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Recent book haiku

Mastodonia by Clifford D. Simak

Dog travels through time
to gnaw on dinosaur bones;
owner then follows...
(LeBoeuf)

Lone Wolf by Kathryn Lasky

He is born deformed,
and so is sentenced to death,
but one changes all.
(Firefox-Flame_dancer)

A Swell-Looking Babe by Jim Thompson

novembre 2018.
Quelques incohérences, en particulier pour le rôle de Marcia.
Bien mais sans plus.

Brobots by Trevor Barton

Living on the edge, Gay singularity now, Struggles just the same (Zenothing)

Brobots: The Complete Source Code by Trevor Barton

Singularity, burly robots (some are gay), space opera happens.

Red Gods Sing (Brobots Book 2) by Trevor Barton

Fake news and post truth, totalitarian mess, OTOH - a Mars trip!

Balance of Estubria (Brobots Book 3) by Trevor Barton

Boy get baddies kill, saving the planet bonus, ride this ship with me!

House of Glass by Susan Fletcher

A strong young woman
A dusty Cotswold mansion
Rumours of a ghost
(passion4reading)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

New teacher is a
psychopath. Don’t believe me?
Then talk to the hand!
(CathWhitney)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Evil just got a
makeover. Pink has never
been so menacing.
(CathWhitney)

The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull

From outsider to
aviation pioneer:
the sky's the limit!
(passion4reading)

The gun seller by Hugh Laurie

Wodehousian spy
versus arms-dealing cartel
written by. . . Prince George?
(Longshanks)

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

Quiet wooded town.
Darkness draws across the night.
Leaf strewn silent paths.
(SomeGuyInVirginia)

Powerbank Reflects - Apison - 52221 by Staff at Reflects

Power on the road
But danger lurks inside
Keep out of fire

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Volume One, of five
Her autobiography?
Childhood in Naples.
pickupsticks

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Mysteries, hardships.
Fierce childhood in Naples slum
Lifelong loyalties.
pickupsticks

La Disparition de Stephanie Mailer by Joël Dicker

Sans style, sans idée. Inquiétante disparition de l'auteur à succès.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

An evil genius
kidnaps a fairy captain
to hold her ransom.
(marcusbrutus)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The moral of this:
Adultery drives one mad.
And watch out for trains.
(hillaryrose7)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Traveling in time
Clare falls in love with Jamie
Must choose if she stays
(BekiLynn)

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

JoJo is tender,
Straight-backed as murdering Pop;
Kayla, too, sees ghosts.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Vasilisa, with
the winter wind in her hair,
travels to Moscow.
(passion4reading)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

There and back again:
pirates, gold and adventures!
The sea-cook's the star.
(ed.pendragon)

Nocturne Variations by John Biscello

Shadows on the wall,
she crawls, and then rises up--
the sun melts her wings.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle) by Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff's the new
kid on the block: move over
George R. R. Martin!
(passion4reading)

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle) by Jay Kristoff

Power play, intrigue,
revenge, an assassin school:
epic fantasy.
(passion4reading)

The Winds Of Winter by George R. R. Martin

Focused on TV
Twenty-fifteen came and went
Will this year be it?
(ExVivre)

The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss

O Patrick Rothfuss
hurry it up already
give us Book Three now!
(LauraMarkowitz)

The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss

Waiting so long now
A silence of the third book
Patience, reward me
(ExVivre)

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Diverging lenses
To start a fire? Golding knew
Nothing of optics.
(thorold)

A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

A magic duel
May the best magician win
Lila and Kell compete
(passion4reading)

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

As we move from room
to room, the living and the
dead reveal secrets.
(passion4reading)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher
(asbunny)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

A wizard child
saves his school from a Dark Lord
and makes some new friends.
(marcusbrutus)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Orphaned a baby
but growing up unknowing
he is a wizard
(Firefox-Flame_dancer)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Went with a strange man
because he gave me chocolate.
Almost got murdered.
(CathWhitney)

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

A deformed genius,
The opera's unseen master,
The book is better.
(hillaryrose7)

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

Grizzly killings in
the shadow of great World's Fair
held in Chicago.
(legallypuzzled)

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

A glittering fair,
Like a white gauze covering,
Horrifying scars.
(hillaryrose7)

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb

The Bard simplified,
A summary of each play,
Shakespeare for children.
(hillaryrose7)

The Borgias and Their Enemies: 1431-1519 by Christopher Hibbert

Maligned beyond truth,
A family vilified,
For being Spanish.
(hillaryrose7)

The Secret in Miranda's Closet by Sheila Greenwald

A beautiful doll,
Hidden in a girl's closet,
Helps her to blossom.
(hillaryrose7)

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An alpine meadow / Sweet scent of grass and flowers / Below - the abyss. (KangarooRat)

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An artist doomed,
Consumed by helpless longing,
He needed Prozac.
(hillaryrose7)

Silas Marner by George Eliot

A bitter old man,
An infant who warms his heart,
More precious than gold.
(hillaryrose7)

Middlemarch by George Eliot

dorothea cares
in a world not quite ready
to accept her views

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Interwoven fates,
A tapestry of stories,
Each thread a life.
(hillaryrose7)

Black Adder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, 1485-1917 by Richard Curtis

Cunning plans abound,
An ebon viper slithers,
Beware of turnips.
(hillaryrose7)

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

Hilarious yet sad,
A bookshop owner's lament,
Customers are weird.
(hillaryrose7)

Evelina by Frances Burney

Innocent yet wise,
A heroine of her time,
Acknowledged at last.
(hillaryrose7)

Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake

Beauteous verses,
Voice of purity and pain,
Madman or Prophet?
(hillaryrose7)

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

A maid of pure heart,
Enduring persecution,
Her wisdom triumphs.
(hillaryrose7)

The Inferno by Dante Alighieri

"Abandon all hope",
A journey begun in Hell,
But not ended there.
(hillaryrose7)

Vita Nuova, La (Penguin Classics) by Dante Alighieri

Blessed was his muse,
Adored in painful silence,
Deathless now her name.
(hillaryrose7)

How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair by Jonathan Beckman

A queen is brought low,
Dying for another's greed,
Gems as cold as death.
(hillaryrose7)

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

Should we pity Anne?
Or call her a usurper?
Or perhaps do both?
(hillaryrose7)

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

The first Gothic tale,
Yes, overly-dramatic,
But also wondrous.
(hillaryrose7)

The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

The bad Elves all die
Which is why all Elves are good
In the later books.
(hillaryrose7)

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Estate agent gets
It in the neck. Should avoid
Transylvania.
(abbottthomas)

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dinner at the Count's.
Should be fun. No, don't bother
to bring any wine.
(Carnophile)

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula could teach
Edward not to sparkle so.
He hates those books too.
(hillaryrose7)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The creature awakes,
Horrible yet innocent,
Abandonment scars.
(hillaryrose7)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

It is dangerous,
To play God with life and death,
Horror the result.
(hillaryrose7)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

"Love moderately,"
said the Friar to the kids.
Wish they had listened.
(Carnophile)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Is it star-crossed love?
Should the Friar have hosed them?
A little of both.
(hillaryrose7)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Etre ou ne pas être... 
Un chef-d'oeuvre intemporel?
Telle est la question.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Dithering Hamlet
can't decide to do the deed.
Finally, all die.
(Sasha Newborn)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Kill him already!
Your father's ghost told you to!
All die thanks to you!
(hillaryrose7)

Othello by William Shakespeare

Self-hating black man
Goes medieval on blonde wife
OJ's fav'rite book?
(citygirl)

Othello by William Shakespeare

A viper's hissing,
Destroys a man's happiness,
A faithful wife slain.
(hillaryrose7)

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

If he had waited,
The crown might have come to him,
Legitimately.
(hillaryrose7)

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Brilliant comedy,
A battle of the sexes,
Is Kate truly tamed?
(hillaryrose7)

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

A horse's story,
Man's kindness and Man's cruelty,
Black Beauty feels both.
(hillaryrose7)

In Praise of Poison Ivy: The Secret Virtues, Astonishing History, and Dangerous Lore of the World's Most Hated Plant by Anita Sanchez

A species maligned,
So irritating to us,
With many virtues.
(hillaryrose7)

Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

Troubled by ravens,
Tell-tale hearts and risen wives,
Master of Horror.
(hillaryrose7)

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

A choice to betray,
Valor never recognized,
Seals his fate and ours.
(hillaryrose7)

The Poetry of Petrarch by Petrarch

Longing for Laura,
The poet writes of his love,
Never requited.
(hillaryrose7)

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Baroness Orczy

An English noble
saves French aristocracy
from the guillotine.
(marcusbrutus)

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Baroness Orczy

In France terror reigns,
Yet an Englishman slips through,
And bests them again.
(hillaryrose7)

Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide by Heimo Mikkola

Oodles of Owls,
A strigiphile's guidebook,
Feathery goodness.
(hillaryrose7)

Fire in the City: Savonarola and the Struggle for the Soul of Renaissance Florence by Lauro Martines

The Medici gone,
Florence looks for its savior,
A city aflame.
(hillaryrose7)

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Anne Boleyn's pride comes
before her fall. By the end
she's a head shorter.
(passion4reading)

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Just desserts are served,
Uneasy lies the queen's head,
The usurper's fate.
(hillaryrose7)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

How many Thomases?
How many Annes? Enough for
A Reformation?
(thorold)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel's
character resurrection
of Thomas Cromwell.
(passion4reading)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Fast-paced, well-written
political thriller. Twist?
Set in Tudor times.
(passion4reading)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Thomas Cromwell: from
historical figure to
man of flesh and blood.
(passion4reading)

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

A court of bared fangs,
Who will survive the scheming,
In this hall of wolves?
(hillaryrose7)

Animal Farm by George Orwell

"The old king is dead!
"The farm overflows with good things."
"We'll let you know."
(one-horse.library)

Animal Farm by George Orwell

"Wake, Boxer, with cause!"
Friends offer snake-sly wisdom.
The wheel turns, grates on.
(one-horse.library)

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

Dragon politics
Library must stay neutral
Send Irene Winters
(passion4reading)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Though some gender roles
are outdated, the story
stands the test of time.
(CathWhitney)

Life on Air by David Attenborough

Stories of fifty
plus years spent in front of the
TV cameras.
(passion4reading)

Twilight of the Gods [catchall] by Richard Wagner

Hero goes down Rhine.
Confused much by love potion.
Ends badly for all.

Hidden (Deep Ops) by Rebecca Zanetti

Lots of hot sex there
Traumatic backgrounds for both
Crazy cult there too

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A rich little girl
becomes an orphan and slave
but stays positive.
(marcusbrutus)

The Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant

Zu Kolumbus' Zeit
fasst' Brant hundertzwölf Laster
in Lehrgedichte

Siegfried [libretto] by Richard Wagner

Siegfried mends his sword,
kills dragon then dwarf, gets Ring.
"Das ist kein Mann!" Wow!

The Valkyrie [full score] by Richard Wagner

Twins go for incest.
Valkyrie gets Wotan wrong.
Stuck on fiery rock.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

Headmaster cancelled
the school sports program so that
four kids could hunt eggs.
(CathWhitney)

 
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