For those of you who don’t play chess (as I don’t), Zugzwang means a situation in which “one player is put at a disadvantage because they must make a move when they would prefer to pass and not to move. The fact that the player is compelled to move means that his position will become significantly weaker. A player is said to be ‘in zugzwang’ when any possible move will worsen his position.”
I mention this intriguing definition because our own Raymond Jelli (who is kind enough to comment frequently here) has written a Sci-Fi mystery novel entitled Zugzwang. Even better, for the next five days (through March 5), you can get the book for free and see what you think of it.
At this point, I have a shameful confession to make: Raymond sent me a preview of the book about two months ago and, while I got started reading it, the sudden onslaught of legal work at about the same time meant that I ended up not reading it. A lot of things fall by the wayside when my workload surges and the pleasure of reading Raymond’s book was one of those things.
What I can tell you, though, is that, right from the first page, it’s an imaginative book envisioning a completely realized futuristic space world. The book’s name alone also promises an intriguing, challenging plot.
I’m definitely downloading a published copy for myself and I hope you will too. After all, the price can’t be beat, and you may find yourself enjoying many hours of reading pleasure. I certainly expect to.