A Bee Stung Me So I Killed All the Fish
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A Bee Stung Me So I Killed All the Fish

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Paperback, 36 pages
Published 2006 by Riverhead Books
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Jack Waters
A quick seven stories/essays, some of which are contained in "The Braindead Megaphone." Saunders is hilarious throughout, and I especially love "Flooding the Zone: A New Approach to Global Diplomacy" where Saunders proposes flooding the entirety of nations into one another for a period of time, allowing the nations to enjoy and understand what they have while stopping all the killing along the way. You can read it in one sitting, and it's available in its entirety on the late Aaron Swartz' websi...more
David
I love this collection of stories. I wish only that there were more. These stories have Saunders at his witty best. I liked these perhaps even better than some of the other volumes of his stories. He is always great, but some of his stories make me feel like putting a shotgun in my mouth. As powerful as those stories are, they are not the most pleasing to read. The ones in this volume, on the other hand, still have the magic I expect from Saunders while not making me want to kill myself. I call...more
Elizabeth
Available for download here: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/static/...

This is a 36-page pamphlet comprising 7 bizarre short stories/ruminations. I laughed out loud several times, including when he named "Men Who Can Name Entire Lineups of Ball Teams from Thirty Years Ago" among his list of "fluid-nations."
William King
Hilarious collection of short stories that is an odd reflection of our world. You could read it in one sitting but it's nice to slowly take it in.
Suhrob
I've meant to read this freely available collection since years and was reminded about it due to all the buzz around Saunder's latest book (Tenth of December).

The story behind this sounds like science fiction: A writer concerned about the decision of his country to wage war decides to write and make freely available a collection of well written, satirical short stories on the unreasonableness of this notion.

The stories (bar maybe the first one) are really well written, satirical but with a warm...more
Conor
My first Saunders. Funny and entertaining. Very short pieces, nice for light reading. I really appreciated the voice and writing style; looking forward to reading more by him.
Brian
Classic Saunders, our modern day Swift (see: "Exit Strategy"). Looking forward to his new collection of stories coming out in 2013.
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George Saunders was born December 2, 1958 and raised on the south side of Chicago. In 1981 he received a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. He worked at Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, NY as a technical writer and geophysical engineer from 1989 to 1996. He has also worked in Sumatra on an oil exploration geophysi...more
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