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Analysis by David Johnson “The Good Dale is in the Lodge, and He Can’t Leave” In 2006, near Washington, D.C., I went to a reading and discussion David Lynch was giving around his first book, “Catching the Big Fish.” The reading itself was extremely, comically short—just one or two brief sentences. But the Q and […]
Strungballs is an extraordinary novella from Strange Books author Mike Russell. What are Strungballs? Ten-year-old Sydney is about to find out… but first he must have a cube of his flesh removed. Sydney will transgress everything he was taught to believe in when he embarks upon a journey that will reveal the astonishing secrets hidden by the red balls on white strings known only as… Strungballs. Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing, unique… all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell. Remember: Once a Strungball is inserted it must never be removed.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Having already experienced Mike Russell’s stories, I began this one with an open mind and smile. I knew before I started reading that it would be like nothing I have read before, even his first book and yep after…
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Strungballs by Mike Russell
This book by Mike Russell is another short story. It’s a great read for those who want a short, exciting read (and for those like me who didn’t want to commit to another Games of Thrones book right away…).
This book is weird, if I put it lightly. The thought of a strungball was not something I have ever dreamed up in my life, but Mike Russell somehow thought this up and created a story about it! It’s unique and enticing to me when someone can create such interesting thoughts, which is why I enjoyed this book.
Getting to see this unique and different world through out main character’s eyes was great! It’s kind of sci-fi/dystopian-esque, which would be great for readers who are interested in those topics! It’s such a utopia that it’s a dystopia…those books are always interesting!
The book is so precise, and…
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Twin Peaks is one of the most unique television shows to have ever aired. Created by avant-garde film director David Lynch and Hill Street Blue writerMark Frost, the show quickly proved to be unlike anything ever seen before on the small screen, boasting a supernatural murder mystery/soap opera that blended horror, tragedy, comedy and surrealism while set in a town full of mysterious and interesting individuals. The show is considered by many to be one of the founders of the Golden Age of Television, even preceding The Sopranos in terms of showing what the medium of television is capable of.
The opening intro does a good job at establishing the overall tone of the series. We begin with a shot of a bird, before transitioning to the grinding of machinery throughout a factory, and eventually a shot of a waterfall. There’s no explanation, no indictation of the show’s main…
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Long term readers of Joyful Antidotes will remember the weird and wacky stories of Mike Russell: Strungballs and Strange Medicine. I’m back today with a collection of even quirkier stories from the man himself.
Nothing Is Strange* by Mike Russell is a collection of twenty short stories that bring the reader on inspiring, magical and unique journeys.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Mike is as wacky as ever! This is my third offering from the author and I still haven’t been able to figure out what goes on inside his head. That’s a good thing, in my opinion, as it meant that I could take whatever I wanted from the stories.
My favourite stories were Dunce and The Meeting. Dunce was smart on many different levels. It touched on the fact that humans wouldn’t cry if they understood what was going on and also that…
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Today’s doodle is Giorgio de Chirico’s Ed Ecco Un Trono Stava Nel Cielo (And Here A Throne Was In Heaven).