android” goes a bit out of control towards the end, as Winter perhaps is adding his own updated social commentary. The most enjoyable part of this book was reading out loud to family and friends silly lines to explain such things as dainty Anna carrying a lady-sized oxygen tank on the moon! Consider this item from the discussion guide: "6. Did Tolstoy, in making the aliens horrid, shrieking lizard-beasts -- rather than the benevolent light-beings anticipated by the xenotheologists--intend a comment on the nature of faith? Or did he, perhaps, just really really like lizard-beasts?" Mr. Winters, you are not Leo Tolstoy, no matter what fantasy world you envision. Perhaps you call it parody, but Tolstoy gives us insight into human nature, faith and perseverance. Your world is cold, bleak and heartless like an android.
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