The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

Saga: S. & S. Mar. 2016. 464p. ISBN 9781481442541. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481424370. SF
OrangeReviewStarIf your soul is an ice cube, to what lengths will you go to have a warm, passionate life? "State Change" is one of 15 stories and novellas collected here by the author of The Grace of Kings. As Liu notes in his preface, the volume has the "flavor of a retrospective," including some of his most popular works such as the title selection, "The Paper Menagerie," which won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, as well as lesser known tales. He also features a new work, "An Advanced Reader's Picture Book of Comparative Cognition," that addresses the love between parents and children when they are separated by incredible distances.
VERDICT These remarkable stories highlight Liu's themes of family, love, and politics and gathered in one collection pack an even bigger punch. Those who revere shorter speculative works will definitely want this book. [See Prepub Alert, 6/21/15.]
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