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There is a book with the power to destroy any book different from itself. Do not fear. This is not that book. This is the story of that book. An explosion occurs in a library, destroying all the books except one: an untitled book whose author is unknown. Unless someone can prevent it, the untitled book will soon become the only book in existence. Mike Russell’s The Explodi ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published April 29th 2019 by StrangeBooks
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The Exploding Book - Mike Russell’s strange fiction, this time, following his three collections of short stories and a novella, a full length novel that expands to the outer reaches of the outlandish to flabbergast with each flip of the page.

We’re in the village of Gladeville and immediately witness a colossal explosion in the town library. What happens next defies description (at least in this review since I will not spoil the many surprises in store for a reader). I will, however, share a pr
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Kitty Marie
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a fan of magical realism, I went into The Exploding Book thinking "I'll be ready for this, challenge accepted." In actuality, nothing could have prepared me for how unusual this title is. I read it in small chunks, often in the dark and with a flashlight. I think this is most effective to get immersed in the style.

Thankfully, I like experimental prose and this offers that in spades. If some random aliens crash-landed to earth and we had access to their novels I'd imagine our rough translation
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Jeff
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mike Russel has taken the art of strange fiction to new levels over the past few years, and this, his latest book -- an actual novel rather than a collection of short stories of a novella -- does not disappoint. In fact, I think it is his best yet. It is set in a village called Gladeville, where people have visions of a gold temple, each temple being different for each person. They also find out that their village is enclosed in a black box. There is also a book, simply called the Dark Book whic ...more
Valia
Jul 19, 2019 added it
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This vibrant yellow beauty is by one of my favorite authors. I’m used to the thin books filled with shorts stories, so it was a pleasant surprise when i recived this thick book. (well, not really big one, bur really bigger compared to the rest of Mike’s books)

There are millions of books in the world, so i know whatever i read, it wont be a completely new or original idea. It will have something in common with a book that i’ve read or i’ve heard of. But Mike always proves me wrong. I don’t know h
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Lauren Reads
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mike Russel has taken the art of strange fiction to new levels over the past few years, and this, his latest creation is no different in his latest book which differs to his usual books as this is a full length novel rather than a collection of short stories. This book will make you feel strange, the characters are uncanny and believe in all kinds of mysterious things. The world that weaves with his world is a treat to read. I think it is the best use of imagery.

The plot itself is very different
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Emma
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The astounding thing about Russell’s books is you never quite know what to expect. Trust me, as an avid bookworm I have greedily consumed his other works in quick succession and STILL been left speechless. I’ve always seen Russell’s writing as an intriguing enigma that never fails to leave me craving more. You enter a world where everything is not as it seems with strange and peculiar characters navigating their way mindlessly through Russell’s labyrinth, not knowing if the next turn with lead t ...more
Ravneet Kaur
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Exploding Book by Mike Russell takes you on a surreal journey to a weird world. The residents of the town believe that their town is inside a big box and nothing lies beyond it. And then, BOOM, the library of the town explodes killing the librarian and leaving nothing but one book behind. Similar explosions take place subsequently all over the town. And the story continues..

This book like other books by Mike Russell makes you feel strange. The characters are uncanny and believe in all kinds
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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' and 'Strange Secrets', the novella 'Strungballs', and the novels 'The Exploding Book' and, most recently, 'Magic.'

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