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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  41 reviews
A young girl emerges out of the woods. David is in the middle of wrestling with an unsatisfactory existence when she enters his life. He decides to look out for the girl, but he soon discovers she may not be all she seems.

Together they decide to seek out a place of safety, away from a world that could misunderstand their relationship. As their troubles come to the surface,
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Published August 25th 2015 by Cardboard Wall Empire (first published August 20th 2015)
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Janie C.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
anemogram. has many elements that I enjoy: creative use of language, strong imagery and an almost hallucinatory story line. A young girl appears out of nowhere and finds her way into different adult males' lives. To be clear, this story is not about child abuse. Instead, it focuses on the relationships the mysterious girl has with the world around her, with her chosen adult companions and with her possibly imaginary friend, Tinker. Different people, places and histories are explored, and the cha ...more
Leo Robertson
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It's been a pleasure of mine to read a number of Gransden's cryptic short stories. It's rare that a debut author comes out with a style this defined: stories that glance off of memories, of the surreal, and... that's actually about as good a description as I can come up with, for the simple reason that I find her work original, indescribable. Gransden is the only author whose stories I need to read to the end before I can make any sense of them. It's almost as if the true reading of her stories ...more
Kevin Cole
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book kicked my ass.

I finished reading it yesterday. My thoughts were in chaos. I couldn't write a review. I'm not much better today. But I'll try. I shouldn't wait too long.

First, kudos to the author who, just when I thought I had her story figured out, she goes and picks it up, shakes it (and, by extension, me) viciously, then sends it down a path I never expected. And now that I think about it, there were hints along the way that this would happen. There were details that were cree
Mike Robbins
I wanted to read this book because people I knew had praised it highly. It took me three attempts. The opening paragraph is willfully obscure. The title was, the author says, chosen at random. (For what it’s worth, an anemogram is a graphic record of wind speed.) The first few pages sometimes seem overwritten. Those who read this review, and then read this book, will think at first that I’m mad to give it five stars. I’m not.

Rebecca Gransden’s anemogram. (sic) opens in an abandoned yard in the w
Rupert Dreyfus
It took me a number of attempts to get into the writing style of this book. This is nothing to do with the author's writing ability (as Gransden has clearly honed her craft before publishing anything before now) and everything to do with the fact that I don't read outside of my comfort zone often enough. Call me an ignorant arse (and I really am), but I've seen the genre magical realism banded around for many years and have ignored it because it doesn't sound like my cup of tea at all. I don't k ...more
Mary Papastavrou
I'm confident that the writer will end up with a major, prestigious literary award one fine day. That is to say that my feeling whilst reading this book was that I encountered greatness.

We love different books for different reasons and the main reason for loving this one is the wealth of subtext, the profound unspoken, what lies underneath. The author is to be complimented on so many aspects but I need to point out the independent spirit of this work. Tarkovsky once replied to the complain abou
Harry Whitewolf
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction

Y’know how with some books, you just keep reading the next bit, and before you know it, what should’ve been thirty minutes’ reading has turned into several hours. This was one of those books. I’ve just raced through it in two sittings.

Sure, there are plenty of questions to be had from the offset, so you want to keep reading to find the answers, but this book is also the exact opposite of using any such devices as cliffhangers. It doesn’t even use a chapter format to enhance the reader’s curiosit
Leonie Hinch
When the author of Anemogram, Rebecca Gransden contacted me a few days ago asking if I would like to review her debut novel I happily agreed and told her I should have read and reviewed it in a couple of days.
In reality it took me only three hours.

This was due to the fact that this was a mind blowingly addictive book which I could not put down.

The language and writing style is so rich that the only other author I could possibly compare it to is Peter S Beagle. That in itself is the biggest co
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 2020
A very young girl—six or seven—wanders semi-feral through exurban zones of fragmented forest and construction sites. When she needs food she approaches civilization and in the course of her foraging sometimes she is discovered. This happens twice in the novel—both times she is found by lonely men whose fathering instincts readily emerge. With the second man, David, she embarks on a series of low-key but weighty adventures, in the way that when we are young many journeys take on a significance be ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Jan 18, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF at 31 %. The dreamlike and poetic prose balances on the right side of pretentiousness at all times and I have no problem at all understanding that one could be very much seduced by it and enjoy this a lot. My problems are that I could not stop searching for a coherent story line and even more, at a third in I felt no compulsion at all to find out what's really going on and how the story would evolve.

Following the exhausting work that was The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, this
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Rebecca Gransden is a fantastic story teller, right from the start you get whisked away with the story. Sarah is an interesting little girl who causes you to ask lots of questions. David is a quiet brooding character. And Tinker? He/she is very entertaining, every now and then they tell a story to Sarah, the stories feel like little fables that Buddha has come up with, I found them good fun to read.

My biggest issue with this book is that none of my many questions were answered, I'm still unsure
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Leo Robertson
People who have slipped free of the ties of civilization to live in the bosom of Mother Nature have existed in literature from time immemorial. Sumerian mythology gave us Enkidu. The Bible shows us Nebuchadnezzar living like an animal. The Middle Ages had woodwoses and knights gone mad. Kipling gave us Mowgli the "wolf-cub" and J.M. Barrie gave us Peter Pan, the flying imp who didn't want to grow up, along with his band of Lost Boys. Rebecca Gransden gives us a lost girl, Sarah, who wanders on t ...more
Paul Martin
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, indies
Thoroughly enjoyed this!

It took me a little while to get used to the writing, but once I did, I got pretty mesmerized by this strange story. I tend to get annoyed if I feel like the writer is being intentionally coy just for the sake of it, as if confusing the reader is a goal in itself, but that really wasn't the case here. The mystery, tension and great writing doesn't need any more action.

Reading this really made me think about The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, a book I didn't
Luke Marsden
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie
A man going through a mid-life crisis - David - takes a homeless waif under his wing, bunking work to look out for her for a while. She, seemingly innocent, knows how to manipulate people to survive. He takes her at face value and sees an idealised reflection of his own estranged daughter in her, and it is this version of the girl that we meet at the beginning of the book.

In this idealised image, the girl is almost an incarnation of nature itself, inhabiting the woods and verges, more Daughter N
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so mad at this book for ending! Seriously. I have so many questions! Tinker??? C'mon, I need to know more! And the murdering? Or maybe cleansing IS a better word . . . I will definitely be re-reading this in the future, searching for clues. Because that's what Gransden gives you-bits and pieces to figure out, stew on, wonder about, all while blazing through her deliciously surreal masterpiece. Can't wait for more from this author!
Jack Stark
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
3rd reading - With each reading I try to consider Sarah in a different light, fitting her into a different theory of who she is. It’s fun. I’ve decided who she is. A child on the run, surviving in whatever way she can. Desperate to remain hidden from the authorities. Authorities that failed her in the past. I continue to adore this story as a whole. That bittersweet ending gets me every time.


2nd reading - It's just so good! I love it so much! It's in my top 5 favourite re
Bran Gustafson
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was a great read, though certainly not for everybody. It's really best to approach this story with zero expectations (even more so than with most stories). The author writes with a great deal of confidence, and has no interest in speaking down to her audience.

The prose is dreamy and beautiful and the story itself is too (with some nightmare thrown in as well). Another reviewer mentioned magical realism, and I can see how that fits. The story also reminded me of a David Lynch or Lars Vo
Chris Harrison
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world seen through the eyes of a child often looks like a fantasy world, which shows how far we have come as adults when the magical and mysterious become strange and confusing. We demand logic and linear progression. There is linear progression in anemogram - protagonists Sarah and David keep asking each other 'where to next' - but the linearity is unsettled by 7 yr. old Sarah's projections onto it through her conversations with Tinker.

A cursory consideration of Tinker would describe him/he
Steven Ryan
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a variety of tastes but I tend to prefer simplicity and to the point. The author of this book clearly has a love of the English language and must have spent many hours crafting the many minute details of each scene and emotion which, for me, was beautiful but slightly distracting to my tiny concentrating abilities, I sometimes found that I’d lost my train of thought as some scenes were being described. The writing style reminded me of H.E. Bates in the level and eye for detail and sometim ...more
S.E. Lindberg
Anemogram – Engaging, Eerie Mystery

All is mysterious in anemogram by Rebecca Gransden: the obscure/cryptic title (technically a graphical display of wind speed), the ghostlike protagonist, and the poetic writing and evolving story. Gransden employs Mystery to drag you into the protagonist’s journey. “She” is a roaming, young girl. Her history and motivations are unclear. Is she a human orphan? A sprite or spirit guide? Angel or devil? The wind itself? Whatever she is, it seems she is out to harv
Stephanie Burton
I didn't know what to expect from anemogram. other than fellow author Harry Whitewolf spoke highly of Gransden's writing so I hoped I would be in for a treat. I certainly was and a perfectly timed Halloween one at that! anemogram. is set in a bleak post-industrial landscape of wastelands and McDonald's car parks that are so richly described that I could almost reach out and touch the rusting wire fences. I loved one moment where a tree consumes the metal through which it grows. We follow a disco ...more
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely, surreal experience it was to read this unique and magical debut novel.

The writing is extraordinary and pulls you into the story, absorbed in the rhythm and atmosphere it creates. There are no "back stories" to the characters - how they are where they are at this point - which adds to the sense of the characters' detachment from the rest of the world.

After a few twists that I never expected, the ending is quite abrupt, leaving me wanting to know more ..... What will happen to David
Tracy Reilly
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book defies categories, like many original books do. Great characters, melty action. Sorry --that's the adjective that sprung to mind. Definitely a good read.

In parts it has the overhanging worry of suspense, even horror--but it builds that tension to a naturally felt crescendo. In other words, it feels like something that might happen to real people, not some hyper Hollywood script. I think what I like best about it is how randomly chosen the characters seem, truly like persons who just wa
Xian Xian
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was received for an honest review

When Gransden told me about her novella, we were talking about writing stuffs, she told me or maybe Leo did, I don’t remember, that she was releasing a novella. And the novella is called anemogram. and when I saw her blog, I realized just like the short story she sent me, that she was one of those abstract writers. Abstract as in, everything is a sort of mystery that can only be solved by inconsistent dreams that have come to you during the restless nights i
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

For what it's worth, I appreciate the ambitiously poetic goals that Rebecca Gransden was aiming for in her experimental novel anemogram; set in an undated future where something is wrong with the world but is never explained, we learn about this alt-future wasteland through the eyes of a precocious little
Simon Campbell
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This dreamlike mystery filled with beautiful imagery and lyrical expressionism comes from a writer with a powerful voice who consistently uncovers poetry and wonder in the everyday. Parts of Anemogram read like a dream diary, where the dream slowly becomes more and more unsettling and you become filled with apprehension at where the story is heading. You're never sure which of these enigmatic but entirely empathetic characters' are who they say they are; their motivations are shrouded in a myste ...more
Paul Howsley
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anemogram was a unique story about a strange little girl who befriends a kind of lost soul. It had me gripped and questioning within the first few chapters. Gransden's ability to setup a world, to draw you in was fantastic. The book really gets going about half-way and by then, I was flying through the chapters, compelled to read on and find out what this Sarah was up to. What an interesting and strange character she was and her relationship with David was impressively told with witty and often ...more
David Heath
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
anemogram. was something of a mystery to me as I read it. The setting seemed surreal and almost apocalyptic as I moved forward, and the characters seemed detached from the real world. For the first bit I didn't quite know what to think, but eventually, it all started coming together.

Once the story gets moving, anemogram. starts to shine. Rebecca's true knack at writing is in vivid descriptions, of both physical things and emotional states.

I'm not quite sure what genre this book would fall in to
Gransden's writing creates a wonderfully lush sense of atmosphere, where the pull of a place seeps just under your skin, and the sense of danger and uncertainty scratch continually at your emotional door. We humans have a way of connecting through our stories and the young protagonist (Sarah) in this book seeks out the tales of strangers as a matter of survival. Despite her seeming innocence, something larger hides behind Sarah's tiny facade, a darkness barely restrained.

I hope this debut novel
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a special book! Filled with metaphors. A tale of a rather wonderful relationship, with genuine heart to it. A rare relationship with no agendas.
The little girl, Sarah (for the fleeting glimpse we see, her name is Sarah anyway) is such an old soul in a young body. Wise enough to know, that in a world focused almost solely on outward appearances, that if she keeps her dress clean, no-one will ever suspect!
I really enjoyed it, a great twist and some funny and poignant moments. I would
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