On the Banks of the River of Heaven

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On the Banks of the River of Heaven presents fourteen stories by Richard Parks, an "unrepentant storyteller," according to Locus Magazine. In his third collection, you'll find stories about a ghoul with an identity crisis; a girl who can be anyone she wants except herself; a woman from heaven and a man very much from earth; gardening tips from hell; ten aspects of a goddess all searching for one wayward husband, and many other thrilling wonders.
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Overview

On the Banks of the River of Heaven presents fourteen stories by Richard Parks, an "unrepentant storyteller," according to Locus Magazine. In his third collection, you'll find stories about a ghoul with an identity crisis; a girl who can be anyone she wants except herself; a woman from heaven and a man very much from earth; gardening tips from hell; ten aspects of a goddess all searching for one wayward husband, and many other thrilling wonders.
With his light touch and imaginative storytelling, Parks takes readers into the past as well as the future, to lands foreign as well as nearby, and from matters sublime to ones familiar (but never trivial or predictable). One of the most versatile fantasists of his generation, for Parks it is never style over the substance (or the other way around) - it is always a seamless melding of both.

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Publishers Weekly
Gods, mortals, and entities somewhere in between provide provocative reflections on human nature in this breezy collection of 14 fantasy stories. In "The Finer Points of Destruction," a divorced man caught in the crossfire between the Hindu goddess Kali Ma and her estranged husband, Shiva, draws on his marriage counseling skills to heal their wounds and his own. In "The Twa Corbies, Revisited," a flesh-eating ghoul ponders the nature of his ghoulishness and comes to a better understanding of the human being he once was. The title story is a delightful folktale meditation on the mysteries of love and friendship. Parks (Hereafter, and After) relates these tales in a lyrical style that is sympathetic without being sentimental, straddling the boundary between the realistic and the romantic. (Dec.)
Library Journal
In the title story, characters from Japanese mythology face a dilemma as the wrath of the Rain God separates a pair of Celestial lovers and Otter must solve their problem. A young man learns the difficult truth behind his father's profession in "The Man Who Carved Skulls." The 14 stories in this collection, many with Asian themes, demonstrate the distinctive storytelling abilities by the author of The Ogre's Wife. VERDICT At once filled with restraint and passion, Parks's stories, some previously published in magazines, should delight short fiction lovers and belong in most libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607012269
  • Publisher: Prime Books LLC
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Fables of Truth!

    I love reading the stories in Richard Parks' collection. Each one is somehow fantastical and magical and yet . . . carries a truth that is worth considering. I can't think of a more delightful way to spend 15 minutes than a careful reading of one of the stories in 'On the Banks of the River of Heaven.' A good place to be.

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