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“A selection guided by my own personal taste”
‘The Hidden Girl And Other Stories’
by Ken Liu
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I first heard about this book and author from the lovely Amber at Midas PR, with the book being brought to market as a collaboration between the Saga Press, Head of Zeus and NetGalley teams.

Whilst science fiction and fantasy are both genres outside of my usual reading sphere, this is a book of short stories and Amber has suggested that I might choose to read and review just one or two of them, as my spot on author Ken Liu’s promotional tour.

This sounds like a plan to me, so join me on March 2nd 2020, if you want to know more!!


Cover Image for 'The Hidden Girls' by author Ken LiuFrom award-winning author Ken Liu comes his much anticipated second volume of short stories.

Ken Liu is one of the most lauded short story writers of our time.

This collection includes a selection of his science fiction and fantasy stories from the last five years — sixteen of his best — plus a new novelette.

In addition to these seventeen selections, The Hidden Girl and Other Stories also features an excerpt from book three in the Dandelion Dynasty series, The Veiled Throne.


Image of author Ken LiuKen Liu is an American author of speculative fiction. He has won the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, as well as top genre honours in Japan, Spain, and France, among other countries.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Ken worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. He frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, cryptocurrency, history of technology, bookmaking, the mathematics of origami, and other subjects of his expertise.

Ken has also translated several works of Chinese science fiction and currently lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Keep up to date with all Ken’s news on his website

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“Each beautiful story is also a monument to its own imperfection, and to dare to fall from the false promise of all-appealing grace is the most crucial act of every writer.”

“The most useful advice I ever got was to keep in mind that every writer’s journey is different, and what worked for someone else wouldn’t necessarily work for you. That adage has been vastly freeing for me in my own journey.”

“A good story cannot function like a legal brief, which attempts to persuade and lead the reader down a narrow path suspended above the abyss of unreason. Rather, it must be more like an empty house, an open garden, a deserted beach by the ocean. The reader moves in with their own burdensome baggage and long-cherished possessions, seeds of doubt and shears of understanding, maps of human nature and baskets of sustaining faith. The reader then inhabits the story, explores its nooks and crannies, rearranges the furniture to suit their taste, covers the walls with sketches of their inner life, and thereby makes the story their home.”

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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