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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  58 reviews
We recommend the following prescription: Strange Medicine - weird and wonderful stories for all that ails you. Strange Medicine is a fantastic collection of extraordinary tales of transformation by UK weird-fiction author Mike Russell. If you love the strange, surreal and unusual or if you are just looking for something different, Strange Medicine is for you.
Paperback, 146 pages
Published May 5th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Glenn Russell

Strange Medicine - Mike Russell's collection of eight strange, wacky, weird short stories with bite. There's good reason why the British author features teeth as part of the book's cover art. I so much enjoyed each and every tale, I was likewise inspired to include the above set of pearl white choppers.

In his first collection, Nothing is Strange, Mike Russell wrote: "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 a
Strange Medicine is a collection of eight short stories, although a couple are longer than the others, in particular, MIME, which is 25% of the entire book. Hmm, how to describe these stories? Strange, would be a good start. A part of me actually expected these to have more of a horror slant to them, but that might have more to do with most of the short stories I’ve read in the past being horror. These are not horror. These are bizarre, weird and strangely intriguing. All the stories are well wr ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Strange Medicine is the third short story collection I have read by Mike Russell, and I have to say I think it’s my favourite. The level of detail the he puts into his stories is unparalleled. I can always picture so vividly the things he is describing, it almost feels like I’m actually inside the world he has created. There are 8 stories in this book; my favourites were Mime and Mr. Dennis and the
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I was graciously sent a copy of this book sometime and last year, and finally got to it now. What a ride and what devilishly fun and diverse collection of stories. Each one progressively weirder and stranger than the next. The collection is great for those who haven't read bizarro or are veterans of the genre. The stories are not as batshit crazy as I am normally used to reading. Because of this, the collection was refreshing and fun. Although I wouldn't argue if the stories were crazier and wei ...more
Sarah Mcleod
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another one of my firstreads books.
This is my first Mike Russell book, and I will definatley read more. I think he has only written short stories, he really needs to look at maybe something a bit longer.
This is a short collection of 8 short stories, they will make you think, laugh and ponder...alot.
All the stories are quirky and strange. The best one in this collection, is Mime, the fourth and longest story. It tells the tale of a mime and a park guard, and that is all I well say.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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*Honest review given in exchange for book.*

There’s a medicine for almost everything these days. Colds, headaches, that ugly heavy feeling of guilt after polishing off an entire bag of doughnuts to yourself. I believe it’s known as a diet or detox? (Wouldn’t honestly know that feeling as I have never had it, I could eat doughnuts forever.) But if you are in need of some meds I strongly prescribe 8 spoonfuls of Mike Russell’s Strange Medi
Briar's Reviews
Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

This book is an excellent selection of short stories. I love books like this because there are great for those who want a short term read, but also want a lot of spice in their life and Strange Medicine brought it!

These stories are quirky and exciting, which isn't something you can say about a lot of short stories series. Some of them seem a little dark or strange for short stories, but they are so well written it's unbelievable. This book definitely kept me inter
Lauren Stoolfire
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free paperback copy from Strange Books in exchange for an honest review.

This collection of eight short stories is certainly weird and wonderful like it says on the back cover. My favorites include "Flock", "Mime", "Mr Dennis and the Universe", and "Brain". For all of these stories, I would love to know more about the characters and the world they inhabit, particularly "Mime". All of the shorts featured in this anthology are very unique, creative, and well-written - and progressively
Gordon Long
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is a sub-genre of short stories that ought to have “Weird” in the name. A short story seems to be the ideal length to explore a simple problem, and certain writers thrive on presenting a simple problem in a complicated and entertaining way, thus keeping our interest alive and our intellects working.

By putting the word “Strange” in his title, Mike Russell has given us a clear signal. Yep, some of these are pretty weird. People have brick walls following them around. They fall in love with
Don Jimmy Reviews
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review from Don Jimmy Reviews

This isn't the first time that Mike Russell has taken me on a weird and wonderful journey. I reviewed another of his books Strange Secrets back in September. You might think that would have prepared me for what was to come, that I would be used to the way in which Mike's mind works and therefore be less taken aback by the tales on offer. Unfortunately, you would be wrong.

The stories here are once again weird and wonderful. While incredibly entertaining I was once aga
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I raved about Mike Russell's first book, "Nothing Is Strange" last year, and this new collection blew me away as well. These stories are entertaining but they also make you think -- and may even make you question reality. Reading this book gave me the same feeling I have gotten when looking at the work of such artists as Renee Magritte, M.C. Escher or Salvador Dali. Mike Russell does with words what they did with imagery. It's amazing and completely, wonderfully bizarre stuff! ...more
Vanessa Teixeira
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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A very short, bizarre and intriguing read. Big thanks to Mike Russell for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Maddie (HedgehogBookReviews)
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4.5/5 stars

“Sometimes the suffering of one individual is so great that it renders unjustifiable any purpose that the universe could possibly have.”

A little boy who talks to a rock, a headless fish who grows from living skin, a bridge that randomly generates, and a man who cradles a large box nearly every minute of every day. These are some of the interesting things that happen within the 8 short stories of Strange Medicine. Some of the stor
Susan Hampson
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-reads
I love stories that are different, the ones that make you think outside the box, well this book is so removed from that, that is doesn't even have a box! If you like weird or strange you will absolutely love this the bizarre concoction of 8 tales that you couldn't even dream about. Some of the stories I found very intriguing with quite deep meanings when you really think about them. I believe that every reader would draw something different out of this book that was just personal to themselves a ...more
Joanne Balharrie
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
DISCLAIMER: I was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Mike and Jay over at StrangeBooks were kind enough to send me a copy of this book almost a year ago now, but I got so caught up in exams and uni work that I didn't get round to it for a long time. It was definitely worth the wait, though!

Strange Medicine is a collection of short stories by Mike Russell, all with something odd and strange happening within them. The stories in this collection were a bit longer
Kendall • thegeekyyogi
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, I sadly haven’t posted a full review in some time, but when I was approached and asked to review another one of Mike Russell’s books I just had to say yes. Last year I reviewed his book Nothing is Strange, which turned out to be an exceedingly strange, yet enjoyable read (you can see my review for that book here). This time around I was sent Strange Medicine, another collection of short stories orbiting around all that is strange and mysterious. From stories about murdered mimes to shoulde ...more
Shannon McCarter
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very strange....But in a good way!

Let me tell you, at times I would be reading this and think to myself, "what the heck is this??" But the more I sat on the stories, the more I found that I just couldn't stop thinking about them! Yes, at times the meanings are extremely left up to your interpretation, but it really peaks your curiosity and sparks the imagination to try and uncover what is really being said. Like all anthologies, some stories are defiantly better than others, but on the whole thi
I received a free Kindle copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Strange Medicine is a collection of short stories that are all a little bit odd and whimsical in nature. From mimes, men who are really birds to doctors with no brains, this book is just a wide range of creepy, fantastical and WTF moments but I really enjoyed it! At first, I felt a bit discombobulated as I'm not used to short story collections but most of these were the perfect length and gave me exac
Gemma McGee
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was asked to read and review Strange Medicine by Jay at Strangebooks, for a fair and honest review.

Strange Medicine is a selection of short stories from the strange mind of Mike Russell.

The Titles for the stories are;

Seventy-Two Bricks
Mr Dennis and the universe
The Spy
My favorite of the short stories is Brain about a man the lives his life all about rationality, and it the end life is more than rationality. The stories are not long but they way that they are written
Philippa Mary
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The publisher very kindly sent me a physical copy in return for an honest review. This is definitely a bit of a weird one. While reading it I wouldn't have been surprised to find question marks floating above my head. There are some pretty bizarre stories in here. I found it quite refreshing, although some went a bit over my head. It is written well and the stories are interesting, but I did like some stories better than others. If you are looking for some weird stories, this is definitely worth ...more
Jess Pagan
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very fun escape from the mundane and normal into a world parallel to ours, but quirky and nonsensical. This whimsical world of weird fiction was a joy to read, each story is individual and funny and also very short so that you can take a dip into another world on your lunch break, waiting for the bus or 'just one more story' in bed. Definitely recommended. ...more
Jaffa Kintigh
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the author's sophomore collection, following the highly enjoyable and equally absurdist Nothing Is Strange . Like its predecessor, "[t]his collection of absurdist vignettes follows in the footsteps of James Thurber, Bohumil Hrabal, and Donald Barthelme in offering social commentary on the modern human condition while riding the line between allegory and surrealism."

If anything, this collection is tighter in its voice and subject matter. It's equal parts "Man vs the Universe" and "Rel
Aloysius Kling Jr.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book Strange Medicine by Mike Russel is a collection of eight short stories that are unlike anything I’ve read before. Well, I can’t be so sure of that I guess. I have read quite a lot over the years, but suffice to say that it’s unlike anything that I can remember reading. If I have read something like Strange Medicine before, it was so long ago that I can’t remember doing so. Anyway, on with the review.

Strange Medicine is a title that really fits this book. On Amazon, it’s listed under sci
S.L. Berry
The teeth remind me of the Rocky Horror Picture Show while the eight stories remind me of the long running syndicated Twilight Zone weekly show. The show can be streamed from Amazon through one a channel, CBS.

From the Amazon website:The original "The Twilight Zone" premiered on Oct. 2, 1959 on CBS. The series took viewers to another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. "The Twilight Zone" became a worldwide phenomenon as it used socially conscious storytelling to exp
Challa Fletcher
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mike Russell did it again with this collection of short dosage of meds for the mind in Strange Medicine. Each of the eight stories has a connection to the mind and body. While they share nothing but the inevitable weirdness, that is the style of Mike Russell, they do hold the similarities that when the mind is damaged so will the body follow. Did you get that point when you read these stories?

Usually, in my reviews, I give you my What Didn’t Work. I don’t have one of those here. As this is my se
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Strange Medicine was sent to me by Strange Books for review in December, so thank you!

Strange Medicine is a collection of short tales that are wildly surreal, but incredibly hypnotic. I found myself caught up in Mike Russell's world, hungry for the last line in each story. A few had some shocking moments that had me uttering 'That's just weird' aloud to my empty house multiple times, but that's possibly what Russell wants.

Even though this is not my normal cup of tea, I truly enjoyed how real wor
Joanne Johnston
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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*** This book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest and true review ***

They say never judge a book by its cover....… Well, I always do. Its instinct. I can't help it. Most of us probably do. This cover along with the title screamed horror novel to me, possibly involving revenge or karma. Maybe a dark and twisted plot. The phrase 'Taste of your own medicine' came to mind. Now I realise that the covers intention is to in fact be simple and open to suggestions.

I was lucky enough to b
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Doctor reads
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a kind of book that gets better after reading more of it. I guess I'm adapting to the strangeness while reading the first chapter, totally the strangest stories one among all, the rigidness and the repetition of the main character full name 'Anthony Tobias Bradshaw' get on my nerve to the point that I'm starting to think this tale is more to crazy than strange. But the problem is, I can't stop myself from reading further and relish by the insanity of each story. What an addicting tale!

Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mike Russell is back to scramble your brains!! this time with tiny little stories…little pills, if you will, that are truly, truly, truly strange.

Reading this collection of short stories is very much like untying yourself from this world and losing sense of gravity, they all make enough sense to be human, but they mainly twist you upside down and leave you stuck to the ceiling with a confusing feeling in your stomach.

within 141 pages, Mike Russell tells 8 stories that all seem to have their own
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Mike Russell is a British author best known for the short story collection 'Nothing Is Strange'. He is also the author of the short story collections 'Strange Medicine', 'Strange Secrets' and 'Strange Wonders', the novella 'Strungballs' and the novels 'The Exploding Book' and 'Magic.'

Mike Russell was born in 1973. He grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England. As a child, h

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