Alison Rumfitt

Teoksen Tell Me I'm Worthless tekijä

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Tekijän teokset

Tell Me I'm Worthless (2021) 281 kappaletta
Brainwyrms (2023) 45 kappaletta
The T(y)ranny 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Book of Queer Saints (Volume II) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta

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Rumfitt, Alison
United Kingdom
Brighton, Sussex, England, UK



Tell Me I'm Worthless has crawled in my brain and latched itself deep in there. The prose is haunting—it feels hypnotic and fills you with dread. It's hard to think of another book that has tackled so many subjects so well—fascism, transphobia, xenophobia, queerness—not just in such a short amount of time, but while telling a compelling haunted house story as well.

I cannot stop thinking about this book.
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Ghost1y | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 28, 2024 |
The riff on Jackson's opening line from The Haunting of Hill House did nothing but make me wish that I was reading that book instead.
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willevcns | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 13, 2023 |
People who like to describe things as "elevated horror" talk a lot about the difference between horror and terror. You know, "the difference between awful apprehension and sickening realization: between the smell of death and stumbling against a corpse," as they say (or, ok, as Devendra Varma said, according to the "Horror and Terror" Wikipedia page...). What people often fail to mention is that a lot of so-called horror media is not really about horror, or about terror, but about disgust. More ick than eek. No more frightening than spoiled milk, no less upsetting.

Folks, this is prime example of what I'm talking about. Brainwyrms is gross. Brainwyrms is disgusting. Brainwyrms should not be read in times and places where it would be inappropriate to become violently ill. Very icky. Whatever the opposite of elevated is. Neither the smell of death nor the stumbled upon corpse but the maggots and piles of vomit left behind for the crime scene clean-up crew. I often asked myself, why am I reading this? why am I doing this to myself? It is the stinkingest turd of a novel I have ever read.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, as they say! And as turds go, this one was pretty polished. Rumfitt does a really fine job here of crafting a compelling narrative that neither under nor overplays its (unwashed) hand. The characters are well-formed, distinct, plausibly motivated to behave as they do. And the more straight-forward horror elements lurk persistently in the background, waiting patiently to be born. It has none of the flaws of Rumfitt's first novel, Tell Me I'm Worthless (which I found to be poorly structured, derivative, philosophically confused, etc.), or of Eric LaRocca's similarly premised Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke (which was rushed, pointless, unbelievable, etc.). I doubt I will recommend it to anyone -- I try to avoid rendering my friends and loved ones nauseous -- nor can I say honestly that I enjoyed it. But if you're looking to have a bad time reading a good book: this is for you.

P.S. Thanks NetGalley! This book should come with an anti-emetic!
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maddietherobot | Oct 21, 2023 |
Tell Me I'm Worthless had a very interesting beginning, one that I thought would set up this novel quite nicely, but unfortunately, it went seriously downhill from that point on. I felt like I was reading an entirely different book; the only reason I kept going was because I wanted to actually find out if the haunted house played a bigger role in this book.

The actual horror stuff was few and far between, and although I get that the haunted house is a symbolism of fear and oppression and how easy it is for those things to control your world, that can also be a metaphor for what happened in this book. I admire and respect the author for trying to use horror, in the shape of a haunted house and the events that occurred there, as a way to show oppression in a different light, but I feel like it got away from them and instead of a good story became more of a series of weird rants that made the story disjointed. The messages/themes within the book become confusing because these rants are also confusing, dealing with things such as fascism and so on, trying to push their own political beliefs on the reader, something I wasn't having any part of. As someone who can think for herself, I would rather the ideas be there so I can think about them and form my own conclusions. In some ways, it can feel demeaning, as if a reader can't think for themselves.

The characters themselves were pretty one-dimensional and by the end of the book, I didn't feel like any of them had shown any growth. Unfortunately, the political aspects of this book took away from the overall potential of character development. If you took out a lot of those rants, this book would read really well as a short story; I thought the part with Hannah, in particular, in the haunted house was superbly done, despite the political tone to it, although I still feel like the author tends to give too much to the reader rather than let them figure things out on their own.

Tell Me I'm Worthless suffers from some editing issues as well as marketing issues. Touted as a haunted house novel, I went in expecting that and what I got was a political novel using haunted house metaphor to explore political beliefs. Normally, this wouldn't be an issue as I don't typically mind that, but it's the direct writing/ranting that turned me off this story as I don't feel it contributed much in terms of plot or character development, but served more to explore the author's personal political views/angst. Yes, the message is important, but so is the delivery, and the delivery turned me right off this book.
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StephanieBN | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2023 |



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