Strange Secrets

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Author: Mike Russell
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Short-stories
Release date: February 8th, 2018
Pages: 156
Goodreads page: here
My rating: 3/5 ⭐


Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. 'It can't be real.' 'But it is.' Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell's third short-story collection.

My thoughts

Strange Secrets is a collection of short stories, set in a world of magical realism and filled with metaphors that deals with mysteries and secrets like human beings, life, death, change... Between fantasy and philosophy, this book lets you escape reality for a vivid but weird dream where “mystery” and “everything is possible” are the key words.

This book was by far the strangest book I have ever read in my entire life. It took me a few days to gather my thoughts about it because when I finished it, I wasn’t really sure what to think. It was definitely a bizarre adventure where I could not even guess how each story were going to end. Some stories were really interesting and despite the fact that this book was definitely outside of my reading genre, I really enjoyed the thoughts behind.

"If you define yourself, you will change into something that evades your definition."
Each story began set in reality, with an easy to follow plot, before progressively falling into this vivid dream of weirdness and magic. The writing itself was fairly simple but all the mysteries and the questions around it kept me reading to the conclusion pretty fast.

“Arnold’s Melting Pot” was by far my favorite of the 7 stories, and I couldn’t stop myself agreeing to the moral of the story: you don’t have to be categorized into “something” to be someone.

Some of the stories reminded me of the TV show Black Mirror, so if you love this, I would definitely recommend this book to you.

I wasn't really sure how to rate this book because I had never read a book quite like this one before, and despite the weirdness and unusual genre, I still enjoyed some of the stories.

You can find more about the author here.

Thank you to the author for sending me a copy in exchange of an honest review.
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