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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Student with an axe:
Napoleon or madman?
Siberian gaol.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Good boy gone bad in
this novel: comic version
removes most drama.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Young murderer
Meets pious prostitute
No hilarity

Super positions : Une histoire des techniques amoureuses by Anna Alter

Écrit à la hâte
Sujet sensationnaliste
Job de journaliste.

FM 21-26 by US Army

Army field training/
From nineteen eighty-seven/
How to read a map

The Holy Bible

This is a Bible.
Well, part of it, anyway:
there are six volumes.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

Magical children / An inspector comes to call / Fear or love: what wins? (g33kgrrl)

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

Calcutta, il venge
Son fils, cobaye des Anglais,
Tests de gaz moutarde

What If We Were Somewhere Else : Stories by Wendy Fox

If I'd never read / this book, I might be / more happy.

The Face of the Waters by Robert Silverberg

human exiles /
ordered to leave their new home / 
discover themselves

Aquarian Dawn: A Novel by Ebele Chizea

after fleeing war
teenage Ada discovers
love on her own terms

Standalone: A Dickie Cornish Mystery by Christopher Chambers

Street-wise detective
Dickie Cornish uncovers
DC’s worst secrets

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

vampire comes to town
gaslights his female neighbor
book club takes him down

A Short History of Russia: How the World's Largest Country Invented Itself, from the Pagans to Putin by Mark Galeotti

The Russian people//Centuries of being screwed//No wonder you drink

The Eight by Katherine Neville

This book does for chess
What 'Brief History of Time'
Did for basketball

All and Nought by Amir Naseri

everything is Naught, and Naught is everything

World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

Pour sauver Tomas,
Joe prêt à tous les massacres,
même tuer son "frère".

Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer by Louise Barnett

George Armstrong Custer
Civil War hero become
Genocide villain

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Louisiane, rhum, Cuba
Joe et Graciella dirigent.
Emma est-elle morte?

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Four inquisitive,
sharp OAPs solve crimes in
Kent murder hotspot.

Confusion: The Private Papers of Privy Councillor R. von D. by Stefan Zweig

L'amour n'a pas de frontières. L'amour n'a pas d'âge. L'amour n'a pas de sexe.

Le Mur des silences by Arnaldur Indridason

Konrad mène l'enquête
sur qui a tué son père.
Qui est emmuré?

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Fall-down drunk rides trains.
Witnesses murder? Maybe.
Needs to sober up.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

1, 2, 3 filles tristes ont laissé passer le train. Rêves et amours morts.

Stealer of Souls by Keith Martin

Seel out the baddy
Then stab him in the soft bits
(the art is better)

The Magos & The Definitive Casebook of Gregor Eisenhorn by Dan Abnett

oh those cognitae!
their immaterium loom!
a really big bang!

The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

Grippe espagnole, bombes,
Petites magouilles policières
Grève de la police

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orphaned a baby
but growing up unknowing
he is a wizard

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

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

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

Oh yeah, Voldemort!
Forgot about him while I
was pursuing girls.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Made a mistake by
establishing time travel.
Will fix in book five.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

First teacher I like
turns out to be a monster.
Cannot catch a break.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Sybil Trelawny
was right. The grim in Harry's
cup WAS Sirius.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J. K. Rowling

Does it still count as
a British School Story if
they camp the whole time?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J. K. Rowling

Just broke into a
bank vault and stole a dragon.
Pretty normal day.

The Sorrow of Angels by Jón Kalman Stefánsson

Neige, vent, ils s'entraident
Aidés par de pauvres gens
Faut livrer la poste

Tartuffe by Molière

Ne sentez-vous pas,
Dans l'âcre monde qui est nôtre,
L'odeur de Tartuffe ?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Children selected
Against nature and young foes
Arena death match

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

You love your neighbor
Unless your life is at stake
In that case.... they die!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Death of young children
Make a book and a movie
Oh well, When in Rome

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss and Peeta
compete in the Hunger Games:
winner gets to live.

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!

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

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

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Harry talks to snakes.
Why is he a Gryffindor?
Lucky for Ginny....

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Snuck in girls bathroom.
Dead chick offered me her loo.
Won’t go there again.

Mr Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood

Berlin en trente-trois,
Il trahit les communistes,
Perruque sur la tête

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

Night of blinding lights,
Walking plants lurk in darkness,
Now who will survive?

Don't Look Now / Not After Midnight / A Border-Line Case / The Way of the Cross / The Breakthrough by Daphne du Maurier

A selection of
five more or less successful
well-known short stories.

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson

Groups dropping like flies//breathing the germs! poisoned air!//still water, brewing

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Tom's deadly passage
He wants to help Dickie now
Into the next life

The Killing Ground by Graham McNeill

a daemon train toots!
here's your hero space nazis
for f*ck sake my eyes.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas père

The young Gascon fights
The three inseperables
and becomes their friend

The Western Star by Craig Johnson

Le train des sherifs
Le tueur était une femme
Cady enlevée

Wildlands by M. Kenan

Too great to explain
Complexities reign this book
Read it and you'll see

Le Grand Monde (Littérature Française) by Pierre Lemaitre

3 fils et une fille,
Beyrouth, Saigon, Paris
Un secret chasse l'autre

Involuntary Witness by Gianrico Carofiglio

L'avocat déprime,
Mais fait une belle plaidoirie,
Abdou acquitté

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Jolly good chums yes!// Well, that's what they all believed// The stakes were too high

The Missing File by D.A. Mishani

Fausses lettres par un prof,
Parents d'Ofer n'en parlent pas,
Ils sont donc coupables

Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman

Do you like my hat?
Learn about the lives of dogs.
Dogs work and frolic.

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

Flightless baby lost
Goes on journey to find mom
Reunited at last

Titandeath by Guy Haley

The final hurdle
The path to Earth is cleared
Big robots do war!

Three O'Clock in the Morning by Gianrico Carofiglio

Marseille, 2 nuits blanches,
Avec son père, ils s'amusent
Parlent, écoutent du jazz.

Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

Poirot is among
the passengers on a plane
when woman is killed.

Out of many, one by George W. Bush

Former president/Paints to hide the terrible/Truth of his war crimes

Hell is Empty by Craig Johnson

Virgil, le Grizzli,
Les os de son petit-fils
Blizzard même en mai

Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

Trapped by prescience
Old ways erode and transform
A new Golden Path

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

Finance et Greyhound
Il fuit l'autisme de son fils
et le monde réel

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Everyone did it,
Or maybe just one person,
Or no one at all.

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case by Agatha Christie

Poirot's final case
Murder waiting to happen
Heart wrenching choices

Culottées (Tome 2): Des femmes qui ne font que ce qu'elles veulent by Pénélope Bagieu

Pour aller plus loin. Le retour des culottées. Des muses et modèles.

Dune by Frank Herbert

Foretold one gets dumped
in desert, then goes native.
Returns, beats baddies!

Dune by Frank Herbert

Fear the mind killer
Worm vomit expands the mind
Kwisatz Haderach

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

C'est presqu'en Ukraine,
Lioubov et son frère ruinés
L'ancien serf achète

Does the Center Hold? An Introduction to Western Philosophy by Donald Palmer

Not untested, this mind of man. Assaulted by gods, elements, words, and other men. The center holds. Except when it doesn't.

Spirit Women by R. García

What is it they want?,
Many nights I dream about,
these Spirit Women

Spirit Women by R. García

What is it they want?
Many nights I dream about,
these Spirit Women

The Dream of Scipio by Iain Pears

Three men, three timelines,
one cerebral discourse on

Les Dames de Marlow enquêtent. Mort compte triple (volume 1) by Robert Thorogood

3 crimes, 3 amies,
Sur les bords de la Tamise,
Cherchez l'aviron

Ice Rivers by Jemma Wadham

Glaciers are melting

What will we do about it?

Time to act is now.

Intruders by Adrian Tomine

words and images
two stories flow into one
streams into rivers

A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson

Sectes polygames,
Vol de pétrole, CIA.
Vic était enceinte.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Katniss and Peeta
fight the odds once again, but
rebellion's afoot.

For the Murder by Gabrielle Ash

Parents are crappy
Girl finds a family elsewhere
Demon gets totes rekd

For the Murder by Gabrielle Ash

Diana, Sasha,
Nobu, and (demon) Natsu
Form a new murder

Angel and human
Crow shifter and cat demon
All make a family

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

British social scene
A Novel without heroes
In Vanity Fair

All for Hecuba: An Irish Theatrical Autobiography by Micheál Mac Liammóir

being important/
for the sake of being it/
all for hecuba

Avec la permission de Gandhi (French Edition) by Abir Mukherjee

Calcutta, il venge
Son fils, cobaye des Anglais,
Tests de gaz moutarde

Lockdown by Peter May

Virus trafiqué
Sur petite Chinoise de Londres
La fin sur Big Eye

Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson

Vareuse oubliée
pour quelques vers de Milton
Le gamin survit

Les billes du Pachinko by Élisa Shua Dusapin

Voyage à Tokyo.
Pour retrouver les anciens.
Et se dire adieu.

From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming

Double Oh Seven
meets a Russian defector,
but it is a trap.

Museum Piece No. 13 by Rufus King

Ebook I've not read
But I can copy and paste
Snow falling on grass

The Absolution by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Ados harceleurs
Les pères des victimes s'allient
Mais il en reste un

Bones Never Lie [with bonus novella 'Swamp Bones'] by Kathy Reichs

Stories old and new
Corruption, sweetness and science
Autumn, winter, spring

True Experiences in Communication With the Dead by Susy Smith

My title is wrong.
I am CommunicatING.
Ebon my author.

The Little Book of Satanism: A Guide to Satanic History, Culture, and Wisdom by La Carmina

La Carmina blog /
Little Satanism Book /
Lucien Greaves foreword.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Trop mince est la vie. Pour contenir tous nos rêves. Ô grand désespoir.