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The Hidden Girl and Other Stories

By Ken Liu
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Publisher Description

“I know this is going to sound hyperbolic, but when I’m reading Ken Liu’s stories, I feel like I’m reading a once-in-a-generation talent. I’m in awe.” —Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author

“Captivating.” —BuzzFeed
“Extraordinary.” —The Washington Post
“Brilliant.” —The Chicago Tribune

With the release of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu’s short fiction has resonated with a generation of readers.

From stories about time-traveling assassins, to Black Mirror-esque tales of cryptocurrency and internet trolling, to heartbreaking narratives of parent-child relationships, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories is a far-reaching work that explores topical themes from the present and a visionary look at humanity’s future.

This collection includes a selection of Liu’s speculative fiction stories over the past five years—seventeen of his best—plus a new novelette. In addition, it also features an excerpt from The Veiled Throne, the third book in Liu’s epic fantasy series The Dandelion Dynasty.

Stories include:
Ghost Days; Maxwell's Demon; The Reborn; Thoughts and Prayers; Byzantine Empathy; The Gods Will Not Be Chained; Staying Behind; Real Artists; The Gods Will Not Be Slain; Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer; The Gods Have Not Died in Vain; Memories of My Mother; Dispatches from the Cradle: The Hermit—Forty-Eight Hours in the Sea of Massachusetts; Grey Rabbit, Crimson Mare, Coal Leopard; A Chase Beyond the Storms (an excerpt from The Veiled Throne, Book 3 of the Dandelion Dynasty); The Hidden Girl; Seven Birthdays; The Message; Cutting

68 Reviews

3.5
Thumbs Up“This was a really strong collection of speculative fiction and fantasy stories! Themes ranged from global warming to family drama, to AI and consciousness, but all of them kept me engaged and entertained. None of the stories were too long that you couldn't finish them in one sitting and they weren't too large-scope as to be overly confusing or anything.”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersBeautifully writtenBeautiful settingRealistic settingThought-provoking
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I enjoyed this collection for its unique ideas that weren’t as deeply covered in stories from paper menagerie—living or assimilating into a post-human society, protecting one’s humanity or empathy in the face of systemic injustices, and ensuring the safety of future generations at the cost of losing precious relationships of here & now. I also liked the concept of multiple short stories taking place in the same universe and timeline, but there were a handful of stories where characters’ voices blurred together. after finishing hidden girl, I simply feel fortunate to be able to read ken liu’s stories. the compassionate, thoughtful quality of his writing gives me the same feeling I get when I read from my favorite author, neil gaiman. I’m counting myself as a lifelong fan who’ll basically obsess over liu’s works and talent for as long as he writes! favorites: the reborn, thoughts & prayers, byzantine empathy, the gods have not died in vain, grey rabbit, the hidden girl, seven birthdays, the message”
Diverse charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingBigotryRacismViolence
Slightly Smiling Face
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to read

About Ken Liu

Ken Liu is an award-winning American author of speculative fiction. His collection, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, has been published in more than a dozen languages. Liu’s other works include The Grace of KingsThe Wall of StormsThe Veiled Throne, and a second collection The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He has been involved in multiple media adaptations of his work including the short story “Good Hunting,” adapted as an episode in Netflix’s animated series Love, Death + Robots; and AMC’s Pantheon, adapted from an interconnected series of short stories. “The Hidden Girl,” “The Message,” and “The Cleaners” have also been optioned for development. Liu previously worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. He frequently speaks at conferences and universities on topics including futurism, cryptocurrency, the history of technology, and the value of storytelling. Liu lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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