“….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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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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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’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.
The 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?
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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.
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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