Monday, March 12, 2012
The Paper Menagerie, by Ken Liu
The Paper Menagerie is Ken Liu's second Nebula entry this year, he is also up in the Novella category (scroll down). Pretty good for a new guy, there's plenty to look forward to. This story is probably not as strong a contender, but it's a good and touching read. The speculative part is nice but is not a driver for the story--the significance here is the relationship between the boy and his mother. She is a mail-order bride from China, and just doesn't really fit in the United States. It's pretty classic, the boy doesn't really know how good he has it--stable home and all--he just wants to fit in and not be teased. It doesn't help that his mother makes his toys out of origami that comes to life, though that is actually pretty cool. A nice sentimental tale that I will give 3 stars.