The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken LiuA publishing event: Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume.
With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary” (Finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards), “Mono No Aware” (Hugo Award winner), “The Waves” (Nebula Award finalist), “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” (Nebula and Sturgeon award finalists), “All the Flavors” (Nebula award finalist), “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King” (Nebula Award finalist), and the most awarded story in the genre’s history, “The Paper Menagerie” (The only story to win the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards).
A must-have for every science fiction and fantasy fan, this beautiful book is an anthology to savor.
Ken Liu, Writer
Kings is a spectacular piece of entertainment — ambitious, original and memorable, the world-building impressive, the characters convincing and sympathetic, and the fantasy elements fresh and surprising. The problem with discovering an author at the first-novel stage of their career is you usually are in an agony of anticipation, waiting for the next book to come out. The inclusion of the titular tale would have, of course, been a no-brainer. Many are unaware of such events in history. What we are told is chosen based on agendas steeped in political bias and cultural prejudice. This is not the only story in which Liu offers us a view of the forgotten or even never acknowledged past. I especially like how Liu takes a historical event or a mythological character and grows it into a thoughtful, unpretentious and wholly unexpected tale.
Featured in the Netflix series Love, Death & Robots Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories for a groundbreaking.
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Ken Liu's stories are as perfectly, magically constructed as the origami in the titular story. Even when his stories are brutal and his characters in pain, Liu is able to maintain a sense of harmony and balance. His characters struggle in extraordinary and compelling circumstances, and I found the resolutions of their stories to be deeply satisfying. These are beautiful stories. The Ivy Book Blog features book reviews from the Ivy team, our weekly bestseller list posted Mondays and news about literary goings-on at the store and elsewhere.
The stories tend to be concept focused rather than character focus, and they are generally very well written and told. However, they tend to have a melancholy tone, and I think I would have enjoyed the collection more if there was more variation in tone. That story always makes me tear up. The narrator is the son of a Chinese mail order bride and an American man. When he was a child, his mother would make origami animals that she would breath life into, so that they moved on their own.