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Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass

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Welcome to Mewlish Lull - the sort of town you pass through on your way to somewhere else without even noticing it exists. This debut collection of short fiction presents a bizarre portrait of a world just to the left of reality. In twelve stories and with a cast of oddball characters, through the most absurd of comedies, the darkest of nightmares and those quiet moments o ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 19th 2010 by Troubador Publishing
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Bookworm Sean
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Silent Bombs falling on Green Grass is a very different collection of short stories. When I say different, I mean; strange, unusual and bizarre. This is not a negative comment, quite the contrary, it is a positive one. I found the narrative compelling and the stories entertaining. Each one is unique but they are connected by their setting: a town called Mewlish Lull.

Mewlish Lull in all appearance is a normal town. It’s unremarkable and just another standard town on the map. Unti
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Dolly Delightly
Jun 05, 2011 Dolly Delightly rated it liked it
Russell Mardell makes me laugh. Firstly, as someone who is very funny. But, secondly, and more importantly, as a writer. This is significant, because funny people aren’t always funny on paper. Mardell is. He says his “shit social skills” is why he “became a writer.” He’s being modest. He also says he imagines I swear a lot. He’s right. In fact, I lost count of the number of times I animatedly exclaimed “f***” while reading his work. Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass is Mardell’s first book, a ...more
Renee
Jul 08, 2011 Renee rated it it was amazing
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Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass is, simply put, the best book I have read in as far back as I can remember.

I'll admit that it took me several sittings to make it through the first 20 or so pages. Everything about them seemed a little wrong, including the way the words fit together on the page. It was almost uncomfortably foreign but in the long run that made it even more intriguing. I'm the kind of reader who tends to plow through a book, skipping anything that doesn't seem pertinent. With
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Martin Belcher
Jun 16, 2011 Martin Belcher rated it it was amazing
Russell has created a book of twelve very strange but compelling stories interconnected to the weird town of Mewlish Lull.

My favourites are "Farringdon", a story of a man called Joe visiting London and disappearing down the tube to find himself trying to avoid eye contact with fellow travellers on a packed Circle Line Underground train whilst trying his best to follow a hilarious training manual "London Queue Etiquette & Tube Law" by Corporal Billings. Its ending is quite unexpected!

"Four
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Anna-louise
Oct 30, 2011 Anna-louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favourites
Ok so where to start? The beginning is probably good I suppose. So from the outset I loved this, the first story is on a level with how I think and this is indeed rare! Usually my way of thinking is kept behind a fake smile and sometimes a nod.

So I was happily reading until I get to Four Doors Down this is where I decided to hate the writer for making me think so bloody much! Never has a man done so and I wasn't a fan! Anyway i decided to get over it and found that this is a thought provoking w
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Hilary
I was given this book by the author, Russell Mardell, when he had an extra left from the Goodreads First-reads giveaway. So, I suppose I won this one through the give-away. Once more, I am extremely happy that I had a chance to read this book.

The comment on the back reads "Long live misanthropy!" and the book is comprised of twelve short-stories that take place in a "town a bit to the left of reality." Mewlish Lull, said town, is indeed just a bit to the left of reality. The stories occupy the s
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Thomas Walsh
Mar 18, 2012 Thomas Walsh rated it it was amazing
I enjoy discovering new Authors and often 'delve into the unknown' by purchasing recommendations from a couple of Book lover sites I regularly visit and review on - GoodReads being a favourite.
Anyway, this particular book struck me as different as it is a book of short stories. I am used to reading (and sometimes struggling with!) longer novels. The idea of having a book I could dip into, read a story and then dip back into at varying intervals appealed for many reasons.
I was not disappointed!!
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Liz at Fictional Candy
Jul 02, 2012 Liz at Fictional Candy rated it really liked it
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Before I began reading this story, I knew this book would be unlike anything I’ve read thus far. And I was completely correct in that assumption.

First, the cover. I’m in love with this cover. So many covers have such hard lines, such defined themes, that this one really is something that is going to make you think. You have to look at it to figure out all of the shapes. The vagueness of it all is just beautiful. And then you open the book and start to read.

Silent Bombs Falling On Green Grass c
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Deana
Aug 16, 2012 Deana rated it it was amazing
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Silent Bombs falling on Green grass is a wonderfully peculiar collection of twelve short stories that center around the small town of Mewlish Lull, a place I don’t know that I would ever want to visit. I want to use phrases like misanthropically quirky, offensively clever and weirdly engrossing to describe this book. I can honestly say that it is unlike anything you have ever read. It is a wonderfully dark and funny collection of stories that will leave you wondering what odd little world you ha ...more
Adlad
May 30, 2011 Adlad rated it it was amazing
Tired of the "run of the mill" books I have read of late (usally Crime and a bit of Si Fi), I decided to give this one a try after being recomended by a friend - Wow what a great read!
Once it gets started and you get into the characters you find youself lost in the strange world of Mewlish Mull, a place where you want to keep reading and reading and turn the pages quickly with anticipation of whats is going to happening next.
Its not often you get ingrossed in a book that makes your pulse incre
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Jennifer
Dec 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
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Sam
Won this on a Goodreads giveaway.

Well, what can I say about this rather odd and peculiar collection of short stories. In all honesty I don't think I could even tell you what happened in all of them, some of them yes but not all of them. But each does give a sense of something a little deeper, something a little better, even despite the occasional sense of horror, doom, dread, general unease, humour and amusement that a good number of the stories provokes. These stories will mean different things
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Marie
Oct 28, 2012 Marie rated it liked it
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Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass sounded like a different book so I decided to enter the first-reads giveaway and to my suprise I was a winner! This book is a series of short stories about a variety of characters living in Mewlish Lull, a unique town. It was an interetsing read.
Jenny
Feb 01, 2015 Jenny rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
The book contains stories surrounding a place called Mewlish Lull where creepy to criminal things happen. Some of the stories were entertaining, but others were dull to me.
*I received this book through goodreads giveaway*
David Richardson
Nov 26, 2011 David Richardson rated it liked it
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I received this book for free from the Goodreads first-read giveaway. Some of these stories are really weird but most are pretty good.
Morisca Cristian
Dec 30, 2012 Morisca Cristian rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading it. I recommend it. I got this book through Goodreads First Reads.
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Russell is a novelist, playwright, producer and sometime director based in the south west of England.

His first published book was Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass a collection of twelve weird and wonderful short stories centered around the town of Mewlish Lull. His follow up Stone Bleeding is a dark dystopian satire of reality TV and celebrity culture. More recently he has published Bleeker Hil
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