Book Review: Nothing Is Strange by Mike Russell

Long term readers of Joyful Antidotes will remember the weird and wacky stories of Mike Russell: Strungballs and Strange Medicine. I’m back today with a collection of even quirkier stories from the man himself.

Nothing Is Strange* by Mike Russell is a collection of twenty short stories that bring the reader on inspiring, magical and unique journeys.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Mike is as wacky as ever! This is my third offering from the author and I still haven’t been able to figure out what goes on inside his head. That’s a good thing, in my opinion, as it meant that I could take whatever I wanted from the stories.

My favourite stories were Dunce and The Meeting. Dunce was smart on many different levels. It touched on the fact that humans wouldn’t cry if they understood what was going on and also that love looks beyond flaws. The Meeting was a very sweet story which ran with the theme that being with someone can stop the pain of loneliness.

I’m not going to lie and write I got something from every story because some went right over my head. However, I was still able to enjoy them somehow as the scenes were easy to visualise. Also, the ‘out there’ themes of Nothing Is Strange were easier to digest in smaller forms. However, this book is not for everyone but if you like the crazier part of life, then it is definitely worth checking out.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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  1. Ooh this certainly sounds a bit different, which is no bad thing! Always fun writing a review when you’re not entirely sure what happened in the book! Great review!

  2. I love a short story collection and this one sounds, unusual shall we say! I think I will try and check it out at my local library!

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