book review,  fantasy

Strange Secrets

Good afternoon and welcome to Bookish Beyond.
I’m Dax and today, I’ll be reviewing Strange Secrets, by Mike Russell.

Strange Secrets is a unique collection of unusual short stories that discuss topics such as;

  • The nature of reality
  • The afterlife
  • Our individual perceptions of our world.

    My favourite stories were Missing Persons, Reality, and The Forest.
    Each explored its theme well and had me thinking deeply about it for days after.
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Writing Style

Russell’s writing style uses simple combinations of words, painting a clear picture for the reader. He makes good use of humour to alleviate the awkward tension of certain scenes, resulting in fun and engaging, yet quirky tales.

There’s also a great use of repetition to help enhance the story’s points. After reading each short story, I began thinking deeply about some core part of our human existence here on Earth, whether it be our reality, interpretation of love, or mental health, etc.


Would I Recommend?

I’m rating Strange Secrets as  4 stars, and would recommend it to lovers of all things strange.

Author Bio

Mike Russell is a British author best known for the short story collection ‘Nothing Is Strange’.

He was born in 1973 and grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England.
As a child, he enjoyed daydreaming, art, and writing strange stories. As an adult, he still enjoys the same passions.

Mike’s books have been described as Strange Fiction, Weird Fiction, Weird Lit, Surrealism,
Fantasy Fiction… but he just likes to call them Strange Books.

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To learn more about Mike Russell, please visit his Goodreads page:

Or The Strange Books Website:

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I hoe you have a wonderful upcoming weekend.
Take care, Dax.  xoxo


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