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  • The best stories stay with you

    Nearly each story I read made me not want to read the next one... or at least not right away. There have been a few novels, where I'd finished the last page, closed the book, breathed a sigh and not wanted to start a new one for fear of breaking the spell of the last one. It's rare to feel that with short stories. This is a collection to be savoured... read slowly.

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  • Brilliant

    Well-paced, well researched and intriguing - A book I’ll read again and again. I especially appreciate the documentary at the back that so perfectly summarizes post WW2 political climates and viewpoints in Asia - a topic that my father and I often discuss.

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  • Intriguing collection

    Raised by grandparents in China, Ken Liu migrated with his parents while still a boy to settle in America. His speculative fiction draws on these very different cultures. This retrospective collection ranges widely in style and content. The title story is a tender and magical tale of maternal love.Liu writes with insight and experience about the difficulties of immigrants. He brings to life ancient Chinese culture and history. He writes with passion of the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, and especially the infamous Unit731, coopted rather than condemned by the USA at the end of WW11. Some stories are gently charming, others horrifying. There is a dark note of sorrow and loss as he looks back on Chinese history. Liu is an excellent writer with a distinctive voice. A most interesting collection.

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