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Paradise Tales: and Other Stories Paperback – July 12, 2011
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New York Times
In the best of Ryman’s fiction, the world unfolds in ways that are at once astonishing and thoroughly thought out, both radically disorienting and emotionally powerful.”
Gary K. Wolfe, Locus
Often contemplative and subtly ironic, the 16 stories in this outstanding collection work imaginative riffs on a variety of fantasy and SF themes.... Readers of all stripes will appreciate these thoughtful tales.”
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Top Customer Reviews
"Paradise Tales" is a collection of short stories. They are not sketches but portraits that service their concepts and their characters with as much rigor and irony (note the title) as his longer works. But necessarily, rather than depicting the entire journey, each depicts a stage: departure, arrival, or transition. This makes the book a breathtaking, lurching roller-coaster ride, where one never knows in which direction the characters are heading or if any individual situation will end in hope or horror. If a Ryman novel is like major surgery, a Ryman short story is like being stabbed.
Needless to say, the blade is sharper and gleams brighter than any other out there. And one should probably stay away from great science fiction or indeed literature if one treasures one's hide.