“Quickwater Oracles” by Ruth Thompson (e-ARC review)

Title: Quickwater Oracles 

Author: Ruth Thompson

photo credit/source: Ruth Thompson Poet & Channel

Publishing: 04/12/2021

Genre: Poetry, Spirituality

Rating: 5 lemonades

Thanks to NetGalley and Saddle Road Press for a free e-ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Summary: 

Ruth Thompson is a poet and Channel and shares many conversations with physical and non-physical beings in “Quickwater Oracles”. She uses her poetic voice to share with the reader what beings from other dimensional states want us to know. A world-view challenging reading experience. 

“Quickwater Oracles” by Ruth Thompson 

Whenever I write a book review, there is always a moment when I feel “I don’t know what I could say about this book”, but then I just start, and I find the sentences. “Quickwater Oracles”, however, is such a different reading experience compared to other books that I have been pondering this review for weeks. 

Ailia Mira writes in the foreword to “Quickwater Oracles”

Life itself is a mystery and those of us willing to encounter it that way might be more willing to allow those experiences we feel as true, but also can’t explain. Channelling for me falls in that territory. Real and different than what we think of as regular states of being. I used to explain my own sense of what was happening and then gradually realized I could simply let the work speak for itself.

So I suggest that here – read the poems and see.

“Read the poems and see” is somehow the only thing that continuously came to mind when I thought of “Quickwater Oracles”. I’ll try anyway to let you see how reading it unfolded for me:

The title turned up in my NetGalley feed for several weeks. Mostly I thought, “That sounds interesting, especially the title but no, not for me.”. But it was like a bug that simply didn’t leave me alone. In the end, I applied to read it. When I got Ruth Thompson’s book, I read the foreword and didn’t understand a word. “What is Ailia Mira on about? It’s a book. It’s words. How can that be different?” Then I read the first “conversation/poem”, and I put it down. “Makes no sense whatsoever!”

The Faeries by Ruth Thompson

Tiny voices all around. Like birds wittering. All around, from all directions. Giggling. How can you doubt? This is beautiful! Here we all are!” 

This part was ok but then: 

Touch touch touch tap tap tap on my shoulders and head and face. And laugher, bubbling laugher! Get it? Get it? Tap tap tap! Get it? … 

No, I didn’t get it despite Ruth’s introduction. She writes there: ” All my life I’ve had experiences of merging with the natural world. But very early I learned not to talk about what I experienced… “. Ruth then describes how she came to recognize channels to other states of being, and her work began to be influenced by these. 

“Quickwater Oracles” kept bugging me, though. It was like something called out to me to give this book another go. In the end, I gave in and read one “conversation/poem” per day at night before sleeping. I figured that my “normal” way of reading a book – reading the words and making sense of them – made no sense (sorry for the pun) here. So I tried to switch my analytical side off and simply experience the words, phrases and images Ruth shares.  

Then something strange happened: They made sense, and they made me remember my dreams. Never have I dreamed so much than when I was reading “Quickwater Oracles”. They made me giggle and ponder what else might be out there that I am not aware of. And they made me want to read the book again and again. To me, these “conversations/poems” are like a treasure trove that will give me new experiences every time I read them.    

Overall, reading “Quickwater Oracles” gave me a feeling of curiosity and hope. It made me question if what is in my usual experience is all there is. I am going to keep reading it and see what will unfold.

Review summary

Reading “Quickwater Oracles” was like nothing I’ve ever read. It was exciting, curious and hopeful, and I want more. This book is for curious people who are interested in unusual experiences. Someone who likes to explore the mystery of life. Try it and see for yourself. 

Happy reading

and remember:

You can do it!

Liz

Liz’s Rating System

1 Lemon could not read it

2 Lemons could read it but didn’t impress

3 Lemonades it was ok

4 Lemonades Great Read

5 Lemonades Incredible read, I’ll read it again

2 thoughts on ““Quickwater Oracles” by Ruth Thompson (e-ARC review)

    • Liz Halton says:

      Hello, it’s so lovely to hear from someone who enjoyed this book too. She did an incredible job and I am glad you liked my review. Thanks so much for your kind words and I am sorry it needed a while for me to answer. Have a lovely day!

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