Slow blog day.
In any case to make a long story short or just a story, this blog is going to be about a possible recommendation for your summer reading list. I guess it's politically correct or at least type A to have a summer reading list I don't have a summer reading list I just like to read interesting books when they head to my direction.
So I'll tell you how I found this one. I used to be a competitive chess player I've played in tournaments, have a ranking from the U.S. Chess Federation and I've even played and received instruction from the former Amateur Champion Chess Player of New Hampshire, Richard Virdone. Those were the days!!!!
Alright so where am I going with this as being interested in chess I follow anything that is written by Gary Kasparov who I believe qualifies as the world's best chess player. Sometimes Kasparov writes in the Wall Street Journal in subjects ranging from politics to geopolitical energy strategy often with Russia being in the immediate background. So if you're into strategy and chess Gary Kasparov is someone to follow.
I'm reading the book reccomendations from Kasparov and he suggests this:
Andrei Danilovich Komiaga is a powerful man in a dystopian Russia in the year 2028. As a high-ranking Oprichnik, he is an elite thug in the service of the czar, responsible for crushing dissent and eliminating, through violence and intimidation, the political enemies of His Majesty. Like all Oprichniki, he wears the finest clothes and an expensive wristwatch, drives his red government-issue Mercedes in the official-business-only express lane, and tops off a successful day of raping and killing with a long night of drug use and debauchery. But government work has its challenges, especially when his nation's moral fiber is at stake. Playfully re-imagining Ivan the Terrible's feared Oprichnik operatives in a future Russia that has turned inward (save for its dealings with China, the world's major power) and lapsed into authoritarianism, Sorokin's novel packs a hefty satirical punch that will show American audiences why the author has been so controversial in Russia; other recent works have even provoked pornography charges. This selection is also great fun, with a wickedly absurdist humor that occasionally reminds one of William S.Burroughs. --Brendan Driscoll
Haven't read it yet so I can't say whether it's good or bad.