June 8, 2010

Blogsplosion 2: Electric Boogaloo Android Karenina

Once upon a time, I lived for Zombies. Now I'm all about Steampunk. Yes, you'll soon see pictures of me all over facebook in full Victorian garb complete with corset & bustle, packing heat, accompanied by my own personal android. And what has brought on this turn about, you might ask? Leo Tolstoy. Well, Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters. OK, Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters, and Quirk Classics.

You may remember my waxing poetic over a few past works from Quirk Classics: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. Much to my delight, their latest Monster Mash-up is that much beloved (almost) classic Android Karenina. 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 Q.C.s newest project. I adored what he did with S&S, so in my mind he could do no wrong with Anna. I am pleased to say, Mr.Winters did not disappoint.

To be entirely honest and up front about this all, Quirk Classics sent me the book a few weeks ago for free. The only strings attached were that I read and blog about my feelings on the book as well as toss in a few links (which I'll get to in a moment) for my readers. I'm all about free books. Especially free books I might actually enjoy. And enjoy I did. Win-win, folks!

And since I'm in the midst of this outpouring of honesty, I'll also tell you I have never actually read the original Anna Karenina. Sorry. But as soon as I dug into Android Karenina, I called the Queen Mother (all hail The Queen Mother) and asked to borrow one of the many versions of the movie she owns on DVD. She brought me the BBC version filmed in 1977. If it follows the BBC's literary movie tradition, it was probably very accurate. I really think Tolstoy missed the mark with his original concept. There was always something missing. Sure, it has adultery, emotional melt downs, morphine, madness, and a healthy dose of political commentary, but what it was really missing was robots. Robots and aliens. Robots, aliens, and interplanetary travel. Mr.Winters has fixed that nearly fatal flaw.

I believe we can now set aside the worn out issue of Team Edward or Team Jacob and ask ourselves a new, more pressing question: Team Karenin or Team Vronsky?

And now for you, my darling readers, a chance to win free stuff!! Whoo-hoo! Let's hear it for swag!

If you are at all interested in more of the quirky fun our friends at Quirk Classics have put together for us, you might want to check out this: a chance to win one of 25 Quirk Prize Packs, each with a retail value of nearly $100. Each pack will include:

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith

  • How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith

  • Dracula's Heir: An Interactive Mystery by Sam Stall

  • Extreme Encounters by Greg Emmanuel

  • How to Tell if Your Boyfriend is the Antichrist by Patricia Carlin

  • an Android Karenina poster

  • and more!

Enjoy...and let me know if you win. It will give my ego a bit of a boost.

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