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The collection takes in the full scope of speculative fiction, from fairy tales (“Swan, Wild”, the story of a prince cursed with a swan’s wing and his quest for revenge) to horror (the dark secret in the attic in closing story “Latitude”, and shock opener “Roadkill”), to pure SF (“The Soft Spiral of a Collapsing Orbit”). The stories range in length; some are flash fiction, but I found the longer stories worked better to convey the many ideas the author is trying to put across – Pete Sutton is a charismatic and complicated writer, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with a novel.
Highlights for me – “Sailing Beneath the City”, which was a new one for me, a fantasy of a lost soul who consumes his own memories because they are too painful to bear, and which felt like it could and should be part of a much larger world that I wanted to explore. The previously mentioned and deliciously creepy-twisty “Latitude”, and “Thunder and Magpies”, a revenge story that doesn’t lose any impact from repeated telling.
One small note of frustration, there were a number of small but irritating errors in punctuation and odd formatting errors like random changes of font in the contents page, so perhaps the publishers need to look into fixing that for future editions of the book. That was annoying, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book particularly. Recommended for those who like their stories to be a bit more than just black and white…
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