Sunday, May 9, 2010

Quirk Books: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and Android Karenina


It often seems that projects come and go - either you have too many or too few projects to do.  Not to play a violin with a sad song, but I've fallen into the "too many projects" category as of late - and making time for them can be a challenge.  However, I finished the recent release from Quirk Books, Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and must say that it was quite an entertaining endeavor!  

Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a prequel to Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, and though it isn't *exactly* set in a Steampunk era (technically Georgian, I suppose), but being a fan of zombies (philosophical analogies to the current genre aside), I was pleasantry impressed with this work.  From its beginning with the Bennet girls attending a funeral which become a bit livelier that they had expected, the book continues with the development of the ladies' skills in dispatching the "Unmentionables", with varying levels of success.  However, the story seems to take a longitudinal plot line from one of George Romero's classic zombie movies, which though I saw fairly early, the development of this line was well done (actually, I thought better than Mr. Romero's movie parallel).  

The only disappointment I had with the book was inherent in its structure - as a prequel, it can only lead up to Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies - I knew that none of the main characters would suffer a terrible fate, so my prognostication of plot development was fairly straightforward in that sense.  Still, instead of chattering up your time, I would heartily recommend the Dawn of the Dreadfuls, and look forwarding to a "post-quel" to Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies!


On to the newest release from Quirk Books, Android Karenina - not in bookstores (as of this writing), but it is available online at Amazon.  Anna Karenina, a Leo Tolestoy classic, it does in fact fall into the Steampunk era (its original publishing was in 1873 to 1877 - well within the Victorian era).  The official release of the book will be June 8th, which gives one a good month to devour the original novel!  So be on the lookout for Quirk Book's newest release next month!

For more information about Quirk Classics, please visit:  http://www.quirkclassics.com/
To read a synopsis of Anna Karenina, please visit its Wiki, at:: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Karenina
For those brave of heart (or simply... thrifty), read the original online, at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Kareninahttp://www.literature.org/authors/tolstoy-leo/anna-karenina/

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