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Sorry Please Thank You

Yu, Charles (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Sorry Please Thank You
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"Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is an observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry Please Thank You he fills his stories with equal parts humor and insight into the human condition. 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"--From publisher description.
Authors: Yu, Charles, 1976-
Title: Sorry please thank you
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 222 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Charles Yu
Contents: Sorry. Standard loneliness package ; First person shooter ; Troubleshooting
Please. Hero absorbs major damage ; Human for beginners ; Inventory ; Open ; Note to self
Thank you. Yeoman ; Designer emotion ; The book of categories ; Adult contemporary
All of the above. Sorry please thank you
Summary: "Drawing from both pop culture and science, Charles Yu is an observer of contemporary society, and in Sorry Please Thank You he fills his stories with equal parts humor and insight into the human condition. 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"--From publisher description.
ISBN: 0307907171
9780307907172
Branch Call Number: FICTION YU 2012
Genre/Form: Short stories
Science fiction
Short stories, American
LCCN: 2011049487
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Intriguing short stories that tell of a future time when you can pay someone to take on your undesirable emotions like grief or anger.
(Susanne's fave)

Comment by: 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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May 20, 2014
  • multcolib_susannel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 04, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 28, 2012
  • loudem rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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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