09 October, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (93)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly, bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters. It's co-written/adapted by the same author who did Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and published by the company who came out with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I love these kinds of books (mostly because I think the originals are tedious); I'll admit, part of my motivation to finish Anna Karenina was so I could read this. It's better than I expected, since there's a strong Science Fiction/Steampunk feel, and it's only 538 pages long--as opposed to Tolstoy's 800+.


In the next moment, the mysterious woman and her robot appeared again in the door of the Grav. "Could you see if Stepan Arkadyich Oblonsky is here, and send him to me?" she said politely to a II/Porter/7e62, who scuttled off obligingly. Vronsky understood now that this was Madame Karenina, and this her Class III, Android Karenina.
-p. 75

(In case you're wondering, despite the cover and the fact Anna Karenina's robot is named Android Karenina, Vronsky doesn't seem to be in love with the machine. Just thought I'd clear that up.)

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What are you reading now? Have you ever read any of the classic book mashups like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Android Karenina? If not, would you consider reading them?


-----The Golden Eagle

60 comments:

Brinda said...

Anna karenina is one of my fav classics, but I'd read a mash-up. Why not. It sounds fun.

Laura said...

oh - that sounds deliciously nuts!
Lx

mooderino said...

I think these mashup ideas would make good shorts, but it doesn't seem like enough for an entire book. Just ends up being one very long telling of a gag where the puchline was in the title.

mood
Moody Writing

Bess Weatherby said...

That's hilarious! Anna Karenina is on my TBR list. One of those classics I've missed . . .

L.G.Smith said...

"mostly because I think the originals are tedious"

Let me just pull the dagger from my heart...

Ha! I love the classics, but some have probably lost their relevance. I haven't read any of these mash ups yet. Pride and Prejudice is one of my absolute favorite novels -- yes, I'm that much of a sap -- so I've hesitated reading the zombies one, though the cover always cracks me up.

Christine Rains said...

That's awesome! I've not heard of this one. I had a hard time trying to get through Anna Karenina. It's on my shelf, but I've yet to finish it.

Donna Hole said...

I've never read any of the classics. I know, I know, shame on me. I have quite a few on my Kindle that I haven't touched yet; but at least I can say I have them, hehehehe.

......dhole

Summer Ross said...

I haven't read this but it has a steampunky feel from the teaser you gave. thanks for posting.

Pat Hatt said...

Never read a mash-up, but wouldn't be against it. I guess some robot love would be okay haha to each their own

Charles Gramlich said...

I've never been able to bring myself to read one of these mashups. I shall leave it to those who enjoy such things.

JeffO said...

I'm reading 'Bent Road' by Lori Roy right now, but don't have it handy, so no quotes from me.

Cherie Reich said...

Fun teaser! I have Pride & Prejudice and Zombies on my Kindle, but I haven't read it yet. It would be fun to read some classics with a twist.

Here's my TT.

Old Kitty said...

LOL!!!! Good grief, is nothing sacred!?! LOL!

Take care
x

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I haven't read any classics that have been rewritten to modern or spec fic elements. My current read is Eve Eden vs. the Zombie Horde by Suz Korb. It's pretty entertaining, and I'll be reviewing it soon.

Rusty Webb said...

I'm beta reading someone's novel at the moment. But I think I'm going to read Thieftaker next.

I'm not too excited about those classic/monster mash ups myself. But it's cool that you seem to be enjoying it.

klahanie said...

Ah, very good, Android Karenina. I don't know why, but suddenly I'm thinking about a song by Radio Head named, Paranoid Android.
Ignore me :)
Happy writing.
Gary

Brian said...

That sounds robo cool to me!

Liz said...

I had not heard about Android Karenina. Too funny.

I'm not against reading those mashups. I'm rather curious. Maybe one of these days...

Romance Book Haven said...

What? Haven't so far heard of this one but you did made it sound interesting. Thanks for posting!

Nas

Jamie Gibbs said...

I still need to read these mashup novels, they sound insane! If I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, can I legitimately say that I've read some Austen?

Jamie

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

I'm reading The Law of Success by Napoleon Hill. My teaser is here:
I love Dan Brown

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David P. King said...

A period piece with androids? Yes, please! :)

....Petty Witter said...

Liking the sound of this in theory but whether I'd actually enjoy reading it is another matter. Still, if your teaser is anything to go by, it does like a fun read.

Deniz Bevan said...

Android Karenina??? Oh my goodness. Reminds of of Red Dwarf, with Kryton watching that soap opera featuring androids: "androids... have feelings too..."

But wait, I'll have to read the original first...

Jai Joshi said...

I'm reading A Great and Terrible Beauty right now. Here's a teaser:

"I'm responsible for their deaths. He's all by said it out loud."

I haven't read any classic mashups but I have read a few where they show it from a different perspective. I read one of Pride and Prejudice where the whole book was from Darcy's perspective and it was really good. I wish I could remember what it was called.

Jai

Carol Kilgore said...

Cool! I hadn't heard of this one.

M Pax said...

Interesting. I love the original Anna Karenina. The mashup sounds fun. I skipped the one with zombies, but may try the others.

The Golden Eagle said...

Brinda: I'm really enjoying this mashup so far. :)

Laura: The other two mashups I've read have definitely been that way!

Mooderino: True, but I think the writers (for Quirk Books, at least) have done a good job of changing the source material enough so things are new despite following the overall arc of the original.

Bess: Glad you enjoyed it. :)

L.G.: Sorry if I caused you pain. And I don't think anyone's a sap for liking Pride and Prejudice; it's an interesting story in its own right. I'm just more of an SF/F person. :P

I love the covers of mashups!

Christine: Try Android Karenina--it moves a lot faster and you still get a lot of the original story.

Donna: I can see why you wouldn't want to read them. A lot are very long and rambling.

Summer: You're welcome! :)

Pat: LOL. No robot love so far . . . except from an eccentric who lives on the Moon.

Charles: I like them since I'm not a huge fan of many classics, but I can see why someone wouldn't want to read them.

JeffO: I've never heard of that book before. Is it good?

Cherie: Thanks!

Hope you like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies if you get around to it. :)

Old Kitty: Apparently not! Maybe that's why people are so eager to keep extending copyright of published works . . . :P

Michael: Sounds like a fun book.

Rusty: I love them. I'm sure my view would be different if I was a fan of authors like Jane Austen and Tolstoy, but I can't say I am.

Klahanie: Ignore you? Of course not! I've heard of that song but never listened to it; might just do that now. :)

Brian: It's a great book so far (400+ pages in).

Liz: There are a lot to choose from, and people seem to be writing more these days.

Nas: You're very welcome!

Jamie: You'd understand the story. The mashups follow the overall plot structure--but with subplots and twists that are unique to the setting/literary element the co-author added. I read Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters without reading the original Sense and Sensibility.

Duncan: Heading over to check out your teaser! Thanks for adding the link. :)

David: Check it out. Android Karenina is a good book!

Petty Witter: None of the mashups have really been what I expected--in a good way for me, but it could go in the other direction.

Deniz: I've read a mashup without going through the original; who knows what I missed, but so far Android Karenina is following the source material in general plot.

Jai: I love that book/trilogy! A Great and Terrible Beauty was the first book I read by Libba Bray.

I've heard of a book from Darcy's perspective. Never read it, though.

Carol: There are several of them. :)

Mary: I almost didn't read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as I'm not truly crazy about zombies (though I think they can be interesting to explore) but I ended up really enjoying the book.

Heather said...

Robots and renaissance, that sounds like a fantastic combination!

DWei said...

I don't think you want to hear another excerpt from one of my textbooks. :P

Nick Wilford said...

Nothing wrong with putting a spin on an old tale if it's done cleverly and not just for the sake of it. Have to admit, I'm more tempted to read Pride & Prejudice & Zombies than the original... still never read Austen although I probably should.

Ciara said...

I love a great mashup, genre blends, and anything not of the norm.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. I haven't read a mash up - I had/have one here .. better look it out .. it's a Tolkein one I think.

Anna Karenina ... I've seen a film and now the new one is out - I will probably take myself off to it ..

And yes - I will probably check out a few mash ups ... you make them sound amusing .. cheers Hilary

Jack said...

I've heard a lot about these books but I have never read them. If I find this one I likely would...robots, Steampunk, and all that.

Allons-y!

Jackee said...

Cool! I love Anna Karenina but haven't read any mashups. Currently I'm reading Dracula for my book group tonight. There's a book someone should do something awesome with! No sparkly vamps. :o)

The Golden Eagle said...

Heather: It is. :)

DWei: It's interesting to read teasers from your textbooks. They sound like very dense books, though.

Nick: I've only read one book by Jane Austen--Pride and Prejudice. I think her writing is impressive in that she was a female writer and she made some good insights.

Ciara: Try something by Quirk Books. They're really good. :)

Hilary: A Tolkien mashup sounds really good!

I heard about the movie; I'm actually looking forward to watching it a bit, though it's not my usual cup of tea.

Jack: I love those elements, too. :)

Jackee: I have Dracula on hold at the library. I really want to read it, since it's one of the earlier vampire novels.

Shelley said...

No, I've never read a classic mashup before, but they sound quite interesting! Thanks for sharing! :)

Medeia Sharif said...

I tried reading two classic mashups, but couldn't finish them. I want to get past those experiences and try another one since they don't all look bad.

Shannon Lawrence said...

I've considered reading the mashups, but the reviews have been very mixed. The android one sounds like it may have too much of the technical sci-fi terminology in it for my interest, but the zombie one has crossed my mind.

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Misha Gericke said...

I'd love to read them. Sadly I have such a huge reading back-log. :-D

Talli Roland said...

I'm not usually one for mash-ups, but this extract made me giggle. Fun!

Shallee said...

HA! This sounds awesome. I totally love all these mash-ups.

The Golden Eagle said...

Shelley: You're welcome. :)

Medeia: Maybe it's just a matter of finding the write genre. The Austen adaptations are mostly Horror (zombies and sea monsters) but Android Karenina is, as I mentioned, Science Fiction/Steampunk.

Shannon: I love SF terminology, so that actually drew me to the book. :P

Misha: Me too. But I really wanted to read this book, so I shoved a few titles aside to make room for it.

Talli: Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Shallee: Same here. They're a lot of fun.

Emily R. King said...

This is the first time I've heard of this book. How crazy is this? Wow!

Jemi Fraser said...

I always hate to admit it, but I really never enjoyed those classics - don't know if I ever finished any of them.

The classics I enjoyed were the dystopian/sf ones for the most part - I wouldn't mind seeing Fahrenheit 451 in Steampunk! :)

RaShelle Workman said...

I haven't read any of the mashups, but several are on my list. =)

Dazzling Mage said...

I have to say, I am not a huge fan of the classic mash-ups that have spring out lately. It's an interesting teaser, nonetheless. =)

michelle said...

Classics with a twist? Sounds really funny and entertaining...
I've never read Anna Karenina but it appears to be highly rated.

Ghadeer said...

I am one of the boring conventional types that don't like the idea of classics being messed around with.

Denise Covey said...

Hi Golden. It's amazing how many spin offs and mash ups there are for these popular classics. There's a whole raft of Jane Austen, mainly continuing the love story of Elizabeth and Darcy. Who can blame readers/writers for not wanting it to end? I've not heard of Android Karenina. What a clever idea. I loved the original though and don't often read these mash ups.

Milo James Fowler said...

I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and enjoyed the 20% that was new but found the surplus of original material tedious to wade through. That's just me, though; I'm not much of an Austen fan.

The Golden Eagle said...

Emily: Crazy, it is--and a pretty good book, IMO. :)

Jemi: I read some classics just to be able to say I've read them, but I do enjoy a few.

Me, neither! Though it's pretty good as it is.

RaShelle: Awesome. :)

Dazzling Mage: Glad you liked the teaser!

Michelle: It's been called the greatest novel ever written . . . can't say I agree with it.

Ghadeer: I don't think that's boring! I know I'd be bothered by some works of fiction being changed.

Denise: Definitely amazing. I've never read any of the Austen spinoffs besides the two Quirk Books published--the sea monsters and zombies are mostly what kept me. LOL.

Milo: I'm not a big fan of Austen, either. She's interesting, but not one of my favorite authors.

Wendy Lu said...

I am finishing up The Hunger Games series right now (which I started this summer). I am not a huge fan of classic book mashups, but they do seem to be a popular source of entertainment!

Hope you are doing well, TGE :) I am only just getting back into visiting blogs these days!

~Wendy

The Red Angel Blog

Lydia Kang said...

I've not read any of these as yet. I'm a huge Austen fan, so I had trouble considering the Zombie one.

anthony stemke said...

These books sound interesting. I mostly read escapist literature when I have time, Right now Ken Follett "Hornet Flight".
The concept you mention is very interesting though. I remember many years ago "Mad Magazine" used to do a lot of those what ifs spoofs and such like what if Joseph Conrad wrote a comedy satire. It was very funny.
Take care Golden.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm reading The Asphalt Warrior by Gary Reilly. Reilly passed away this year, so a group of his friends are seeing that his books get published.

I have not read any of the classic mashups and probably won't. I love the originals too much to let vampires and zombies in.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I loved Anna Karenina. One of my fav classics.

nutschell said...

I seriously Have to start reading Anna Karenina. A classic, for sure!

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Ellie Garratt said...

I've read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Dawn of the Dreadfuls. I loved them both. Not so sure about some of the latest mash-ups, such as Jane Eyre Laid Bare!

The Golden Eagle said...

Wendy: Now there's a popular series. :) Do you like The Hunger Games?

Thanks! I hope you're doing well yourself.

Lydia: I can understand not wanting to read a mashup if you're fan of the original--I can't say I love Jane Austen's writing, which is probably part of why I liked the zombie version so much. :P

Anthony: I've never read anything by Ken Follet, though I've certainly heard of him. Is he good?

Sounds like it was entertaining. :)

Patricia: That's a wonderful thing to do for a writer.

There are books I'd hate to see vampires and zombies thrown into as well.

Rachna: It gets a lot of attention!

Ellie: I haven't heard of that mashup . . . not sure what to think from the title. LOL.