The Unity Game had my interest from the get go just from reading the synopsis, its slightly different from my usual type of book but excitement took oThe Unity Game had my interest from the get go just from reading the synopsis, its slightly different from my usual type of book but excitement took over. This book is a cross between science fiction, paranormal, and mystery. Three stories develop and reflect each other through observant and brilliantly penned narratives that left me in awe of the writing style. I found that this is the kind of book that reaches out into the reader mind wandering and keeps the cogs turning even after I finished the book.
I can honestly say I haven’t read such a complicated and interesting book such as this.
The book focuses on three very different main characters: a human called David, an alien creature named Noce-bouk, and a ghost called Alisdair. Every character is beautifully and masterfully connected in this book in such meaningful ways that in the end. I am honestly in awe at how each of these story lines can offer the reader different plots and styles yet still complement each other....more
This is the fourth book in the Ash Carter series, in this book Ash is in Penang babysitting a newspaper reporter. She's investigating ghost stories atThis is the fourth book in the Ash Carter series, in this book Ash is in Penang babysitting a newspaper reporter. She's investigating ghost stories at the barracks but it's Ash's past that has come back to haunt him. Ash also finds himself stuck between two criminal organisations and must find a solution and put the ghost haunting the barracks to rest.
I think with Murray's books I trick myself into knowing how things are going as I tell myself I know how he writes but I was blindsided by two huge plot reveals in this story and they fitted with the story perfectly. Murray continues to have this wonderful talent where he leads you one way without giving too much away then bam goes the other way and unravels all the wonderful details. The plot was complicated and there were several twists along the way making the reader wonder just who Ash could trust and who was really pulling the strings. I loved all the twists and red herrings and I followed one of these red herrings all the way through to the end.
I still love that it remains clear Murray has done a lot of research into the time period and geographical social norms and locations have been used brilliantly. The research on Singapore during the post-WWII era, the atmosphere of the poor versus the wealthy of that time and the unease between the Chinese and the Japanese was done respectfully and well thought out the series. I loved how the plot development and the pacing of the story was perfect and kept me on my toes it’s also an entertaining and relaxing book.
As always Murray's book leading to a satisfying end that caught me off guard and now, I’m left wanting more and waiting for book five. I honestly can’t recommend this series enough....more
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 boMike 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, very strange and weird, completely crazy. I had some moments where I thought why the book is leading me this way or that some parts were completely insane, but in the end, everything happens with a reason and in order. If you’ve seen my previous reviews of Mikes work, you know that I loved his writing style.
I try not to dissect Mike Russell’s stories they are just simply what they are the day I read them, tomorrow I will see something else in them. However, while reading this book, you can make so many connections, see so many hidden meanings, but at the end, it’s just a book you can’t know if the Mike wanted it to have a meaning or he has just told you a story....more
The story is revolved around Sydney, a boy living within a dystopian/futuristic community but all he knows is the corridors within his city, and the rThe story is revolved around Sydney, a boy living within a dystopian/futuristic community but all he knows is the corridors within his city, and the regimented robotic lifestyles he and his parents live. The people who exist in this world seem very clinical and in routine, going to work or school daily and like clockwork, and in addition; the aspirations of most children is to work in the highly respected industries of Strungball sales or a Strungball advertising.
If you’ve seen my previous reviews of Mikes work you know that I love his writing style. His ability to create such intense imagery in so little words still leaves me speechless like honestly, this book is only 66 pages! ...more
Disclaimer: Thank you, Jay, for sending me a ebook copy of Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell for free in exchange for an honest review.
Everything isDisclaimer: Thank you, Jay, for sending me a ebook copy of Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell for free in exchange for an honest review.
Everything is strange and it’s absolutely marvellous. The stories range from tales of quirky characters and a collection of very short stories. I have always found with Mikes work that his stories are not strange just for the sake of being strange and are also funny and thought provoking. As each story can stands on its own, it’s a great book to pick up for a bit of in-between reading however I found myself sitting down and reading several stories at a time.
Each story starts off with a brief introduction, there is a quirky sense of humour throughout that had me chuckling (as always). Full of stories of awareness, humour and wonder. I have started to reread some of Mikes work and I find that each time I take away something different.
If you’ve seen my previous reviews of Mikes work you know that I loved his writing style. His ability to create such intense imagery in so little words still leaves me speechless. I recommend you to try Mike’s work if you think short stories aren’t your thing it’s different from anything else, I’ve read. I know I shouldn't be as blown away having previously read his work but it’s not the point he is a brilliant writer and deserves the recognition. ...more