Ather for his bravery This is simply a cube with a red ball on a white string and the device is inserted into the place where his cube a red ball on a white string and the device is inserted into the place where his cube flesh used to be leaving the Stungball dangling in front of Sydney s white gown He has the latest coolest design and it beaming with pride He promises to adhere to the Strungball Rule Once a Strungball is inserted it must never be removedThe action takes place in an uncomplicated utopian science fiction type city full of Strungball advertising posters where the inhabitants must always do what is good The city is a torus corridor containing 999 identical rooms After room 999 room 1 comes next Numbers sizes and measurements seem important to the cities tenants as well as in the way Russell writes this tale Everything seems eual and perfect Their existences seem very routine such as residents going to work or school daily and like clockwork and in addition the aspirations most children have is to either work in the highly respected industries of Strungball sales or a Strungball advertising This must be this "world s euivalent of an actor or footballer The curtains to Sydney "s euivalent of an actor or footballer The curtains to Sydney room are always closed The city is protected by a barrier that keeps the monsters away so that the citizens can continue living their tranuil existence All is good until Sydney meets a gentleman called Albert who makes him uestion WhyThe characters all seem robotic and stereotypical in this city Like they have been brainwashed It is no coincidence that the book cover looks like it does All except Albert who is the only individual who has doubts and uestions this good society and the need to dangle Strungball from their gowns What does the city need the cubes of flesh for anyway The first half of the narrative flows at a steady pace After this stage through Sydney starts uestioning things and then embarks on a bizarre ourney where he encounters a hollow inside out giant travels through a forest of veins all whilst contemplating the difference between what is finite and what is infinite He may also meet one of these fabled monsters on his travels Strangebooks is an apt name for this Brighton based indie press who released this as well as Russell s short story collection Nothing is Strange This was a highly uniue weird and perhaps even mind altering reading experience which I enjoyed The second half of the story does descend to another level of peculiar chaos that was sometimes confusing I had to work hard to follow what was going on when reading towards the conclusion I would normally rate this 355 yet I am rounding it up to 45 because it is like nothing I have ever read before Jameswwwyouandibookswordpresscom 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 first Strungball to be insertedhis skin is used to help patch up a skin barrier that protects 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 do to be normalI found the story really interesting and it will keep me thinking about the story long after finishing it Having already experienced Mike Russell s stories I began this one with an open mind and smile I knew before I started reading that it would be like nothing I have read before even his first book and yep after 66 pages the entirety of this book I can say it is uniueIt is only a small world Sydney lives in it has identical rooms numbered from 1 999 which then brings it back to 1 The rooms are suare and the one where I met 10 year old Sydney very clinical It had to be he had proudly The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States just had his first cube of flesh removed from his chest It was for the good of the community His parents presented him with his first Strungball which fitted into the hole in his chest with a string to dangle down so that he and others could see how many cubes of flesh he had given Everything is fine until Sydney learns of the others and meets the man who has Strungballs than anyone elseI don t try to dissect Mike Russell s stories they areust simply what they are the day I read them tomorrow I will see something else in them The point is I ust like how I go along with them because I have nothing to compare them to I always think of Alice in Wonderland when I think of Mike Russell and one of the sayings in it I m not crazy my reality is
different than yours perfect What an imagination this man has so glad he shares it 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. 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. .Just Different Than Yours
Sydney lives in a white sterile world from room to the walls and even the curtains everything is whiteThe book opens with Sydney lying in to the walls and even the curtains everything is whiteThe book opens with Sydney lying in 4m x 4m x 4m room awaiting to have a piece of flesh removed from his chest When the procedure was done he exited the room and was presented with a Strungball by his parents This was placed in the hole that was cut into his chest with the cord that was attached danglin 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 thought of a strungball was not something I have ever dreamed up in my life but Mike 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 by Mike Russell is a weird and wacky novella with a uniue view on society and humanityStrungballs follows the main character Sydney a ten year old boy who loves strungballs red balls placed into your body via holes made by removing your flesh as they are a physical indicator of those who have done good Sydney lives in a world where people live in rooms numbered 1 999 they all live to serve the strungball centred society and to do so is to be good Having Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth just received his first strungball Sydney is ecstatic and wants to be good by working in advertising for the strungballs However Sydney then meets Albert Albert has tried to live without strungballs a terrible thing that turns you into an other a monster but could not This starts to get Sydney thinking about strungballs and why they are needed Sydney eventually removes his own and escapes through the sphere of flesh a protective wall made from hat is removed to place the strungballs only to realise the truth about the strungballs and his worldThis was definitely a weird novella with the second half being substantially stranger than the first However it was uniue and he world Russell has built is definitely a pure sci fi oddity I appreciated how the story starts with characters who behave or less as though they are mind controlled referring to each other as Mother and Father and behaving only in ways that are deemed good The development of this which turns into a break of consciousness led by Sydney was interesting as it let the reader uestion what is true Do we as humans only have ourselves to fear and should we be afraid of asking why Ultimately it appears that to be able to ask why and embrace our fears is what it means to be free to be happy and to be wholeThe characters are intentionally one dimensional and are inherently creepy until the resolution Having the child be the one to break the consciousness that has become the consensus and the norm was clever and allowed insight into the determination and individuality of children before society can mould them Following the characters on this shortourney was definitely an experience and to watch the development of the plot and the acceptance of humanity and its fears in such an abstract way was intriguing This surreal take on society and our tendency to band together is definitely a thought provoking readThis weird and wacky novella is perfect for sci fi lovers who prefer abstract storytelling and strong societal themesIf you are looking for a short but thought provoking read then this is definitely for youThanks to Jay at Strangebooks for the review e book copy of Strungballs by Mike Russell in exchange for my honest review 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 per. 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.
characters ï eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Mike RussellFectly The ball was wedged in tight Sydney let go of "the string allowing it to hang down to his navel So "string allowing it to hang down to his navel So 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 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts journey filled with obstacles and challenges that serve as occasions for a series of radical transformations Sydney as the archetypal hero Additionally I 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 youudge 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 See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsStrungballs is the first of Mike Russell s stories that I have read but I am pretty sure it won t be the last On one hand I was genuinely baffled by much of this surreal futuristic tale however I thoroughly enjoyed discovering the bizarre world he created Despite an obvious lack of detailed descriptions of place and character that I usually prefer this is a short novella after all I could easily envisage the clinical city and Sydney s spartan home as well as understanding and empathising with his parents actions After this early point I guess the key to reading Strungballs is Moonrise (Snowfall, just to go with the flow I felt Russell made a strong statement about society s slavish devotion to ingrained ideas We tend to follow the herd regardless of whether we truly understand what we are doing why we do so or the personal price involved The flesh sphere reminded me of Anais Mitchell s Hadestown wall Further than this though I can t say partly for not wanting to prematurely reveal Russell s inventiveness to potential readers and partly because Iust really don t know I could think myself round in circles for hours with this story 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 25 Stars This is very strange and weird book Honestly I couldn t 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 a good dystopian science fiction look All the
in the book the rooms and the time was interesting I liked the infinity 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 the second 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 the 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 things Hello, Snow! just 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 and Reviews I received a copy of Strungballs in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank the author and also Jay the Strangebooks secretary for this opportunity This review will contain minor spoilers This is a short novella numbering only 66 pages and when it commences we are introduced to a young gentleman called Sydney who is in a 4m x 4m x 4m room awaiting an operation The medical procedure is to have a cube of his flesh removed this cities initiation into adulthood for the youngsters He is then gifted a Strungball by Mother and 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. ,numerical in the book the rooms and time was interesting I liked the infinity