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Nothing Is Strange Paperback – December 31, 2014
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"Nothing Is Strange is a solid collection of surreal and absurd stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants something unusual to read." -CulturedVultures
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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.
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I found they were not strange just for strangeness's sake, and they are often funny. Some times maybe too much was tried to create a metaphor, when the reader's subconsciousness could have finished the job. The efficiency of short phrases and chapters was mostly good although at times I wished the story to go on. I would love the illustrate this kind of literature!
Summary of the Book:
Inside this little tome is a big and bold selection of short stories. As the reader you will visit many abstract places where people are dealing with real life problems, emotions and triumphs. We meet a gentleman who lives on the sun. A couple in search of their true love. A man from the red house who meets a girl from the blue house. A man who happens upon triplets. An extraordinary audience who meet and extraordinary lady. And many more. This is a bite sized book guaranteed to make you consider grief, love, wonder, existential being and death. Refreshingly different and easy to digest.
There is not a massive amount of book here to review, but what we get inside Nothing Is Strange is insightful, impactful and meaningful.
There are 20 short stories available to the reader inside. They are to be considered very short as they only range between 4 and 11 pages. This provides testament to the impact as MR is able to make a sizeable impression in so few words. Not every reader will understand or appreciated all 20 stories. I believe that is the point as MR has covered so many themes within that everyone can relate to a portion of his writing,
I made plenty of notes using words like surreal, obscure and eccentric. NIS is all those things but I did not come out the other side baffled, I just wanted to read some more of MR's stories. My main criticism would be the length of the short stories is some times frustrating when you just get invested or it becomes clear what is going on behind the scenes before it cuts off and you have to start all over again. This leaves some of the stories unsatisfying. My favourite part was that it challenged me, made me consider meanings and ideas outside of my usual comfort zone and that is something I beg for in a book.
Overall I recommend this to all, check it out, get your mind blown a little and then head back to the comfort of your favourite genre :)
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