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January 13, 2010

Coming in June: 'Android Karenina'


Russian literature goes steampunk!

Quirk Classics, which has already given us the fantastic "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," and "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters," (with P&P&Z's prequel, "Dawn of the Dreadfuls" due in March) has decided to go after Leo Tolstoy.

"Android Karenina" will be available June 8th.

I think what I enjoy most about this series is the genre twisting. Turning Austen's romance novels into high adventure kung-fu tales is great as it is; making Tolstoy's celebrated "Anna Karenina" a sci-fi love story just warms my heart.

And my greatest hope is that these books will open up a previously inaccessible world of Russian classics to the general public. After all, those who may not initially enjoy a 100-year-old romance novel could give it a second look when robots are involved.

Posted by Nancy Knight at 10:30 AM | | Comments (2)


I loved Anna Karenina! Hopefully the androids can help end the drudgery of all that Russian farming!

Recently, my 12 yo devoured Pride and Prejudice and Zombies while her 16 yo sister read Pride and Prejudice. I was thrilled to have them both reading Jane Austen. Sort of. I love the idea of these mash-ups. I can see my husband, who is the only one in the family who has read Anna Karenina, enjoying this verion since he likes sci fi.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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