The link-up this week for the.book.chat is about short stories. I don't read many short stories (although I would like to write one!), but when I do read them I enjoy them. And I recently read a phenomenal one called The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu. I heard about it from the Books on the Nightstand podcast (if you listen to podcasts, check this one out!). This story is available for free online through Suvudu, from when it appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. Even if you don't like Fantasy/SciFi, you should read this short story, it's only about 12 pages long but it is very touching and you might want to keep some tissues nearby! I'm always amazed at how much an author can get through in such a short story, and this one has it all. In keeping the theme with short stories, I'll keep this post short!