Strange Medicine

STRANGEMEDICINEStrange Medicine by Mike Russell

Goodreads Summary:  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.

My Thoughts: This collection of short stories by Mike Russell really surprised me.  It’s not something that I would normally gravitate to on my own, but thanks to StrangeBooks, I found something new and different that I actually really enjoyed.  Outside of school, I had never really read any short fiction.  The idea of it always perplexed me a bit.  I love getting deep into stories and characters, and I didn’t think that I could have that full experience with short stories.  This book proved me wrong.  The eight stories in Strange Medicine were immersive and I felt more for the characters than I thought possible in such a short amount of time.  The stories are weird, funny, sad, thought provoking, and beautiful. My favorite was 72 Bricks, a story about a man trying desperately to stay connected to his late wife.  It really struck a chord with me, and I thought it was extremely sad, and so relatable.  The imagery that Russell used was genius, and I find myself thinking about this story often.  There are many little gems throughout this collection, and I think that everyone will find something they can connect to while reading it.  I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a quick and enjoyable read that is different from anything you may have read before.  I am so grateful to StrangeBooks for introducing me to this book and to the works of Mike Russell, who I will definitely be following from now on!

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