Suspended Sentences by Mark Mcwatt

Suspended Sentences

Mark Mcwatt

Some great short stories here. The extract is from the one called Sky but they were all quite different with a wonderful sense of place and time. The collection has an old-fashioned almost period feel about it which I really enjoyed.

Extract

I wander around a bit while the plane is unloaded, delight in wading at the edge of the dark river, watching my toes turn red in the amber shallows and remembering many such rivers in my childhood ... I look out further into the river and spot a lone kingfisher gliding swiftly inches above the water, re-stitching the seam between river and sky.

Parallels
  • Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Kiss, Kiss by Roald Dahl

Books with similar mood

Air

Geoff Ryman

Peacocks Dancing

Sharon Maas

Why We Took the Car

Wolfgang Herrndorf

A Time of Angels

Patricia Schonstein

Minotaur in Love

Fraser Harrison

Good News, Bad News

David Wolstencroft

The Temple of Optimism

James Fleming

The Infatuations

Javier Marias

We Are All Made of Glue

Marina Lewycka

The Keep of Fire

Mark Anthony

The Curry Mile

Zahid Hussain

Yuki Chan in Bronte Country

Mick Jackson

Paradise Salvage

John Fusco

Darkest Fear

Harlan Coben

Running Rings

John McLaren

One More Thing

B J Novak

Pure

Andrew Miller

Guarding Maggie

Ellen McCarthy

The Art Thief

Noah Charney

The Apologist

Jay Rayner

Of Marriageable Age

Sharon Maas

Turbulent Priests

Colin Bateman

People of the Book

Geraldine Brooks

The Left-handed Booksellers of London

Garth Nix

Welcome to Lagos

Chibundu Onuzo

Sleeper

Paul Adam

Last Orders at Harrods

Michael Holman

The Testimony of Taliesin Jones

Rhidian Brook

Mona In The Promised Land

Gish Jen

Alif the Unseen

G Willow Wilson

Rant

Alfie Crow

The Farm

Joanne Ramos

Hunters in the Dark

Lawrence Osborne

Lightborn

Tricia Sullivan

The Swansong of Wilbur McCrum

Bronia Kita

Harry, Revised

Mark Sarvas

A Moth at the Glass

Mogue Doyle

Newton's Wake: A Space Opera

Ken Macleod

The Stockholm Octavo

Karen Engelmann

Lunatics, Lovers and Poets

Daniel Hahn & Margarita Valencia (eds)

Little Egypt

Lesley Glaister

Jubilate

Michael Arditti

The Shadow of a Smile

Kachi A Ozumba

Look We Have Coming to Dover!

Daljit Nagra

The Night Watch

Sergei Lukyanenko

Prince of Ayodhya

Ashok Banker

Everyday Eclipses

Roger McGough

At Ruby's

Frank Delaney

The Janissary Tree

Jason Goodwin