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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
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Aug 15, 11

bookshelves: fiction, rhythm-and-muse, scifi-fantasy
Read in August, 2011 — I own a copy

I'm ranking this one a little harshly, just because it had so much potential and the author didn't follow through. It sort of reads as if Yu wanted to write a standard novel about a father and son relationship, but then watched "Elegant Universe" and decided it would make a great basis for a setting without further thought or research. Because for all the time travel and multiverse jargon, he never really _uses_ any of it -- it's just sort of window dressing. Which is really too bad, because the scene or two where he lets loose with the science fiction are extremely well done.
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