I have been a fan of Quirk Classic's works since the original Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies, so when approached to review an early release of the book, especially one with a specific Steampunk tilt, I happily agreed to the opportunity. However, as I had not read the original Tolstoy work from which it was based (Anna Karenina), I thought it would be a good idea to read the original. Eight hundred and sixty four pages later I was able to exhale, as I began to understand the notoriety involving the length of Russian novels. (If one was not tasked in secondary school with this read, a synopsis per a Wiki reference is located here.)
After a brief respite from my marathon with the original, I turned to Mr. Ben Winters' rework, weighing in at a mere 540 pages. Longer than most of the previous Quirk Classics - yes, it was, but I really enjoyed reading it (not that I have a Steampunk bias, mind you!) The plot mirrors the original enough to be recognized, but from the initial page, one can see the Steampunk imprint on the novel. There is plenty of genre technology, and as a reflection of a novel requiring interaction between the characters, it starts with a circumstance involving a mecaniciennes (a French robot repair girl), and proceeds straight away from there. At first, I thought it would be a challenging read, but discovered quite the opposite - I flew through it quite smartly, even reading the "Reader's Discussion Guide" at the end!
Ball in the Hall of Nobility, St. Petersburg, by D.N Nardovski (1913)
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