Short Story…Wednesday?: The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species

As those of you who regularly follow me know, I usually post my book reviews on Wednesdays. However, it’s taking me a bit longer to get through Ken Liu’s tome of a debut novel, The Grace Of Kings, and I’ve decided I would rather spend another week taking my time to enjoy reading it rather than rushing through it. For those of you who are curious, what I’ve read so far is quite good.

Anyway, in lieu of having a review, I’ve decided to extend “Ken Liu week” and post some more of his short stories until I can deliver The Grace Of Kings review next week. Sound good? Thought so.

The story I’m sharing today, “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species“, first appeared in Lightspeed Magazine in 2012. It isn’t really a narrative story so much as a description of the way that some very strange and fantastical species read, write, and pass on their tales and histories. Ultimately it is a celebration of books, regardless of what form they take, and poses some interesting descriptions of ways that other species might make their own.

I’ll be back on Sunday with another tale from Liu, and then a week from today I will definitely have my review up. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the stories.


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