First of all, a confession… I haven’t finished reading it yet. I have some things going on right now that are interfering with my reading time. (I close on my house on Friday! and right now, most of of my things are packed and I’m living on the barest necessities – almost like camping… but not.)
I have gotten as far as Part Four though and have been loving every minute of it.
I recently finished reading Anna Karenina and was impressed with the way that Leo Tolstoy developed each character but when I started reading Android Karenina… well, it totally knocked my socks off they way Ben brought in android companions enhancing each character even more.
In this version everyone gets a Class III android companion when they become of age. Each companion holds their master’s/mistress’s memories for them and is basically their best friend and confidant. Most androids have speech capabilities and reflect their master’s/mistress’s emotions. The companion of Anna’s husband is actually an implant on his face (kind of like a phantom of the opera mask) and Anna finds it hard to tell the difference between the man and the machine.
Like the original, it’s a beautiful love story that focuses on two couples. The addition of the steampunk atmosphere brings a whole new twist to our perception of the characters.
I give this one 5 gold stars! I love it! Way to go Ben H. Winters!
This is a great fast-read (must faster than the original)and I can’t wait to finish it – even though I have a pretty good idea on how it’s going to end.
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An Android Karenina Poster
>May was the craziest, busiest month ever! That quilt project really took a lot out of me and I’m trying to wrap it up. It’s been on my desk for way too long. I have one final version to make – who’d have thought that the one we were sending out for professional printing would have such weird rules! They want the paper to be 8.75×11.25 instead of showing bleeds? They want the covers in RGB instead of CMYK? Interesting. But it’s the only site that we’ve found that will allow us to print 8.5×11 in portrait layout so we’re going with it. Thank goodness someone else has offered to take on the website version of the book! I’ll post a link when it’s available.
And on a personal note, my fiance and I found a house that we both love – actually it’s the yard we absolutely love, the house… well. We have a five-year plan about that. We’re hoping that in five years we can either add on to the house or just demolish it and build new. The house has very tiny bedrooms and we’re not even sure my queen sized bed will fit! We still like it though! We’ll just be awful cozy for a while. I can’t believe that a family with 10 kids lived in that house.
Still reading Android Karenina – almost to part III! Remember, I’ll be posting a review on June 8!
The whole month of May went by and I didn’t get a single Thing done. Ok, I’m talking about the Web 2.0 project call Things on a stick. I’m hoping in June I’ll be able to get back to that since I’ve been falling behind. But then again, maybe not June because I’ll be moving then and will be taking some time off work for the move.
And oh, I have to say that I really want to win this Kinekt Gear Ring from sweeps4bloggers.My fiance and I both love this ring and are even thinking about getting these for our wedding rings. How geeky is that?
>Last night when I got home late from game night, I was very pleased to see a package on the kitchen table address to Roasted Marshmallow. I ripped the package open to find my copy of Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben Winters. After doing an arms flailing, legs-kicking happy-dance, around the table, (I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty site, but everyone else was already in bed), I went straight to my room to start reading. Still wired from game night and with the added boost of adrenaline from getting my new book, I was awake until the wee hours of the night reading, reading, reading.
I will be posting a review of Android Kareninaon this blog on June 8 so stay tuned! There is a chance you could win awesome prizes!
>I’m crossing my fingers for a free copy of Lost States by Mike Trinklein. Once again, Quirk Books has put a call for bloggers on their facebook page to read and review a book. I signed up for it and am really hoping I get it, this one sounds awesome!
I’m not usually into non-fiction books, but this one looks right up my alley. It looks to be a story of all the states that could have, and maybe should have, been. It appears to be jam-packed with historical and geographical trivia.
Meanwhile, I have also signed up to read and review Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben Winters. I’m waiting for the UPS man to bring that one! I’m currently reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy on my Blackberry. I can’t believe I haven’t picked this one up before, it’s truly a wonderful story – and easy to read, unlike War and Peace. I think it’s because the cast of characters in Anna Karenina isn’t nearly half the amount that War and Peace has, so people and events are easier to keep track of.
I’m looking forward to see what the addition of Steam Punk will do to it. I’m not one of those people that think classics are sacred and shouldn’t be touched. Personally, If I had written a book and someone wanted to add to it, creating a new incite to the story, I would be honored that my work was chosen for it. Besides, I wonder how many new copies of Anna Karenina have been bought by people like me that are reading it in order to compare the the two. It just made it popular again.
Look for my review on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfulson March 3!