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Android Karenina

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,584 ratings  ·  199 reviews
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Ben H. Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result is Android Karenina an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.

As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: the tragic adu
Paperback, 541 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Quirk Classics (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rita Flaherty You do not 'have' to, the story stands alone just fine. I think you appreciate this book more once you have read Anna Karenina though. Winters treated…moreYou do not 'have' to, the story stands alone just fine. I think you appreciate this book more once you have read Anna Karenina though. Winters treated the original respectfully while telling a good tale through it. (less)

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Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars !!

Anna Karenina is one of my desert island books. (5 stars plus) I love it to pieces and have read it four times (ages 13, 19, 26 and 34). Instead of re-reading it again I was pleased to have found a new interpretation of this book by Ben H. Winters.

This book was fascinating with its infusion of robots and horror. I felt that the author was able (mostly) to integrate the delicate human emotions with what was happening in this steampunk environment. At times it was laugh out loud silly
Lolly's Library
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
My first thought upon finishing Android Karenina was that, had Tolstoy been aware of robots, androids, moon resorts, and magnetic grav trains, this is the book he'd have written. To my mind, the concept of robotics, with its sense of coldness and hardness and immovable logic, fits in perfectly with the idea of post-Tsar Russia; where bureaucracy and the welfare of the nation takes precedence over the welfare of the individual; where the sense of almost perpetual winter brings to mind the frigidi ...more
When I agreed to be part of the Android Karenina blogsplosion, I knew it was going to be an interesting experience.  I've read the P&P inspired books -- and obviously am familiar with P&P -- so I got the in-jokes and the references, and could compare it to the original.  With this, I haven't read Anna Karenina (and am generally not big on the Russians, save Pasternak's Dr. Zhivago), so I knew that I would have to approach this mash-up differently.

On the one hand, I wouldn't be biased com
Lisa Hayden Espenschade
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: steampunks, science fiction fans, the robot in you
Recommended to Lisa by: publisher copy of book
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.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
There were a few parts that were difficult to get through, but overall I feel that Ben H. Winters did an amazing job at transferring the spirit of Anna Karenina into Android Karenina. Though there were times that I felt something was ridiculous, I still greatly enjoyed it. The human emotion in this story was also captured beautifully and so accurately. There were many times that I understood exactly the mix of emotions that was described and could completely empathize with characters even if I d ...more
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I gotta confess.....
I don't get these "Mash-Up" books.

I really wanted to like this book, given that the source novel is a classic (and one of my favorites!!). But this book just left me cold.

5 stars for the source material, 3.5 stars for this hybrid.
Louise Leetch
May 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
My taste in books runs to the ilk of Cold Mountain. I haven’t read one single vampire book. I never read the Harry Potter Books and I never could get into fantasy books—including the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings! I guess I’m just a snob! When I began reading Ben H. Winters’ mash-up of Android Karenina, my hopes were not high for a quick, light or funny read. Oddly enough, it was all three. Mash-ups are the latest thing in the literary world, mixing classics with new world monsters and demons. It ...more
Graham Crawford
Dec 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: the criminally insane
I came to this book - and this Mash up genre with an open mind. There are many great examples of Post Modern re-contextualisations of classic artworks; Shakespeare productions set in during the second world war, Wagner's ring cycle set against a backdrop of industrial socialist revolution, Derek Jarman's quirky anachronisms. These clever works re-frame and re-present classic stories within a contemporary context refreshing sometimes stale ideas for new audiences. I was hoping Android Karenina wo ...more
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I reserve 5-star ratings for books of extraordinary creativity, skill, craftsmanship, and lasting impact to the reader. Of course there's that personal enjoyment variable, too.

Android Karenina meets every criteria I've got. Quirk Classics has yet to miss the mark on creativity, and Ben Winters molds words I could read or listen to all day in this work. My first three criteria have been met with each of the three previous Quirk Classics released, and I expected nothing less.

I expected more humor
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Jun 26, 2010 marked it as decided-not-to-read
Recommended to Snail in Danger (Sid) by: Suzanna
Anna Karenina (on which this is based) was the first "grown up" book I read (for lack of a better term). I think I was 8 or 10 or so. Yes, I was a strange child, and no, maybe I shouldn't have been allowed to read it. I remember thinking it was engrossing, but I can't say with any certainty how well I understood it.

But anyway, as a science fiction fan I have a high standard for books involving robots. (Actually I am fairly particular generally.) While I get the sense this is a better adaptation
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I admit, I have a hard time reading classic literature. I have a hard time with the writing style, the pacing, the dialogue and the general ideas of the time period. I'm your stereotypical millennial and need something fast paced with some twists and turns to keep me interested. That is why I love the idea of the Quirk Classics! I'm assuming if you're reading this review then you know about the Quirk Classics, but in case you don't, the concept is to take a classic story and put it in more "fun" ...more
Steve Love
Jul 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
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May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I got this book free for review.

Ahhhhh....all the tragedy of the original Russian romance Leo Tolstoy delivered to us in Anna Karenina, plus all the robots, aliens, and political intrigue you've always wanted.

Mr.Winters, co-author with Jane Austen, of Sense and Sensibilities and Sea Monsters, teamed up with Ol' Leo this time around to give Anna Arkadyevna a liberal sprinkling of Steampunk. I was over the moon when I heard Mr.Winters was part of Quirk Classic's newest project. I adore
May 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*Received this in a first read giveaway*
Wasn't able to start this til a two weeks ago I'm really surprised that it's been this long and I'm still reading it. I've not read the original novel, so came into this with no expectations.

The robot/android angle to this book adds the little bit of sci fi "oomph" that might broaden the reading audience. That being said, I can sometimes infer what may have happened in the original novel that the robots are doing in this one (revolutionaries booby trappin
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Apparently, having never read Anna Karenina nor had an enjoyment of steampunk, I shouldn't have gone for this novel.

This review is pretty much to post "never say never," because I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. When I realized that this was not written with the outrageous humor of the PPZ and SSS "quirk classics," I thought it would be a disappointment. I couldn't have been more wrong. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved all of the moral ambiguity thrown in with more obvious examples
Oct 30, 2010 rated it liked it
About three years ago, I read Anna Karenina and I absolutely hated it. Not only was it incredibly dull, but I didn’t care for most of the characters. Reading it was a long, hard slog and I blame my reading group for letting me choose the book in the first place. So, when I saw Android Karenina, I had two thoughts. First, I had no problem with Quirk Press turning it into a horror story. Second, it has freaking robots! Anna Karenina can only be improved by the inclusion of robots...

Read the rest o
May 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, sci-fi
I received this book as a First-reads copy. At first I wasn't sure if it was something I would enjoy but I was interested to see how it would work as a novel. (I should say I have not read the original.) It turns out that I really enjoyed the book. The writing of the two authors blends together seamlessly. Tolstoy's work is ideal for blending in the "high" science fiction/steampunk genre. The character development is excellent, especially for the main players.

Overall a very enjoyable read.
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: russia
I have read anna karenina before, but I did not really remember all of the plot line so it has been fun reading this book and slowly remembering some things, but then there are androids! it's very much an alternate reality that is fun to discover. I must admit that by the end, I was sucked in and wondering how the book was going to end and resolve some of the outstanding plot points. So this is a good addition to the other novels that have added zombies and sea monsters to jane austen books.
Christopher tm
May 30, 2010 rated it did not like it

Dry dry dry.

Dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry dry.


I could not make headway into the original without being bored to distraction and the introduction here of Robots! does naught to hold my interest.

Undoubtedly I will try again at a later date, but that date and I are not looking forward to meeting each other.
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite Quirk Classic yet. Admittedly, that may be because Winter and Tolstoy's styles are slightly less dry than Jane Austen, but Android Karenina is a well done story about love, politics, and robots.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
obviously easier to read than the original but that's perhaps because i already know the original.
definitely a funny adaptation and pretty good on the usage of robots and aliens. at times it felt forced but over-all entertaining.
Frances Vermeulen
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Finally!! I finished it!! It was a struggle, I admit, but the ending almost made it worth the while. In a nutshell: the robot-part of the story was great, the drama and internal struggles of Anna was quite boring. I won't be reading it again any time soon...
Mar 03, 2010 marked it as will-never-read
Shelves: monster-mash
Make it stop.
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
See my review on my book blog:
Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 20, 2016 marked it as dnf
Sooooo dull
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Android Karenina by Ben Winters is a Steampunk take on Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel and in deed, the plot resembles the original to a great degree and all original protagonists are present. They are incarnated in a way befitting a Steampunk setting. Android Karenina is set against a high-tech Steampunk background, placed in a pseudo 19th century Russia.
What first struck me was the easiness with which the human protagonists interact with their robotic alter-egos/side-kicks, the Class III companion
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads

Until this week, I had not read Anna Karenina since an AP English class my senior year of high school. I remembered four things about this classic. 1. The book was recommended by Oprah which made me immediately not want to read it, 2. Tolstoy is Russian, 3. Anna kills herself and the book still insists on continuing for another 20 pages, and 4. I hated it with every fiber of my being.

Thankfully, due to the wonderful literary innovation
James Priest
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well it's quite embarrassing, but it's taken me more than a year to read this book, but even with this fact I can say I enjoyed the book, and found it a good read, and didn't find I had forgotten the story line even when there were some lengthy gaps between reading. Can't compare it to the original as I've never read it, and to be honest I probably wouldn't be interested. I found the combination of a 19th century type setting with a futuristic Sci Fi mixture worked very well. Would be hard to sa ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having barely made it through Anna Karenina and having enjoyed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I thought I would give this mashup novel a go in the hopes that it would be a fun twist on a stuffy classic. However, Winters seems too fond of the original novel and ends up making the slightest variations and leaving it almost unchanged. For all the robots, monsters and time travels tropes in this book it ended up being just as boring as Anna Karenina. All Winters seems to have done is changed the p ...more
Jorge de la Vega
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Let's put aside the fact that this is a mashup book and judge it by its own merits, though I should first confess I never did enjoy reading Anna Karenina in the first place (I much prefer War & Peace, kinda like I prefer Stendhal's The Red and the Black over The Charterhouse of Parma; you know, two contrasting seminal works by the same author which compete for the title of being their magnum opus, but I digress), and thus my overall opinion of this book might've been biased from the start. T ...more
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