Around the Interwebs: Volume XLI

There’s a Hilarious Rap Version of the “Misty Mountains” Song From The Hobbit (via Topless Robot)

We’ve posted our fair share of nerdy rap songs (including that amazingly epic “Game of Thrones” birthday rap), but you can never have enough, so here’s a rap version of “Misty Mountains” from The Hobbit. If Thorin Oakenshield explaining that his back story is as dark as the beard on his face doesn’t excite you, we just don’t know what will. Bonus: there is a super sexy dwarf in this version too. And rapping Gandalf. So much rapping Gandalf.

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An Epic Cat-astrophe: Cassie-la Hisses Her Disapproval of “The Meowmorphosis” by Kafka and Cook

The Meowmorphosis by Franz Kafka and Coleridge Cook (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: May 10, 2011
Genre: Literary mash-up, absurdism, parody, retelling, fluffy kittens
Rating: 2.8 out of 5 stars

Summary: Gregor Samsa awakes to discover that he is an adorable kitten. He is not a metaphor for alienation or isolation, but merely a big fluffy thing that one would rather cuddle with than search for symbolism in. When Quirk Classics gets their claws in another masterpiece, you will be wishing that you were reading A Farewell to Arms and Legs or The Scarlet Bloodletter instead.

This is the third advanced copy of a novel that I have won/been gifted by Quirk Books. They are an amazing publishing company who truly cares about their customers and I love most everything they put out, but it would be wrong of me to say I enjoyed the newest offering from their Quirk Classic series.

The Meowmorphosis follows the same basic format of the other literary mash-ups, classic text plus a fun extra to enhance or alter our perception of the original. So when I heard about a re-imagining of Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis but with Gregor Samsa being transformed into a kitten, I was intrigued. Sadly, the novel itself does not deliver. Well, it delivers, it just doesn’t deliver anything good. Or anything very kitten-y.

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A Literary Monster Mash: Cassie-la Discusses “Android Karenina” by Tolstoy and Winters

Android Karenina by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Genre: Literary mash-up, steampunk, parody, humor, retelling, robots, aliens, holy shit WTF is going on!?!
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary:Anna Karenina and her faithful Class III Companion Android Karenina fight for love through an affair with the dashing Count Vronksy and try to escape from a villainous, slightly mechanical husband. Can Anna survive her love affair? Can the world?

The most famous literary cougar is tackled in this third mash-up by Quirk Classics, taking the boring self-introspection of Tolstoy and adding robots, aliens, inter and inner-galactic war, mad scientists, and evil appendages.

Until this week, I had not read Anna Karenina since an AP English class my senior year of high school. I remembered four things about this classic. 1. The book was recommended by Oprah which made me immediately not want to read it, 2. Tolstoy is Russian, 3. Anna kills herself and the book still insists on continuing for another 20 pages, and 4. I hated it with every fiber of my being.

Thankfully, due to the wonderful literary innovation of the mash-up implemented by Quirk Classics in 2o09, I can re-read this classic in a much more satisfying and enjoyable way. And no matter how much classical purists dislike this new genre, one cannot deny that the main theme and thrust of the novel is never derailed, merely added upon and seasoned for the enjoyment of the masses.

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