THE NEW BOOK FROM MIKE RUSSELL:
There is a book with the power to destroy any book different from itself. Do not fear. This is not that book. This is the story of that book.
An explosion occurs in a library, destroying all the books except one: an untitled book whose author is unknown. Unless someone can prevent it, the untitled book will soon become the only book in existence.
Mike Russell’s The Exploding Book is a unique, surreal novel. Filled with bizarre characters and fantastic imagery, The Exploding Book will take you on an extraordinary journey of cosmic proportions.
“Mike Russell has taken the art of strange fiction to new levels over the past few years, and this, his latest book – an actual novel rather than a collection of short stories or a novella – does not disappoint. In fact, I think it is his best yet. It is set in a village called Gladeville, where people have visions of a gold temple, each temple being different for each person… I would love to say more about it, but I think this is as far as I can go without spoiling it. If you are a lover of the strange, the offbeat, allegory, and stories in which you can get lost (and I should mention that YOU are also in this book), you must read it! It is a tour de force!” Jeff Barnes
“A Dynamite story! The Exploding Book by Mike Russell is simply fantastic… I loved reading this book. When I wasn’t reading this book, all I wanted to do was get back to it to see what happened next. In other words, I felt like I was going to EXPLODE if I was unable to continue reading The Exploding Book. I love everything Mr. Russell has written. All of his stories are excellent, and this one was no exception… I am looking forward to what Mr. Russell has in store for us in the future.” M Holmes
“The Exploding Book by Mike Russell takes you on a surreal journey to a weird world. The residents of the town believe that their town is inside a big box and nothing lies beyond it. And then, BOOM, the library of the town explodes killing the librarian and leaving nothing but one book behind. Similar explosions take place subsequently all over the town. And the story continues… The world that the author weaves is a treat to read. I think it is the best use of imagery. The best part of the book is that it invites you into its world. You are not just a passive reader but an active witness of the unusual happenings of the town. Since you are a part of the world, it keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat. If you like reading surreal, weird, and mystifying stories, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend reading it.” Ravneet Kaur of Bookish Reveries
“This is the weirdest book I’ve ever read. Luckily, it’s supposed to be weird. I’ve never read anything like it, which ensures that it’s unforgettable… I found the writing style, structure and concept impressive. A great deal of thought has gone into crafting this strange piece of literary art. The setting of the story is Gladeville, a sinister village where everyone is under the influence of the Dark Book… The library explodes and that’s what kicks off the villagers’ investigation into the realities of their enclosed world… By the end of the story I was laughing in amazement at what the author decided to do with this text… The narrative was mainly second-person – ‘you’ (the reader) flying invisibly around the village spying on the characters. There are many images (or symbols) throughout, it’s left for you to interpret how you will… If you like far-out concepts and plots which get increasingly odd, give The Exploding Book a try.” NS Ford
“A book like no other. This vibrant yellow beauty is by one of my favourite authors… I don’t know how, but he always manages to surprise me with ideas like no other, with a writing style so unique and peculiar that my mind barely accepts it… I highly recommend it for everyone who likes a weird read or wants to try something new and a bit different.” Bookish Panda