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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories - by Ken Liu (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 464

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press

Author: Ken Liu

Language: English

Street Date: October 4, 2016
TCIN: 51691744
UPC: 9781481424363
Item Number (DPCI): 248-28-7026


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"
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