Book Review: Nothing Is Strange by Mike Russell

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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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Book Review: Strungballs by Mike Russell

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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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Book Review: Strange Secrets

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Hey guys,

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)

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Author: Mike Russell

Genre: contemporary/Satire

Rating: 3.5 Stars

pages:156

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

the puppeteer

Arnolds melting foot

Missing persons

reality

The forest

Maps.

Strange

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Book Review: Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

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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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Nothing Is Strange-Mike Russell Book Review

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.

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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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Book Review: Strange Secrets

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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?

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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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Strange Secrets By Mike Russell (Review)

Allow me to pose a question to you dear readers. If a tree falls in the middle of a forest and there’s no-one there to hear it, does it still make a sound? What if that forest is filled with horse-chestnut trees? What if it was oak? Can you hear my voice ask these questions? Even though you’re reading my words on a screen. How do I sound? Squeaky? Husky? How does sound exist if there is no one around to hear it? How does anything exist if no one is there to witness it? Is your brain melting into a big puddle of slop just thinking about all these questions? Me too, let’s breathe and have a cuppa. That’s better. Prepare yourself for I have an extraordinary read to share with you.

I am extremely delighted to be reviewing on the blog today Strange Secrets By Mike Russell

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Strange Secrets

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A Collection of stories by Mike Russell

Description: 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 marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell’s third short-story collection.

Okay! Wow. I forgot how his stories make me feel!! They truly mess with your mind, in the best way possible! Your sense of reality gets thrown out the window and all of a sudden you’re on a journey of complete and utter perfect insanity! It’s absolutely thrilling! The stories are uniquely strange and enthralling. They’re eerie and captivating. Once you start reading the stories you can’t stop! I think I shall…

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Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

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“….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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