Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species, by Ken Liu
The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species is a type of short story I've seen a few times, and liked all of them. I cannot recall exactly where I have seen them before--somehow Michael Swanwick comes to mind, he would do something like this, but I can't remember exactly. Anyway, the form is a kind of geography of bookmaking. Not the gambling kind, the making of actual books. Various species make their books in different ways, some with deliberate acts, a few simply by living and remembering. Ken Liu is really taking off, I expect to see him soon in the novel category. I reviewed a couple stories by him last year for awards, and this year he is up for two more. Good stuff here, come read it and enjoy a few minutes of fun. 4 stars.