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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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I wouldn’t say that I am necessarily fussy when it comes to reading and I certainly would give anything I try. If you had asked me a month or so ago if I had read every type of book there is, I would have likely answered ‘yes’ (although exaggerated). That was until I came across Strungballs and realised there is a whole new level of book genres just waiting for me to explore.
Strungballs by Mike Russell may be one of the strangest books out there. It follows the story of Sydney, a ten-year-old boy who is about to have his first cube of flesh removed. The flesh will be placed with the flesh of the city’s other inhabitants in a big sphere used to protect them from the “Others”. Sydney will receive a Strungball, a red ball on white string, as a replacement for the flesh…
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Today i would be reviewing Strange Secrets, the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. So thank you author-san ( and Secretary- san too)
Author: Mike Russell
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Recommended age: 15+
Blurb from Goodreads:
Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. ‘It can’t be real.’ ‘But it is.’ Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvelous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realized stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell’s third short-story collection.
This was certainly one of the most unique books i have ever read. The book has seven stories.
The constantly empty pool
Arnolds melting foot
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Isn’t it always nice to receive an old friend? Today, I am happy to have Mike Russell, formerly of myStrungballs review, backon Joyful Antidotes.
The latest offering from weird-fiction author Mike is Strange Medicine, a collection of weird and wonderful short stories.
What can I say only that Mike is as wacky as ever! In the most charming way possible, of course. This collection of stories brought some light into my life while reading them and I was utterly enthralled by what goes on inside this author’s head. The stories made me smile but, most importantly, they made me think. As was the case with Strungballs, I can’t admit having known what was going on all the time but that is ok. I really worked my brain analysing possible underlying themes and often came to my own conclusion’s, meaning I got what I wanted from the…
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I was given this book in exchange for an honest review
Once again I swan dive into the depths of the strange and alluring world of Mike Russell. I chat with satisfaction, have a little dance with paranoia and dine with diversity over a roof top view of the universe. Prepare to have you mind blown, literally. You will find pieces of your brain scattered beautifully upon the page. It’s quite liberating, to expand the mind and turn those cogs manually for once. To see behind the facade of everyday life, ask those questions and open Pandora’s box.
Thank you to the amazing people at Strangebooks for this opportunity to review Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell. As always it is a pleasure to work with such a bunch of talented people. Hats off to you. Seriously, if you haven’t checked them out you should. Discover a strange…
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Strange Secrets by Mike Russell is a collection of seven short stories which invites you to discover the magical and the marvelous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realized stories will take you to places you have never been before.
Like his previous work, I loved reading these short stories. The stories have crazy plotlines, for example, what if one day the puppet becomes the puppeteer or whatif you come across a pool which pulls out your reflection in flesh and bones?
You will feel like the cat in this image but in a good way. During the course of reading every story, your mind is in a state of constant wonder as to what to expect next. These stories are completely unpredictable and keep you on the edge of your seat. The stories make no sense per se but dependent on what the reader is able…
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