Satire

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Margaret Atwood has the uncanny ability to create works of literature that read like topographical maps with big red arrows that announce, “You are here.” or at least, “By the time you read this yo

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“the most self-absorbed and offensive character you’ll meet . . . so why is he so appealing?”

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“The Mere Future reads like a modernized Candide by Voltaire crossed with Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

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If a typical plot structure is and then, and then, and then, Jennifer Close’s plot in Girls in White Dresses might be described as and again, and again, and again, and again.

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“The Family Fang is the sort of perfectly idiosyncratic thing that comes along only ever so often. . . . This book should succeed spectacularly. . . .

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“Perhaps Land that I Love would have succeeded in another vehicle. As a graphic novel, one can see its over-the-top explanations and absurd characters working quite well.

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“All of these fascinating experiences and relationships described in Loose Diamonds . . .

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It takes supreme confidence in one’s ability to put on the cover: “The book everyone is talking about.” Not to mention Dirk Vandereyken is shown sticking out his tongue in his author photo.

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