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Nothing Is Strange

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  72 reviews
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
Paperback, 146 pages
Published December 31st 2014 by StrangeBooks
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Emm - Stories for Ghouls If nothing was actually strange, I suppose the strange would be normality. If everything was normal I suppose it would be strange. Existence…moreIf nothing was actually strange, I suppose the strange would be normality. If everything was normal I suppose it would be strange. Existence therefore, would implode upon itself out of frustration with its own contradictions. I feel like if you wrote a book trying to explain the universe to itself, though, it would just implode faster.(less)

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Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this paperback book from Strange Books in exchange for an honest review.

Nothing is Strange is the first collection of short stories by Mike Russell. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to read this weird and wonderful collection after having enjoyed his work in Strange Medicine. In this collection, we get to see a wider variety of his style with twenty stories. I liked all of the stories featured here, but my favorites are "The Warehouse", "The Meeting", "Barry and the
Nancy Oakes
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this absolute gem of a little book yesterday afternoon and sort of just floated through it, in a good way. There are twenty stories in this small book, obviously very short (it's only 144 pages long) but definitely powerful. What I discovered is that while reading, I could actually visualize the author's bizarre characters and settings in my head and it was sort of like walking through a gallery of surrealist paintings. That's the best way I can describe it -- I wasn't blessed with t ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to the author for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review :)

I enjoyed this! It was a really quick, quirky read; I was so immersed in it that I actually didn’t realize there were 20 stories until looking back on the synopsis after I read it. It seems crazy to think about there being that many now because the whole thing just flew by.

Of the 20, my favourites were The Miracle, Barry & the Triplets, Lesley Visits the Barbers, and The Living Crown. If I had to choose m
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Well that was some mighty fine false advertising, it says on the cover that "Nothing is Strange" that is complete hooey! Everything in this book is strange, I really need to start reading the back of books before I start them, just to give myself a bit of warning for what I'm getting myself into.

The stories are wonderful, some of the most bizarre things I've ever read, I've no idea what kind of mad man Mike Russell is, but he has to be pretty crazy to come up with these stories. Each story star
Emm - Stories for Ghouls
Nothing is Strange is an illicit, dairy-based love affair between synthetic dreams and the sensors and nerves of your eyes. It is nutritious but decadent written chocolate.
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to concentrate paper and idea into a human, for this would be the most intriguing one to chat with. But being your typical homunculus, it would probably be flawed somewhere vital and mope about mourning its own existence for always, and wouldn’t want to chat at all.

Nothing is perfect as a short
Rebecca Gransden
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a great selection of shorts. Russell works away in the background like a mystical trickster, the stories full of surreal imagery but somehow twisting them into the more plausible reading of reality.

Reading this collection reminded me of those first rushes of intellectual expansion that you own as an individual, and you spend too much time conjecturing on the nature of reality and everything is mind-blowing. What if instead of this everything was this? But then this was really this! Whoah! T
Katja Vartiainen
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
The first book I read on my Kindle. Very pleasant. This book is fascinating. Strange short stories, which I realized at some point reminded me of Indian puranas, those lovely stories of Ganesha and co. Myths, which reveal a bigger truth. I don't know if that was the goal of the author, but it is a hard one - to write contemporary myths. Or maybe one could say these stories were like zen koans a bit, to bring one to a realization. Or if you don't want to dig so deep, call them surrealist to pleas ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable fast read. Short quirky stories of the weirdest kind. Highly entertaining.
Melissa Graham
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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Nothing Is Strange is one of the strangest books I have ever read in my life. That is not to say it's badly written, but you truly have to suspend reality to get through most of these short stories. They are not your average plot-driven stories but a series of short, weird, snippets of strange things happening to strange people.

The Pros:

1. The cover image. This, in my opinion, is one of the best, most creative, and eye-catching covers I've seen on a self-published book. This should be given as
Susan Hampson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my second book by this author, the first being Strange Medicine. Both books are very similar in respect of they have short sharp story blasts of pure weird and utterly crazy brilliance. There is nothing like them, none that you could possibly say I have read something similar before, just uniqueness. It is like watching mime but in words, I just couldn’t take my eyes from the pages because I felt I would miss something if I did.
Some stories are very sad, or they feel like a never-ending
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Nothing is Strange is a collection of short stories that explore the strange and unusual. Although it is a bizarro book, it is definitely something beginner readers of the genre will appreciate and enjoy. As someone who has read her fair share of bizarro, I liked this collection, but I did think (as I did with Strange Medicine) that the stories could have been better realized if they were longer. Otherwise, the collection is short a ...more
William Aicher
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story
Don't believe the title. In this book, EVERYTHING is strange. And it's absolutely marvelous. A collection of very short stories by Mike Russell, Everything Is Strange comes across as a kind of mix of Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone, but still something else altogether.

In my experience, writing a weird story isn't all that difficult. Just throw a bunch of things that don't make sense together and create a narrative. But what IS difficult, and what Russell does with aplomb, is to create strang
Gerard Bianco
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reader Beware: If you enjoy reading stories that are written with structure, stories that are comprised of a beginning, middle, and end, or stories that do not transcend the boundaries of reality, then this book is not for you. If, on the other hand, you want to read stories that will free you from the chains that are attached to the anchor of reality, then this is your must-read collection.

Nothing is Strange is a collection of twenty short stories in which everything is strange, but strange in
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I generally bow to the author. The stories came to me in a strange and unusual way. Ideas are so unusual and can be interpreted in many different ways, and what better than going into the world of theories and mysteries?...
Историите наистина са странни и необикновени. Някои от тях те оставят объркан, други тъжен и изпитващ симпатии към историите...
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is filled with stories will make your mind race, and think amazing thoughts. I've read it multiple times and made my friends read some of my favorite stories.

I don't want to spoil anything for readers, so I am just going to say:

If you want to read well-written short stories and as a bonus get to see the world in a different light read this book.
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Weird and bizarre stories that are strangely compelling - I'm sure that they wont be to everyone's taste but I really enjoyed reading something that was completely different and which stretched and twisted the old brain cells.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
'I think that maybe we only cry because we don't understand what is going on. Maybe if we understood what is really going on we wouldn't cry at all, ever.'

If you want to read a book outside of your comfort zone, this might be the one for you.

Nothing is Strange are short stories, some only a couple of pages long, that are surreal and quite absurd. Yet they hit home with me and I absolutely loved them. Very, very unusual to read, I mean, I've never come across a story about humans with key holes
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful feast of deliciously bizzare stories that had me hooked from cover to cover.

This book is hallucinogenic.Twenty short stories, one more surreal and thought provoking than the other.
I loved everything about it and the book cover is just perfectly designed for it.

(I won this book through Good reads first reads)

Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review also on my blog :

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review

Once again I swan dive into the depths of the strange and alluring world of Mike Russell. I chat with satisfaction, have a little dance with paranoia and dine with diversity over a roof top view of the universe. Prepare to have you mind blown, literally. You will find pieces of your brain scattered beautifully upon the page. It’s quite liberating, to expand the mind and turn tho
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s a short book –140 pages– with 20 stories in it. The stories are so out of the box and bizarre…I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with Mike Russell’s work, but I am! His books continue to be quirky and fun and so entertaining. Something strange seems to happen to my mind when I read these, the way the stories are told it’s like there’s a blank white room to start then as each element is explained it pops into existence in the white walled room. It’s absolutely amazing reading these stories. An ...more
Leonora Meriel
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Superb collection of surreal stories challenging the concepts of reality, existence and perception. Mike Russell has a delicious imagination that moves fluidly and unexpectedly in all directions. Recommend for lovers of anything surreal or readers who enjoy pushing the limits of the possible.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway. I was excited to read it. I got through it pretty quick. It was such a delight to read! Every story was unique and at the end of each one I thought "What the F..." in a good way!
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who enjoys surreal literature and the tradition of surrealism will enjoy this story collection as a classic example of the genre. The mind and its preconceptions are twisted and inverted, shifted and challenged as reality warps in unexpected directions through each of these well-written tales. The writing style is simple, which allows the reader to fully experience the strangeness of each plot. I found myself taking a couple of days after each story to think it over. Very much enjoyed the ...more
Nada Sobhi
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

Nothing Is Strange by Mike Russell is a collection of 20 short stories, spanning various genres, but all sit under the roof of strangeness. Don't let the title of the book fool you.

Having taken a look at what several reviewers have said, I'm not alone in thinking of this as an odd book. I do recommend it however, if as a reader you don't mind being shocked or puzzled and occasionally having to read a few passages to confirm what you've just read. :D

"The Diaries of Sun City" is one of the mo
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - less than 1 hour

Pages - 146

Publisher - StrangeBooks

Blurb from Goodreads

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

My Review

I could have read this in twenty minutes, but for the fact pretty much after each story I sat and pondered what I had just rea
Seraphina (Seraphina's world Book Blog)
"I received digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review"

It was a long time ago when I received an e-mail with a book and herby I apologize for taking me so long to read it and review it. Especially I have to apologize because it’s a collection of short stories.
It’s a collection of 20 short stories where everything is strange although the title says different. My first idea was to read 2-3 stories a day in between my work to escape reality but that didn’t happen bec
Lu J Whitley
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Have you seen those short cartoons that intermittently pop up in the midst of a Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch? This book is like a collection of those... in book form. Nothing is Strange is an odd little slice of life wrapped up in 20 short stories from a very creative author. From the immensely baffling to the barely off-kilter, this book has a little bit of something for everyone. My personal favorites of the stories bordered on the strange, without taking the full leap off the cliff. I ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nothing is Strange is certainly a very strange book, and I loved it. Mike Russell has created a very unique book. Never in my life have I read something like this before.
The book covers current important topics, in each of the twenty short stories, in an imaginative way. Nothing is Strange is a quick and enjoyable read. However, I would not suggest this book to people who like to keep things simple and structured; but if you like books that are weird and make you think then this is the book for
Liliyana Shadowlyn
A euphoric mix of fantastical, magical, disturbingly funny tales that challenge your view of reality. You'll lose yourself in a world that will make you question whether up is left and left is backwards. Where dreams may be reality and reality ceases to exist. So take a break from your boring world and jump into this one where reality is but a ghost.

-Received in exchange for a fair and honest review
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Mike Russell is a British author best known for his books 'Nothing Is Strange', 'Strange Medicine', and 'Strungballs'. Mike Russell's latest book 'Strange Secrets' is now available.

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 writ
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“Dunce is completely bald and has a really pointed head so the temptation to get him paralytic on his thirtieth birthday, carry him to the tattooist’s and get a nice big ‘D’ smack bang in the middle of his forehead was too much for me. Trouble is he can’t afford to have it removed so he wears a big plaster over it. Gangs of children tease him.

‘What’s underneath the plaster, mister? Show us!’

They swear he has a third eye under there.

My name is Bill but Dunce calls me ‘Fez’ on account of my hat. I’ve known Dunce for over sixteen years.”
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