St Strungball to be insertedhis skin is used to help patch up a skin barrier that help patch up a skin barrier that the city from the Others Sydney with a little help start uestioning his reality which changes his whole worldIn it s strange storyline it brought up many topics that I found thought provoking Is are greatest fear ourselvesDo we follow the party line or are we
STRONG ENOUGH TO UESTION ITWHAT ARE WE WILLING TO enough to uestion itWhat are we willing to to be normalI found the story really interesting and it will keep me thinking about the story long after finishing it Strungballs A smashing hit of Mike Russell strangeness Having read three of the British author s short story collections Nothing is Strange Strange Medicine Strange Secrets I knew I d be in for a hyperstrange whirligig treat with his Strungballs and I wasn t disappointed Strungballs novella as 64 pages of mind blowing weirdness rendered in signature Mike Russell simple crisp language To share a morsel of what a reader will encounter here are four snips from the opening chapter A naked white skinned boy names Sydney lay on his back on a white bed in the centre of a white room A suare hatch opened in the centre of the ceiling and a white cube emerged and slowly descendedSydney lifted his head from the bed and peered down at his chest He raised a hand and poked a finger into the space where once his flesh and bone had been He tentatively touched one of the suare hole s sides winced then withdrew his hand We are so proud of you Son said Sydney s father then he reached into the pocket of his gown and produced a small white box He handed the box to Sydney who stared at it with open eyes The box was 4cm x 4cmSidney opened the box and lifted out a white string on the end of which was a shiny red ball Sydney took a deep breath then pressed the hard red ball into the suare hole in his chest It fitted perfectly The ball was wedged in tight Sydney let go of the string allowing it to hang down to his navel So there you have it And this is only the mere beginning of Strungballs strangenessFor me Mike Russell s tale brings to mind what Joseph Campbell referred to as The Hero s Journey a ourney filled with obstacles and challenges that serve as occasions for a series of radical transformations Sydney as the archetypal hero Additionally for a series of radical transformations Sydney as the archetypal hero Additionally m reminded of Eric Fromm and his observations on what it means for a man or woman to be born into an insane society How much of your own society would you Lignin Biodegradation judge insane Have you been sliced and diced by the buzzsaw of suffocating culture To better answer these uestions I highly recommend picking up a copy of Strungballs Fell the Strange Be the Strange British author Mike Russell born 1973. Erating otherworldly magical surreal bizarre funny disturbing uniue all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell Remember Once a Strungball is inserted it must never be remov. He end I was thinking and thinking after I finished the book but I couldn t get anything Book started with very much potential but these thingsust gave me brain attack I guess if there was clarity of all these I could have enjoyed the bookOverall it was strange read uniue imagination but unfortunately not FOR ME READ REVIEWS ON MY BLOG BOOKS TEACUP me Read reviews on my blog Books Teacup Reviews Strungballs by Mike RussellThis book by Mike Russell is another short story It s a great read for those who want a short exciting read and for those like me who didn t want to commit to another Games of Thrones book right awayThis book is weird if I put it lightly The thought of a strungball was not something I have ever dreamed up in my life but Mike Russell somehow thought this up and created a story about it It s uniue and enticing to me when someone can create such interesting thoughts which is why I enjoyed this bookGetting to see this uniue and different world through out main character s eyes was great It s kind of sci fidystopian esue which would be great for readers who are interested in those topics It s such a utopia that it s a dystopiathose books are always interestingThe book is so precise and so fantastical it s hard to explain it in my own wording without ruining it This utopia perfect world that is so perfect that it s not is probably the best way I can word it I love how Mike made this world so perfect because it makes you feel uneasy and thrilled by each turn this short story takesOur main character seems to be the only person uestioning or going against the true perfection IN THIS NOVEL WHILE THIS HAS BEEN DONE A this novel While this has been done a times over it s very fitting in this novel Normally I would be annoyed and disgusted by seeing this
TREND OVER AND OVER BUT I over and over but I it here Mike makes it fit Pure Chance just well enough that I m not uestioning itLike Mike s other books you will begin uestioning reality and life itself It raises so many thought provoking uestions in such little space but that s why I found it to intriguing I have to say this is definitely my favourite book by him and I want to come back to it at a later date to see if my feelings change on this novel or notOverall this maddening book will drive you over the edge with peculiarity It s a great readFive out of five I was lucky enough to be given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review thank you Jay Strange Books Secretary for contacting me I would of missed reading this book other wise Strungballs is the third book from Mike Russell and his first Novella with only 66 pages it a nice uick read if you have a couple of hours free The book follows Sydney as he has his first skin removed for his fir. Transgress everything he was taught to believe in when he embarks upon aourney that will reveal the astonishing secrets hidden by the red balls on white strings known only as Strungballs Inspiring lib. Well what can I say That was one of the most surreal stories I ve ever read but that made it all the enjoyable I don t know if it was supposed to be symbolic or metaphorical or ust plain weird Either way this is a good short read I look forward to reading of Mike Russell s workI received this book as part of the Goodreads giveaway Note I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review I am glad I got a chance to read this book Stars This is very strange and
"Weird Book Honestly I Couldn "book I couldn get the main concept of the book Strungballs It ust raised lot of uestions after I finished the bookCharacters Well only Syndney and Albert were little likable characters in the book because of their uniueness and ability to think out of box and they made little sense Everyone else were weird and stereotypical and made no sense sounded like all were under hypnosisWhat I liked Beginning of the book was interesting I was hooked to book till first half of the book I loved the way author built the world in the book It gave a good dystopian science fiction look All the numerical in the book the rooms and the time was interesting I liked the infinity concept in the book it made book very interesting Second thing I liked was the rebellious nature of Sydney his ability to oppose what was taught I mean fighting stereotypical thoughts and rules and his ability of thinking out of sphere and Strungballs It taught to think about the greater good and the not the good that was told and accepted by everyone Even the Anatomy part of the book was fine it was strange but was okay I could understand little What I understood from the whole Anatomy part was I could guess that this whole city and people were kind of living in cell or something or was like two identical pairs of DNA But I m not totally sure I like author s strange imagination I haven t come across this kind of strange booksAll stars for these points and author s imagination and writingWhy 25 Mostly I cut stars because I couldn t grasp this following points it all confused me a lot May be my imagination is working properly for this
book I don t knowSo what I didn t understand was theI don t knowSo what I didn t understand was the half of the book That white sand part outside the sphere exactly what place it was I could understood two person or whatever it was produced the new person But that baby part and baby eating Strungballs I was lost at this point and the end of the book doesn t make any sense And at the end of everything it all takes me back to the uestion I had at the starting of the book what the Strungballs was and why people had that at the first place and what ust happened at Strungballs is an extraordinary novella from Strange Books author Mike Russell What are Strungballs Ten year old Sydney is about to find out but first he must have a cube of his flesh removed Sydney will.