Friday, July 20, 2018

Book Review: Strange Secrets


Have you ever woken up from a dream and been like “Whoa! That was crazy!”? At first the dream doesn’t make any sense but the longer you think about it the more enthralled you are with it. Personally, I have some crazy dreams and I know Tank does. He will be whining and kicking his feet. Or he may just be chasing rabbits, who knows.

I wanted to share with you a collection of short stories that have that dream-like quality. You know the one where you can’t stop thinking about it.

Strange Secrets

Welcome to Strange Secrets by Mike Russell. This is actually his third collection of short stories, and while I haven’t read the 2 previous collections, this collection definitely makes me want to check them out!

These stories definitely live up to their title. They are strange, yet wonderful. The characters were realistic, maybe a little simplistic but that is the beauty of a short story. They didn’t take long to read, but stayed with me for long after I had finished them just like a crazy dream. To be honest, I am not sure that I always get the morale of the story that I was reading. I am not going to summarize each story as I want you to check it out yourself. I did have 2 favorite stories that I do want to share with you.

The first one is Arnold’s Melting Foot. Arnold and Maureen live simple lives in their little house. They believe that the world is stable because they can name everything, even they are a “thing”.  In their world, there is no place for the unknown. That is until the unknown catches up with them. This story made me laugh at Arnold and Maureen. Plus, it brought to life that not everything has to be known.

The other story I like Maps. Billy’s dad is a control freak, and when the world starts changing he loses it. Luckily for Billy, he has a friend to help him out. The ending was shocking and unexpected but fulfilling. I enjoyed the colorful imagery in this story and the way the characters interact.

Mike Russell is an awesome author. His stories are colorful and enchanting. I can’t wait to read some more!

This is my honest opinion. Thank you to the author and his team for my copy of this book.



About the Author from Goodreads:

Mike Russell

Mike Russell is a British author best known for his books 'Nothing Is Strange', 'Strange Medicine', and 'Strungballs'.

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 writing strange stories.

Mike Russell's latest book 'Strange Secrets' is now available.

22 comments:

  1. I am a bit conflicted over short stories, I need to be in the mood

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    1. I agree. I like to read them when I have just a few minutes and don't want to get into a full length novel. It is hard for me to stop once I get into a book.

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  2. I don't usually read short story collections. This one sounds interesting though.

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    1. It is definitely one to take your time reading.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed it! Great review

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  4. I'm glad you liked this one! I'm conflicted about short stories because I almost always want more!

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  5. I have read short stories before and have to be in the right mood for them. Great review.

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  6. I love how you introduced the book, I am highly intrigued and may need to check it out for myself! Great review.

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  7. Great review! This looks awesome!

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  8. I've read a few short story collections and really loved them. This one sounds interesting.

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  9. I'm not really a lover of short stories. There are always great and not so great stories in the books. The latter lets the others down and spoils the books as a whole for me, so I tend not to read them anymore. Great review

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    1. Thank you, I think that I find that is especially true when you have an anthology with multiple authors.

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  10. I don't tend to like short story collections--especially in this genre. But I love that you enjoyed them.

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  11. Great review, I don't read short stories because I always want more out from the story. But I am really intrigued about this book after reading your review, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

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