The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

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Price
$17.99  $16.55
Publisher
Gallery / Saga Press
Publish Date
Pages
464
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.3 X 1.6 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781481424363

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About the Author

Ken Liu is an award-winning American author of speculative fiction. His collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, has been published in more than a dozen languages. Liu's other works include The Grace of Kings, The Wall of Storms, The Veiled Throne, and a second collection The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He has been involved in multiple media adaptations of his work including the short story "Good Hunting," adapted as an episode in Netflix's animated series Love, Death + Robots; and AMC's Pantheon, adapted from an interconnected series of short stories. "The Hidden Girl," "The Message," and "The Cleaners" have also been optioned for development. Liu previously worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. He frequently speaks at conferences and universities on topics including futurism, cryptocurrency, the history of technology, and the value of storytelling. Liu lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Reviews

"I know this is going to sound hyperbolic, but when I'm reading Ken Liu's stories, I feel like I'm reading a once-in-a-generation talent. I'm in awe."--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Selected as "14 of the Most Buzzed About Books of 2016"--BuzzFeed "March 30th, 2016 "
Questions of identity galvanize the 15 stories in this outstanding collection of fantastical fiction, giving them extraordinary gravity and resonance. In "Good Hunting," the human companion of a supernatural creature from Chinese folklore contrives an ingenious way to help her adapt to a steampunk future. The title tale (which swept the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards), in which a mother expresses love for her son through the magically animated origami animals she creates, is one of several in which the author uses Chinese-American experience to explore how all individuals assimilate into society. Whether writing about Asian culture and history, as in "The Literomancer" and "All the Flavors," or extraterrestrial civilizations, as in "The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species" and "An Advanced Reader's Picture Book of Comparative Cognition," Liu (The Grace of Kings) universalizes the experiences of his characters, who realize at some point, as the protagonist of "Mono No Aware" does, that "we are defined by the places that we hold in the web of others' lives." Gracefully written and often profoundly moving, these stories are high-water marks of contemporary speculative fiction. (Mar.)--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "Feb 29, 2016 "
These remarkable stories highlight Liu's themes of family, love, and politics and gathered in one collection pack an even bigger punch. Those who revere shorter speculative works will definitely want this book.--*STARRED REVIEW, Library Journal "February 26th, 2016 "
Emotionally unpredictable, Liu's stories take off in unexpected directions and arrive at destinations both startling and satisfying.--Shelf Awareness, *STARRED REVIEW "March 25th, 2016 "
Liu's wondrous tales eloquently explore the place where ordinary and the extraordinary meet.--The Washington Post "March 22nd, 2016 "
There is a dark and sometimes shocking edge to some of these stories, but nearly all are provocative, and several are brilliant.--The Chicago Tribune "April 6th, 2016 "
Liu's book compiles brilliant stories written in several different, overlapping modes, a technically dazzling collection of compulsively readable narratives, presenting characters with agonizing moral dilemmas and never forgetting the heart.--The Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee) "March 18th, 2016 "
Liu's talent in evoking atmosphere and culture make these tales more than stories - they're journeys. If you're looking to dream of another world, or reflect on our own, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of The Paper Menagerie.--Muggle.net "March 8th, 2016 "