There are good words on a page, there are bad words on a page. Then there is beauty on a page, and Cixin Liu embodies that. The new anthology of his shorter works titled The Wandering Earth is a beautiful book. From the first paragraph of the first story I was drawn in. Once I had started, I could not put this down.
There is a visual, visceral quality about these stories that tugs at me in a profound way. I am jealous of the quality of the writing, but enamoured by it at the same time. It makes me want to perfect the art form, like Mr Liu has.
The translation of these stories is sublime. There is no doubt that the translators love these stories and take such care to do the best possible job from the source material. I would love to be able to read the original book to see the elegant differences between the two.
There are eleven stories in here, and they cover a wide range of topics. Each story feels complete and whole, making each one an experience. This is close to perfection.
This is my first 5 star review in a long time. Thank you, Cixin Liu.