Sunday, 26 January 2020

#Gifted: Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell - Book Review.



Nothing is strange?! Well I do believe I've been sold one hell of a lie here because this book is without a doubt, one of the strangest things I've ever read. I guess you shouldn't believe everything you read, eh? And yet, I found myself falling down the rabbit hole of weirdness.

Just a note, this is for older readers as there are sexual situations and reference throughout.

It's broken down into very short stories of no more than a few pages. It's crammed full of weirdness, higgeldy-piggeldy plots, wacky characters... It's down right bizarre.

My favourites are The Diaries of Sun City, Extraordinary Elsie an The Living Crown. I really loved them. So cleverly written. Something I noticed about this book is that nestled in amongst all the quirkiness, there's always a sentence that makes sense. A deeper, more meaningful phrase that concludes the story and brings the slightest bit of sense to the nonsensical.


I can only imagine my face when I was reading this book, I know I'd see it contort into all sorts of strange expressions. A lot of the time I found myself actually saying "what the...?"  or "erm... okay" out loud.


I said previously that it one of my goals for this year is to read books that are out of my comfort zone and I think this more than qualifies. It's so very strange and unusual. It has a uniqueness that I've not come across before and that's what makes it special.


Honestly, there isn't much more I can say about it, I'm still lost in the madness and my love of it.


Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell
Amazon paperback £4.99 
Pages: 145

Summary: Dip your toe into madness with this collection of wonderfully wacky short stories. Cleverly written and crammed full of weirdness, this book transports you to a world of strange. If you love all things bizarre then this is for you. And even if you dont, come over to the dark side, fall down the rabbit hole and revel in the "nonsense". 

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