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Charles Yu Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Interior Chinatown (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Third Class Superhero (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sorry Please Thank You (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Hero Absorbs Major Damage (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Yeoman (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury Books

Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury (With: Joe Hill,Harlan Ellison,Neil Gaiman,,Alice Hoffman,,,Sam Weller,,,Dave Eggers,,,Matthew Smith,Audrey Niffenegger) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Akashic Noir Books

San Francisco Noir (By:) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seattle Noir (By:Curt Colbert) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bronx Noir (By:S J Rozan) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brooklyn Noir (By:) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chicago Noir (By:Neal Pollack) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Baltimore Noir (By:Laura Lippman) (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Orleans Noir (By:Laura Lippman,,Julie Smith,Ace Atkins,Barbara Hambly,,David Fulmer,Jervey Tervalon,,,,James Nolan) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Los Angeles Noir (By:Christopher Rice) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wall Street Noir (By:Peter Spiegelman) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Havana Noir (By:) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Detroit Noir (By:P.J. Parrish) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Queens Noir (By:Jill Eisenstadt) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Las Vegas Noir (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trinidad Noir (By:) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
D.C. Noir 2 (By:George Pelecanos) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Istanbul Noir (By:Tarkan Barlas) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paris Noir (By:Aurélien Masson) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
San Francisco Noir 2 (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Portland Noir (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Delhi Noir (By:) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Phoenix Noir (By:Diana Gabaldon) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Los Angeles Noir 2 (By:Joseph Hansen,Raymond Chandler,James Ellroy,Ross Macdonald,Margaret Millar,James M. Cain,Walter Mosley,William Gault,Leigh Brackett,Naomi Hirahara,Chester Himes,Jervey Tervalon,,Denise Hamilton) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mexico City Noir (By:Paco Ignacio Taibo II) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Richmond Noir (By:Tom De Haven,Clay McLeod Chapman) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Orange County Noir (By:Gary Phillips) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Indian Country Noir (By:Sarah Cortez) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moscow Noir (By:Irina Denezhkina) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Philadelphia Noir (By:) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lone Star Noir (By:Joe R. Lansdale) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haiti Noir (By:Edwidge Danticat) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Copenhagen Noir (By:Gunnar Staalesen) (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pittsburgh Noir (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Barcelona Noir (By:) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cape Cod Noir (By:Dana Cameron) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kingston Noir (By:Patricia Powell,,,,,Marlon James) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Venice Noir (By:Michael Gregorio) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
St. Petersburg Noir (By:Pavel Krusanov) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kansas City Noir (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Boston Noir 2 (By:) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Staten Island Noir (By:Bill Loehfelm) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New York City Noir: The Five Borough Set (By:S J Rozan) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
USA Noir (By:Megan Abbott) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Haiti Noir 2 (By:Edwidge Danticat) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prison Noir (By:Joyce Carol Oates) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tel Aviv Noir (By:) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Helsinki Noir (By:James Thompson) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Providence Noir (By:Amity Gaige,Ann Hood,Elizabeth Strout,Bruce DeSilva,Luanne Rice,,Marie Myung-Ok Lee,John Searles) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chicago Noir: The Classics (By:Joe Meno) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zagreb Noir (By:Nada Gašić) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buffalo Noir (By:) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marseille Noir (By:Salim Hatubou) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beirut Noir (By:Abbas Beydoun) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stockholm Noir (By:Nathan Larson) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rio Noir (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Brussels Noir (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mississippi Noir (By:Tom Franklin,Megan Abbott,Ace Atkins,Michael Farris Smith,,,,John M. Floyd,,,William Boyle,,,Michael Kardos,,,Chris Offutt) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
St. Louis Noir (By:Scott Phillips) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prague Noir (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
San Juan Noir (By:) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Oakland Noir (By:) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Atlanta Noir (By:Tananarive Due,,Jennifer Harlow) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Haven Noir (By:Amy Bloom) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Montana Noir (By:James Grady) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Buenos Aires Noir (By:Ernesto Mallo) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
São Paulo Noir (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Vancouver Noir (By:Sam Wiebe) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hong Kong Noir (By:) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amsterdam Noir (By:Josh Pachter) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Houston Noir (By:) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Milwaukee Noir (By:Reed Farrel Coleman) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nairobi Noir (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alabama Noir (By:Carolyn Haines,Tom Franklin,Ace Atkins,Winston Groom,,,Michelle Richmond) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tampa Bay Noir (By:Ace Atkins) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Addis Ababa Noir (By:Maaza Mengiste) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Belgrade Noir (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miami Noir (By:James Carlos Blake,Elmore Leonard,,Edna Buchanan,,,,Zora Neale Hurston,,Charles Willeford,T.J. MacGregor,Brett Halliday,Lester Dent,Christine Kling,,Carolina Garcia-Aguilera) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Accra Noir (By:) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Speculative Los Angeles (With: Duane Swierczynski,Stephen Blackmoore,,,Ben H. Winters,,,Denise Hamilton,,S. Qiouyi Lu) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paris Noir: The Suburbs (By:) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Man's Hand(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Watchlist(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Charles Yu

Charles Yu is an American science fiction author best known for his How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe novel. Time Magazine listed this book as one of the best books of the year. The book also earned him an award and two nominations. Yu is a reputable scriptwriter who has worked with HBO, FX, and AMC. The author lives in California with his wife and two children.

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe tells the story of a son who goes searching for his father through space. Charles Yu is a time travel technician who doubles up as a gadget repairman. Charles is also a part counselor, but perhaps his most significant role is in saving people from themselves. When he is not doing his part to save humanity, Charles goes to search for a father he misses. Even though the two had a strained relationship, Charles realizes how close he was to his father when he disappears.

In Minor Universe 31, time travel is big business. Here failed protagonists are seduced by lonely sexbots. Many people looking to use time machines come here in search of change. Unfortunately, the time machine users are mostly trying to do something they shouldn’t, change the past. Charles steps in to help save such people from themselves.

When he is not taking calls or consoling his boss, Charles goes to visit his mother, who is stuck in a one-hour cycle as he searches for his father. Charles’s father invented the time travel machine. Unfortunately, he vanished after this leaving behind a wife stuck to dinner making cycle and a son in need of a father. Now his son is out there trying to search for him in the space-time wilds where he possibly disappeared to on purpose.
Tammy accompanies Charles as her search for his father. Ed, an anthologically valid dog, also tags along. Charles goes back and beyond, hoping to one day meet with his father in memory. After some research, Charles leans that a book named How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe could have the answers he seeks. The funny thing is that this is a book he wrote in his future.

This story is set in motion when Charles meets his future self. In a moment of panic, Charles shoots himself setting himself in a time loop. Now all he does is wonder whether he will be able to get out of this time machine knowing well that this move will cost him his life. Charles also wonders whether the shooting can be averted even though it has already happened.

Underneath the time travel theme is a story laden with meaningful insights where humann interactions are concerned. The story also covers the quest for happiness. Most of us are stuck in time, mostly worrying about things that have passed and can’t be changed. This is an intriguing story. The author uses a contemporary style to tell the story. In an achingly sad mood and using a nostalgic tone, the author discusses the haunting tale of a man caught up by his past. This book is sure to capture your attention from the beginning and keep you glued until the end.

Interior Chinatown
Interior Chinatown features Willis Wu, a man who doesn’t think he is the hero of his life. Willis views himself as an average Asian man who has to wake up every day and leave his tiny room to go to the Golden Palace restaurant. Here, a black and white cop show is produced continuously. Willis works as a bit player, but he dreams of rising to a better role, such as the Ethnic Recurring or the Kung Fu Guy. All the parts he is playing now pretty much feel like his life. There is also nothing glamorous about his living situation, and playing as a dead Asian guy is nothing to write home about either.
As fate will have it, Willis will stumble into the spotlight and into a world wider than anything he has ever known. At first, William grows to get the Very Special Guest role, and he is determined to work until he gets the highest role for an Asian male. As he rises, Willis makes numerous discoveries about his family and Chinatown. Growing up in Chinatown, there are many issues that Willis accepted as the norm without really questioning how they all fit in his life. Fortunately, he had a mother who always believed in him. Even though Willis’s parents are divorced, his mother does a great job of giving the support that any aspiring actor would ask for.

Willis will, at some point, discover that the roles assigned to him are not aligned to the person he wants to grow to. The question remains whether Willis will be in a position to overcome all the forces working against him to break out of the norm and curve his path. Will this ambitious man become the protagonist he always wanted? This story is beautifully written, and the flow is flawless. The author draws from his experience as an Asian Man, working in American society. From his writing, it is clear that the author has intimate knowledge of the subject matter. He writes about serious issues and uses humor to highlight them respectfully.

Interior Chinatown is the story of Willis and his Chinese and American families. It highlights identity, race, pop culture, and roles that society pushes down our throats thanks to our backgrounds. The story is both sarcastic and disturbing as the author draws your attention to the assumptions we make about other people while making little effort to know them. The author uses playful jabs to highlight Hollywood stereotypes applied to Asians. This book reads like a TV show script, and it comes complete with Courier font. It is a perfect read for anyone looking for a funny yet thought-provoking book. At slightly less than 300 pages, the book is relatively short and can be enjoyed in one sitting.

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