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Cover & Synopsis: “Sorry Please Thank You” by Charles Yu

Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the Charles Yu’s upcoming collection Sorry Please Thank You: Stories, described like so:

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.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (May 7, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0307948463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307948465
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4 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: “Sorry Please Thank You” by Charles Yu

  1. Roger K. // March 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm //

    I recently finished How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, and did’t care for it much. Despite “praise” from “critics” it received lukewarm reception from Amazon and Goodreads readers. I think I’ll pass on this one. I can’t stand the thought of wading through more commas and run on sentences.

  2. I read How To Live Safely and was bored to tears. I’ll pass on this one as well.

  3. Hmm. After the impression that “How to live safely in…” left with me, I think I’ll make a special excpetion to actively avoid this book in any way, shape or form.

  4. Can’t wait! I love his stories!

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