The Exploding Book by Mike Russell takes you on a surreal journey to a weird world. The residents of the town believe that their town is inside a big box and nothing lies beyond it. And then, BOOM, the library of the town explodes killing the librarian and leaving nothing but one book behind. Similar explosions take place subsequently all over the town. And the story continues…
This book like other books by Mike Russell makes you feel strange. The characters are uncanny and believe in all kinds of mysterious things. The world that the author weaves with his world is a treat to read. I think it is the best use of imagery.
The best part of the book is that it invites you into its world. You are not just a passive reader but an active witness of the unusual happenings of the town. Since you are a part of the world, it keeps you engaged and on the edge of your seat.
If you like reading surreal, weird, and mystifying stories, then this is the book for you. I highly recommend reading it.
PS: I received a hard copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.