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Android Karenina by Ben H. Winters
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Jun 03, 2010

it was ok
Recommended to Lisa by: publisher copy of book
Recommended for: steampunks, science fiction fans, the robot in you
Read from June 03 to 23, 2010 , read count: 1

I think of Android Karenina's ideal audience in terms of Venn diagrams: that mysterious place where "fans of Anna Karenina" and "science fiction readers who love reading about machinery and robots" overlaps. Many of Winters's variations on Tolstoy's themes are very clever -- particularly his Karenin -- and Quirk did well to choose AK for a steampunk mash-up. Still, I thought the book dragged a bit, particularly in the middle.

I should admit that I think Anna Karenina drags a bit in places, too. I do thank Winters profusely for adjusting Levin: he annoyed me far less in Android Karenina than in Tolstoy's book. It was novelty rather than characters that kept this AK moving for me but, over all, despite not being a big fan of robots or sci fi, I found this AK moderately entertaining.

(Quirk Books provided me with a review copy of the book.)
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Jessica Definitely have to agree with you that both versions of the story are difficult to dredge through in places. Of course, having read the original, I wasn't terribly surprised to find the same was true of the new and improved android version. Nonetheless, it is a creative re-interpretation of the story.

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