Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

January 02, 2018

Strange Medicine was sent to me by Strange Books for review in December, so thank you!

Strange Medicine is a collection of short tales that are wildly surreal, but incredibly hypnotic. I found myself caught up in Mike Russell's world, hungry for the last line in each story. A few had some shocking moments that had me uttering 'That's just weird' aloud to my empty house multiple times, but that's possibly what Russell wants.

Even though this is not my normal cup of tea, I truly enjoyed how real world issues were addressed and woven through each extraordinarily odd story, especially in Brain, with the Professor and his obsession with rationality and his own brain. Throughout the book, I often found myself wondering how the heck did Russell come up with these? Sometimes the human mind is a curious thing. (Okay, who am I kidding, it's always a curious thing.) 

I don't know if I could pick a favourite, but BrainShishMr Dennis and the UniverseSeventy-Two Bricks, and Mime really piqued my strange-loving heart and are in my opinion the best in the collection.
Shish was extra surreal for me because as a baby, I loved The Little Mermaid and even slept with the VHS instead of stuffed animals. Since I was so young, I called it 'Shish-Shish'. So, you can imagine my surprise when a fleshy fish pops out of the main character's shoulder and she names it Shish.

I finished Strange Medicine in about 45 minutes, so it's a quick and easy read and like I said before, full of bizarre, odd, surreal, and truly weird stories that are sure to tickle that strangeness inside. Personally, I am a reader who just enjoys reading without trying to find the hidden meaning or the message the author is trying to convey, but Strange Medicine is a strong pill that marries the oddities with the moral to create fables like you've never read.

If you like reading Ray Bradbury's short stories or staring at Salvador Dali's artwork, you'll more than likely enjoy Strange Medicine.

My rating: 3/5

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