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Publisher's Summary

A publishing event: Best-selling 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 and Other Stories. 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 finalist); "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.

©2016 Ken Liu (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Everything I read science fiction for!

While I like a good space battle as well as the next person, I ultimately read science fiction for the ideas. This book is filled with wonderfully crafted stories which examine fascinating questions. What does it do to the human heart when it is possible to suppress emotions? If it is possible to go back in time and witness history, should we do it? What is our real connection to the past?

Be patient and savor these gems. Great stories. Great characters. Loving performances.

Brilliant.

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variable quality of stories

very good definitely recommends if only for the title story which is truly unique and touching and superb. there are other stories which are less engaging and perhaps a bit hard to follow. I'd like to think that perhaps I was distracted, but maybe it was the story itself that played a part in my mental wandering during this collection.

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  • Tara
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Wow.

An amazing collection of short stories with excellent narration. You won't regret buying this one!

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Strong and powerful

I found this book refreshing and engaging. I can't wait to read it again. I'd definitely call it a triumph!

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If you like short stories, get it. Otherwise, see:

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, due to the writing quality and innovation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories?

Tilly and ShareAll in The Perfect Match.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the overall story of The Perfect Match.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not to tears, but yes in The Perfect Match.

Any additional comments?

I've read short stories from time to time, but have rarely been really into them. This book contains quite a variety of stories, from hardly any fantasy to a lot of it. My favorite story was The Perfect Match, as it explores possibilities of social media with rather unchecked elements. It was clever, interesting, and enjoyable. I also like that the author doesn't go with a single truth, often, but explores multiple sides of things. As to the many awards, I don't come away from this book in awe, but I do see how the awards were won. The writing quality is truly top-notch, and it presents innovation at the same time. That's quite the combination. Overall, on a pure enjoyment level, I think I prefer the author's book, The Grace of Kings, but more because its a novel and not because The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories is any less in quality. If you're not convinced to buy this, I suggest seeing about reading some stories by the author and if you like them, then get this one.

Note: I went to high school w/the author, and have seen him on occasion in recent years (about 30 minutes twice in the last 4 or 5 years, perhaps), so I'm including this note since I've reviewed this book in comparison to other short stories instead of on a pure enjoyment level.
Note 2: I experienced this book as an audio book. It was narrated by two different people, depending on the story, and well done by them.

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Phenomenal

Incredible depth in such short stories. Excellent power over English from the author conveys stories that in most cases provide intrigue due plausible and well researched science fiction as well as a thoughtful reflection over the much deeper moral contained.

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Pretty good!

There were several stories I really loved and some that were just Ok. Two Thumbs up

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Best fiction I've read in a while!!

I loved how Liu writes - it's flowery, ethereal, and elegant. Like participating in a tea ceremony. But it's also science fiction. The concepts he explores here are mind blowing! I don't often love short stories, preferring a slow gradual buildup of characters and emotions, but some of the ones in this collection reduced me to tears.

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Awesome Read

Highly recommended. Virtually every story makes you look at things you thought you knew in a new light.

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The Ken Liu Touch

When you mix culture with science and add human experience to it. Ken Liu happens.