Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

Dyslexic Reader

I was asked to read and review Strange Medicine by Jay at Strangebooks, for a fair and honest review.

Strange Medicine is a selection of short stories from the strange mind of Mike Russell.

The Titles for the stories are;

  • Flock
  • Seventy-Two Bricks
  • Telephone
  • Mime
  • Mr Dennis and the universe
  • The Spy
  • Brain
  • Shish

My favorite of the short stories is Brain about a man the lives his life all about rationality, and it the end life is more than rationality. The stories are not long but they way that they are written conveys the evolution of the character.

I like reading Mike Russell books you never known which direction they will take, and they make me think more about the meaning of the stories.

I give this book 4 out of 5

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Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

Little Things Big Difference

“….there are a distressing number of people who wish to deceive you into believing things that are not real,into things that are supposedly invisible…do not be fooled…”- PG69 of 📚 Strange Medicine by Mike Russell.➡️I was pretty skeptical when I first received the email from Jay Snelling @jay9813 to review this book 📚 “Strange Medicine”,as I have never felt fervently for any sort of fantasy/surreal reads. I wondered if I would ever be able to comprehend the read 📖 or interpret a review 📝 based on my understanding. After more than a month of scrutinizing this read, I can finally say that Strange Medicine has officially started me on a quest for more fantasy reads! Strange Medicine comprises of 8 eccentric short stories. Published by an Indie press based in Brighton,England, these stories are written whimsically,whereby the endings are all very much unforeseen. My favorite of all was of course…

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Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell @strangebookseye

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

20 mind-expanding short stories.
Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing, unique… all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell so put on your top hat, open your third eye and enjoy: Nothing Is Strange

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is my second book by this author, the first being Strange Medicine. Both books are very similar in respect of they have short sharp story blasts of pure weird and utterly crazy brilliance. There is nothing like them, none that you could possibly say I have read something similar before, just uniqueness. It is like watching mime but in writing, I just couldn’t take my eyes from the pages because I felt I would miss something if I did.

Some stories are very sad, or they feel like a never-ending circle that you know will just go on after…

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Cycle of Verse

Here’s a poem by H.P. Lovecraft. I hope you find it inspiring 🙂 I don’t see his poems shared or discussed as much as his stories, but I think they’re great. Let me know what you think.

I. Oceanus

Sometimes I stand upon the shore
Where ocean vaults their effluence pour,
And troubled waters sigh and shriek
Of secrets that they dare not speak.
From nameless valleys far below,
And hills and plains no man may know,
The mystic swells and sullen surges
Hint like accursed thaumaturges
A thousand horrors, big with awe,
That forgotten ages saw.
O salt, salt winds, that bleakly sweep
Across the barren heaving deep;
O wild, wan waves, that call to mind
The chaos Earth hath left behind;
Of you I ask one thing alone—
Leave, leave your ancient lore unknown!
II. Clouds

Of late I climb’d a lonely height
And watch’d the moon-streak’d clouds in flight,
Whose forms fantastic reel’d and whirl’d
Like genii of a spectral world.
Thin cirri veil’d the silv’ry dome
And waver’d like the ocean foam,
While shapes of darker, heavier kind
Scudded before a daemon wind.
Methought the churning vapours took
Now and anon a fearsome look,
As if amidst the fog and blur
March’d figures known and sinister.
From west to east the things advanc’d—
A mocking train that leap’d and danc’d
Like Bacchanals with joined hands
In endless file thro’ airy lands.
Aerial mutt’rings, dimly heard,
The comfort of my spirit stirr’d
With hideous thoughts, that bade me screen
My sight form the portentous scene.
“Yon fleeing mists,” the murmurs said,
“Are ghosts of hopes, deny’d and dead.”
III. Mother Earth

One night I wander’d down the bank
Of a deep valley, hush’d and dank,
Whose stagnant air possess’d a taint
And chill that made me sick and faint.
The frequent trees on ev’ry hand
Loom’d like a ghastly goblin band,
And branches ‘gainst the narrowing sky
Took shapes I fear’d—I knew not why.
Deeper I plung’d, and seem’d to grope
For some lost thing as joy or hope,
Yet found, for all my searchings there,
Naught save the phantoms of despair.
The walls contracted as I went
Still farther in my mad descent,
Till soon, of moon and stars bereft,
I crouch’d within a rocky cleft
So deep and ancient that the stone
Breath’d things primordial and unknown.
My hands, exploring, strove to trace
The features of the valley’s face,
When midst the gloom they seem’d to find
An outline frightful to my mind.
Not any shape my straining eyes,
Could they have seen, might recognize;
For what I touch’d bespoke a day
Too old for man’s fugacious sway.
The clinging lichens moist and hoary
Forbade me read the antique story;
But hidden water, trickling low,
Whisper’d the tales I should not know.

“Mortal, ephemeral and bold,
In mercy keep what I have told,
Yet think sometimes of what hath been,
And sights these crumbling rocks have seen;
Of sentience old ere thy weak brook
Appear’d in lesser magnitude,
And living things that yet servive,
Tho’ not to human ken alive.
I AM THE VOICE OF MOTHER EARTH,
FROM WHENCE ALL HORRORS HAVE THEIR BIRTH.”

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#Author Interview – Mike Russell #TuesdayBookBlog @strangebookseye

I’m delighted to welcome author, Mike Russell to have a chat about his books, writing life, and being an astronaut…maybe…one day! Over to Mike.

Mike Russell AuthorThe Fun Stuff

What part of the world do you come from?

The south of England in the UK. I currently live in Brighton with my girlfriend and two cats.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

First an astronaut, then a pig-farmer, then a writer. I am very happy to be fulfilling the writing dream. I am now a vegetarian so I won’t be fulfilling the pig-farming dream any time soon, though a pet pig might be nice. As far as being an astronaut… there’s still time.

List three words to describe yourself.

Alive, creative, hopeful.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Hmmm… I don’t know but it would have to be a comedy.

What’s your favourite snack food when writing?

Tea…

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#BookReview (4 stars) – Strange Medicine, by Mike Russell @strangebookseye #shortstories

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Blurb:

We recommend the following prescription: Strange Medicine – weird and wonderful stories for all that ails you. Strange Medicine is a fantastic collection of extraordinary tales of transformation by UK weird-fiction author Mike Russell. If you love the strange, surreal and unusual or if you are just looking for something different, Strange Medicine is for you.

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My Review:

Strange Medicine is a collection of eight short stories, although a couple are longer than the others, in particular, MIME, which is 25% of the entire book. Hmm, how to describe these stories? Strange, would be a good start. A part of me actually expected these to have more of a horror slant to them, but that might have more to do with most of the short stories I’ve read in the past being horror. These are not horror. These are bizarre, weird and strangely intriguing. All the stories are well…

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