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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016 original; edició 2016)

de Ken Liu (Autor)

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Featured in the Netflix series Love, Death & Robots Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories 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 and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features many 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). Insightful and stunning stories that plumb the struggle against history and betrayal of relationships in pivotal moments, this collection showcases one of our greatest and original voices.… (més)
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Títol:The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Autors:Ken Liu (Autor)
Informació:Saga Press (2016), Edition: 1st, 464 pages
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Juvenile anti-tech alarmism. Like Black Mirror but written by a 13-year old. ( )
  marzagao | Jun 1, 2021 |
I really wanted to love this collection but Liu is very hit or miss and has surprisingly bad gender politics at random.

At his best he's Ted Chiang-like with interesting sci-fi thought experiments that focus on the human emotional response (though he leans more heavily into the Asian immigrant experience than Chiang).

At his worst he treats his female characters as disposable sex objects (so many dead daughters, wives, mothers, many of whom are sex workers, femme fatales, or mail-order brides). His attempts at gender parity are just turning a stereotypical male character into a female one cosmetically (e.g., hard-boiled private eye with no emotions but give her a vagina!). ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
Ken Liu is known for his translation work of Cixin Liu's trilogy, Remembrance of Earth's Past, of which Ken translated book 1 and 3. He also translated the short stories in the anthology [b:Invisible Planets|32999980|Invisible Planets|Ken Liu|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1479372195s/32999980.jpg|48249401], which I've yet to read. And he's working on his own trilogy, The Dandelion Dynasty.

Like many authors, Mr Liu has also written many short stories. Some of those were put together in this anthology, [b:The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories|32295221|The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories|Ken Liu|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1475009089s/32295221.jpg|44534169]. I had read several raving reviews about it and as I didn't know where to start with Liu's works, this was an excellent starting point.

This anthology contains 15 stories, spanning several genres: Fantasy, Science-Fiction, Historical Fiction, and more. Tackled topics include literature, robots, time-travel, politics, a Trans-Atlantic tunnel (under the ocean, from China to the USA), a look at the history of the war between Japan and China and how big the Japanese empire was, World-War 2 in Asia, Chinese immigrants in Idaho in the 19th century, language, racism, origami (obviously, see also the tiger on the cover), and more.

I can't and won't discuss each story in detail. Other readers have done this previously and better than I can at the moment. January 2018 has been weighing a little too much on my mental abilities for me to go into detail for each story.

Mr Liu is an amazing writer, at least in this collection. His way with words and knowledge of the English language left me flabbergasted, to exaggerate a little. As he didn't limit himself to one genre, he had no boundaries in the language department, hence the application of a style one could encounter in contemporary literature.

Several stories were very descriptive of the context, the events, even the feelings and emotions. I do know there was (at least) one story that made me cry (which doesn't happen often, or I'm probably reading the wrong books :P). The science in a few stories went a little over my head, but that didn't really affect my appreciation of these stories.

Overall, I can only heavily recommend this anthology to anyone, be you a reader of SFF or other kinds of stories. This book is diverse enough to please just about everyone who reads. Excellent writing, some stories set in Asia (China, Japan, ...), eye-openers (as we see the world and life through foremost the lens of the West), and nice tidbits of background information on culture, language, history, etc.

In fact, I liked it so much, I'll probably replace my rain-damaged copy with a fresh-looking one.

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More info on the book:

Interview with the author: here
Background info on B&N: here ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
Several of the stories in this collection just read as sort of amateurish to me, and others were either too long (without being all that interesting) or were too slender when there was potential for great interest (this is of course subjective). I felt like the collection sort of crescendoed, with a few stronger stories bringing up the rear of the collection.

This one felt oddly like the whole was a greater work than any of the parts, as it was neat to see threads throughout about how we relay and receive histories, and it was particularly neat to see that through stories about and told by Asians or Asian American characters. So, I like the project a lot but wish the stories themselves had been less uneven. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
One of the best collections of science fiction short stories I've ever read; would appeal equally well to non-genre fans as well.

Includes:
The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species
State Change
The Perfect Match
Good Hunting
The Literomancer
Simulacrum
The Regular
The Paper Menagerie
An Advanced Reader’s Picture Book of Comparative Cognition (previously unpublished)
The Waves
Mono no aware
All the Flavors
A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel
The Litigation Master and the Monkey King
The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary

Several of these were among the best stories I've read (Paper Menagerie, Mono no aware, The Literomancer); the first and last stories of the book were less appealing ("cute" but not really a story for the first, and...an extended discussion of WW2's Unit 731 for the last, which didn't really have as much of a "story" as I'd like), but the rest were all at least very good. Definitely looking forward to reading other Ken Liu -- particularly his novels. (He's also one of the top Chinese to English translators of science fiction, which is how I originally found him; also a lawyer and a software developer.)

I listened to this collection as an audiobook -- it's long and pushing the limits of what I like as an audiobook, and Audible's software doesn't work perfectly with collections of stories, especially when using the alexa devices, but the audio version itself was great. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
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Featured in the Netflix series Love, Death & Robots Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his multiple award-winning stories 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 and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection features many 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). Insightful and stunning stories that plumb the struggle against history and betrayal of relationships in pivotal moments, this collection showcases one of our greatest and original voices.

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