How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

I am so trying to read as much as I can. I am truly trying my best! My shelf is filled with unread books bought and sent to me for review for months! The How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe book was one of them, that was why I picked to read it.

Science fiction books are not my cup of tea. I guess the reason why I accepted this book for review was because of Colson Whitehead saying “This book is cool as hell. If I could go back in time and read it earlier, I would.” I had no idea who Colson was but after Googling, I found that he is a New York-based novelist and the author of the 1999 novel The Intuitionist.

The How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe book had an interesting start. Like this:

When it happens, this is what happens. I shoot myself.
Not, you know, my self self. I shoot my future self. He steps out of a time machine, introduces himself as Charles Yu. What else am I supposed to do? I kill him. I kill my own future.

That is kind of different from what you usually read, eh? The writing was just like that almost throughout the whole How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe book. Easygoing, straightforward but at some pages, it got too long and ‘science fiction’ that I just glazed over the words, not really reading them as I should.

Despite the good start into the story, I sort of lost interest in the story and if the main character would manage to find his father. I was interested in the father-son relationship going on there, about how Yu and his father would spend hours working together in the garage, etc.

The conversation parts between Yu and others were alright. I could still tolerate with his lengthy monologue but the scientific and super-big words such as chronodiegetic put me off a little. The meaning of that word must have been explained somewhere in there, maybe in Chapter 27, and I don’t remember if I remembered what it meant.

I am so glad to have finally finished the How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe book. I tried to read a little every day. It took me a little more than a week to finish this. I cannot wait to start reading a book that I will really like!

It was an enjoyable read while it lasted.

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