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Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner
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Mar 20, 2012

really liked it
Read in March, 2012

I happened to read this book just after re-reading Douglas Coupland's Generation X, 21 years after its publication.

It was a coincidence: I'd found my old copy of GenX and then got a call from the library saying Better Living was on hold.

The similarities between the books are numerous: young, disaffected folks and their yuppie dopplegangers slum around a fantasy playland (Palm Springs in GX, Vancouver in BLTPE), noting the petty ironies of modern living. The resemblance may have unfairly blunted my enthusiasm for Gartner's short-stories because it almost felt like re-hashed Coupland, but that does not take anything away from her excellent writing, and keen observations.

Worth a read: you'll blast through it and most of the stories in this volume will leave you with a wry smile on your face.


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