Reviews About Us
This is a page with links to some of the reviews people have made about our work.
The Review Review mentioned our photography in LitNImage here.
Photographs by Angela Xu and Peter Tieryas Liu use stark black and white contrast to highlight details within their images. The sharp contrast produces a dramatic effect on the Bangkok Aquaria pieces.
Ruelle Electrique’s Rio Liang covers two of Peter’s stories, the first in ZYZZYVA here.
The overarching idea that he’s in essence become like the people of Gumang finding refuge in their dreams I think is nicely wrought. And I love the contrast between the reality he left behind in the States with the figurative dream world of China: ”Flaws weren’t pariah here [in Beijing], foibles were badges of character, not something to be brushed away in Photoshop.” (Bloody brilliant line, that is). Definitely one to check out.
The second in Camera Obscura, here.
The story is nicely splattered with memorable peripheral details that though not directly part of the plot indirectly influence the mood of the story (or one’s reading of it), i.e. the heaven/hell bit during pre-surgery, the virus analogy the VP mentions (which echoes later in the form of Nikki’s mention of plagues/diseases), the spiderweb-trapped bird, the quirky mixing of ketchup with mustard. A somber and richly textured story.
Here’s another one about the Wolf’s Choice in Camera Obscura here.
Another story in which suicide plays a part is Peter Tieryas Liu’s “The Wolf’s Choice.” In the aftermath of his wife’s suicide, the protagonist undergoes plastic surgery so extensive that his family and co-workers no longer recognize him. After being laid off from his job Keith realizes that his efforts to change everything about himself have failed. Although he has a new face, nothing is different on the inside– he is still filled with the same loss and loneliness.
New Pages had this to say about Peter’s story, Gradients, in the Bitter Oleander, which you can read here.
Also the four pieces of short fiction included in this volume evoke unique “landscapes.” Peter Tieryas Liu’s “Gradients” presents the American-dream-in-reverse, as it focuses on a homeless community dwelling in an abandoned amusement park. The story surprises us also by revealing how much history and truth can be found through studying human excrement.
Thanks for taking a peek! More to come soon!