Nothing is Strange by: Mike Russell
Published December 31, 2014 by StrangeBooks
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
I love the strange and the unusual! Nothing really surprises me these days because of what we see on the news…and YouTube – definitely YouTube. I like having to re-read something because I think I read one thing and think to myself that’s not right, but I go back and realize…oh I was right! What can I say? I have morbid and odd curiosity.
This is a collection of short stories are that just that – strange. But, wait! The title says ‘Nothing’ is strange, you say – you may not have said it out loud, but you said it to yourself.
It was difficult for me to pick which one I liked the most. I will say, some of them kind of had me going like…wait, what? Ha! I’ll say that a lot, if not about this book, it’ll be about others.
It’s hard for me to review a bunch of short stories, because I’m such a stickler for not revealing any spoilers. I’ve done one spoiler review, and I think it turned a little more into a rant than anything, so I’m trying to stay away from doing such reviews. One story does stand out more to me, The Diaries of Sun City. Each part starts off as a ‘Dear Diary’ entry and it just gets more interesting.
Don’t get me wrong, that’s not the only story in this collection worth mentioning. The first story, Cream Tea, kind of caught me off guard as I was like…oh boy, just eat some scones and you’ll be all right. Maybe. The End of Sex…yeah, I can’t say much for that but…like, what? HA! I told you!
I want to give thanks to the publishers/authors for reaching out to me and giving me the chance to read this strange and fun collection of stories for a review. These are fun and odd stories to read. They are not very long at all and just when you think one couldn’t get stranger than the other…well, don’t think that, just read them.
My life appeared strange because it was one way and not another. Only if it had been every possibility at once would it have not appeared strange. And that is what I am now: every possibility at once. And nothing is strange.