NIScover for blog

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! 

“Nothing Is Strange is a unique collection of short stories that takes readers to bizarre places and lets them experience dreamlike situations that I have yet to read in other books.” Lit Amri for Readers’ Favorite

Read more great reviews for ‘Nothing Is Strange’ below… and take a peek inside the book on the amazon page:

button small

Amazon-Logo

“Nothing Is Strange is a solid collection of surreal and absurd stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants something unusual to read.” Cultured Vultures

“Amazing stories filled with bizarre, magical and extraordinary moments… I can’t even begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book.” Ruty

“This cover is kind of perfect, don’t you think?” Joel Friedlander, The Book Designer Cover Awards

Nothing Is Strange awarded Gold Star Award:

ECA-GoldStar-May-2015

“Funny, quirky, bizarre and thought-provoking…” The Contemporary Small Press

“Prepare to have you mind blown…  Discover a strange and enchanting world… See behind the facade of everyday life… Strange and alluring… Unique and hypnotic… His use of imagery is striking and effective… He enhances the reader’s senses to the max… I strongly recommend that you check out Russell’s work.” EJMason

“This book is exciting, delightfully unique, with a skilful blend of mystery, passion and intrigue. If you are looking for something that is fun and different, pick up a copy of this book.” Al-Khemet Book Club

“Out there in a good way…while reading, I could actually visualise his bizarre characters and settings in my head and it was sort of like walking through a gallery of surrealist paintings… it is beyond cool, well beyond ordinary, and just so what I needed right now.” NancyO for Oddly Weird Fiction

“I could not put this book down when I started it. Some of the stories I read twice. This was such a fun, thought provoking book, I am going to be getting his next book!” Asriel Aquino on Goodreads

“Odd, barmy, touching and utterly brilliant.” Charlie Edwards

“The book has enough bizarreness to last a life time… I found myself filled with questions I have never thought before… This quirky, mind-expanding book is a definite must for anyone at all… If you’re considering buying the book! DO IT!” Tia at Goodreads

“Nothing Is Strange is strangely wonderful… Full of stories of realisation, enlightenment, humour and wonder… I’m sure Nothing Is Strange will become a classic must have for every book shelf.” SPretty

“What a great selection of shorts… Russell works away in the background like a mystical trickster… wonderfully evocative mind bending tales that draw forth rich imagery laden with heavy symbolism… a series of engrossing & entertaining pieces full of a refreshingly giving humour… extremely enjoyable to read & I look forward to more from this author.” Rebecca Gransden at GoodReads

“The book is well written… There are worlds woven within words. It is just one of those books that makes you glare at anyone who interrupts you. It is impossible to put it down before you finish it.  A delight!!!” Ankita Dasgupta for Chasing Euphoria

“This book truly proves that in the right hands a short story can be very powerful.
After you read this book, you will want to sample Mr. Spencer’s scones, join Harry on his quest, learn more about the Shining Flower (that story, by the way has one of the greatest fourth wall breaks in a book I have ever read), yearn for a love like the one between Brian and Bryony, and truly accept the fact that ‘Nothing Is Strange.’
You will want to read the stories over and over again… I truly enjoyed every minute of reading this book. I highly recommend it, and I look forward to what Mr. Russell has in store for us in the future.” Miles

“This is an amazing book, literally. It’s a maze of ideas, connections and images. Through an economy of simple, unadorned language, numerous new worlds are built with an unusually vivid visual power.” BHurt

“Highly recommended!!!!! Nothing Is Strange took me on a topsy turvy whirly gig ride into my imagination and then deeper still…I couldn’t put it down… This is a book I shall return to often and one that I shall buy for friends and family as gifts.” Mistimoss

“Mike Russell has an imagination like no other.” Megan

“This book is filled with stories that will make your mind race and think amazing thoughts. I’ve read it multiple times and made my friends read some of my favorite stories. I don’t want to spoil anything for readers, so I am just going to say: If you want to read well-written short stories and as a bonus get to see the world in a different light read this book.” John Petrilli at Goodreads

“The experience of reading the book is like watching a good surreal movie…the author with true finesse develops a whole-encompassed world that dominates the mind of the reader even in the length of only a few pages… The works are truly noteworthy, because they have the ability to truly make the reader think…  I can totally recommend “Nothing is Strange” to the bored reader, the one who craves for something really different.” Martin Beltov for Codices

“The twenty stories are miniature narratives… well written and highly imaginative. Each story takes you on a journey where the imaginary becomes reality. Instead of reason we have imagination. In place of the banal we have passion for liberation. Instead of the ordinary, we have magic. By their very nature, the stories are freeing. They will take you to places within your mind you never knew existed.” Gerard Bianco

“The twenty delightful short stories in Nothing is Strange exist to display the fruits of imagination… We smile, we laugh, we say wow, and we enjoy the read.” JFCross

“I would recommend this book to adults who like weird stories.”Lenita Sheritan Graves

“This book rocks!… Read this book especially if you like to travel to other worlds.” Ashley S Hart

“I was engaged and surprised from start to finish, the ideas and situations that the author has imagined are spectacular… I could not put this down and am looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next. Captivating.” Blackdruchii

“This book is hallucinogenic. I loved everything about it and the book cover is just perfectly designed for it.” Liselott’s Review

“This is a collection of bizarre, surreal, dreamlike and even parabolic stories. Wonderfully weird stuff! I loved it!” Jeff Barnes

“The stories are deep, open-ended, philosophical, funny and even downright spooky…I was in a state of constant wonder…Even after you finish reading the book, the stories linger on in your mind… I highly recommend this book.” Ravneet Kaur

“Captivating… Unique… A very good selection of shorts.” Ann Reads Them

“Nothing is Strange is an odd little slice of life wrapped up in 20 short stories from a very creative author… this book has a little bit of something for everyone.” LuJWhitley

“What I thought was going to happen… didn’t!” LBolto

This is some high minded weirdness. Each story made me go ‘ooh’ and ponder the nature of the universe. I liked it a lot and found the concepts thought provoking.”  Madeleine Swann

“Mind bending, cleverly written, disturbing, funny and most importantly rather thought provoking… What really sets Russell’s writing apart for me is that he isn’t afraid to make things subversive and strange” Charlie Edwards

“Russell’s writing is simple and effective… I found myself pausing between chapters to reflect on each story and the food for thought it presented… leaves a lingering taste of the surreal. You may even find yourself noticing some residual strangeness in your own life.” RLJones for Muzzleland Press

“If I were a high school teacher, I would recommend it to my students. It certainly deserves to be read and re-read, to be studied and remembered. ” sandracvetkovska

“Haunting, beautiful, worthwhile. There are moments in this collection of short stories that are laugh-out-loud funny and passages and observations that are actually sublime.” Dean Edwards

“Not unlike a well-constructed poetry collection, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” JKintigh

“This is a smart, funny collection of largely surrealistic short stories. It’s the kind of stuff you need to approach with a wide open mindset but if you do, you will be rewarded… Smart surrealism.” Sloan

“Nothing is Strange is certainly a very strange book, and I loved it… Never in my life have I read something like this before… if you like books that are weird and make you think then this is the book for you!” Lauren

“This book is fascinating. Strange short stories… Myths, which reveal a bigger truth.” Katja

“Saluting the quirkiness in everyone, I give Nothing Is Strange 5 stars!” Susan Berry

“Shocking, astounding, and unforgettable… Highly visual, this work is stark and thought-provoking…” DR Bennett

“I love this book! …A strange and unconventional collection… Twenty short tales to probe the mind… Enjoy the ride.” Challa Fletcher

“What a fabulous book! It’s the one I pick up before I go to sleep, just to help my dreams along. A collection of short story-poems written by a true artist. I won’t give anything away – I’ll just let Mike Russell take you on a journey through his own strangely wonderful imagination…” Joan Cook

“Short quirky stories of the weirdest kind. Highly entertaining.” Alison at Goodreads

“Inside this little tome is a big and bold selection of short stories… Refreshingly different and easy to digest… Nothing Is Strange is insightful, impactful and meaningful… check it out, get your mind blown” Stuart Simpson of Trust In Books

“Weird and bizarre stories that are strangely compelling… I really enjoyed reading something that was completely different and which stretched and twisted the old brain cells.” David’s Reviews

“Short stories that will blow your mind and challenge the way you think… 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. … Mike Russell has a wonderful way with words!” Kaylin Beach

“If you enjoy reading about all things odd then this is definitely the collection for you.” The Geeky Yogi

“I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with Mike Russell’s work, but I am! His books continue to be quirky and fun and so entertaining…It’s absolutely amazing reading these stories. And although they are short, they feel so incredibly deep and detailed. I couldn’t put it down.” A Bibliophile’s Book Blog

“Each story is so different from the last, yet Russell manages to create lives that only the most vivid imagination would even think to bring into existence…. One of my favourites has to be The Meeting. In fact, it’s one of the most unforgettable short stories I’ve ever read.” Jade’s Bookshelf

“The world building and sheer creativity of the stories was wonderful… I am particularly impressed with the standard of writing of the author, and can’t wait to read more of their work.” Jo Balharrie

“These stories are short and simple but so powerful. I was hooked.” Anita at Seraphina’s World

button small

Amazon-Logo

Mike Russell’s books have been described as Strange Fiction, Weird Fiction, Weird Lit, Surrealism, Fantasy Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction… but we just like to call them StrangeBooks.