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Suna no Ue no Rakuen  
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A collection of four short stories.

Suna no Ue no Rakuen (砂の上の楽園)
Yoru no Mori no Soko ni (夜の森の底に)
Boku wa Tabi o Suru (僕は旅をする)
Ame ni Nareba ii (雨になればいい)

Chapter 1 is the 100-page title story. It's a supernatural fantasy tale about a man with one chance to escape from death, a mysterious woman he meets, and a tribe seeking to find its way back into Heaven.

Chapter 2 deals with the mystery of a man gone missing, and presumed dead.

Chapter 3 is a very short story about a couple in the mountains who pick up a strange guest.

Chapter 4 is a longer story about the traditions binding a family, those that would break away from them, and the dark secret that holds the family in sway.


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Associated Names
The Paradise on the Sand

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.4 by Storm in Heaven over 12 years ago
v.1 c.1b by Storm in Heaven over 12 years ago
v.1 c.1a by Storm in Heaven over 12 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Complete)

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User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (44 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.36 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 24th 2017, 8:13am PST



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Original Publisher

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Nemuki (Asahi Sonorama)

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Suna no Oe no Rakuen   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by luzzz
September 16th, 2008, 11:36pm
Ima Ichiko never fails to impress. This was a wonderful collection of short stories. Ima's stories always evoke a sense of tranquility, but they never feel slow-paced. My favourite would have to be Story 4, which reminds me of her other stellar work Hyakki Yakoushou. On the other hand, the weakest story would have to be the first one. Like the commenter said below, the political setting and the characters were under-developed, wihch meant that the ending was quite confusing. Nevertheless, the story was still a good read. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys mysteries, horror or fantasy, or is a fan of Ima's other works.

... Last updated on November 24th, 2008, 11:31pm
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Not too bad at all...   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by VampireBanana
June 9th, 2008, 9:23pm
Hmmm... the stories were all quite entertaining. My only complaint is that Story 1 would have worked out better if it'd been fleshed out over a volume or 2 instead as befitting of a good political story. As it is, there was too much information overload and the plot like the political circumstances and intrigue and characters were a little wobbly, thus resulting in slightly choppy pacing.

... Last updated on June 9th, 2008, 9:31pm
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Great first story   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Divina=^.^=
November 24th, 2017, 8:09am
Have to disagree with the previous two reviews: In my eyes not only was the first story perfectly compressible within the space given, but it was also the most enjoyable and interesting of the collection. The twist was thoroughly well written and nicely surprising. My score is lower based on the remaining stories, out of which only the last one had some merit, but it too suffers from the same problem as the rest: Reliance on cheap thrills to hide the lack of content. In short, the remaining three stories can be best summarized as the kind of scary story teenagers would share around a campfire in the summer. If that's what you're looking for, go for it. If not, stick with the great first story.
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