Follow Me to Ground
Ada and her father, touched by the power to heal illness, live on the edge of a village where they help sick locals—or “Cures”—by cracking open their damaged bodies ...more
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I want to put in the freezer! I want to hide myself in the closet and count to 5 million to get rid of the damage the book gave me. I’m going to chuck because I’m chicken and deserved to be fried and served at fancy Soul Food places (I’m coward but still five starred fancy coward!)
I’m giving four stars and praying loudly (already I organized my own congregation circling me because of my usage of so many holly words) the spirits of Ada and ...more
Warnings?: Very graphic in the medical sense
I almost hesitated to rate this the full 5 stars because it's such a twisted speculative novel and sometimes I wonder what that says about me, but at the same time I think it's one of the most singular things I've ever read, so sue me. I loved it.
Follow Me to Ground is witchy, spooky, medically graphic, and disturbing. It follows the life of two non- ...more
Now that she was open the room had filled up with the tearing sound, the clotting was given off a smell of blueberries left to long on the stove. I started humming, feeling my way towards the pitch of her hurt. The baby was sleeping; I could see its little shoulders through the curtain of her womb when I lifted the bladder aside....more
Once the humming and the tearing bl
I would have liked more explanation about everything (literally everything) but I think that is part of the magic and the draw of this book.
And that cover! ...more
This was a very odd, visceral sort of a book, and though it's short, I think it's the perfect length. It's unsettling and a little ambiguous throughout, but details and certainty would have ruined this particular story - if storytellin ...more
Authors of the books I mentioned in my review are all deliberately using the irrational, and the unexplained, to describe experiences and feelings where logic does ...more
I had no idea what I was getting into when starting Follow me to Ground, and I won't lie: throughout the first 50 pages I was utterly lost. This incredibly unique magical realism debut shifts the balance between familiar and alien far towards the latter, with its story surrounding a not-quite-human father and daughter, using something between witchcraft, magic and medicine to heal the sick in their neighbouring village. It had me confused and a little unsettled at first, but it pulled ...more
This was such a strange book and I’m not even too sure I still understand everything. It was alluring, weird and hypnotic. This also had magical realism that I’m still trying to wrap my head around.
This was a strangely beautiful book in its prose, concepts and gore. Altogether a very odd book but also lyrical. It explores desire and humanity from someone who is not- it is vividly imaginative.
3.5*** as I’m not too sure I 100% understood some of the things that were happening b ...more
I peeled back the wet slap of her womb. The baby was still in evidence, like the unevenness to grass where some animal has stopped to graze.
Longlisted for the 2019 Republic of Consciousness Prize
The judge’s nomination:
Sue Rainsford achieves something quite uncanny: believability. Her characters are not human (as “normally conceived”) but human-like creatures who live on the edge of a village and tend to the sick and dying by burying them in the gro...more
This book is so weird. I mean that in the best way possible. I don’t even know how to go about describing it, because it’s just that weird. Witchy healer does witchy things? Witchy healer starts an affair with a guy who might not be so upstanding himself and chaos ensues? Is she good? Is she not so good? No one knows. Certainly not this reader.
It’s like this: Ada starts out seeming like a perfectly sweet, inno ...more
This book is strange, wonderful, otherworldly, and hard to categorize. Literary fiction? Fantasy? Magical realism? Horror? Depends on the reader. I don't know who to recommend this book to but I loved it. The basic premise is that there is a person, Ada, who isn't completely human. She lives with her father who isn't human either. Both of them are from the Ground. Th ...more
My penultimate book from the RofC longlist and the strangest one yet. It is unquestionably highly imaginative and well written, but the whole thing is a little too distanced from reality for my taste, like a magic realist nightmare without the realism.
Fortunately, my Mookse group friends have already written detailed reviews that saw more in it than I did, so I recommend these by Paul, Gumble's Yard and Neil.
I didn't like the writing or any of the characters. I feel like the author was trying to get some sort of point across, but I have no idea what that was. I'm sure I'll forget that I read this book at all. ...more
Having now read the book, I have to say that I think coming at it with no prior knowledge might be the best way to experience it. For that reason, I am going to try to avoid details of the plot apart from maybe a bit of scene setting that might creep in.
This is one of those books that’s going to be amazing for a certain kind of reader. I am not that certain kind of reader. This was magical realism with a dash of weirdness but the more you keep reading you realize that the lid must’ve come off and the whole bottle of weirdness ended up in there. The utter strangeness of this reminded me a lot of The Library at Mount Char, so if you were a fan of that, definitely pick this one up. (That one also didn’t work for me. lol) Here’s a quick su ...more
An odd horror magical realism about 2 healers, a father and his daughter. I wanted to read more and honestly couldn’t put this book down but it wasn’t scary nor was it that creepy the medical descriptions were graphic but not grotesque. The characters I wanted to get to know deeper but instead only knew them at a surface level.
All in all, it was ok I just don’t think it went anywhere or did anything for me.
The fabulist elements found here are far more literal than I was anticipating, and this may prove alienating for some. Ada and her father are not quite human. Though her father’s genesis remains mysterious, Ada was born of the earth, but moulded, literally and figuratively, by her father. They live on ...more
I enjoyed reading the first half, but in the end it falls short on character content, the plot is rather ham-fisted (how many times can we beaten over the head that incest is going on) and by the end I was just flipping pages to get thro ...more
I'm going to be completely transparent, I don't know what I just read. lol. I was confused more than half of the way through, but Rainsford's writing and my curiosity kept me going. All I got from this is that loneliness is a bitch and it will have you doing some crazy things.
If you're going to read this, which you should, know that it is a very unique read. ...more