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Red Russia

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,087 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Among the many things Peter doesn’t know, he doesn’t know he’s an archetype, the Prince of Coins incarnate. He doesn’t know his fiancé is a fortune teller either. He doesn’t know Russian culture, politics, or language, but he does know American business. And he knows his fiancé speaks Russian. He thinks she can make him the new Tsar of the timber industry, but first they ...more
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published November 11th 2017 by Thompson Books
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Absolutely glorious! This book was surprising and delighting me at every turn. I picked it up based on the raving Goodreads feedback and the bear image (of course). But one page in I was hooked already.

This book is more of a long novella than a full-blown novel. I loved the brevity and it kept the pace exactly the way I like it: fast.

The story is delivered by a narrator: a charming and wilful female rogue character with a colourful past and an enterprising spirit. She travels with her fiance,
Alfred J. Coscia
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tanya Thompson Is A Goddess!

I haven't written a review for this book the previous three times I read it, but now that I have noticed that oversight, I will share my enthusiasm for author Tanya Thompson and her excellent writing. This book is like no other you will read. She is in top form and this book is a ride that you will find both dizzying and addictive.

Thompson has an absolutely wicked way with words, in two languages. Her wit is second to none and the plot is so outrageous it's entirely
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
very funny. imagine master and margarita written by a dota player.
Red Russia was one hundred percent hilarious. I was laughing so much and hard that my throat and stomach kind of hurt today.

Now before reading this book just know that is full of dark humor guys. However, it also has a dash of supernatural, paranormal, and some mafia shit thrown together too. Now going into this book I didn't really know a lot about Russia.. unless you count all of the history classes I took in school. However, not knowing a whole bunch of shit I still got the jokes and found
Mieko Yoshimura
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, dark-humor
Honestly I should not have expected anything less than wholesale mayhem from the author of Assuming Names. This is after all the author who wrote a memoir about the time when she was fifteen and ran away from home. She wasn’t a typical runaway either. She ran away to assume the title of a lost countess, and her hijinks pulled in everyone from the FBI to Ron Howard. I should have known when she turned her mind to fiction she would take it over the top. Red Russia is a genius comedy into the ...more
Liz N
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was hilarious and wonderful-- a bit like the movie The Death of Stalin if it was about an American trying to do business with the Russian mob and had a dose of astrological and occult humor. The corporate humor is on point, as are some of the jabs at Russian politics and society. You don't need to know a lot about Russia to enjoy this book, but if you've got a solid understanding of Russian culture and politics, it will be all the more funny. Highly recommend.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read this piece of junk. I'm tired of all the fake accounts here recommending this garbage and the fake reviews.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Russian Night Vale weird and I loved it. It is well written, unique, and authored by someone who understands what real cultural and language differences are. You know, rather than just making completely random mistakes and assumptions and saying `oh sorry thats the foreignness!` Bonus: the people in Russia were actually speaking Russian the whole time with each other! There were people who didn`t let on they also spoke English. There were people who just completely ignored that ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It paints a picture of deal making in Russia that fits into everything that I've seen and read about present day Russia. The characters are mostly Russian but the MC is an american engaged to a clueless corporate speak, fast track, son of old money idiot tasked with doing the above deal.

The MC is a divination-obsessed, self-medicating daughter of Ren Faire parents and with that intro given early on, the fun begins. It's a fever dream snapshot of what's considered normal in Moscow today,
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At times scathingly funny, at turns ridiculous, but it was always witty. Solidly witty writing is hard to find, hence my love of this. (Plus the author mentioned the walls being scrawled in Oscar Wilde quotes. That won me over completely.)
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved loved loved ASSUMING NAMES. RED RUSSIA, while not as good, is still an excellent book. Red Russia is not for everyone --especially not for those who have a difficult time understanding why swear words and foul language can sometimes be exactly the right word to convey an author's concept to a reader--and sometimes not just the right word, but the BEST word!

Red Russia is a great example of "playing with words" This book has Russian, English, and a made up language that uses
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm given this four stars as it's a wonderful read and so compelling that I couldn't put it down. Perhaps even better than "Assuming Names." Both with similar themes of the outsider spilling all about her crimes and adventures. Both suffer from an abrupt ending. The first book has a alleged sequel - there's even an extract at the end of the book but there is no sequel. This book just ends abruptly with no real resolution. Otherwise five stars.
L.A. Chalmers
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
exquisitely witty
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
a mad alchemy of topics designed to produce an eclectic dark comedy

extravagant and hilarious
Peter Baran
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-harder-2018
I read this as my BRIC novel for Read Harder: it being a satire set in Russia, though its lead character would be the first to admit she is anything but. The book aims to skewer the current Russian oligarchy, and does a good and extremely entertaining job of doing this via action, comedy and increasingly large amounts of narcotics. The conceit is our heroine is the girlfriend of a tech bro who wants to do deals in Russia, and has no idea how to operate. She can translate and seems on the whole ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, humor
"fat american language" that genuinely made me laugh. there's quite a few good laughs in this book. i'd call it a fairly accurate (though exaggerated for comedy) look at russia today. taken too far of course, but what the hell, it's a comedy.

[why are there two listings for this book? wth?]
Amie Morlan
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clutch
clutch it baby
insane pace
what a rush
what. a. ruuuuuuush.
this book skipped 1.13 and 1:12ed it all the way
and it effing clutched the goddam grenade launcher
look at the effing pace

(sry for the outburst, just showing my millennial creed)
Vivian Gionessi
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
here, have my 5 stars too.
the galaxy of stars on amazon is deserved. very well deserved. this is some next level genius writing here.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, humor
"fat american language" that genuinely made me laugh. there's quite a few good laughs in this book. i'd call it a fairly accurate (though exaggerated for comedy) look at russia today. taken too far of course, but what the hell, it's a comedy.
Loren Zetter
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was hilarious and I appreciate good wit. I offered a 4 star simply because of the abrupt ending. I needed more.:)
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant dark comedy that does not once reduce itself to toilet humor or demeaning sex or cringe for laughter. Instead it is a comedy that will delight intellectuals.
Phillip Munoz
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, satire
I figured anything that mixes Ambien, alcohol, and heavy firearms was a surefire way to get my interest, but this books mixes so much more than drugs and guns. It’s like the Lovers card Thompson writes about. If she’s correct (I have no idea if she is) then the Lovers represent alchemy, or the combining of ingredients. Red Russia is a big Christmas fruit cake of ideas. It’s mixed up with Russia literature, various tricks of fortune telling, both modern and classical ideas like social media and ...more
J Khan
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i love this author. i loved her memoir more than anything in the wrld. yest again she makes me laugh but this time with fiction. red Russia is as wild as its author. Another great book!
Apr 12, 2018 is currently reading it
Renata Sandoval
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The chaos of this book unfolds brilliantly. At first I didn’t know what sort of book it was, what it was trying to convey. I thought it might be a man-hater at first. Then I thought it might be anti-environmental. Finally I saw it for the high irony it was. It’s deceptive comedy with bite. “Red in tooth and claw,” as other reviewers said.
Calvin Glover
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
hilarious story with unique charisma
Jack Bruno
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
gorgeous style
damn near vomit inducing hilarious
Akshay Oommen
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Red Russia' is a wild tale surrounding an American businessman, Peter, and his wife, Sibyl, who head to Russia to make a breakthrough business deal with the Russian mob.

The book pulls no punches when it comes to portraying the Russian mob as off-the-hook, reckless and bat-shit crazy folks with little regard for their own wellbeing - and BOY CAN THEY DRINK! There are several humorous moments in this book that come about as a result of either too much alcohol or too many pills - and it's got a
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a mess. It's as if the author assembled a list of pseudo-corporate slang and Russian swear words and built the entire "story" around them--a story which is an embarrassing, exaggerated take on the "crazy Russian" trope and is not nearly as funny as it thinks it is. It's one thing if even absurd situations are written in a way that is believable, but nothing about this story is presented that way, from the protagonist, who supposedly learned her Russian from Renaissance Fair participants, to ...more
Charlotte Cumming
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
And Now for something completely different

sometimes you .com across a book that just .... I think this is one. written completely different from anything I have read to say with a premise that is bizarre, wacky, horrifying and laugh out loud funny. Ms Thompson is either an extremely gifted author with a frightening understanding of all things philosophical or delightfully insane... I cannot decide which. long story short I loved the book had a great time reading it but was a little disappointed
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