By Mike Russel
Print Length: 146 pages
Release Year: 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Short-Stories
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 3.88
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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. (Goodreads)
Special thanks to StrangeBooks for providing with a copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review.
Enter into the dadaistic mind of author Mike Russel with a collection of odd, whimsical, and straight-up strange stories. The writing, though at times simple, complements the overwhelming sense of surrealism that is heavily laced throughout this book. Many of the stories have obvious lessons, serving as parables that are hard-hitting and eye-opening.
I often describe readings as sitting for hours vividly hallucinating, and this book was the epitome of that description. The scenes and stories described come off as so simple but the image they paint in one’s mind is vivid, it’s almost like having one’s third eye ripped open to reveal the facts that everything is strange (and therefore, nothing is).
Of the twenty stories in this collection, my top five favourites, in order of appearance: The Miracle, Barry and the Triplets, Insensible Susan, Harry’s Quest, and The Living Crown. I must say though, reading this collection was quite refreshing as I found there were far fewer stories I disliked (almost none) in comparison to the one’s I enjoyed.
This book is a quick read– I read it in only an hour– and a surprisingly enjoyable one. I recommend it to those brave enough to face the strange.