Interview with Mike Russell

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Hello, book pandas 🐼

Today I’m here with something completely different and new – INTERVIEW!

This is something big for me, because although it’s taken personally and you have no chance to get to know the person while talking, he still gave you some of his time.

After reading Nothing is strange, I don’t know why, but I decided to try and ask the author for interview. Mike gladly agreed to this. So here it is…

1. The passion for writing comes with the passion for reading. When and how you found the magic of the books? 

As a child I loved reading. I loved Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl. I then moved on to HG Wells, then Philip K Dick and Angela Carter, then Franz Kafka and Bruno Schultz. These are all writers who explore the mysteries of life and who enjoy the strange.

Mike Russell Author

‘Magic’ is a good word. If…

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Nothing is strange by Mike Russell

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I’m sorry I’m so slow at writing the reviews. I had a lot of obstacles at the beginning of the month, and to confess, I just a little dare to write and read. Last week I barely got to see the new episodes of Game of Thrones. The new ones! That’s from monday to monday. I’m addicted to one drama that I’ll probably tell you more about in the end of the month and on top of that BigHit won’t stop playing with my heart daily. (I know that you have no idea what i’m talking about, don’t worry, it’s better this way) But enough about that. It’s time to talk about books.

Nothing is strange is a book I won from Giveaway at least two months ago and read one. Why I write the review now? Don’t ask.

The book arrived with a small…

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Nothing is Strange – Mike Russell

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Published December 31st 2014 by StrangeBooks
Format: eBook
Author: Mike Russell
Genre: Short stories, fiction
Pages: 146
Star rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Opening line:

“Mr Spencer’s scones are legendary.”

Goodreads synopsis:

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

When I began reading this collection I was more than addicted to Mike Russell’s strange fiction. The title Nothing is Strange caught my attention more than anything because it seemed to contradict everything I had encountered so far since delving into this odd world of peculiar characters.

I thought ‘will these stories be somehow…less strange?‘ and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I shouldn’t…

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Review- Nothing is Strange

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Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell

4/5 stars

Genre: Science Fiction
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: December 31, 2015

25099252A man called Dunce who is bald with a pointed head, a couple who wishes that their genitals would fall off, and a clone who gets locked up in a shed, are all different types of people who make appearances in Nothing is Strange. The 20 short stories exist in their own fantastical lands that each have their own special laws of physics. What happens when right arms are nonexistent or the act of crying is never heard of? These things are just normal occurrences in Mike Russell’s writings.

Earlier this year, I was gifted a copy of Mike Russell’s other book, Strange Medicine. It was the first short collection in a long time that I actually enjoyed. I went into Nothing is Strange with…

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Book Review: Strange Medicine

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Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

Mike Russell is back to scramble your brains!! this time with tiny little stories…little pills, if you will, that are truly, truly, truly strange.

Reading this collection of short stories is very much like untying yourself from this world and losing sense of gravity, they all make enough sense to be human, but they mainly twist you upside down and leave you stuck to the ceiling with a confusing feeling in your stomach.

within 141 pages, Mike Russell tells 8 stories that all seem to have their own meaning, I feel that if you decipher them enough they are somewhat a cautionary tale…of what? maybe to step out of the normality? the meaning of the subject is in the eye of the beholder.

What I love about Russell’s writing is how detached it is. The characters describe objects to every inch/measurement, and they converse…

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Book Review: Clive Barker – Books of Blood Volumes 1-3

A Range of Reads

I started the summer by delving back into Clive Barker’s Books of Blood, a collection of short stories from early in Clive Barker’s career.

Clive Barker started out writing horror. His novella, The Hellbound Heart , went on to became the original Hellraiser film, which Barker himself wrote and directed. If you haven’t heard of the Hellraiser film series, you may be more familiar with it’s scary character, Pinhead.

Books of Blood were published in 1984-1985 a year or two before The Hellbound Heart. There are six volumes in total, however today they are generally available in two omnibus editions of volumes 1-3 and volumes 4-6. I haven’t read much of volumes 4-6, however I started reading volumes 1-3 back in 2006, this summer I had the urge to pick it off the shelf and revisit it.

I’m glad I did, Books of Blood is as compelling as when…

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