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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.

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“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 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… 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

“The astounding thing about Russell’s books is you never quite know what to expect… Prepare to discover an outer-body-experience, dear reader, as you float up into the dark sky and observe the residents of Gladeville. It’s definitely an experience, one that will take you out of your comfort zone and head first into the unknown…  It’s bewitching and surreal to read. Sensational. Russell writes human emotions that are raw and honest… Always a mesmerising experience reading Russell’s writing, one that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading. He is a fantastic writer with a unique imagination. A much needed and refreshing approach to literature that leaves you questioning and pondering life.” Bunny’s Pause Reviews

“Like nothing I have read before… unique. If you are a lover of the strange, the offbeat, metaphors and stories you must read it!” Readers Enjoy Authors’ Dreams

“I really enjoyed reading this book. There are so many novels out there and well, this one is different and made my life go in a direction I hadn’t expected.” John Z

“Nothing could have prepared me for how unusual this title is. This is a truly surreal, experimental, highly creative and unconventional read – a book very much worth checking out.” Kitty Marie’s Reading Corner

“It’s a unique novel – a plot unlike any other I can recall, and it’s peppered with humour and tragedy… A huge achievement. I really liked this book, and I am going to keep an eye on Mike Russell. Truly original, memorable book. Check it out!” Jack at IgnoringLife Blogspot