Author – Mike Russell
Publisher – CreateSpace Independently Published
Genre – Short Stories/ Fantasy
Pages – 144
Format – Paperback
Release Date – 5th May 2016
Reviewer – Me AKA TheBookishHermit
My Review ⤵️
Here we have another set of strange and increasingly weird short stories, all with their very own hidden message and a strong dose of strange medicine!
Russell’s imagination clearly has no limits!
We begin with a strange tale about a chap called ‘Anthony Tobias Bradshaw’ who continues going to work every day even though the business that he worked for closed down twelve previously.
Then we have a story about a couple, it’s a love story of a different kind. After reading this one a few times I found several hidden messages within the sentences and it left me with a smile on my face. It’s a very clever story, one to be read slowly, allowing the imagination to take over!
I don’t want to give too much away so I’m not going to detail every story (there are eight altogether) but I must mention my favourite one from the collection and that is ‘The Spy’. This one is all about paranoia – at least that’s how it seems at first, a lady in a hospice is convinced that someone is continuously spying on her.
The short story actually gets very dark and emotional and I feel that the author may have injected something very personal into this one.
At first glance these stories might appear to some like the ramblings of someone under the influence of hallucinogens, but if you give them a chance and really read them properly, you will learn something. You will find comfort and understanding, you will feel your mind expanding, there will be questions to ponder and they may even encourage you to make some necessary changes in your life.
This is a brilliant book, written by a very clever man.
I would like to thank the author and publisher for sending me a copy of this book to read, enjoy and review!
About The Author ⤵️
Mike Russell was born in 1973. He grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England. As a child, he enjoyed daydreaming, art and writing strange stories. As an adult, he enjoys daydreaming, art and writing strange stories. Mike Russell was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from Falmouth University and a Master of Arts from the University of Central England. Mike Russell’s books have been described as Strange Fiction, Magical Realism, Surrealism, Weird Fiction, Weird Lit, Absurdist Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction, Fantasy Fiction… but he just likes to call them Strange Books.
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