The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories is a collection of stories by Ken Liu, some of them are already famous for being nominated or winning some awards (Nebula, Hugo, …), some of them are published for the first time.

The book is quite heterogeneous for the length of the stories and their contents; these go from science fiction to fantasy and in some case are about historical

Considering the overall collection, the story to be praised the most is the one that provides the book title, then a couple of tales shine for the creepy technological settings (Black Mirror like, to be clear), and they are The Perfect Match and Simulacrum.

Another couple have a space opera setting (The Waves e Mono no aware), but to both of them I preferred the mixture of technology and myth in Good Hunting.

Some stories mix fiction to History (All the Flavors, A Brief History of the Trans-Pacific Tunnel, The Literomancer) but in some cases the historical explanation weights too much in the story. The most famous story in this context is The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary.

The book is overall nice, the author is well-known for the quality of his tales and some stories are able not to be forgotten.


The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english

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