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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe By Charles Yu,

  • Title: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
  • Author: Charles Yu
  • ISBN: 9781848876828
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father through quantum space time Minor Universe 31 is a vast story space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists,National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father through quantum space time Minor Universe 31 is a vast story space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time travel is serious business Every day, people get into time machines and try to do the one thing they should never do change the past That s where Charles Yu, time travel technician part counselor, part gadget repair man steps in He helps save people from themselves Literally When he s not taking client calls or consoling his boss, Phil, who could really use an upgrade, Yu visits his mother stuck in a one hour cycle of time, she makes dinner over and over and over and searches for his father, who invented time travel and then vanished Accompanied by TAMMY, an operating system with low self esteem, and Ed, a nonexistent but ontologically valid dog, Yu sets out, and back, and beyond, in order to find the one day where he and his father can meet in memory He learns that the key may be found in a book he got from his future self It s called How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and he s the author And somewhere inside it is the information that could help him in fact it may even save his life Wildly new and adventurous, Yu s debut is certain to send shock waves of wonder through literary space time From the Hardcover edition.
    How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe National Book Foundation Under Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel a razor sharp ridiculously funny and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father through quantum sp

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    1. Another example of high concept literary fiction costuming itself in the tropes, set designs and jargon of genre fiction, while striving to create something unique, penetrating and memorable.And, in this case, succeeding brilliantly Bravo, Mr Yu While not an untrammeled success and a bit murky, at times, with its message delivery, I thought this was, overall, an exceptional achievement I certainly thought it was a terrific contrast to what I found to be the glossy, soulless disingenuousness of Z [...]

    2. If anyone is ever crazy enough to make a movie version of this, they better hire Charlie Kaufman to do the adapted screenplay Even he would probably be left scratching his head and saying, What the hell Trying to summarize this is going to be like trying to explain Inception to someone who has never had a dream or seen a movie Essentially, it s a science fictional universe where time travel is possible Fiction and reality have blended together so that you may run into Luke Skywalker s son or kno [...]

    3. Rating 0.125 of fiveThe Publisher Says National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award winner Charles Yu delivers his debut novel, a razor sharp, ridiculously funny, and utterly touching story of a son searching for his father through quantum space time Minor Universe 31 is a vast story space on the outskirts of fiction, where paradox fluctuates like the stock market, lonely sexbots beckon failed protagonists, and time travel is serious business Every day, people get into time machines and try to do [...]

    4. I wanted to like this book a great deal than I did I wanted to be moved But in the end, it left me a little cold.I enjoyed the premise, the set up, the notion of living already in a science fictional universe where, at certain points, the reality ratio went up, but at others, significantly down I liked the idea of born Protagonists, and what happens to all the poor Joes in a science fictional universe who live in the background of the stories, and keep things running Except these things were al [...]

    5. Enter the following data META search for definition SCIENCE FICTION search for definition TIME TRAVEL search for definition ComputingTrajectory locked.To find the only way to exit a time loop, please refer to Appendix A of this manual How To Live Safely Inside a Science Fictional Universe When it happens, this is what happens By reading Charles Yu s incomparably original work of fiction, I m realizing, have realized and will have realized that I ve lived and I am still living inside a box that t [...]

    6. This book, which I misunderstood as something I might enjoy as light bedtime reading, is perhaps the most original work I ve read in the last year It has the same new ground is broken here feel that Abigail Thomas s Safekeeping or Dinty Moore s Between Panic and Desire have not only is the story good, but the prose is new and changes the way it s possible for us to think about narrative itself.It s experimental, but it s also a very accessible book And, at it s heart, it s a very human, very poi [...]

    7. There went 237 pages of my life that I ll never get back Luckily, I don t live in a science fictional universe I was really expecting something great with all the hype And the premise of the book surely had promise Unfortunately, this is mainly a book where nothing much happens SPOILERS to the THREE things that happen in the book to follow Even the girl he never marries and his time traveling dog companion aren t real In fact, the only thing that happens to the time machine repairman who is the [...]

    8. The NYTimes blurb compares Yu to Douglas Adams and Philip K Dick, which is like telling me the book is made of chocolate that cures cancer So far I think Yu hovers closer to the Dick pole than the Adams yes, I just wrote Dick pole , and his use of himself as a fictional character attempting to sort his human identity from his fictive one reminds me of Martin Amis or Paul Auster Yet I think the pomo fiction conceit works better here than with those realistic authors science fiction narrative act [...]

    9. Nope Sorry, Charles Yu But just nope This doesn t work.The world in which this novel takes place differs from ours in two key respects 1 Humanity has discovered though it is not made clear when this discovery was made, or by whom that the fundamental laws of physics are actually the laws of narrative specifically, of science fictional narrative The book s reality is a vast multiverse in which individual universes, and parts of universes, behave like stories from different sub genres of science f [...]

    10. With his nonexistent canine sidekick, his clinically depressed personal digital assistant, and his daddy issues constantly in tow, time machine repairman Charles Yu attempts to navigate the future meta science fictional Minor Universe 31 in this dizzingly crafty novel written by present day, happily married with two kids Charles Yu Naturally, along the way the fictional Charles Yu stumbles upon a guide book titled How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe Don t panic How to Live Safely [...]

    11. You will notice that I do not have this book on my sci fi shelf It s quite clear from the beginning that How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is not science fiction Rather, it s a book about literature, life and the blurring between them It kind of reminds me of Jasper Fforde s Thursday Next series without the wacky humor.To be honest, this book made my head hurt It uses big invented words Your first clue that Yu s time machine is literature because it uses grammatical something or [...]

    12. I ve no longer any idea what I expected of this book when I added it to to read back in January 2012, a few months after joining GR But I can say that it s way out of place on the lists of SF comedy novels where I saw it recently And perhaps that s why the book has comparatively low ratings it s been marketed all wrong and quite a lot of readers are disappointed It does have a few funny silly moments, but overall this is a melancholic book, and one that has most context among films, rather than [...]

    13. When I first heard of this book and even after the first couple pages, I thought, don t we already have The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Not so, not so I m really glad my first impressions were wrong because How to Live Safely Blah Blah Blah is a book that s much different and entirely it s own awesome experience Hilarious at times, nerdy at others, fun, entertaining, with some clever ideas, How to Live Safely is a book of introspection and introduces the serious theme of making something of [...]

    14. I rarely get out and read other reviews of a book before I write my own, wanting to have a pure opinion for what it s worth But once in a while, nagged by something I can t always vocalize, I read other reviewers just to see if they experienced what I did good or bad from the story One of the signs of the vast divide between literary darling and popular appeal or, vice versa is wildly divergent ratings by reviewers and general readers.And yeah, that s exactly what we ve got with Yu s How to Live [...]

    15. 4.5This is very close to amazing The only thing that fell off, was the story The depressed time traveler is after his father That is the point of the book, but the point changes to the narrative I wouldn t have enjoyed it, but the narrative was pretty good It points out crazy ideas and thoughts all of us have had when intoxicated You know that moment where you think you are so smart Yep, there are a lot of those, and I enjoy those It is also funny Mentions of Star Wars had me laughing The proble [...]

    16. An interesting premise begins the tale of Charles Yu yes, the author doing a bit of meta writing about a Charles who time travels Yu uses time traveling as scaffolding to discuss a sadness, reality, and perception It s only 240ish pages but I stopped cold on p 183 when CY the author lost the period key on his keyboard and wrote a sentence longer than 1.5 pages I read a lot of books no duh, I m on and I think I m pretty permissible when authors pull tricks because I m typically concerned with the [...]

    17. I am now in love with Charles Yu, this bright new young author I feel like Yu was onto something so big here Everything about the book excited me I read it in just a couple of days The cover excited me The plot description excited me Every page I read excited me a little .The first time that I predicted that this was going to be my new favorite book was on page 17 Yu is a time machine repairmand these machines only break down when people try to break the rules change the past or what have you Bu [...]

    18. It starts like this We have a book in our hands and we re looking at it thinking the summary on this jacket cover is funny and sort of cute, what with its self deprecating asides to depressed software and ontologically valid domestic pets, and with its blurbs from famous authors saying stuff like This book is cool as hell well, this is at the creeping onset of the winter crankiness, so we say to ourselves, we could use a book that is cool as hell And we take it home It sits on our nightstand for [...]

    19. What did I think You know, I don t really know I mean it s hard to know what to think I know it wasn t great Well, in fact, it wasn t even good It was a very laborious read Mr Yu would go on long winded multi page introspective narratives, telling us the same thing in four hundred different ways This was it This was the end It was no longer the beginning It was not the middle, and not after the end, but it was that point that comes at the finale of any event Sometimes people call it the finish l [...]

    20. An interesting conceit, this book posits that time travel is a combination of technology, verb tense, and personal perspective But it s also not primarily a book about time travel It s one of these science fiction books that Larry Niven famously scorned, in which the science is not really necessary for the plot It s much a story of personal discovery, a young man wrestling with a sense of insignificance and the general meaninglessness of his life The book is both charmingly absurd and ridiculou [...]

    21. This book has all the same problems that every time travel story has, those moments when you re going Wait, but and then a little later, you re like, But until you finally end up glossing over the paradoxes improbablities undefinable in words so that you can appreciate the narrative, which, in this case was a little thin This is, I think, in part, due to an attempt to circumvent the reader s delving too deep and realizing it s all a fancy magic trick, a bunch of glittering streamers sparkling on [...]

    22. The book dips in and out of real life The author is in his 30s he grew up in California he is Asian American that s clear from the book , and his family is Taiwanese that s mentioned only in the acknowledgments at the end The version of the author who narrates the book has the author s real name, and is also in his 30s, and also grew up in California But he has a white collar job as a repairman for time travel devices The book opens as pure science fiction, but elements of Yu s childhood are wov [...]

    23. I m giving this five stars ONLY because I can t give it six I started reading this while sitting on the floor at Books Inc in Mountain View, bought it, and despite having a full weekend I managed to squeeze in reading this book whenever and wherever possible Have just finished it and can I just say it was the most fun I ve had reading a book ever ok, maybe not ever, but definitely in a LONG time It twists your head not too much, but just enough to be clever Lots of really funny parts Yu keeps it [...]

    24. Too clever for its own good, I found Yu s book title too long to type very self indulgent, written by a writer too aware of his own cleverness Wait I sort of already said that.I m sure this book will find an audience It s the kind of thing I might have liked in my early 20s, when I d read a book and force myself to enjoy it, if only because to do so would increase my own sense of satisfaction I was just a boy then, insecure, who liked to accomplish things, like reading literary fiction, that mos [...]

    25. A killer premise with some very meta potential that loses itself in its own oh so quirky structure.Charles Yu takes readers along for a ride withCharles Yu , as his fictional self a time travel machine repairman zooms through space and time and quantum physics 101 in search of his father in this fun little adventure which turns out to be exercise in logic than narrative.The brilliance ends at the premise as we are dragged through the same old scenarios, the same old questions of self, the same [...]

    26. When I read 53 pages of a 231 page book, and I m still not hooked, it s time to stop I say this because so many people seem to have raved about how good this book is that I wonder if I ve completely missed the point Charles Yu owes a great deal of his artistic voice to Sherman Alexie the similarities of style, of dumping a sudden and potent image in your lap in an unexpected and sweetly ironic way, should titillate me, as I find Alexie brilliant.What I feel that is lacking in Yu s work is a sens [...]

    27. Time travel tricky stuff Meta fiction tricky stuff Combining time travel and meta fiction Extremely tricky stuff Charles Yu s How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe aims high by doing just this I read it at a time when I was precisely in the mood for this kind of timey wimey, universe bending confusion of a narrative, so that was a point in its favour And by and large I think Yu manages to pull it off, though it s lacking a certain something that might have pushed it to the next leve [...]

    28. Normally I stop reading books like Charles Yu s How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe after about 50 pages because if I don t know what s going in the story by then I figure I never will I m sure I ve missed out on a lot of good books in my time but that s the breaks, life is short and the list of books is long.I didn t quit How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe because despite not knowing what was happening for much of those first 50 pages, Charles Yu s writing was too [...]

    29. This is a story about a man who lives inside a small time travelling cubicle and travels around the universe and tells people that everything they ve hoped and dreamed for is impossible.The world that this man lives in is unfinished science fiction, with lumpy protagonists and sidekicks, and people like Our Protagonist in the background trying to keep everything running This man is very sorry for his life and everything that hasn t happened in it His boss is a Microsoft computer program The AI t [...]

    30. This book is an odd superposition of literary fiction and science fiction It starts out strong, with a promise that it can integrate both its literary and speculative natures and create something greater than the sum of its parts That promise doesn t quite pan out The book s strength in the beginning lies in its humor and quirky take on time travel and a science fictional universe, but the world isn t coherent or complete in the way a reader of speculative fiction likely wants It s a collection [...]

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