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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu
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Nov 16, 2011

it was ok
Read in November, 2011

Cute story, sometimes clever. The self-referential, pseudo-scientific language made it fun to read. At the end it seemed to try and have an inspirational message/theme, and that threw me a bit... almost as though the story didn't describe anything--like it could have just ended 'and it was all a dream'. I didn't go to science-fictional universe MU-31 to 'live in the moment' or 'value the company of others, IRL', you know? I really liked the personalities of the software (!) introduced in the book, but didn't really feel well acquainted with the (author's eponymous) protagonist, or his family. The family, I believe, was Buddhist, and came from a small island in the Pacific... but how or why this was relevant I didn't pick up (though I would have found such background useful!). Might it have connected to the message/theme aspect of the book (if the theme is even linked to Buddhist thought)? Was it simply the inspiration for the decor in a dream scene? Would I have found such superfluous information so noticeable if they were ancestral-european X'ians? I don't know. I don't think there is much inspiration or direction in this book for a sequel, but other stories from this universe still hold interest--I liked the short story "Origin Story: Universe 13" included as an appendix in another edition of this book.

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Megan Generally I agree, although I thought it was fun and silly enough to amuse me for most of the book.

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