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Sorry Please Thank You: Stories Hardcover – July 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; F First Edition edition (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307907171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307907172
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There were elements of Charles Yu's debut novel (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel (Vintage)) that I absolutely loved, and yet it didn't hold together as a whole for me. I have no such reservations about this story collection. It is fantastic. With that said, I can't honestly claim every single story within it is a five-star read, but I'd say the majority of them are. (I really wanted to give this collection as a whole a five star rating, but I'm trying to contain my enthusiasm.) And they'll speak to the same fans of geek culture that enjoy books like Ernest Cline's Ready Player One, as well as Yu's own debut. I'm not going to discuss every story in the collection here, but will cherry pick some of my favorites.

The opening tale, "Standard Loneliness Package," plays up to the author's strengths. I'd describe it as, "very Yu-ish, with a soupçon of Shteyngart." It's the first-person account of an Indian worker in a new industry--the outsourcing of emotion. "An industry was born. The business of bad feeling. For the right price, almost any part of life could be avoided." Later, the worker relates: "Of all the types of tickets, this is the worst. Heartbreak. When I first started at this job, I expected the hardest would be physical pain. But it's not. This is the hardest."

In "First Person Shooter," a worker on the graveyard shift at WorldMart announces, "There's a finger in Housewares." This leads her colleague to the discovery and assistance of a most unusual shopper.
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One of the most celebrated emerging writers of literary science fiction of our time, Charles Yu's magnificent "Sorry Please Thank You" is yet another remarkable literary achievement, demonstrating both the ample originality and vitality of his writing. Yu has breathed astonishingly new life into such time-honored fantasy, science fiction and horror tropes as zombies, space opera and Artificial Intelligence into his latest short story collection; one which will resonate strongly with fellow admirers of science fiction and fantasy as well as a more mainstream literary audience which recognizes just how astute and humorous Charles Yu is as an observer of modern society and its emphasis on science and technology. The opening story, "Standard Loneliness Package", is a witty post-cyberpunk tale of sharing one's emotions that reads as a hilarious cross between Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" and Gary Shteyngart's "Super Sad True Love Story". It's followed by the irresistibly funny "First Person Shooter" about a department store clerk thinking how he'll win the affections of a fellow employee while contending with a zombie obsessed in making her own "fashion statement"; Yu's zombie tale is the most original one I have stumbled upon in years. "Hero Absorbs Major Damage" chronicles the epic quest of one noble warrior leading a ragtag band of warriors across a desolate, often dangerous, computer-generated landscape. "Yeoman" is a hysterically humorous send-up of "Star Trek", describing a lowly crewmember's feelings as he finds himself tempting fate as the "expendable" member of a starship's "away team" as the starship hurls deeper into the "final frontier".Read more ›
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After finishing my first Charles Yu book, I have formulated a theory that Charles Yu doesn’t write fiction, he writes about thinking about fiction and fact and what the differences might be between them. In several of the entries that make up the short story collection, Sorry Please Thank You, Yu explores alternate realities of himself and the world. He seems obsessed with the topic. I hesitate to call these “stories”, however; they’re more thought experiments or SNL skits written by Physics majors. Certain lines were amusing, certain concepts such as a “God pill” (a pill touted by a demonic pharmaceutical company) were intriguing. “Yeoman”, a send-up of the original Star Trek series, was the most approachable and came the closest to making me laugh. Exploring the concepts of reality and alternative universes is nothing new. If you have had your mind bent by Monty Python, Philip K. Dick, MC Escher, philosophical teaching or drug experimentation, you are not going to exactly feel the Gs on this particular roller coaster. Many of the stories reminded me of an old Gahan Wilson cartoon that shows a full moon in the sky but also reveals that just behind it are some plywood boards showing it’s nothing more than a prop. Charles Yu seems to be wrestling with this concept repeatedly: Can we trust reality? How do we know we are who we think we are? Can we live without certainty? I think he answers this last question in the story “Adult Contemporary” where a man discovers he may be just a character in someone else’s plot. By the end he seems to accept the not-knowingness and the lack of arc that our actual lives usually have. “It will have to do. Somehow it’s going to have to be enough,” he says. Solid philosophy I would agree. But riveting or astonishing fiction? Not so much.
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