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A cursory and curious listing of books and literatrivia. 


Pastoralia - George Saunders I really enjoyed the opening story of this collection by George Saunders, and based on it alone, I will search out some more of his work. I do have to say, however, that many of the stories are kind of repetitive and one-note. I would characterize his satire as less Vonnegut-like, and more Swiftian. It's cutting and a bit on the harsh side. The characters tend to be a bit flat. Not all of them. Some are nuanced and well-drawn, but the flat characters outweigh the well-drawn ones. If you're a fan of satire, I'd still recommend it, as it's overall still a good read.