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“By far and away the most masterful story of the collection, this subtle, elegant meditation on memory is as clean as its name. Not a word out of place, not a tone out of true, this is a writer working at the apex of skill and imagination, showing us a world that seems perfectly real but also perfectly strange. This story is perfect.” —GeeklyInc
“Much like their classic fairy tale inspirations, the stories in this collection take readers somewhere ‘else’ for a short period of time. The stories are much more modern than the originals, but that doesn’t make them less magical. Definitely pick this collection up—or any of the stories separately—if you need a bit of escapism…” —Forever Young Adult
“If you’d asked me what my dream book would be, I probably would have conjured something that looks a lot like: Faraway.” —Fangirlish
About the Author
Ken Liu is the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and World Fantasy Award–winning author of The Dandelion Dynasty series and two short story collections, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He lives near Boston with his family.
- ASIN : B08L61RRT6
- Publisher : Amazon Original Stories (December 15, 2020)
- Publication date : December 15, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3040 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 27 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,357 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Beatrice is hyper-sensitive, and makes a very good living doing forensic readings of memories attached to items involved in legal cases.
Clara has a fairly normal level of memory sensitivity, and after a bad breakup with her former boyfriend, wants to rid their shared items that he left behind of the painful memories. For this, she turns to Giu.
But Clara and Beatrice are sisters, and has an old, four-color pen that holds a memory that's at the heart of what binds them together.
When Beatrice invites Clara to lunch, and hands Clara that pen, Clara experiences that memory again, in full, and has something to think about that might change her mind.
It's an interesting, thoughtful, and touching story.
I bought this audiobook.
You see, in this world objects have memory residue on them that can be accessed through touch and these objects can be "cleaned" of the residue by professional cleaners. There are many reasons why memories are scrubbed from objects...a used item being bought or sold, bad or hurtful memories, etc. In this world abilities differ; most can sense the emotions of the memories..feel the happiness, despair, fear, etc. Others have stronger abilities and can not only feel the emotions intensely (i.e., a memory of physical pain would actually hurt them), but they can also see the memories in detail, as if it was a movie clip. Then there are those who feel only a tingle and see only the residue memories leave behind; thewe people are doomed to forget their own memories.
This isn't a story in the the typical sense. It is more of a inside look at how the lives of 3 people (two sisters and a cleaner, each with different levels of ability) have been effected by their ability or lack there of and how they cope. Though the concept was interesting, this didn't hold my interest!
This story has more of a Sci-Fi vibe to it than most of the other stories in this collection. I really liked how this idea of memory deposits was woven into a story about realistic characters and the differences between them. It is a very creative and interesting concept to think about, and I appreciate the level of thought and detail the author put in.
I wish the story were a bit longer, because it feels like there is so much more you could delve into with an idea like this. Well done! 4.4/5
This is, however, not a story about dementia, but rather about three people in a decaying world where trash and detritus are charged with often painful memories that many people want to escape. “Listening” to the thoughts of Liu’s three main characters, the reader enters that world on many levels.
Another beautifully crafted story by a master.