By Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Ben H. Winters is again with an all-new collaborator, mythical Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result's Android Karenina, an superior variation of the vintage love tale set in a dystopian global of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar area travel.
As within the unique novel, our tale follows relationships: the tragic adulterous romance of Anna Karenina and count number Alexei Vronsky, and the even more hopeful marriage of Konstantin Levin and Kitty Shcherbatskaya.These 4, longing for real love, reside in a steampunk-inspired nineteenth century of mechanical butlers, extraterrestrial-worshiping cults, and airborne debutante balls. Their passions on my own will be adequate to eat them-but while a mystery cabal of radical clinical revolutionaries launches an assault on Russian excessive society's high-tech way of life, our heroes needs to struggle again with all their braveness, all their instruments, and the entire energy of a swish new cyborg version like not anything the realm has ever seen.
packed with a similar mix of romance, drama, and fable that made the first Quirk Classics New York Times most sensible dealers, Android Karenina brings this celebrated sequence into the intriguing international of technology fiction.
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