“The Hidden Girl and Other Stories by Ken Liu
This turned out to be a huge disappointment. It wasn’t a total loss because the last two stories were Liu in his true form, but the other 8 or 10 stories felt like filler. Was Liu short on money? Was publisher forcing him to publish something? Was he digging out old stories he had never gotten published before?
Many stories were linked by the story of a girl who’s dad ‘died’ and became an AI human on the internet. One story about it would’ve been ok, but he tried to thread that narrative over multiple stories and they weren’t great.
He also put in two excerpts from his fantasy series The Grace of Kings, which I heard is not too popular. They were OK, but Liu is sci-fi for me, not fantasy. Also it just felt like he was plugging his books other books by putting them in there.
Should you read it? Nah. If you want to read quality stories by Liu, read his other collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie.
Rating: ★ Book #62 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge
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