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>Android Karenina

> Ok, here it is! My review of Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters. (Find out how to win glorious prizes at the end of this entry!)

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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>Book Reviews

>I’m finally getting my reading list under control. I still literally have tons of books on my “to-read” list, but at least I’m getting the “currently reading” list down to a manageable number.

In the last few weeks I managed to finished The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and, Faith of the Fallen (Book 6 of the Sword of Truth Series) by Terry Goodkind.

The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart was indeed a sad tale. This book was based in medieval Europe and has an interesting point of view of the plague and how it was spread, of religion and the corruption of the church, and the grave-robbing brothers Grossbart who thought they were blessed by Mary and could do no wrong – even murder was in Mary’s best interest. The brothers were on a quest to “Gyptland” where they thought there would be the mother load of graves and treasure that was theirs by right of inheritance. A strange twisted fairy tale for adults.

I loved it; I hated it; I would read it again.

Anna Karenina, set in Russia, early 19th century, was a soap-opera type story of two sets of lovers and the people they interacted with. Great character development – so great that I actually think I used to date Levin (quiet, set in his own ways, didn’t understand the greater picture, and was quite chauvinistic). I used to be Kitty (change myself for the man she loved, only happy if her man was happy, yadda yadda). They were a perfect couple. Anna was an independent woman who turned quite needy and whiny when she found a lover. I’m hoping that she will have more spine in Android Karenina. Anna’s lover Vronsky, poor guy, was hopelessly in love wtih Anna and had no clue what he was doing. Adultery, forgiveness, technology vs. farming, peasants, faith, and trains are recurring themes.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The character development and the writing style was really a breath of fresh air. I would definitely read it again.

Faith of the Fallen – The journeys of Richard and Kahlan continue in book 6 of the Sword of Truth Series. Richard and Kahlan get separated by Nicci, a sister of the dark, who puts a spell on Kahlen that bonds them together – when one feels pain, so does the other. If one dies… Nicci takes Richard to the middle of the Old World where she hopes to show him that the way of the Imperial Order is really the best for all people. In the end Nicci becomes convinced of the opposite and ends up in love with Richard.
Meanwhile, Kahlen is leading an army against Jagangs Imperial Order Forces in the New World. They capture a spy from the Imperial Army and find out that he knows where Richard is. Kahlen realizes that she is doing no good against the Imperial Forces so she decides to go find Richard in the Old World.
Oh happy, happy, joy, joy, they are back together, mushy mushy, *rolling of the eyes*

I’m not sure if I like it better when Richard and Kahlen are together (they share looks and wish they could be alone) or when they are apart (all they do is think about the other one). I’ll continue reading the series – the action is still intriguing and someone’s gotta kill Jagang sooner or later. On to book 7!

Now currently reading:
Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind (book 7)

I’ve stopped reading Inkheart for a while. That’s the bedtime story I read to the kids but we’ve been so busy right up until bedtime lately that we haven’t read for a while.

I’m anxious to start Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but I’m waiting until after I read Android Karenina – if I’m on the review list. I can drop the other books I’m reading at any given time, I don’t know if I could drop that one or not.

Oh yeah, I wasn’t too late to claim my runner’s up prizes for the photo caption contest! My prizes will be delivered soon!

And I entered another photo caption contest.

>Downloadable Audio books

>When I heard about Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben Winters coming out, I thought I better read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I was always slightly afraid of this one because of the length and I knew it would take me a while to read it. There are so many books on my to-read list that I’m anxious to get to, but I decided to go ahead and try it anyway.

First, I found the full-text version on Google Books and read the first few pages, I was hooked and knew I couldn’t stop with that. Then, I downloaded a copy to my Blackberry and have been reading it every day during my lunch break. The story is so beautifully written it pulled me instantly into it.

Two days ago, I entered the “Biggest Loser” contest that the library staff are having for the next three months.

What was I thinking? Right?
Anyway, I entered the contest and weighed in on Wednesday.

At lunch on Wednesday, I found myself eating a salad and reading my book for the entire hour – how in the world is this supposed to help? The salad was a step in the right direction, but the sitting on my bum for an entire hour? Wasting the only time I actually have get off my bum all day? I vowed to do better.

Today, at lunch, again, sitting on my bum for an entire hour reading when I could have been walking for at least 30 minutes of this time.

Addictions are hard to break and I’m totally addicted to the wonderful world that Leo painted. What to do? What to do?

Then I had a Eureka moment! I’m reading it on my Blackberry, why couldn’t I listen to it on my Blackberry? I could download it straight from our downloadable collection. DUH! Why didn’t I think of this before? Well, I did think of it before, kind of, but I lost my little MP3 player a while ago and never thought that I could download books on my Blackberry from Overdrive.

I sent a quick email to Kim, the head of our Readers Services division… Can I download audio books on my Blackberry?

Her reply, in short, was maybe the MP3 versions…

I decided to see if I could get an audio version of it so I could actually walk around during my lunch hour and still get my daily fix.

First of all, I had to see if the library’s collection even had that title in MP3 version. It did, so I immediately checked it out and started the process of downloading it. I successfully downloaded the Overdrive software to my Blackberry and followed all the rules and instructions. Then commenced downloading the file to my Blackberry… not so successful!

It said it couldn’t find the license for it. Hmm… After a few more tries, I was convinced it wasn’t going to work that way. Not giving up, I tried another way – downloading to my computer so I could transfer it later. It said that it would take several minutes and it wasn’t lying! I just left it go for a while and came back to it about half an hour later – almost done!

After this, I tried to transfer it to the Blackberry and it worked great… except when I tried to play the file it said it was expired! I looked at the details and it showed that I checked it out today – March 4 and it would expire on March 18. Ok, this didn’t make sense, why does it say expired? Hmmm… After a few more tries, I was convinced it wasn’t going to work that way.

Not giving up, I tried another way – downloading the files to iTunes. Yes! Success! Now, to get it on the Blackberry.

After a little more trial and error… I am now, as I type, listening to part 1 of Anna Karenina on my Blackberry while the other 29 parts are downloading.

Look out fellow Biggest Loser contestants, now that I can listen to Anna Karenina on my blackberry, I will be walking every day during my breaks and lunch.

I hope my persistence in getting the audio book to work on my Blackberry will carry over to the Biggest Loser contest and help me win. Well, even if I lose the contest, I’ll still win if I actually lose any weight during this three-month period.