Adult · magic

The Exploding Book by Mike Russell


There is a book with the power to destroy any book different from itself. Do not fear. This is not that book. This is the story of that book. An explosion occurs in a library, destroying all the books except one: an untitled book whose author is unknown. Unless someone can prevent it, the untitled book will soon become the only book in existence.

Mike Russell’s The Exploding Book is a unique, surreal novel. Filled with bizarre characters and fantastic imagery, The Exploding Book will take you on an extraordinary journey of cosmic proportions.

My Review

This book was very strange but very enjoyable, it was exactly what I would expect from a Mike Russell book. This one was set as the reader as the invisible narrator, as such, which was very unique and it involved the reader more as well. I thought the plot was kept very open at the start of the book but it got more concentrated as the paragraphs went on. The book focuses on people in a village who are having visions of gold temples and where all books are exploding except from The Dark Book. It all sounds very strange but I don’t want to say too much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil it. 

The other characters in this book appear to be very naive and vulnerable. They seem to discover new things throughout the book that they have never heard of before. The characters seem to be in their own work, away from the outside world. It was entertaining to read about these characters and everything they do, especially when it came to the new things they discovered which hadn’t been mentioned in The Dark Book. 

I thought this book had a deeper meaning to it. With the characters having different views on certain things says that not everyone will see or interpret everything in the same way. It is highlighted in this story because the characters discover new things which people have different thoughts on. 

It is so refreshing to read a book which is entertaining but meaningful. I found the text in this book to be quite poetic and it flowed really well. The book had a good pace to it as well, it never felt rushed at all. I thought the ending of the book was good and it fit in with the rest of the book. I highly recommend this book and this author. I have read many of his other books before and they are all very strange and unique. Thank you to StrangeBooks for sending me a copy of this book. Check it out on amazon and Goodreads.

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