Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday - 01.20.10

Steampunk and Robots
-another monster mashup

Android Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters

Release date: June 8, 2010

Description from publisher site:
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters co-author Ben H. Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result is Android Karenina—an enhanced edition of the classic love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.

As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: The tragic adulterous love affair of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the more hopeful marriage of Nikolai Levin and Princess Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robotic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices. But when these copper-plated machines begin to revolt against their human masters, our characters must fight back using state-of-the-art 19th-century technology—and a sleek new model of ultra-human cyborgs like nothing the world has ever seen.

Filled with the same blend of romance, drama, and fantasy that made the first two Quirk Classics New York Times best sellers, Android Karenina brings this celebrated series into the exciting world of science fiction.

I've got to buckle down and finally read this classic.

And, you gotta check out these robots:

An unknown producer from Uruguay, Fede Alvarez, shelled out about $300 to create a cool video of a robot invasion in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. The four-minute short, "Ataque de Panico!" (Panic Attack) features ginormous (but slow-moving) weapon-wielding robots that blow stuff up.

- From Uruguay to Hollywood: Watch the Video
by Claudine Zap on Yahoo! Buzz Log

Blogosphere giveaway(s):

How to Say Goodbye in Robot
- book
by Natalie Standiford

from Park Avenue Princess
-offer ends February 6, 2010

Excerpt from Natalie's author guest post at Park Avenue Princess:
People often talk about character and plot when giving writing advice, but don't forget about setting. A vivid setting can inspire you, give you story and character ideas, pull you out of a hole when you get stuck. A novel is a monster that eats details: the writer feeds the story to make it grow and keep it moving forward. When you are writing about a vivid setting, you have more details at hand to feed the monster. Trust me, you want that.

Hello Robot placemat

created by Hello Hanna

from Steals and Deals
-offer ends January 25, 2010

*spotted robot video at The Fashion Planner

* Waiting on Wednesday
was created by Jill at Breaking the Spine


  1. Sounds like a very cool book. Definitely going on my list.
    Here's mine.

  2. llol! Android Karenina! Seriously? This seems kind of hilarious!

  3. Oh! I saw this online too....maybe it will make me actually finish the original Anna Karenina (my bookmark is still in the book from high school.) I'm glad they're trying something new with the classics. Judging from the description, I'm hoping for some good Terminator allusions too!

  4. Wow.... sounds great!!!

    Actually, I am a little fuzy on the Steampunk genre. I really need a crash course on it!!

    If I have never read the genre would you recommend I start with this. Also, I am a HUGE romance fan.... as long as their is romance I am so there. Do you think there is enough romance to satisfy my taste buds!?

    I am really excited to try this genre!=) Thank for posting!!!

  5. This looks awesome!!! I love anything steampunk. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I saw this on Imperial Beach teens Blog. It looks pretty cool, I'm way more likely to like it than the original *snore*. ;)
    I wonder what he'll do next?...


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