Strange Medicine by Mike Russell
Goodreads rating: 4.03
Date published: May 5th, 2016 (UK)
My rating: ★★★☆☆
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.
Firstly, I’d like to thank the author, Mike Russell, for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Strange Medicine is an anthology that contains eight strange short stories. When they say this book is strange, they are not kidding. Reading it, I felt like I was in one of my weird dreams that I sometimes have, in which nothing makes much sense – which I’m sure was exactly what the author intended.
The stories in this anthology are very short – one of them is 5 pages long – so this is a VERY quick read. I read the whole thing in a couple of hours, so if you’re looking for something like that, definitely give this a go.
The writing is easy to read, although in the first story, called Flock, there is a constant repetition of the main character’s full name, which kind of threw me off. But that doesn’t happen in any of the other stories, so it’s not a big deal.
On another note, the cover of this book (and Russell’s other book) is amazing, and so is the merch for StrangeBooks. If you’d like to check out the merch, click here.
Here is a very short synopsis for each of the stories:
Flock – man still goes to work every day after business closed down 12 years prior. One day, he meets someone on the train and everything changes.
Seventy-Two Bricks – man sees the same bridge in different places wherever he goes
Telephone – six weird phone calls between a man, a woman and a telephone
Mime – a story that features mime suicides and mime school; what’s real, and what isn’t?
Mr. Dennis and the Universe – man walks around with mysterious metal box; quite the morbid story 😅
Spy – hospice resident is being watched and followed
Brain – the story of a man and his stone
Shish – a story about a fish named Shish
Sometimes the suffering of one individual is so great that it renders unjustifiable any purpose that the universe could possibly have.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I will say it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea 😅 These stories are all original and unusual, but since they’re strange, people might not enjoy reading them.
★★★☆☆ 3/5 stars
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