Sorry Please Thank You

Sorry Please Thank You

Book - 2012
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The author of the widely praised debut novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories.
 
A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a coworker out on a date . . . A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves, and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape, but does he have what it takes to be a hero? . . . A company outsources grief for profit, its slogan: "Don't feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you."
 
Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is a brilliant observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry Please Thank You he fills his stories with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and piercing insight into the human condition. He has already garnered comparisons to such masters as Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, and in this new collection we have resounding proof that he has arrived (via a wormhole in space-time) as a major new voice in American fiction.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780307907172
Branch Call Number: FIC YU
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 22 cm

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humbleworm
Jul 06, 2017

The first story is intriguing but depressing. Unfortunately, the rest of the collection quickly strays from that to meandering artsy experimentalism. This is typical of Yu's writing and not everyone's cup of tea. If you do enjoy this book, you will probably like his novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe but I didn't particularly enjoy either. The official description above gives away all the good parts and was written by someone with very poor understanding of the word "hilarious".

multcolib_susannel May 20, 2014

Intriguing short stories that tell of a future time when you can pay someone to take on your undesirable emotions like grief or even love.

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Cecilturtle
Jan 04, 2013

I'm a little torn about this series because I found the stories very uneven. The first one, in particular, is brilliant: the idea that one can rent another body to transfer pain takes the whole outsourcing concept to another inconceivable level, yet somehow seems within reach. Yu explores the implications very deftly. A couple of other stories in the same vein are equally compelling even if they aren't quite as shocking as this first one.
Other stories, which are personal musings rather than actual stories, I found less interesting, some downright boring, which I ended up skimming rather than reading.
Definitely a new voice with unique insights and an inquisitive imagination. It will be interesting to see if Yu manages to keep it fresh.

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loudem
Sep 28, 2012

I admit it. I was lured by the cover and its weird title. I started reading it with titillation... BUT, it didn’t take long before it all bogged down, and died right there in its tracks. Maybe the guy was stoned when he wrote it; maybe he had nothing to say; or tried to write like Woody Allen ( he failed badly if that’s what he was trying to do ). I don’t know. BUT, one thing I do know: this book is a piece of crap. uninteresting, dull, and brain dead stories.

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