Everything here is strange!
I wasn’t familiar with any of this author’s work before reading this book, but after reading through the entire book a couple of times and going back to a good few of the stories and thoroughly enjoying it, I will be checking out more from Mr. Mike Russel in the future.
I can’t say that I have ever read anything like this before and it’s a very difficult read to actually describe!
The first thing I noticed was that the book does not hold your hand, there is a certain amount of thinking involved when reading these beautiful and bizarre short stories, it’s all about reading between the lines to find the true meaning of each tale.
When reading a tale for the second and third time I found myself noticing other meanings. The book encourages the reader to use their imagination and fill in the gaps, thinking about what the story means to them.
Weird, Wonderful And Sometimes Enchanting!
The first story that really spoke to me was ‘Dunce’ – I picked up a couple of powerful messages in this one!
The next one I really enjoyed was ‘Barry and the triplets’ and also ‘Escape from the butchers shop’. By this point my brain was constantly searching for hidden meanings and this kept me reading. I couldn’t imagine what might come next!
Then ‘Extraordinary Elsie’ came along and brought a smile to my face, this little story is so beautiful in so many ways!
‘Insensible Susan’ Is also worthy of a mention, along with ‘Harry’s quest’.
The strange worlds this book took me to were so vivid and exciting, I would have loved the characters to explore more! Some of these short stories could be set ups for longer stories and if the author ever chooses to expand on these then I will certainly be checking it out!
I’m giving this a big 5 stars! It’s not very often that you pick up a book of short stories and get something out of every single one of them!
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Jay at strange books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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