Sunday, December 18, 2016

Nothing Is Strange by Mike Russell

- Goodreads Synopsis -
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 life appeared strange because it was one way and not another. Only if it had been every possibility at once would it have not appeared strange. And that is what I am now: every possibility at once. And nothing is strange."

I can't lie.. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up Nothing Is Strange by Mike Russell. Nothing Is Strange is the complete opposite of it's title! THIS WHOLE BOOK IS EXTREMELY STRANGE! But no one ever said that strange had to be bad.. different has always been good in my opinion!

First off, I have to say that Mike Russell has a creatively vivid mind! I  have no idea how he came up with these extremely odd, yet relatable stories. Nothing Is Strange is made up of multiple different short stories that will blow your mind and challenge the way you think. I personally really enjoyed the stories in this book. Each story has a very specific meaning/ lesson, but each reader could interpret each story differently. I can honestly say that I learned a lot from Russell's short stories and I can almost guarantee that no two readers will gain the same exact knowledge from this book. 

You definitely have to have an open/creative mind for this book. If you are a person who likes to read the facts and not have to think too much about what you are reading, then Nothing Is Strange is not for you. I think I had to re-read the first story a few times and then I got used to Russell's writing and was prepared for the rest of the book. I really enjoyed the short stories because they are not something I would normally read. It was awesome to have think, and try to figure out the meaning behind every sentence. I feel like Russell's sentences spelled out one thing, but meant something completely different. I had a blast interpreting each story and figuring out the point of each one. I can honestly say that there are still a few stories that I haven't completely figured out yet, and I am okay with that. In a weird way.. I feel like this book was not meant to be understood. I don't think Russell wrote this thinking that every single reader was going to walk away from this book knowing exactly what each story meant.

Mike Russell has a wonderful way with words! I was surprised with how well I pictured all the weird scenes and characters. Russell completely took me into his Strange world and allowed his characters and scenes to flow, one after the other, throughout my head. A few stories that I really enjoyed were: Dunce, The Meeting, Wharehouse, Barry and The Triplets, and Leslie Visits the Barbers. I wish I could tell you all about each story, but I am going to leave that for Russell! If you are interested in completely strange, weird stories that could possibly have millions of different meanings, then this book is for you!