Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Android Karenina: a review and giveaway

I have read four Quirk classics so far: "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters," Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls" and now "Android Karenina."

"Android Karenina" takes one of those books you avoided reading in high school and adds a bit of steampunk, intrigue, conspiracy and alien threat. I initially had to overcome some resistance (it's Tolstoy!), but once that obstacle was cleared, I enjoyed reading "Android Karenina." In fact, I actually laughed out loud when Matryoshka's nature was revealed in Part Two, Chapter 14.

The themes include: marital faithfulness and infidelity, humans' dependence on technology, and threats to humanity. These threads weave in and out, bringing the reader to a conclusion which surprised me. I fully expected that the unfaithful Anna Karenina would suffer some illness or accident that would require her to merge with her Class III companion, Android Karenina. This was foreshadowed, in my mind, by her husband's Class III being his Face - a metal plate that covers half of his face, a servomechanism, a thinking machine that councils and later controls him.

I can't do justice to this book in this review. I read it, liked it and will read it again. I do have a copy of "Anna Karenina" and have read portions of it for comparison, and I like "Android Karenina" better because of the sci-fi, steampunk aspects. The recurring thread of the conflict with UnConSciya, the dependence on machines, and the alien "Honored Guests" liven up the book.

There is also a giveaway at Quirk Classics:
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